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Study Description

The Parking Management Guidance Systems (PMGS) is a component of the Advanced Traveler Information System that includes Variable Message Sign (VMS) displays at various locations leading to transit station parking facilities that will provide real time parking availability information. All parking information and related data shall be gathered, stored and displayed to motorists electronically. The PMGS will serve as a means to: 1) guide and route motorists to transit station parking facilities through a demand-responsive state-of-the-art communications system, and 2) manage existing parking stock by directing motorists to areas with ample parking stall vacancies, thus reducing internal lot dwell and circulation times and thereby providing for improved fill rate efficiencies. A full-scale PMGS will ultimately connect to a future Illinois Transit Hub (being developed by the RTA) and will be integrated with the Gary-Chicago-Milwaukee (GCM) Multi-Modal Traveler Information System.

A pilot project will deploy VMS and parking capacity monitoring tools at Metra's Rock Island District corridor. Overall system components include central control software and hardware, local controllers, parking lot sensors, and site specific VMS. The system expectations and performance requirements developed during the feasibility study conducted by the Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) was used to develop design specifications for the pilot PMGS.

Program:Intelligent Transportation Systems
Current Activities:N/A
Information Updated:November 2012
Study Documents
Parking Management Systems
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Related Transit Assets
Metra Stations:80th Avenue (Tinley Park) (RI-Main)
Deerfield (Milw-N) accessible
Hickory Creek (RI-Main) accessible
Lake Cook Road (Milw-N) accessible
North Glenview (Milw-N) accessible
Northbrook (Milw-N)
Related Jurisdictions
Counties:Cook, Lake, Will
Municipalities:Deerfield, Glenview, Mokena, Northbrook, Tinley Park
US Congressional Districts:1 Bobby Rush, 10 Brad Schneider, 9 Jan Schakowsky
Illinois Senate Districts:19 Michael E. Hastings, 29 Julie A. Morrison, 9 Laura Fine
Illinois House Districts:17 Jennifer Gong-Gershowitz, 18 Robyn Gabel, 37 Margo McDermed, 38 Debbie Meyers-Martin, 57 Jonathan Carroll, 58 Bob Morgan
County Board Districts:Cook 14, Cook 17, Cook 6, Lake 12, Will 12
Chicago Wards:none
Councils of Mayors:Lake, North Shore, South, Will

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