Automated parking guidance coming to Downtown Redwood City

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Real-time parking information is coming soon to Downtown Redwood City, with the aim of reducing congestion and making the parking process easier for citizens.

At its meeting Monday, Redwood City’s council voted to award a contract to Cleverciti Systems Corp. to install and operate an automated parking guidance system for Downtown Redwood City. The system tracks parking availability via sensors and relays that information to the public via digital signs, mobile apps and websites.

The project, a partnership between the Redwood City Improvement Association (RCIA) and city, is expected to cost about $904,000 up front, with the city incurring an ongoing monthly charge estimated at about $18,000.

Downtown Redwood City parking facilities include seven lots, two garages, about 1,500 on-street parking spaces and several private facilities that provide public access via shared parking agreements.

Parking occupancy downtown is currently half of what it was prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, when there were about 100,000 transactions per month for on-street parking, according to city documents. City officials expect parking demand to return and even grow post-pandemic restrictions.

Photos of possible digital signage courtesy of city documents

4 Comments

  1. I have never had a problem parking in downtown Redwood City. I think it’s ridiculous to spend all that money on this during the pandemic when the restaurants are going out of business, unless of course the money has already been earmarked for this project.

    • The sensors will allow them to automate parking enforcement. This will in all liklihood result in higher parking revenues.

  2. This is an incredibly welcome improvement that will help residents and visitors to Redwood City, and most importantly our small businesses, restaurants, cafes and shops. It also makes Redwood City more attractive to new businesses, which is key.

    Redwood City has such tremendous potential and has been doing a great job supporting growth. We have maintained a community feel much different than other nearby cities with our courthouse square, walkable core and great events attracting visitors throughout the year.

    Please keep making smart improvements like this one.

  3. I agree, waste of money especially NOW. The city council has absolutely no clue what they are doing or should be doing.

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