Paid Parking in Moscow: from the Boulevard Ring to the Garden Ring?
22.11.2013 12:26:00

Paid Parking in Moscow: from the Boulevard Ring to the Garden Ring?

PAID PARKING IN MOSCOW: FROM THE BOULEVARD RING TO THE GARDEN RING?

People express higher opinion of the traffic and parking situation inside the Boulevard Ring compared to the Garden Ring.

MOSCOW, November 21, 2013 The All-Russian Center for the Study of Public Opinion (VTSIOM) has presented results of its study of Moscow residents' opinion about the introduction of paid parking in the city center. The opinion poll covered car owners, pedestrians who walk within the Boulevard Ring, residents of the Boulevard Ring district (the paid parking zone), and residents of the area within the Garden Ring.

 

IN BRIEF:

·         Each day more Moscow residents are using the paid parking service within the Boulevard Ring;

·         The idea of expanding the project to the Garden Ring limits is now supported by 41% of the respondents, first of all residents of the Garden Ring and the Boulevard Ring, but even beyond this area the number of people who like the idea is quite large too;

·         Those who support the expansion of the paid parking zone to include the entire area within the Garden Ring believe that thanks to this measure traffic situation in the area will get better, with less traffic jams; the opponents complain about the high prices.

Traffic situation within the Boulevard Ring is assessed better than within the Garden Ring. For instance, 56% of the respondents are not satisfied with the average traffic speed within the Garden Ring while in the case of the Boulevard Ring the same answer gave 48% of the respondents. Similar opinions were expressed about the possibility to park a car (58% and 49% respectively).

 

One of the key improvements from the introduction of paid parking in the Boulevard Ring district mentioned by the respondents is a better organization of parking in the area (26%).

 

The share of Moscow residents who use paid parking within the Boulevard Ring is growing up: in one month the number of users of the new service increased from 44% to 50%.  At the same time, the share of those who never used paid parking earlier and are not planning to use it in the future goes down (from 40% to 31%).

 

In the recent month, people's attitude to such method of payment for paid parking as a mobile app for cell phones/tablet computers has improved significantly: the share of those who express a positive opinion about functionality of this service increased during the month from 10% to 27%.  Parking meters have also had positive response from people who paid for parking with parking cards (from 15% to 38%) and bank cards (from 23% to 34%). Payment by SMS is another popular method of payment with one of the highest scores (growth to 39% from 31%).

 

The expansion of the paid parking project to the Garden Ring limits is supported by 41% of the respondents. Supporters of the expansion explain their attitude, first of all, by being convinced that thanks to this measure traffic situation in the area will get better, with less traffic jams.

 

The opinion poll was held October 23-28, 2013 in Moscow, within the Garden Ring, not including the Boulevard Ring (the exception is residents of the paid parking zone who were interviewed separately within the Boulevard Ring district). Altogether, 720 people were interviewed including car owners, pedestrians who walk within the paid parking zone, residents of the Boulevard Ring district (the paid parking zone) and the area inside the Garden Ring. 

Detailed statistics derived from the study results can be found on the VTSIOM official web site.

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By the End of 2013 the Moscow Parking Area to Be Expanded to the Garden Ring Limits
06.11.2013 12:13:26
By the end of 2013, the Moscow parking area will be expanded to the Garden Ring limits. This information was announced November 6 by the Deputy Mayor of Moscow, head of the Moscow Transport Management and Road Infrastructure Development Department Maksim Liksutov at a press-conference.

The expansion of the Moscow parking area to the Garden Ring will be done gradually: starting December 5 paid parking will be introduced in Zamoskvorechye and Yakimanka districts and after December 25 the entire area within the Garden Ring limits will become a paid parking zone. 

Parking fees will be differentiated depending on the charging zone: within the Boulevard Ring, one hour of parking will cost 80 rubles and in the strip from the Boulevard Ring to the Garden Ring the parking fee will be 60 rubles per hour. "This measure will allow us to ensure constant availability of parking spaces for short-term parking in the city center, further reduce average parking time and strengthen the results we have already reached in terms of the number of cars entering the paid parking area", – explained the Deputy Mayor of Moscow, head of the Moscow Transport Management and Road Infrastructure Development Department Maksim Liksutov

