Published on June 22nd, 2016 |0
City seeks bids for new vendor contract to manage paid parking spaces
The contract with ParkAtlanta, which is operated by Wisconsin-based Duncan Solutions, expires in September and is not eligible for renewal, according to Mayor Kasim Reed’s office.
“I have heard clear public demand for a new approach to parking management in the City of Atlanta and today I am responding to that demand,” Mayor Reed said in a Monday released prepared statement.
“The new agreement will bring immediate and reliable benefits to the City of Atlanta. It is designed to address public concerns, including the need for improved customer service and an independent process to challenge tickets through the Municipal Court,” the statement continued.
“The city’s next parking operator will use cutting-edge, up-to-the-minute technology to operate a parking system that meets everyone’s needs,” Reed promised in the statement.
The request for proposals, which are due in late July, gives preference to firms that will:
- Guarantee $7 million dollars in annual revenue to go in to the city of Atlanta general fund;
- Consider a revenue-sharing agreement beyond the guaranteed amount;
- Agree to a set grace period for expired meters of three minutes on weekdays and five minutes on weekends and holidays;
- Agree to an independent process for contesting tickets through the Atlanta Municipal Court; and
- Agree to accept penalties if a certain percentage of tickets are overturned through the independent review process.
The city statement points out the contract with ParkAtlanta was negotiated and signed in 2009 under a prior administration. The ParkAtlanta agreement has generated $5.5 million in guaranteed revenue for the City of Atlanta each year.
While the present contract expires in September, the City Council is allowed to authorize a temporary extension of the contract to cover the period between the contract’s expiration and the new agreement taking effect.