Let’s make smart parking tools for Pittsburgh

by MARK FICHMAN AND STEPHEN E. SPEAR, Pittsburgh Post Gazette

Can Pittsburgh become a Smart City, using data wisely, making the best use of its current resources and serving the needs of its citizens and visitors? We think it can if we have the wit, wisdom and will to move forward.

As faculty members at Carnegie Mellon University’s Tepper School of Business, we have been studying how to make parking “smarter” since 2013. The city of Pittsburgh is well positioned to improve parking for the benefit of its citizens and visitors, by improving travelers’ experience, facilitating access to local businesses, mitigating emissions and reducing the city’s carbon footprint. These goals can be accomplished by pricing parking “right” and using technologies to manage parking and provide parking information. In today’s world, everything can use an app.

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