Parking subscription rates will also be changed. A one-month parking subscription for the entire paid parking area will cost RUB16,000 while the price for a one-year subscription will be RUB160,000. To park in the area between the Boulevard Ring and the Garden Ring, a car owner will have to pay RUB12,000 per month or RUB120,000 per year. One of the directions for the development of the parking area is to make parking conditions more flexible. For instance, all Moscow residents registered at parking.mos.ru will have the right to park their cars free of charge on weekends and official holidays. Changes will also be made in the privileged parking system dealing with residents of the paid parking zone and people with disabilities: these two groups will have privileged access to municipal on-street parking spaces. In addition, the procedure of changing the car registration number in the residential parking permit will be simplified: it will now be allowed to change the number as frequent as once per month. As the project is implemented further, the parking capacity will be increased from the currently available 4,300 spaces within the Boulevard Ring to 17,000 spaces in the Garden Ring area. In addition to them, the paid parking area will include about 13,000 parking spaces in multi-level parking garages and dedicated on-street parking lots. "This means the new paid parking area will have a total of about 30,000 regular parking spaces", – emphasized the head of the Moscow Transport Management and Road Infrastructure Development Department. 

In the effort to establish infrastructure required for the new paid parking area, road marking has been painted on over 250 streets, about 1,300 information boards are being prepared, 350 new solar panel parking meters will be installed. In the course of the press conference, the head of the Moscow Transport Management and Road Infrastructure Development Department urged local residents to start obtaining residential parking permits in advance. "Although the parking fees will start being collected only from the beginning of December, residential parking permits can be obtained even now. With this document, local residents will be able to buy an annual subscription for unlimited round-the-clock parking on the streets of their municipal district for RUB3,000 only. Detailed information about how to obtain a residential parking permit and privileged parking subscription is available at the Moscow Parking project web site and at pgu.mos.ru", – told Maksim Liksutov.

Speaking at the meeting, the head of the Moscow Transport Management and Road Infrastructure Development Department reminded once again that paid parking in Moscow is, above all, a social project. Indeed, in the first five months of its life the paid parking project implemented within the Boulevard Ring collected over 125 million rubles, and from the moment when the pilot paid parking project had been launched in Tverskoy district the proceeds exceeded 150 million rubles. All the money collected from the Boulevard Ring parking area in 2013 will be transferred to the local municipalities in 2014. These amounts will be spent in a target-oriented manner for improvement of local public amenities in the second half of 2014. 

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Leonid Bugayev Assessed the Moscow Parking App
25.10.2013 11:07:09

Leonid Bugayev Assessed the Moscow Parking App

Leonid Bugayev, author of two books about mobile technologies, founder of the Experts Academy, creative director of Nordic Agency AB (MoscowStockholm) has tested the Moscow Parking mobile app and shared his opinion at Apps4all.ru

Today, paid parking lots in Moscow as well as handy mobile apps have captured minds of thousands of the city residents. Having melted these two topical issues together, the Moscow Parking app has recently been released. Following this event, we discussed the problem of car parking in the city and the Moscow Parking mobile app with the author of Mobile Networking and Mobile Marketing books, expert in mobile B2B solutions Leonid Bugayev.

What is your overall attitude to the paid parking lots project?

My attitude to paid parking lots is incredibly emotional. As a motorist, I put very high value on the possibility to move freely: easily find a parking space, take a walk in downtown Moscow, come to meetings with my business partners in time. And I'm not the only one who wants it. This is why thousands of car owners come every day to the center of every city: to work, meet, recreate, communicate. And this is why I understand the city is unable to increase the number of parking spaces in a wink which means one has to spend much time to find a place to park. Therefore, however unpleasant it could be, I do realize there is no alternative to paid parking lots: either you pay for the comfort or you don't have any, keeping in mind how many people are eager for it.

Have you ever paid for parking in downtown Moscow and, if yes, which payment method did you use?

Yes, I have. In recent ten years I paid for parking in the downtown by a variety of methods: I tried to escape those strange "ticket sellers" on Tverskaya Street, I parked my car in underground parking lots of business centers and malls, and (at last!) I paid for parking using my cell phone. Naturally, this third method is the most preferable for me.

How do you assess the Moscow Parking app compared to other existing payment methods (SMS, parking meters, parking cards, QIWI wallet)?

The Moscow Parking app should come in handy for gadget maniacs who can easily link their credit cards or mobile phone numbers to the app and use it in the future to pay for parking. Still, parking meters, parking cards and other payment methods should definitely be available anyway since smartphones, unfortunately, have not become 100% widespread yet. Nevertheless, time is on the mobile app's side: the number of smartphone users is growing each day.

How do you this new app compared to foreign analogs?

