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Saratoga Springs explores new solution to address parking

Saratoga Springs explores new solution to address parking

New RFP issued to replace paid parking system solution to address city parking woes
Saratoga Springs explores new solution to address parking
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SARATOGA SPRINGS — Saratoga Springs issued a new request for proposals (RFP) on Tuesday in hopes of addressing parking problems in the city. 

The Feb. 12 request sought to implement paid parking in the city -- between Broadway and Maple Avenue, from Congress Park to Saratoga Springs City Center, and west of Broadway to Railroad Place.

Mayor Meg Kelly, Finance Commissioner Michele Madigan and Public Works Commissioner Skip Scirocco recently announced the new Smart Parking Management Strategy and Implementation RFP. 

According to a prepared statement by the city, the Smart Parking RFP includes a more thorough description of the city’s expectations, including specific technology requirements. It also requests financial models with options, a phased approach to paid parking, a commitment to reinvestment revenues into parking infrastructure, and an overall study to assess the city's immediate and long-term needs.

"The parking consultant/management team shall study and design creative options and alternatives for new smart parking technologies that achieve the city's goals and objectives. The team shall then help the city arrive at a consensus," the RFP states. 

“In an effort to try and implement some of the recommendations of the Parking Task Force, we wanted to issue an RFP that would study our issue and suggest options to help people move around the city easier," Kelly said in a prepared statement. "Integrating technology was always the goal of any parking RFP, this new Smart Parking RFP clarifies any confusion that the original RFP might have created."

City council members are seeking to bring an experienced consultant to work for the city to study parking and to offer suggestions for solving long-running parking issues downtown.

“It’s 2018 and time to leverage new technologies with creative solutions to solve longstanding transit and parking issues in our city," Madigan said in a prepared statement. "Our goal is to offer residents and visitors an experience that uses technology to move people through our city with ease, park, and enjoy our many city amenities. 

"We’re working toward being a smart city, and connected parking solutions brings us one step closer to that goal."

Bids will be accepted until April 3. 

An organizational kick-off meeting is scheduled for May 8 at Saratoga Springs City Hall.

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