April 2021

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SKIDATA and Openpath join forces for mobile access to car parks

Everbridge control center deployed by G4S to accelerate the digital transformation of physical security in Abu Dhabi Global Market Square

Abu Dhabi Global Marketplace (ADGMS), located on Al Maryah Island in the UAE capital Abu Dhabi, is a large-scale and architecturally compelling shopping and hotel hub. Many of the world’s most prestigious companies inhabit the buildings in the award-winning financial center. The Abu Dhabi Global Marketplace ADGMS also hosts frequent international dignitaries and large-scale public events, including the Abu Dhabi National New Year’s Fireworks display. Abu Dhabi Global Market Square was the first project in the United Arab Emirates to achieve LEED Core and Shell (LEED-CS) Gold pre-certification by the US Green Building Council (USGBC). The Abu Dhabi Global Marketplace (ADGMS) includes: 450,000 m² of office space, a lavish commercial section and luxury business hotel offers, 4 Category A commercial office towers with 30 floors each, 4 km of waterfront promenade, more than 2,000 cameras, and more than 1,000 doors. Unconnected Security Systems and Situational Awareness Gaps Due to its iconic status, Abu Dhabi’s global marketplace faces many unique security challenges, including: Political pressure – Due to status from ADGMS and frequent high-level international visitors, any disruption to operations – be it natural disasters, activism, terror or other critical events could cause problems nationwide. VIP Protection – Regular visits by prestigious VIPs, such as Sheikhs, Royal Family and global business leaders, increase security risks and the need for management protection. Discreet Security – ADGMS is a public space with rented office space, which means security must be robust, yet discreet, and comply with all global data and privacy regulations. Physical Location – Being located on an island is an additional security risk, complicating the ability to enter and exit space, during planned and unplanned critical events or emergencies. Architecture – ADGMS buildings are mostly glass, with many levels, making them difficult to secure. Previously, a number of systems were deployed to contribute to the safety and protection of people, such as video surveillance, access control, fire detection and building management. However, these were not connected and left gaps in situational awareness, which ADGMS deemed unacceptable. In light of the above challenges, ADGMS building managers considered it essential to strengthen security, in the marketplace, inside these buildings and in connection areas. Risk Intelligence and Integrated Control of Physical Assets Martin Grigg, Senior Consultant and Project Manager for PTS Middle East was selected to design and oversee the Abu Dhabi Global Market Square project approached PTS Middle East (PTS Consulting Group Ltd.), a A multinational security and digital transformation consultancy, which carried out the threat, risk and vulnerability assessment, designed the mitigation measures and oversaw the installation and commissioning of the entire system. They were also responsible for ensuring that the system met operational requirements and was fit for purpose, and proportionate to the risks ADGMS faced. Martin Grigg, Senior Consultant and Project Manager for PTS Middle East was selected to design and oversee the project from concept to completion. Everbridge Control Center Deployed Following the assessment, G4S, a UK-based multinational risk consultancy firm, was selected to carry out the project, based on its experience in securing many of the most prestigious sites in the region. G4S is also a global partner of Everbridge and together they have secured people, assets and infrastructure for many organizations. G4S has chosen Everbridge Control Center to integrate and manage all the technology that goes into its Security Command Center (SCC). Everbridge Risk Center was also deployed to provide real-time threat intelligence to ADGMS. Critical issues addressed by Everbridge technology: Consolidation of four control rooms into one, reducing office space required for security – This premium space is now free and can be reused as rentable office space, Reduced man-keeping costs, as fewer resources are required to secure the installation, Real-time situational awareness helps reduce risks, accelerate response times and keep stakeholders informed, Everbridge Control Center provides a unified event-driven interface and automated presentation of SOPs, Everbridge technology provides flexibility to adapt as requirements change, Reduced time to identify and resolve a security incident, The Intelligent facial recognition systems are proactively used to greet friends and identify known criminals, Risk intelligence to identify events, such as sandstorms, enables ADGMS to act faster, enabling them to reduce risk to people and operations, and automated reporting capabilities enable save huge amounts of time and resources – A report that used to take 20 minutes can now be automated in seconds.

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Cut in the looms of Auckland public parking spaces


Short-term parking in the CBD is expected to become more expensive, with the expected loss of half of Auckland Transport’s subsidized parking spaces.