When abroad, I mainly use parking meters: you see, to download and install a mobile app one should be living in a city for longer than a week. In Madrid and Barcelona I gained both positive and negative experience; as a rule, local apps' common drawback is their "native character": they are focused on the cities' native language and do not have the English version (every now and then messages in Spanish are displayed). I hope, in the Moscow Parking app the multilingual support issue is solved though I have not checked it yet myself (the issue is solved indeed: the mobile app has both the Russian and the English versions – editor's note).

What's your opinion on the app's functionality? Which features made you happy?

A really exciting feature is the real-time display of the parking spaces number: how many parking spaces are vacant in each particular area and where I can park my car right now. This is a remarkable solution which saves my time, and I'm ready to pay for it.

As to things that are missing… I think, this is the in-app purchase functionality (and generally various in-built payment methods); and there is also no input mask for a phone number in the format +7 (xxx) xxx‑xx‑xx for the Android version. In the iOS, I have not seen this problem

How do you like the app's design: its visual appeal and usability?

The design serves its purpose: it ensures the app is recognized (by its logo and the icon that now can be seen in the streets and, in particular, on parking meters). And, which is most important, the design does not distract me from the main thing: I know my car is safe, everything is paid for, and I feel comfortable. J

What recommendations could you give the app developers? What would you like to be improved?

My advice to the developers: listen to your users, read their comments in the App Store and Google Play. The most obvious thing (I quote): add a check box for saving the phone number in the app so that the user could decide whether he or she wants the number stored in the phone or not. And, map caching too.

Do you think it is reasonable to add a social networking plugin to have the app synchronized with social networks?

I think sociality in this app should not interfere with the user's privacy. I would be unhappily surprised if the app posted on my Facebook wall something like "Leonid Bugayev has just parked at 5, Gazetny Pereulok. Put your like!" Therefore, the "Tell a Friend" button could be added but informing where people are situated at the moment – this function is for other apps.

What do you think in general about the idea of carrying the city services over to mobile app platforms? What other city services would you like to see in the form of a mobile app?

All services that we use monthly, weekly and daily sooner or later will find their places on the mobile device screen. All payments such as public utility charges and traffic infraction fines, information about traffic jams, road works, changes in timetables – all these services should be available through mobile apps.

Will you be using the Moscow Parking app further?

For sure! Hope I can contribute to this good cause: making so there are fewer traffic jams in the streets of our city and our car owners smile cheerfully having heard something like "I need to get to the Garden Ring quickly and come back in an hour" :).

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Experts are Positive about Results of the Moscow United Parking Area
17.10.2013 12:08:53

A round table was held with the participation of Igor Kuznetsov (head of the Moscow Parking Area Administrator), Mikhail Blinkin (director of the Institute of Transport Economics and Transportation Policy under the National Research University – Higher School of Economics), Norayr Bludyan (head of the Motor Transportation Department of the Moscow Motor Road Institute, member of the Public Council at the Moscow Transport Management and Road Infrastructure Development Department), Konstantin Trofimenko (lead research officer of the Research Center for Megapolis Transportation Problems under the National Research University – Higher School of Economics), Aleksandr Vysokovskiy (dean of the Higher School of Urban Studies), Egor Muleev (research officer of the Research Center for Megapolis Transportation Problems under the National Research University – Higher School of Economics), Vladimir Sokolov (head of the Russian Pedestrians Union), Aleksandr Shumskiy (head of the Probok.Net Expert Center).  The round table also received a video message from distinguished professor of urban planning and director of the Institute of Transportation Studies at the University of California, Los-Angeles, author of The High Price of Free Parking book Donald Shoup.

In his opening speech, the head of the Moscow Parking Area Administrator Igor Kuznetsov mentioned that in four months from the start of the project of paid parking lots within the Boulevard Ring a clear cut parking system has been built in compliance with applicable GOST standards, and today each parking space within the Boulevard Ring "works enough for three". The number of private cars entering the limits of the paid parking zone has decreased by 25% compared to the same period of the last year and the average traffic speed in the streets and roads of the Boulevard Ring has grown up by 9%. "According to the VTSIOM (All-Russian Center for the Study of Public Opinion) data, about 45% of the respondents answered they are inclined to support paid parking in the center of Moscow. This is a clear evidence the project is working and people see it", – Kuznetsov emphasized.

As was noted by the head of the Motor Transportation Department of the Moscow Motor Road Institute, member of the Public Council at the Moscow Transport Management and Road Infrastructure Development Department Norayr Bludyan, the magnitude of the problems accumulated over the last twenty years in the transportation sector of Moscow required comprehensive solutions. "I should admit the comprehensive character of measures taken today by the Transportation Department of Moscow inspires deep respect. It is good to see the city has a program of real transformation which, in addition, gives room for productive discussions", – Bludyan added.

