T3 Webinar Presentation

Is that Spot Taken?: Real-Time Transit Parking Information Helps Manage Corridors (October 21, 2008)

Metra Parking Management Guidance System (PMGS)

Presenter:   Gerry J. Tumbali
Presenter's Org:   Chicago Regional Transportation Authority

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Slide 1:  Metra Parking Management Guidance System (PMGS)

Slide 2:  RTA Background

[A picture of the RTA rail to rail map appears.]

  • Heavy and commuter rail
  • Urban and suburban bus
  • 6 counties, 3,700 square miles, and 260+ municipalities
  • Second largest transit system in the U.S.
  • 2 million trips per weekday

Slide 3:  PMGS Description

[A picture of a dynamic message sign that describes the availability of parking spaces at the Metra parking facility appears.]

  • Part of the RTA's Transit ITS Plan
  • System Objectives
    • Provide real-time space availability in commuter rail station parking facilities
    • Allow customers to make critical and timely decisions on their commuting options

Slide 4:  PMGS Goals

  • More effective use of existing transit infrastructure
    • Increased transit ridership
    • Greater parking efficiency
  • Increased customer satisfaction
    • Information availability
    • Reduced parking lot circulation times
  • Improve corridor operations
    • Reduced congestion
    • Incident management tool
  • Air quality improvements

Slide 5:  Participating Entities

  • United States Department of Transportation (USDOT)
  • Metra Commuter Rail
  • City of Mokena
  • Village of Tinley Park
  • Cook and Will Counties
  • Illinois Department of Transportation

Slide 6:  PMGS History

[This slide contains four pictures of the historical aspects of the PMGS' site selection (a snowy road), system design (component mapping), installation (bulldozer at work), and operation (car at an intersection with a dynamic message sign in the background.]

Slide 7:  Site Selection: PMGS Demo Corridor

[A map of the site selection along the PMGS demo corridor appears.]

  • Peak Parking Occupancy
  • Total # of Unrestricted Spaces
  • Proximity to Expressways
  • Inter-Station Groups

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[A map of eight dynamic message signs in various locations throughout the Metra parking system appears.]

Slide 9:  Design: System Configuration

[A diagram of the flow of information from the vehicle detectors to the field processor to the dynamic message signs appears.]

Slide 10:  Technical Lessons Learned

[A photo of two traffic lanes with orange dividers appears.]

  • Consider future lot expansion in selecting sites
  • Carefully evaluate sign locations
  • Brainstorm possible factors that could impact accuracy of vehicle counts

Slide 11:  Contact Information

Gerry J. Tumbali
312-913 - 3251

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