On-street parking in central Auckland has been cut by more than half, and plans to keep some short-term parking lots subsidized by the City Council in the redevelopment of the downtown parking lot site are also underway. doubt.

The issue highlights tensions between a council that seeks to promote public transport and make the CBD pedestrian and bike-friendly, and the city’s businesses wanting to preserve easy access for shoppers and diners.

The council-owned downtown parking lot has 1,148 short-term parks, but its redevelopment is planned with the intention of selling it and turning its lower floors into a bus station with a new building at the top.

Auckland Transport’s plan presented to the council’s planning committee calls for retaining between 400 and 600 of the cheapest occasional parking spaces, which it says are intended to support the economic and cultural dynamism of the city center.

However, some councilors are concerned that maintaining short-term parking will run counter to council’s commitment to move away from supporting private vehicles.

Planning documents such as the City Center Masterplan’s Access 4 Everyone transport strategy call for limits on motorized traffic in the CBD and a transition to walking, cycling and public transport.

“My personal view is that maintaining parking lots for single occupant vehicles, even if it is for a short stay, is incompatible with the Masterplan and Access 4 Everyone,” said Councilor Chris Darby, Chairman of the planning committee that heard Auckland Transport’s proposal.

Darby says he finds it hard to see the case for the council offering discounted parking in the CBD when many private companies are already doing so.

“It comes at a cost to Aucklanders,” he said. “Strategically, it is incompatible with these planning documents.”

Waitematā advisor Pippa Coom says she wants to see more information from Auckland Transport showing exactly how her plan matches the board’s emissions targets and budget.

“It’s not about preventing people from entering the city,” she said.

“The question is: is it in the interest of the taxpayer to subsidize parking on prime real estate? “

The proposal is the latest in a long period of council-backed parking abandonment in the CBD.

Auckland Transport’s on-street parking in the city center has grown from 5,000 to 2,460 spaces over the past decade. Meanwhile, the price of longer-term suburban parking has more than doubled over this period to a high of $ 40 per day.

In a statement to Newsroom, Auckland Transport said the loss of downtown parking space would not have a huge impact on businesses.

“AT is not the main provider of car parks in central Auckland. Currently the Downtown car park has 1944 spaces…. less than 4% of city parking.

However, the Heart of the City Downtown Business Association says the loss of Auckland Transport’s cheaper parking spots could result in a loss for local businesses as shoppers choose to go elsewhere.

“These parks are vital for people who come to shop and have fun,” said Heart of the City Executive Director Viv Beck. “It’s more affordable and it makes the place more accessible. Not everyone has access to public transport yet.

Auckland Transport data shows that most people use short-term parking in the city for business, shopping and entertainment. A recent survey suggests that 75 percent of the people parked in the downtown building during off-peak hours were there for entertainment, dining, or shopping.

However, Auckland Transport’s advice suggests that maintaining short-term parking in the building will also continue to attract cars to the area, going against the council’s plans to encourage people to use public transport. common.

The loss of parking lots in the downtown building, along with the removal of on-street parking in favor of walking and cycling, will likely result in higher overall costs for people driving in the downtown area. While some shifts to public transport are likely, Auckland Transport says there is also a risk that people will choose to go elsewhere for shopping and entertainment.

However Coom is not convinced.

“They have to be upfront about what they want,” she said. “If they want income from parking, they have to say it instead of hiding behind it, talk about the commercial and cultural dynamism of the downtown area.”

Another option is to leave the parking lot to the developer who decides to buy the site. This is the option preferred by Coom and Darby.

“Nothing prevents the successful tenderer from providing parking if necessary,” says Darby.

While a decision has yet to be made, Darby doubts the board will force the successful bidder to provide short-term parking as part of a potential deal. Instead, he expects to ask the company to provide parking, micro-freight and cycling infrastructure.

The matter could be settled at a meeting of the planning committee in June.

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City reserves more parking spaces for carsharing

This Cobble Hill parking space is, as the lettering indicates, for “carpool parking only”. The “Z” is the Zipcar logo. Photo courtesy of the New York Department of Transportation

The city’s pilot project to provide parking on streets and on municipal lots for ride-sharing services was successful and the program would become permanent, the city’s transportation ministry said.

On Smith Street and Butler Street in Cobble Hill, the site of two on-street ridesharing spaces on Earth Day, DOT Commissioner Hank Gutman announced the program would expand from 14 pilot areas to neighborhoods across the country. city.

