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Burlington introduces real-time parking data

Crews installing parking occupancy sensors in downtown Burlington. City of Burlington

The City of Burlington is hoping to kick parking frustrations to the curb with a new mobile app feature.

Occupancy sensors are slowing being installed throughout streets and lots in the downtown so that motorists can quickly find out where a spot is available.

These magnetic sensors or pucks communicate with the city of Burlington app so that drivers can search for vacancies on their mobile device or through an in car GPS.

Project leader Paul Byrne says this system could also prove informative when it comes to demand.

“These pucks will be able to tell us over a period of time, where people are parking, how long they’re parking for, do we need to build more parking in certain areas” he said.

Byrne expects real-time data to be available for all of the downtown core by August.

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He says ideally there will also be an option to pay for parking in advance.

If the project proves successful, Byrne says, it could eventually be rolled out across the entire city.

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