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April 24, 2012 - Vol 4, Issue 9
In This Issue
IPI's ADA Webinar is Tomorrow!
New Hotel Added for IPI Conference & Expo
Managing Parking at Colleges and Universities: Online ShopTalk
News You Can Use For Your Local Newspapers
New Posts on the Parking Matters Blog
New Jobs Posted
A Lot is Covered in the May Special Issue of The Parking Professional
New RFPs Posted
Industry Headlines - From IPI's Social Media
IPI Suppliers Summit Opens Today
State of the States
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IPI's ADA Webinar is Tomorrow!

ADAimageParking ADA Self Audit

Wednesday, April 25, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. EDT


Thinking of restriping your lot/structure? It's about to get more complicated. New ADA guidelines took effect March 15, 2012 that removed safe harbor clauses of the original 1991 law. That means lots that are striped after March 15 must meet the latest requirements for van accessible space ratios, and "readily achievable" architectural barriers between parking areas and business must be removed. Are you ready for these changes? Join us on this webinar to learn the most common parking ADA mistakes, what items must be fixed to comply with the new guidelines, and how to use a checklist to easily audit your facility and create a realistic plan.


Instructor: Michelle Wendler, AIA, principal, Watry Design, Inc.


$35.00 for IPI Members; $50.00 for Non-Members


For more information and to register     


New Hotel Added for IPI Conference & Expo After Two Nearly Sell Out

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Due to the overwhelming response for what is shaping up to be record number of attendees for the 2012 IPI Conference & Expo in Phoenix, the two conference hotel properties are nearly sold out. To help attendees secure lodging at the best available rates available, IPI has added the Westin Phoenix Downtown as a third Conference property. The Westin Phoenix Downtown is a brand new hotel in the heart of downtown Phoenix just blocks from the Phoenix Convention Center with a Metro Light Rail outside its doors.


Reserve your room now online or by calling 866.961.3775 to lock in the IPI Conference Rate of $155. The rate is only guaranteed through May 16, but it may not last that long if rooms sell out.


Be sure to register for the 2012 IPI Conference & Expo now to get the lowest rates and see why this is the parking industry's largest Conference & Expo.


Managing Parking at Colleges and Universities: Online ShopTalk Today at 1:00 p.m. EDT

Join IPI for our April Online ShopTalk: Managing Parking at Colleges and Universities today at 1 p.m EDT. April's virtual roundtable provides an opportunity for IPI members who work at academic institutions to share ideas and best practices on campus parking issues. Participants will be asked to share their experiences. Contact info of all participants will be sent to all registrants to allow for further offline networking.

Online ShopTalks are FREE but only for IPI members.


If you want to attend, make sure to join IPI and receive all the benefits.

News You Can Use For Your Local Newspapers
As part of the Parking Matters® program, IPI distributed this catchy consumer-oriented feature last week: Tips for Drivers: 8 Ways to Avoid Getting a Parking Ticket and it's already gotten some good pickup in major newspapers and social media, including the popular Consumer_Wire which tweeted it to 57,000+ followers. Aside from providing ways to avoid tickets, this release was written to educate drivers (and the media) that tickets are not all about revenue, but about turnover, successful downtowns, safety, and being able to get where you need to go. These are all very important messages that help advance the parking profession and tell our story. This is the kind of release that IPI's Allied State and Regional Associations have permission to adapt and send to local media. For advice on that, contact Helen Sullivan, IPI's communication counsel.


New Posts on the Parking Matters® Blog

PM blog logoThe Parking Matters® Blog is a new platform for parking and transportation professionals to share ideas, voice opinions, inspire, enlighten, educate, and inform. Visit the blog to see the latest posts and subscribe to receive new posts in your inbox. See what you have been missing.



4 Ways to Welcome Cyclists by J.C. Porter, CAPP


The Conundrum of Paid Parking by Brett Wood, P.E.

New Jobs Posted

IPI Career HQHave a job to post? Reach thousands of parking professionals at Looking for a job in the parking industry? View our latest listings.


