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Congestion: Myth 1

Myth:

Ride-hailing and car-sharing services reduce the total number of cars on the road.

Reality:

Transportation network companies (TNCs) often increase the number of vehicles on the road and miles driven. Deadhead miles* account for up to 50% of miles driven.

TNC vehicles, on average, travel an extra 0.25-1 mile for every for-hire mile driven, depending on city utilization rates. Additionally, TNCs directly compete with more sustainable transportation modes. One-quarter of ride-hailing service users say they would have used public transit instead if TNCs weren’t an option. TNCs also contribute to congestion by giving their drivers incentives to ignore traffic and parking regulations. In a three-month period in 2017, about 66% to 75% of all traffic violations in San Francisco were committed by TNCs.

Automated Car Parking Systems: Part of the Solution

Robotic Parking Systems has been advocating better parking options as a means to reduce congestion since 2001. Parking garages in cities do not have to be huge ugly behemoths. Automated car parking systems offer smaller garages with equal parking capacity as well as facades that can blend with any neighborhood.

Automated car parking systems play a crucial role in alleviating traffic congestion in urban areas. These systems optimize the use of available parking space, contributing to a more efficient flow of traffic. Traditional parking methods often involve drivers circling for parking spots, leading to increased congestion and fuel consumption. In contrast, automated systems streamline the parking process by allowing the driver to simply leave their car on a pallet in the entry terminal to then be parked by the machines.

These systems are designed to maximize parking capacity, accommodating more vehicles in a given space compared to conventional parking facilities. By efficiently organizing and stacking cars in designated areas, automated car parking systems help minimize the need for extensive surface parking lots, freeing up valuable urban real estate for other purposes. Moreover, the reduced time spent searching for parking spaces means fewer cars on the road, resulting in decreased traffic congestion and improved overall traffic flow.

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The National Parking Association commissioned a top-10 consulting firm to produce a report on reducing congestion. The result: “Parking is a solution to congestion.”

The report, “An Ecosystem Approach to Reducing Congestion,” reaffirms the role of parking in our cities. For the full study, visit WeAreParking.org/Congestion.

If you are interested in learning more about how a Robotic Parking System could integrate with your project, reach out to our experts below. Provide some basic information and our experts will create custom parking plans for your project at no cost.

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© 2018 PwC. All rights reserved.
Produced with the participation of the National Parking Association

● Deadhead miles indicate miles driven by a commercial driver without paying passengers or freight.

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