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The Smart Parking system tells commuters how much parking is available at Oakland's Rockridge BART district station. Photo: Quixote Corp.

A high-tech parking management program allows freeway drivers to know instantly how much parking is available at Oakland, Calif.'s Rockridge Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) Authority District station, then allows commuters to reserve a parking space via mobile phone or the Internet. The program, called Smart Parking, is a demonstration project in partnership between the California DOT, the BART, the California Center for Innovative Transportation, California Partners for Advanced Transit and Highways, Parking Carma, Quixote Corp., and the University of California, Berkeley. The public/private partnership project included wireless vehicle detectors, changeable message signs, and delineators.

Smart Parking was implemented to direct drivers to available parking spaces at the Rockridge station, thereby encouraging transit ridership, lessening driver frustration, and reducing local congestion. For more information, visit www.path.berkeley.edu.