The Benefits of Managing Parking and Transit with One Technology

Posted By: Danny Drees General News,

TDM professionals serve commuters by running efficient transportation programs and optimizing their travel options. Over the last few years, there have been significant disruptions in commuter transportation, but also significant tools have become available for commuting leaders to successfully manage transportation on their campuses. Some of these tools merge the management of parking facilities and transit operations into one platform, providing several benefits to their operations, commuters and sustainability efforts.

  1. Improved Commuter Experience

Managing parking and campus transit operations with one platform results in a more seamless experience for commuters. When using one platform, real-time data is more reliable as data is centralized into one technology. This translates to more accurate information about shuttle schedules, parking availability and even things like reservations - all in one place. This approach reduces frustration, saves time and empowers commuters for smooth journeys to and from campus. 

  1. More Efficient Operations

Separately managing transit and parking on campus typically results in disjointed systems, duplicative work and a loss of valuable data that could be used for planning and increased savings. Merging these functions into one platform can help to streamline transportation systems, improve efficiency and reduce costs. Centralizing transportation modes means optimized staffing, smarter resource allocation, and higher response times. Unified platforms help to maximize parking space utilization and transit service use, reducing costs and enhancing sustainability. 

  1. Sustainability Improvements

Combining the management of transit and parking supports climate action goals and encourages commuters to use more sustainable transportation modes. A unified platform means unified information of fixed routes, on demand services, bike-sharing, rideshare as well as parking availability. Commuting leaders can incentivize sustainable alternatives, resulting in a reduction of single-occupancy vehicle (SOV) trips, lower emissions, less congestion and a cleaner environment. 

  1. Making Decisions with Data

Combining parking and transit management on campus means collecting valuable data. This can provide valuable insights for planners to make strategic decisions about parking facilities, transit operations and more. TDM professionals can use this to optimize service offerings, identify trends and lead with data. To meet evolving commuter needs, data-driven decisions create better outcomes. 

TDM professionals have the power to influence positive mode shift and improve the everyday lives of the commuters they serve. Efficient and innovative technology solutions are available to meet the challenges of hybrid work, parking demand and more. Let’s consider the transformative opportunity of merging transit and parking management ( for the benefit of everyone.