This research focuses on student parking, which is the largest group of parking users on most university campuses. The objectives are:
- To conduct a survey to understand the factors that influence students’ parking location choices, usage patterns, preferences among the different Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) applications for parking and levels of tolerance for parking search time.
- To develop the level of service (LOS) criteria for parking search time;
- To develop a student parking lot zoning and zone permit pricing (Z2P2) model that groups several parking lots into a zone, and recommend the permit price for the zone;
- To develop a software tool named Sparkman that estimates the total student parking demand of the entire campus, the “base price” of student parking permits, zoning of student parking lots, and the permit prices of the different zones. The total demand and “base price” models have been developed by the PI as two separate models in earlier research, while the Z2P2 models will be developed as part of this project. The total demand, “base price” and Z2P2 models will be integrated into Sparkman as part of this research