Cost

An advanced parking information system was deployed as part of the Seattle Metropolitan Model Deployment Initiative for $925,000; maintenance costs of the system hardware were estimated at 7% of the hardware capital costs.

From the Seattle MMDI Evaluation Report: Appendix A.12: Seattle Center Advanced Parking Information System


30 May 2000
Seattle,Washington,United States


Summary Information

The Seattle Center Advanced Parking Information System, in Seattle, Washington, provides information and routing directions to three major parking centers via variable message signs (VMS). This information is also available via the Internet, phone, and pagers to travelers prior to leaving for an event as well as travelers en route. Detection technology is used to monitor parking availability.

The system costs were $925,265 and included hardware, installation, and consulting fees. Detailed costs of components are provided in the table below. Operations and maintenance (O&M) costs were $50,523. Maintenance costs of hardware (signs, computers, and communication equipment) were estimated at 7% of the hardware capital costs. Parking management staff is assumed to be 0.25 full time equivalent per year.

Equipment Description (Parking Information System)
Non-Recurring Cost
Recurring Cost
Central Computer System, Hardware and Software
$11,540
VMS Controllers & Cabinets (Quantity: 2)
$99,675
VMS Structures & Installation (Quantity: 2)
$70,000
5th Ave. Monitoring System (Groundhog System)
$21,250
Mercer Garage Monitoring System Hardware
$38,300
Mercer Garage Monitoring System Installation Labor
$8,000
1st Ave. Garage Monitoring System Hardware
$12,000
1st Ave. Garage Monitoring System Installation Labor
$2,000
Communications System Hardware
$5,900
Communications System Labor
$3,600
Software Development
$95,000
Core Consultant Services
$146,000
IBI Consulting Services
$412,000
Maintenance @ 7% of Hardware Costs
$18,973
Telephone Line Cost/Year
$300
Parking Management Staff
$31,250
TOTAL
$925,265
$50,523



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Source

Seattle Metropolitan Model Deployment Evaluation Report

Author: Jensen, M., et al. (SAIC, Battelle, Mitretek, and Volpe)

Published By: Federal Highway Administration, U.S. DOT

Prepared by SAIC for the U.S. DOT

Source Date: 30 May 2000

EDL Number: 13071

Other Reference Number: Report No. FHWA-OP-00-019

URL: https://rosap.ntl.bts.gov/view/dot/2943

System Cost

System cost: $925,265 (1998).

Annual O&M cost: $50,523 (1998).

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Benefits From This Source

A model determined that incorporating arterial traffic flow data into the traveler information system in Seattle, Washington could decrease the number of stops by 5.6 percent.

A model found that coordinating fixed signal timing plans along congested arterial corridors leading into Seattle, Washington would help reduce the number of expected crashes by 2.5 percent and the frequency of fatal crashes by 1.1 percent.

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Lessons From This Source

Develop long-range plans to ensure the success and continuity of advanced traveler information systems.

Involve the private sector in the implementation of multiple advanced traveler information technologies.

Use an appropriate procurement mechanism to support the implementation of multiple advanced traveler information technologies.

Cost ID: 2003-00042