‘Performance parking’ can lower average parking rates while raising more money for Pittsburgh

Over the past 18 months, two of us, Mark Fichman and Stephen Spear, have been conducting a pilot study of “performance parking” around the campus of Carnegie Mellon University. With the assistance of the Pittsburgh Parking Authority and the oversight of Pittsburgh City Council, we have adjusted prices so you can almost always find a place to park. You no longer have to circle the block or double park and wait to get a space.
But this approach has resulted not only in improved parking performance, it also has generated higher parking revenues while lowering average parking costs.