For more information, contact Ed Meece, Parking Program Manager, 406-582-2903; firstname.lastname@example.org
In early May, the City of Bozeman deployed cutting-edge technology that completely changes how public parking is managed and enforced in Bozeman. With $500,000 in funding from the Downtown Tax Increment Finance District, the Parking Services Division replaced the access/payment equipment at the Bridger Park Downtown Garage, and changed enforcement, appeal, and business office operations. At the core of this project is a transition to License Plate Recognition (LPR) technology. Bozeman's new LPR system uses virtual rather than paper or sticker permits; increases the speed and accuracy of enforcement; and provides citizens the ability to manage their parking needs through an on-line portal.
The City's new parking technology uses the Flex data platform from T2 Systems, and is scalable to accommodate the needs of Bozeman's dynamic public parking system. The City of Bozeman is excited to introduce this new technology to our community, enhancing the public parking experience for citizens, businesses, and visitors.
Customers have the ability to manage their existing parking permits, join permit waiting lists, modify their information ( such as their address etc.), pay a citation, file an appeal, and look at a complete vehicle history (including permits, citations, and appeals) through the new online customer portal.
BRIDGER PARK DOWNTOWN GARAGE
No more gates. the new fixed license plate recognition (LPR) system at the Bridger Park Downtown Garage will scan license plates entering and exiting the garage. Customers will have 2 hours of free parking, however, when that time has elapsed enforcement officers will be notified immediately. Customers in need of more than 2 hours parking should visit a Pay Station - IMMEDIATELY AFTER PARKING THEIR VEHICLE -- (located at street level in each stairwell) with their license plate number and credit card before exiting the garage.
At the Pay Station, customers have the opportunity to request a text message alerting them that their parking is about to expire and providing the opportunity to pay for more time remotely, without needing to return to the garage.
From an online portal, Monthly/Annual permit holders to the Bridger Downtown Parking Garage can modify the license plates attached to their 'virtual' parking permit - as well as other relevant customer information.
By reducing the time needed to enter/exit the garage, the LPR system prevents long customer lines and reduces idling in the garage.
Utilizing mobile LPR technology, mounted on enforcement vehicles, Parking Enforcement Officers are able to enforce parking in overtime/permit districts and the garage and surface lots quickly, while increasing accuracy. This increased staff productivity allows the Parking Services Division to provide more proactive parking enforcement community-wide—without the need for additional staff.
Citizens are able to view a parking citation, and accompanying pictures, prior to filing an appeal. In addition, customers can see the complete enforcement/appeals history for a specific vehicle.