In his turn, the head of the Russian Pedestrians Union Vladimir Sokolov noted that since the time the global changes in Moscow transportation policy had begun, fewer road accidents and pedestrian crashes were recorded within the Boulevard Ring.

In the opinion of a research officer of the Research Center for Megapolis Transportation Problems under the National Research University – Higher School of Economics Egor Muleev, it is a little bit inappropriate to speak about a transportation reform in quantitative terms such as traffic speed, parking spaces utilization, number of traffic accidents, etc. "In fact, it would be more objective to speak about changes in people's behavior on the road, – he explained. – We should also take into account the development of intermodal transportation systems that give people a wider choice of methods to move across the city".

In the course of the round table, the experts also discussed the cost of paid parking in Moscow. This subject was touched upon by distinguished professor of urban planning and director of the Institute of Transportation Studies at the University of California, Los-Angeles Donald Shoup in his video message. According to the U.S. expert, when introducing paid parking system in Moscow two important reforms need to be implemented. "First of all, the right parking price should be established, – insisted he. – Second, you should ensure that the money collected for paid parking is spent in the most efficient way. This money can be allocated for cleaning and repair of sidewalks, removal of snow, tree planting and improvement of road lighting system. In these aspects municipal authorities should be constantly keeping in touch with local residents. Each of us wants to live on a street without traffic jams, with clean and well-light sidewalks, being able to park his or her car at any time of the day without damaging the roadside amenities. Nobody wants to live on a street with dirty sidewalks jammed to the rafters with parked cars. We should clearly see the benefits we can obtain from paid parking".

The changes in transportation system taking place in Moscow nowadays are expected to turn the Russian capital from an automobile city into a comfortable for living megapolis as early as in the medium term. This is why a report by the director of the Institute of Transport Economics and Transportation Policy under the National Research University – Higher School of Economics Mikhail Blinkin about international experience in reducing the number of parking spaces in cities and creating public pedestrian areas came as a refresher to the experts discussion. "The modern high-rise developments do not imply in principle that each family would have two cars. This is the reality and we should accept it", – Blinkin summed up.

"It is impossible to increase the number of parking spaces infinitely, – Vladimir Sokolov also noticed. – We should make new rules of the game called "Living in the Center of Moscow". I suggest introducing a legislative initiative providing that a person can buy a car only if there is a parking space for it".

However, the experts' opinions on this matter divided. "We should balance the interests of various groups of people including car owners. Moving from on-street parking to off-street multi-layer and underground parking – this is the right way for Moscow", – the dean of the Higher School of Urban Studies Aleksandr Vysokovskiy opined. The expert also underlined the importance of making the project accessible from the online. "Monitoring sensors and an interactive mobile application will allow car owners to receive live information about available parking spaces while experts will have the opportunity to analyze transport situation", – professor Aleksandr Vysokovskiy added.

Topping-Up Parking Accounts Now Available in Euroset Stores
14.10.2013 11:10:15

The Moscow Transport Department announced the start of receiving payments to top-up personal parking accounts by all Euroset stores in Moscow

 

The account top-up procedure is very simple: you just need to tell the operator your mobile phone number and the payment amount not forgetting to mention what you are paying for. The maximum top-up amount is RUB15,000. The operator's fee is 3.5% of the payment amount. Data on each payment are stored in a single database. Account balance information can be received by sending "И" (i) to the toll-free number 7757 and in the My Profile page at http://parking.mos.ru

 

"We constantly improve the Moscow Parking Area services and the possibility to top-up parking accounts in Euroset stores is another step to simplifying the payment system. Today, Moscow is the only city with so many ways to pay for parking and top up the parking account", – commented Maksim Liksutov, Deputy Mayor of Moscow, head of the Moscow Transport Management and Road Infrastructure Development Department.

 

"The practice of collecting payment for parking on city streets to reduce the traffic burden is applied all over the world. Proper organization of parking areas help increase traffic speed, lessen traffic jams, cut down the number of traffic infractions. This project implemented by the Moscow Transport Department contributes to improving Muscovites' driving culture. "Topping-up a parking account is easy in the nearest Euroset store", – says Viktor Lukanin, Euroset vice-president for commerce.

 

We should also remind you that parking accounts can be topped up by cash through Eleksnet and VisaQiwiWallet terminals, with a special sketch card, from a mobile phone number, with a bank card, various payment gateways, and in Svyaznoy stores.

 

One of the easiest and most secure ways to pay for parking is by using the Moscow Parking free mobile app (AndroidiOS). The payment is made at one click. Once the use of the parking space is completed, select the "Unpark" option. The parking services are charged on a per-minute basis.