This would allow car-sharing companies, the best-known of which is probably Zipcar, to offer new spaces in areas today poorly served by carsharing, with the anticipation that hundreds of new spaces will be created beyond 285 driver’s original.

City Transportation Commissioner Hank Gutman at the podium announces the expansion of the city’s pilot project to provide more parking spaces for carsharing services. Photo courtesy of the New York Department of Transportation

“Almost three years ago, this administration predicted that New Yorkers would embrace the cleaner, greener alternative to more convenient ridesharing offers – and 150,000 rides later, our pilot’s unqualified success. proved right, ”DOT Commissioner Hank Gutman said. “I especially thank City Council for their leadership around this program – and I sincerely thank the DOT team who so carefully crafted a program that New Yorkers have truly embraced.”

Carsharing is a service that gives members access to an automobile for short-term use typically by the hour or day at a cost that includes gasoline and insurance. With cars parked in publicly accessible neighborhood locations, members can reserve, then walk to a car and walk away, then return to the same reserved spot later.

The pilot project expanded carpooling, previously limited to private garages, more visible public places, and low and moderate income neighborhoods. Among these neighborhoods were Red Hook, Washington Heights-Inwood, Parkchester, Jamaica, Harlem and the Rockaways..

Among the major results of the pilot:

  • Carpool users made approximately 160,000 trips in total during the pilot, with an average of 24 trips per month per space.
  • Using detailed customer surveys, the researchers concluded that for every car shared in the city, four personal vehicles were either scrapped or sold.
  • Annual vehicle miles (VMT) were reduced by approximately 38.7 million miles and produced a net annual reduction of minus 12,000 metric tonnes of greenhouse gases per year.
  • By comparing their behavior before carsharing, the pilot project’s carsharing users drove fewer kilometers and reduced greenhouse gas emissions.
  • The pilot project dramatically increased diversity: the number of black / Latino members doubled to around 30% of the total number of carpool users.
  • After the first year of the pilot, the unauthorized use of street carpool parking spaces has significantly decreased.

As part of the new DOT initiative, companies will be able to offer specific DOT parking spaces. The the agency will review them against siting guidelines – for example, spaces should be located outside of areas with significant off-street parking. DOT will assess these requests for space with feedback from the local community.

Additionally, 20% of all spaces must be located in low- and middle-income neighborhoods, and businesses must offer a new discount to low-income users.

The president of the main carsharing company approved. “At Zipcar, we’re committed to making cities better places to live and that starts with reducing reliance on personal cars,” said Tracey Zhen, President of Zipcar. “With the support of Mayor de Blasio and Commissioner Gutman, we are able to provide more New Yorkers across town with vehicle access, without the burden of owning a car. “

Brooklyn Assemblymember Jo Anne Simon shows her endorsement of the carsharing program. Photo courtesy of the New York Department of Transportation

“Especially on Earth Day, I am very happy that the city’s carpooling pilot project has helped reduce car use and emissions and has met its equity goals,” said the member of the ‘Assembly Jo Anne Simon (D-Brooklyn Heights-Downtown-Cobble Hill-DUMBO-Gowanus-Park Slope).

“Ridesharing programs have proven time and time again to reduce the need to own a car, reduce greenhouse gases and reduce the kilometers traveled by vehicles,” said Eric Adams, Borough President from Brooklyn. “Making this program permanent will ensure that New York City benefits from these improvements in climate and quality of life. “

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The DOT installs “non-upright” signs on 43rd Street, several parking spaces are lost

No permanent signs were installed by the DOT on 43rd Street earlier this week (Photo: Courtesy Joe Pagano)

April 23, 2021 By Christian Murray

DOT installed No Standing panels on both sides of 43e Lou Lodati Park Street at the beginning of the week to the alarm of many residents.

The panels were installed to accommodate the trucks used by City Harvest which recently moved to 39-34 43e St.

DOT installed the panels to provide sufficient space for the organization’s delivery trucks to safely enter and exit the facility.

The signs, however, have essentially removed about 20 on-street parking spaces. Residents were not notified of the change or the Community Board 2, sources said.

Joe Pagano, a longtime Sunnyside resident, expressed on Facebook his dismay at the loss of spaces and lack of notification. “Our little hamlet is being taken away from us little by little from month to month. I’m not sad… I’m pissed off.

