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Parking: What if You Paid More When Spaces are Fewer?

A pilot program starts in Downtown L.A. Monday to test a wireless pay-by-demand program.

What if parking prices rose and fell based on demand?

In Downtown Los Angeles, a new program kicks off Monday to do just that.

The Los Angeles Times reports that wireless pavement sensors will monitor 6,000 meters and 7,500 off-street spaces in an area spanning 4.5 square miles.

If it's busy, fees could jump to up to $6 an hour. If fewer people are waiting to park, meter time could fall to 50 cents an hour.

Read the full Los Angeles Times article here.

The pilot project—called LA Express Park—also lets you put more money in your meter via cellphone.

The Los Angeles Department of Transportation is in charge of the program, with funding by the U.S. Department of Transportation.

Santa Monica is also testing out new parking technology.

Earlier this week, the city began to put in meters that reset when a car left, creating controversy.

Listen to KPCC's Patt Morrison on the issue here.

Tibor Balazs May 21, 2012 at 05:02 PM
Government at work. Their soul purpose is to come up with new ways to separate you from your money. Will the parking situation improve?? Of course not, but it will cost you a hell of a lot more than ever before. I am just waiting to see when toll machines will be installed on our streets and at some point you may even have to pay your way into your own driveway. Where does the money come from for these projects? This is one segment of government that don't seam to have budget crisis! Sickening.

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