Manager Parking Enterprise - City of Kitchener


New Business Development, Western Region - T2 Systems


View more job listings  


A Lot is Covered in the May Special Issue of

The Parking Professional

From parking lots to a U.S. Congressman's support for bike parking to the 2012 IPI Conference & Expo, the May issue of The Parking Professional has a great line-up of features. Eran Ben-Joseph, Ph.D., MIT professor and author of the just-released book ReThinking a Lot: The Design and Culture of Parking shares his ideas in our cover story about how parking lots can become social areas through both design and use. The issue also contains valuable information about and the guide to the exhibitors at the IPI Conference & Expo--the number-one parking event in the world. You will see why you need to book your trip to Phoenix and check out all that's new and exciting in parking.


Community CentralMaycover2012

An MIT professor rethinks parking lots as the centers of their communities in his new book.


Pedaling Parking

U.S. Congressman Earl Blumenauer on why bicycle parking is a new priority for cities and towns.


Backing In

A Pennsylvania borough uses reverse angle parking to boost its downtown.


Green Options

Transit parking best practices deliver sustainable benefits to parking facilities and communities.


Mission Possible

How do you engage your team and measure success? One way is in paper cups.


Getting On the Bus

There are plenty of tools out there to boost campus bus ridership. Knowing how to use them makes all the difference. 


To advertise in the award-winning The Parking Professional, contact Bonnie Watts at 540.371.7535.

New RFPs Posted on IPI's RFP Portal

RFP crop

These are the latest parking RFPs available at the IPI RFP Portal. Access to complete RFP details is a benefit of IPI membership.



Texas AgriLife Research & Extension Center

For: Study Area Parking and Detention Pond


Texas Tech University

For: Printing Services for Tickets and Parking Permits/Hangtags


City of Dayton, Ohio

For: Management and Operation of Public Parking Facilities, Shuttle Buses, and Taxi Starter Services at the Dayton International Airport

Calgary Stampede

For: Parking Access and Revenue Control System


City of Great Falls, Mont.

For: Downtown Access, Circulation, Parking, and Streetscape Plan


Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport

For: Remote Parking Busing Operations

View all current RFPs 

Do you have an RFP you would like to have promoted? IPI provides this forum for parking organizations to post their RFPs at no charge. For more information, contact Henry Wallmeyer at 540.371.7535. 


*Not an IPI member, but want access to the RFPs? Join Now!  


Industry Headlines From IPI's Social Media
Did you know that IPI provides an easy way to follow the latest news and trends in the parking and transportation industry? Just join us on Twitter, FacebookLinkedIn and the Parking Matters Blog. IPI staff regularly post information that is important to parking professionals. Here are just a few examples of the stories you may have missed:


Hollywood, Fla. launches pay-by-phone parking service Monday


The Double-Slit Garage Experiment -> Science meets parking


Howard University Develops a Transportation Demand Plan


Tips for Drivers: 8 Ways to Avoid Getting a Parking Ticket


LED lights "go green" in Oak Park Public Library parking garage


New parking policies better deal


New law could help municipalities collect parking fines


Most visitors happy with parking in Salem


500 new 'pay-by-plate' parking meters planned in Pittsburgh


IPI Suppliers Summit Opens Today

IPI is bringing together the top executives of our industry's major product and service providers to interact with each other as we look at future opportunities to advance the parking profession.


The inaugural IPI Suppliers Summit is being held in Chicago today and will have an open dialogue on topics such as: 

  • Educating Decision-Makers on Parking's Role in Economic Development
  • Educating Stakeholders on Parking Technology
  • Enhancing Parking's Image
  • A New World: Sustainable Parking Solutions
  • Growing the Parking Profession
  • Building a Global Parking Community: International Outreach Programs
  • Emerging Trends
  • Future Challenges and Opportunities

IPI looks forward to sharing the ideas and innovations that are developed during the summit.


State of the States

Parking Association of the Virginias

The PAV annual meeting is set for Friday, May 11, 2012, 10 a.m.- 3 p.m., Westin Richmond, 6631 West Broad Street. Richmond, Va., Registration is available online.  The theme for the annual meeting is "See the Future." Alan Rucker and David Davitaia from the University of Maryland will present their lessons learned from their implementation of License Plate Recognition (LPR) technology for enforcing parking regulations and their move toward a permit-less system. Read more...


Texas Parking and Transportation Association

The Texas Parking & Transportation Association would like to thank all our sponsors, vendor' attendees, presenters, and special guests for a great 2012 Conference and Tradeshow. The conference was held in downtown Hyatt Regency, March 28-30, 2012. Read more...