However, most of the spaces will be restored next week.

The DOT took up more street space than expected, according to sources who have been in contact with the agency. DOT is expected to return to Sunnyside next week to restore most of the spaces, but not all.

City Harvest is operating in the neighborhood temporarily and is moving to its new headquarters in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. Once he moves to Brooklyn, all spots should be restored.

City Harvest is a food rescue organization that has helped feed hungry New Yorkers since 1982.

No permanent sign was installed by the DOT on 43rd Street earlier this week (Photo: Courtesy Joe Pagano)


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Military women say service is often overlooked in priority parking spots for veterans

When someone says “service member” or “veteran”, what image comes to mind?

For the most part, he’s a man in uniform. But did you know that three million women served in the US military?

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FOX 5’s Melanie Alnwick spoke with Lt. Col. Olivia Nun, a local military member who shared her story of how her service is sometimes overlooked in parking lots at retailers who offer priority parking spots to military veterans .

LTC Nunn says she really appreciates the perk, but tends to avoid taking advantage of it due to the backlash she often receives from other customers.

“I get a lot of secondary eyes and sometimes there are those who are ready to say something — and they’re not being nice,” LTC Nunn said. “I get everything from ‘Hey, you shouldn’t park there, you have to wait for your husband’ to come, or ‘Hey, you know you can’t park there because that’s only where the heroes go. park.'”

Military women say parking issues are a common occurrence and a daily example of how they are often overlooked.

Earlier this year, the Military Women’s Memorial launched a national recording campaign to preserve the stories of the millions of women who have served the United States since the American Revolution.

LTC Nunn has served 20 years around the world and will soon be ending her career as Director of Communications for the US Army’s Soldier for Life program. Her only unfulfilled wish was to be part of a tank crew – a role that was not open to women when she enlisted in 2001.

Encouraging female veterans to share their stories of service is part of the Military Women’s Memorial’s campaign goal. When servicewomen stand up and demand to be counted, it can mean a change in policy, Alnwick said, like getting a body armor that actually fits a woman’s body.

Collecting more personal stories can also change perception. “So women can share their stories. So little girls can look up and want to serve because they saw someone sharing their story,” says LTC Nunn. “Our American people can understand that when you say service member, they mean not only a man, but also a woman.”

The Military Women’s Memorial wants to spread the word for all women in service and veterans to register on their site and tell their stories.

The memorial is open seven days a week, right at the entrance to Arlington National Cemetery.

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Watch: New open space that includes parking lots inaugurated in Dingli

A new open space which is also equipped with parking lots has been inaugurated in Dingli.

The open space is located near the grounds of Dingli Swallows FC and has received an investment of around € 600,000. The work was carried out by the Public Works Department.

The project, which is located on land in Triq Ġużè Ellul Mercer, Triq il-Mediterran, Triq Carmelo Buġeja and Triq Pawlu Ebejer, has an area of ​​2,000 square meters.

Infrastructure Minister Ian Borg explained that € 120,000 has been used in the construction of a large reservoir for water storage which will be used to water the trees around the locality.

The car park has a total of 25 car parks, some of which also have electric charging stations for electric vehicles.

“It is a government in favor of green infrastructure and therefore, from abandoned land, we have transformed it into an accessible garden, with native trees and plants, gym equipment and a bus shelter for bus passengers. also.

We also saw that this space should be accessible by ramps and paving materials specially designed for people with disabilities, ”said Borg.

Video provided by the Department of Public Information.

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Columbia restaurants can use the parking spaces but will have to pay for them


Columbia restaurants will have to pay to seat customers in blocked parking lots, but supporters are hoping the new law will still help businesses generate more revenue as social distancing requirements continue.

Columbia City Council on Monday approved an ordinance that will allow restaurants to use parking spaces for additional seating.

Temporary permits cannot last more than 90 days before the restaurant must apply for an extension. Ward 1 Councilor Pat Fowler successfully added an amendment to extend the period to 90 days – permits would expire after 20 days under the original order.

The measure is seen by many as a way to help restaurants as the pandemic continues. Restaurants had been subject to group size restrictions for several months. Those requirements are gone, but current health ordinances still require tables to be socially distant, limiting the number of customers that can be served at a time.

