The board of the Pittsburgh Parking Authority today voted to link five more of its garages to a real-time parking availability service, which is planning a further expansion early next year.
Launched by the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust in December 2010, ParkPGH provides real-time parking information for nine garages in the Cultural District and two on the North Shore. Participating garages are owned by the authority or Cultural Trust or managed by Alco Parking. The North Shore locations were added after the T's North Shore Connector began operating in March.
Four parking authority garages--Fort Duquesne-Sixth Street, Smithfield Street-Liberty Avenue, Grant Street Transportation Center and Ninth Street-Penn Avenue--were part of the original service.
Today, the authority board voted to spend as much as $12,000 on software to add five more garages--Oliver Avenue, Mellon Square, Third Avenue, First Avenue and Wood Street-Boulevard of the Allies--to the service.
Mark Fleming, vice president of marketing and communications for the Cultural Trust, said the authority's additions are part of a push to expand ParkPGH beyond the Cultural District to a broader part of Downtown. During the first quarter of 2013, he said, he hopes to have 23 to 25 garages participating in the system, which is accessible by web site, telephone and mobile phones.
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