Need more Parking Spaces? How about an Uber?

  November 2, 2016

By Dave Lubach

Parking in major metropolitan areas can be frustrating and — for commuters paying daily fees and institutional and commercial facilities for maintenance and expanding space — quite costly. Has Uber emerged as a potential solution to ease the concerns?

The rideshare company and the town of Summit, N.J., agreed to a deal that produces the state’s first subsidized commuter program. Uber will offer cheaper rides to commuters into Manhattan — about 30 miles from Summit — who struggle to find parking at the Summit’s New Jersey Transit station.

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The city estimates that about 100 parking spots will open up with the new arrangement, saving the town millions of dollars to build additional parking.

“Our program is the first of its kind in the United States to use ridesharing technology as a parking solution,” says Summit Mayor Nora Radest. “Our innovation has the potential to shape how municipalities think about and implement parking options in the future.”

For institutional and commercial facilities ride-sharing also might serve as an alternative to building lots to assist employees in the healthcare industry who live in the suburbs and struggle to find parking in urban settings at or near a hospital, or for school district employees who must deal with limited parking spaces at their facility or on adjacent streets.

This quick read was submitted by Dave Lubach, associate editor for Facility Maintenance Decisions. Reach him at dave.lubach@tradepress.com.


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