“We can support our businesses after COVID and get our restaurants and diners out safely and support our businesses, that’s what we need to do,” New Ward 2 Councilor Andrea Waner said during the debate. advice.

Waner said if there is a way to keep restaurants operating safely and to continue to reward them for their good work, the city has to do it.

It was made clear during the meeting that restaurants will have to pay for parking spaces so that the city does not lose revenue from parking meters.

Nickie Davis, of the Downtown Community Improvement District, requested 90 days for the length of time allowed because of the cost for restaurants to renew permits after 20 days and the need to hire more staff.

Davis said that many restaurants are now interested in this option and that the extended deadline is essential to maintain that interest. She said restaurants can fit around three tables in each parking space while maintaining social distancing. Each company would be entitled to two spaces.

“Can you imagine spending $ 3,000 for 20 days, let alone paying for those parking spots and potentially needing another employee, so 20 to 90 days is huge,” Davis said.

Davis said companies will need to have a platform built in the flesh to make it accessible to the ADA. She said there will also need to be barriers not only for security reasons, but also for the fact that people will not feel like they are eating on the streets.

Permits must be submitted 21 days before restaurants plan to begin outdoor seating. No permit shall be approved in areas where the speed limit is greater than 20 mph or for spaces less than 19 feet from the edge of a curb, a marked lane or the center line of a Street.

Restaurants will have to pay $ 10 per day for parking meters blocked by the outdoor dining room. If approved, barricades should be put in place around the area.

Tera Eckerle, director of Tellers Downtown, said the restaurant has no plans to use this option. The biggest problem with cashiers isn’t sitting – it’s the staff.

“When we set up our patio it’s already so chaotic and when we had events in the summer we brought in more tables. It was so painful to get everything out and everything in,” Eckerle said.

Billy Giordano, owner of Room 38 Bar and Lounge, said they won’t be using the parking spaces, but he thinks it will be a great opportunity for some businesses.

In addition to owning Room 38, Giordano also has staffing software that helps companies hire. He said he had seen the negative effects of stimulus packages on businesses in Colombia.

“A lot of people are just not willing to work right now with all the money they can make on unemployment and through stimulus checks,” Giordano said.

Eckerle said parking is already limited along Broadway, and if businesses start using it, the only parking available will be in parking garages.

“We also see so many accidents around the corner of Ninth and Broadway that it seems like it wouldn’t be safe or feasible,” Eckerle said.

St. Louis and Kansas City took similar steps in 2020 to help restaurants weather the pandemic.

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Parking Garage and Wheeling-Pitt Lofts to Transform Market Street Block in Downtown Wheeling | News, Sports, Jobs

Photo by Eric Ayres The Town of Wheeling plans to raze the old Chase Bank building, left, to build a new parking lot – estimated to be at least six stories tall – to support the private development of the historic Wheeling-Pitt Lofts in the former headquarters of Wheeling-Pittsburgh Steel.

WHEELING – The movement over the $ 30 million Wheeling-Pitt Lofts project in downtown Wheeling has already sparked a domino effect of investments that is expected to continue into the future, transforming a city island that, for the most part, has been vacant for years.

Earlier this year, developer Steve Coon of Coon Restoration and Sealants, along with Dr John Johnson, owner of the former Wheeling-Pittsburgh Steel headquarters building, announced their intention to move forward with the redevelopment. Long-awaited city’s tallest building in 12-a two-story apartment complex known as Historic Wheeling-Pitt Lofts.

In order to accommodate this significant private investment in the downtown area, the Town of Wheeling has agreed to construct a new parking garage nearby for tenants of the 128-unit apartment complex and for additional commerce expected to follow.

While there is a partially empty lot at the north end of the block, there are four existing buildings between the corner of 11th and Market streets – where the new parking garage will be located – and the Wheeling-Pitt building.

“The current work plan is to place the new parking structure on the footprint of the Chase Bank building and open land to the north,” Wheeling Mayor Glenn Elliott said this week.

Once the old Chase Bank building is razed, this will leave three existing buildings nestled between the new garage and the new apartment complex.

Wheeling City Manager Robert Herron explained that the vacant Chase Bank building and the neighboring former Chris Miller Furniture building are owned by the Ohio Valley Area Development Corporation. The building to the south of the Chris Miller Building is occupied and houses the CVS Pharmacy.