Pay for Parking by Cash in QIWI Terminals!
10.05.2013 11:11:03

Beginning from October 2013, residents and guests of Moscow can pay for parking in the city center by cash using QIWI Terminals.

To do this, on a terminal's main screen click the Service Payment button then go to the Fines, Duties section and select the Moscow Parking. Fill in the Moscow Parking data fields as necessary: parking zone, parking time and car registration number. In downtown Moscow, there are over 500 QIWI terminals that can be used to pay for the Moscow Parking services.

"Payment for parking by cash is introduced to meet Moscow residents' requests. As of today, QIWI terminals are the first and, so far, the only way to pay for the Moscow Parking services by cash making the parking payment system even more available for all those who need it and providing the users with a handy payment tool in view of their preferences", – commented Maksim Liksutov, Deputy Mayor of Moscow, head of the Moscow Transport Management and Road Infrastructure Development Department.

"Thanks to the cooperation between QIWI, the Moscow Transport Department and the Moscow Information Technologies Department, in a very short time the possibility to pay for parking in Moscow as well as top up parking accounts (http://parking.mos.ru/) has become available in all QIWI services: QIWI terminals, Visa QIWI Wallet web site, and mobile apps for iOS and Android", – commented QIWI Bank vice-president Aleksandr Melikyan.

It should be reminded that paid parking within the Boulevard Ring has been introduced since June 1, 2013. In this time, the project showed some positive results: the number of traffic infractions has decreased by 64%, the number of private cars entering the paid parking zone has become lower by 25%, and the average traffic speed has grown up by 9%.

Moscow Residents Took a Favorable View of the Paid Parking Project
10.03.2013 11:12:06

VTSIOM (All-Russian Center for the Study of Public Opinion) has presented results of a public opinion poll intended to study the attitude of Moscow residents and, first of all, car owners to the project of paid parking within the Boulevard Ring. The poll was held under a large-scale research program named "Study of Public Attitude to the Introduction of Paid Parking within the Boulevard Ring from June 1, 2013".

 

According to the poll results, 45% of Moscow car owners take a favorable view of the project to introduce paid parking within the Boulevard Ring. Among the main advantages mentioned by the respondents are, in particular, the high level of technical equipment of parking lots (49%), the availability of information about vacant parking spaces in the paid parking area (45%), and the numerous methods of payment for parking.

 

Altogether, in three moths of the program paid parking spaces were used by about a half of the total number of car owners (44%); interesting that this number is virtually independent of their places of residence.

 

The poll results also show that over a half of the respondents (56%) are relatively positive about the situation with the movement of pedestrians on sidewalks. Significant improvement in sidewalk walking conditions in the last three months was noticed by a half of the respondents (49%), and more frequently by pedestrians than drivers.

 

About one third of the respondents (33%) believe the priority in the historic center should be given to pedestrians (among pedestrians themselves this opinion is shared by 40%), and other 28% are convinced that paid parking is the only way to regulate the number of cars on the city streets.

 

It is interesting that the share of those in support of paid parking is virtually identical both among card owners (45%) and pedestrians (46%). The respondents who spoke in favor of the initiative to introduce paid parking within the Boulevard ring noticed the growth in traffic comfort for all stakeholders (20%), decrease in the number of cars on streets (15%) and traffic jams (14), and increase in the number of vacant parking spaces (13%).

 

It is demonstrative that about a half of the respondents – 46% – have supported the continuation of the program", – VTSIOM General Director Valery Fedorov commented on the poll results. "This is a clear evidences the project is a success", – he added. "The poll among residents of the city center has also allowed identifying a number of new problems; in the future this could serve to further improvement of the paid parking system, – Valery Fedorov said. – For instance, 46% of the respondents pointed at the need to create more park and ride lots and make municipal transport function better.

 

In the course of the poll, car owners also assessed paid parking lots in terms of their usability. By now, a little bit less than half of the interviewed car owners have already had experience of using paid parking spaces in the city center (44%), and this number is virtually independent of the respondents' places of residence. Other 13% are planning to use paid parking spaces in the future.

 

As a whole, general awareness of the respondents about the introduction of paid parking within the Boulevard Ring can be assessed as high (82%) with car owners, on the average, being more informed (especially those who live in the project area).

 

The poll of Moscow residents was held on September 16-20 under a large-scale research program named "Study of Public Attitude to the Introduction of Paid Parking within the Boulevard Ring from June 1, 2013". 750 people were interviewed within the Boulevard Ring of Moscow.