This article focuses on the Smart Garage parking system at the Dallas Forth Worth International Airport in Texas. The new facility uses dynamic message signs (DMS) to direct parking customers to the nearest available parking spaces and detector loops. The article gives an overview of the parking structure, as well as the loop-count system which uses pre-formed in-slab vehicle detector loops at every count station. A central server with count software is used to track vehicle movements and automatically change DMS messages. Various advantages of the system to customers are mentioned, such as reduced waiting times, reduced traffic, and reduced vehicle emissions. Parking operators, in turn, can reap benefits from the data system such as improved pricing strategies, reduced staffing requirements for traffic control, as well as having the ability to predict future parking patterns and trends.

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    National Parking Association

    1112 16th Street, NW, Suite 300
    Washington, DC  United States  20036
  • Authors:
    • Moore, D A
  • Publication Date: 2005-7


  • English

Media Info

  • Features: Figures; Photos;
  • Pagination: pp 24-28
  • Serial:
    • Parking
    • Volume: 44
    • Issue Number: 6
    • Publisher: National Parking Association
    • ISSN: 0031-2193

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01005434
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: UC Berkeley Transportation Library
  • Files: BTRIS, TRIS
  • Created Date: Oct 19 2005 12:44PM