“The CVS building is owned by Brian Vossen and will not change,” Elliott said.

A final structure in the middle of the two new developments is a fragment of a building that once housed a metro location. Coon noted that this building was purchased by the developer to help create an Americans with Disabilities-compliant access point on the side of the Wheeling-Pitt Lofts building, which will allow them to retain the historic facade of the building. overlooking the street. .

“The developer is also trying to find a way to provide access from the Wheeling-Pitt building to the parking structure,” Herron said, noting that options are being explored in hopes of creating a hallway – possibly at through the second floors of the neighboring structures – to connect the garage and the apartment complex.

Herron said this concept is very preliminary and is being led by the developer; it is not part of the city’s plans for the construction of the parking garage.

The city hired the Mills Group to provide architectural and engineering services for the design of the new parking structure. The mayor recently announced that there is a “95% chance” that the property where the old Chris Miller Furniture building is located is not at all necessary for the structure and that the building could likely be occupied by new occupancy. . Elliott had indicated that this building has the most architectural appeal among the vacant structures north of the Wheeling-Pitt Building and that it should be in a perfect position to accommodate new occupants once neighboring developments are completed.

“The Chris Miller building would be kept for future development,” Elliott said this week, adding that the ideal situation would be to have a retail unit or restaurant on the first floor and residential accommodation on the second floor.

Coon also noted that the first floor of the Wheeling-Pitt Building was to be used for commercial development, with apartments on the upper floors. The granite facade of the Wheeling-Pitt Building covers the original storefront spaces that faced the street when the building opened in 1907 as the Schmulbach Building, once the headquarters of a local brewing company of the same name. . Coon said they plan to reopen these street-facing storefronts as part of the development.

Herron said that while a “significant amount of work” is currently underway on the parking garage project, the full scope of the project has yet to be finalized.

“It looks like it’s going to be a six to six and a half level parking structure,” Herron said. “Preliminary design work is underway and we have also performed geotechnical work on the lot site. We will come up with a funding strategy once we have a final project estimate. “

Wheeling officials have claimed that the city’s investment in the new parking structure will not only facilitate the Wheeling-Pitt Lofts business, but also open the door to a promising return on the city’s investment through the future development that will be needed to support many people living in the downtown core.

“We are currently considering approximately 300 parking spaces and approximately 9,000 square feet of retail space,” Elliott said of the new garage.

In January, Coon noted that construction on the historic Wheeling-Pitt lofts was scheduled to begin early this year and is expected to take around 15 months.

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A $ 20 million project to build 200 new semi-parking spaces on I-80 in Wyoming will impact travel starting Monday

Traffic was blocked on Wednesday January 13 when I-80 was temporarily closed between Laramie and Rawlins due to the vehicle overturning. (WYDOT)

CASPER, Wyoming – A $ 20 million “winter freight” project along Interstate 80 between Laramie and Rawlins is resuming after a winter hiatus, according to the Wyoming Department of Transportation.

“Traffic on I-80 will begin to impact Monday as crews begin structural work and begin building climbing routes on I-80,” WYDOT said. “The work will impact eastbound lanes above Halleck Ridge (250.5 to 252.5 mile markers) west of Elk Mountain and westbound lanes between Quealy Dome and Cooper. Cove (beacons 281.5 to 279.5) near the Albany / Carbon County line. ”

“Watch for lane closures, reduced speed limits and other traffic changes during construction. Avoid distractions like cell phones when driving in work areas.

The project began in the fall of 2020 and Simon Contractors is resuming efforts to build approximately 100 new tractor-trailer parking spaces in the Fort Steele rest area east of Rawlins and 100 new parking spaces in the area. Quealy Dome parking lot west of Laramie.

“This additional truck parking is essential,” said Wes Bybee, WYDOT District 1 construction engineer. “The additional parking lots can help reduce the number of fall-asleep accidents, reduce accidents and operating costs for trucks looking for parking, and give truck drivers another place to stay.” to park and wait for bad weather conditions. “

The Fort Steele rest area, including parking areas, will be closed during construction.

“Flaggers may be present to direct local traffic through the area,” WYDOT said. “Please avoid parking on the Fort Steele interchange on and off ramps as this will likely interfere with work on the rest area. Once the project is complete, the rest area will reopen.

The project is funded by a federal Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development (BUILD) grant. WYDOT says it should be finished in October 2022.

