Data shows fewer parking spots relieve congestion

The hunt for a parking space on a city street can cause as many headaches for the municipality as it does for motorists. To ease that pain, cities are using data and analytics.

Take the nation’s capital, for example. The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) uses a cloud-based tool from Conduent that collects data from multiple sources and translates it into actionable information that DDOT can use to set demand-based pricing in the heavily traveled Washington, D.C., neighborhoods of Chinatown and Penn Quarter. Applied to about 1,000 meters in the area, the ParkDC program resulted in a 5 percent improvement in parking availability and a 12 percent boost in occupancy at underused areas in 2016-2017, its first year.