On May 26, 2020, the City Council, approved the Operating Budget (ID# 11376), which included the following: “RPP Parking Administrative Program Revisions - This action will require significant program changes phasing the administration of this program to allow for License Plate Recognition (LPR), virtual permits, and other modifications to allow for cost control… This General Fund savings reflects the elimination of the current General Fund subsidy to ensure the RPP Fund remains financially solvent.”
Implementing license plate recognition in order to transition to virtual permits city-wide was supported during multiple meetings with the Planning and Transportation Commission (PTC) and City Council in the past year and was approved by Council on February 22, 2021, for use in RPP zones (ID# 11492). The rollout of these changes, paired with the rollout of a new parking permit management vendor, Duncan Solutions, provided an opportunity to also address other prioritized RPP adjustments.
The RPP program was not intended to allow a single permit for multiple customers. A transferable hangtag permit also brings the effective cost of the RPP permit to lower than that of the garage employee permit, which achieves the opposite effect of wanting to incentivize off-street parking over on-street parking (Parking Work Plan item #31). The transition to the ‘one permit, one customer’ model will give the City the much-needed data to help make thoughtful and efficient transportation decisions as we strive to reduce single-occupancy vehicles and promote green transportation.