“Project planning is subject to change, particularly due to inclement weather and the availability of material or equipment,” notes WYDOT

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How many parking spaces are there in downtown Gainesville? This number increases

“In the Main Street parking deck, most parking spaces are located within walking distance of visitor destinations,” Santee said. “Unfortunately, the city recognizes that visitors often prefer to park just outside their destination instead of using the car parks, although this is much quicker than driving around the square looking for a square.”

According to the city’s Unified Land Development Code, off-street parking requirements are determined by the existing use of the site, such as residential or retail, with the exception of properties that are zoned Central Business, which includes all of downtown Gainesville.

“For these properties, there are no off-street parking requirements,” Santee said. “As a result, parking is provided either on the street or in one of the existing free parking platforms. »

For disabled residents like Susan Greenway, who has multiple sclerosis, it can be difficult to find suitable parking spots downtown.

“I go around the plaza four times, about 5 minutes, looking for a parking space, then I usually leave,” Greenway said. “There are disabled parking spaces on Main Street, Washington Street and Spring Street. I’m not good with distance, but I’d say around 100 feet.

In a previous interview in March, Santee told The Times that the city plans to add five handicap-accessible parking spaces as part of the ongoing downtown streetscape improvement project that began in August.

The project will provide ADA-compliant parking spaces on Bradford Street (between Brenau Avenue and Washington Street), two on Green Street (one at the corner of Washington Street and the other adjacent to the former Regions Building), one on Spring Street (near its intersection with Bradford Street) and one on Washington Street (adjacent to SunTrust).

Georgia code requires that for a parking structure between 300 and 401 spaces, at least eight handicapped spaces are required.

Downtown Gainesville is set to undergo a massive facelift in the next few years as megaprojects such as Gainesville Renaissance, The National and Solis Gainesville projects are either underway or set to break ground in the coming months.

Gainesville Renaissance will include a private pedestrian bridge that connects to the existing Gainesville parking deck.

The National project will provide approximately 100 residential units and provide underground parking for its tenants and visitors.

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DCR adds meters to 1,700 parking spaces across Massachusetts – Boston 25 News

REVERE, Mass. – Drivers heading to Revere Beach next month will have to shell out money for something that has always been free.

The state Department of Conservation and Recreation is adding 100 parking meters along a three-mile stretch of Revere Beach Boulevard. Starting May 1, beachgoers will have to pay $1.25 an hour to park along the state-run beach.

DCR will soon apply 1,789 measurement points in Boston, Cambridge, Revere and Watertown. The bulk of the measured spaces – 1,075 – will be along Revere Beach Blvd.

  • The Fenway (Boston): 136 seats, 14 meters
  • Park Drive (Boston): 231 spaces, 23 meters
  • Charlesgate East & Boylston Street (Boston): 22 spaces, 2 meters
  • Charlesgate East & Newbury Street (Boston): 10 spaces, 1 meter
  • Memorial Drive (Cambridge): 206 spaces, 18 meters
  • Cambridge Parkway (Cambridge): 89 spaces, 9 meters
  • Revere Beach Boulevard (Revere): 1,075 spaces, 100 meters
  • Dealtry Pool (Watertown): 20 seats, 1 meter

“I feel like people come to the beach because it’s free. Now that might kind of drive people away,” Revere resident Shawn Cameron said.

The project is part of a statewide effort to generate revenue to pay for DCR’s “support staff, equipment and programs without putting additional pressure on the overall Commonwealth budget”, said the agency said in a statement. Public hearing on October 15.

Former Revere State Representative RoseLee Vincent blasted the plan because she said it didn’t benefit Revere Beach and the city enough.

“I really think it’s unfathomable and really unfair that the revenue that’s going to be generated by parking meters isn’t going to America’s first public beach,” Vincent said at the October hearing.

DCR said the new counters will prevent drivers from leaving cars parked for days or even weeks in one spot.

Murielle Pauyo grew up near Revere Beach and fears the meters will scare away low-income families.

“It will deter people from coming. That’s what he’s going to do,” Pauyo said. “You’re taking away people’s ability to enjoy a public place.”

Dante Gaeta works at Sammy’s Patio on Revere Beach Boulevard and thinks the meters could lead to parking spots opening faster.

“It was always a bit of a pain for me to find a parking space, so maybe this will make things a little easier?” said Gaeta. “I think it will get some people who will be sitting here for hours and hours moving around, and maybe it will create better circulation.”

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Fewer parking spaces for new California homes, stores? It could happen

Would fewer parking spaces mean new, cheaper homes and shops? Or more drivers swearing while turning for a free seat?

Housing advocates support a state bill to ban cities from imposing minimum parking requirements on new apartments and stores within a half-mile of train stations and bus routes. The bill is designed to encourage public transit use and limit city mandates for large, expensive parking lots, which can make building apartments and commercial projects unattractive to developers.

“Cars and parking have a huge environmental cost,” said Assemblywoman Laura Friedman, D-Glendale, who co-authored the bill with Sen. Scott Wiener, D-San Francisco. “The cost of our housing has gone up because of the huge costs that parking adds to a housing estate.”

But naysayers have long warned of the horrors of traffic and congestion if residents and shoppers continue to use vehicles instead of public transport. The League of California Cities is taking a wait-and-see approach, while the slow-growing group Livable California is considering a formal stance on the bill.

The law project, AB 1401, is one of many measures aimed at addressing the state’s housing crisis. After a series of setbacks last year, pro-housing groups have returned with individual bills asking for smaller measures to spur development.

Other bills would allow underutilized commercial properties to be redeveloped for homes and apartments, let landlords divide lots and build homes on the new parcel, and speed up environmental review of some major projects.

But parking reform could hit a true third rail of suburban politics, where the definition of “adequate parking” is often a flashpoint at public hearings. Owners oppose new developments due to additional traffic and concerns that on-street parking is unsightly and can make navigating narrow streets difficult. Developers say on-site parking requirements increase costs and make it difficult to build affordable housing and innovative commercial buildings.

Recently, many Bay Area cities have struggled to manage parking for growing RV camps, filling the curbs of major roads and spilling into suburban neighborhoods. Parking restrictions and safe parking sites have sparked intense debate in East of Palo AltoMountain View, Fremont and other Bay Area cities.

Researchers from UC Berkeley’s Terner Center for Housing Innovation have found that parking needs can add up to $36,000 to the cost of a single affordable home, more than the cost of using eco-friendly materials. environment or payment of city development costs. In San Francisco and Los Angeles, parking needs can be as high as $75,000 per unit.

The measure would limit a city or county’s ability to require parking spaces based on the number of units or the size of certain developments. The bill would cover new projects within a half-mile walk of a transit stop.

Some cities have already taken action. San Francisco eliminated parking requirements and Oakland eliminated minimums near public transportation. The Berkeley City Council voted in January to remove off-street requirements.

Supporters of the bill include California YIMBY, San Francisco Bay Area Planning and Urban Research Association (SPUR), and affordable housing developers. Proponents say the costs of parking requirements fall most heavily on communities of color, which are more likely to rent and use public transportation.

Meea Kang, an affordable housing developer with Related California, said new state standards are needed to replace parking requirements established decades ago.

Most jurisdictions have parking requirements, driving up development costs that are passed on to tenants and homebuyers, she said. “Frankly, it will lower the cost of housing for people who don’t own a car or choose to have a car-free lifestyle,” Kang said.

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South Side Renaissance: City Considering $ 9.1 Million Parking Lot for Village on Park Mall | Local government

“Investing in South Madison is equity in action,” he said. “We can talk, talk, talk about racial equity, and we often do, but that’s how we go.”

In March, the city, Urban League and its partners announced the creation of the Black Business Hub, a three-story 50,000 to 60,000 square foot office building envisioned as a national model for boosting minority businesses. Tenants at the hub range from startups to established businesses looking to expand or occupy stores for the first time, officials said. The project could start as early as 2022.

“Creating an economically viable hub is essential to fuel the renaissance happening in South Madison,” said Urban League President Ruben Anthony. “This initiative will give 15 or more small businesses the opportunity to have affordable space, support services and other resources that will stabilize and put their businesses in the best position to be sustainable and grow over time.” The support of the city is essential to carry out this project.

The changes to the TIF District project plan, which would increase total spending from $ 12.1 million to $ 28.2 million, would require approval from city council and the Joint Tax Entity Review Committee, including Madison School District, Dane County, and Madison Area Technical College. The $ 12.1 million would include $ 9.1 million in loans and a $ 3 million donation from another TIF district.

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