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Smart Columbus Program: Event Parking Management Webinar: Test Plan and Update and Go-Live

When: Friday, December 11,  2020, 1:30 - 3:00 PM ET

Webinar Background:

Through the USDOT's Smart City Challenge, in 2016, the Department selected Columbus, Ohio, to define what it means to be a "smart city" and serve as a model for other cities wishing to fully integrate innovative technologies--such as automated vehicles, connected vehicles, and applications--into the transportation network. The goal of the Smart Columbus program is to connect people by creating opportunity for city residents to better access jobs and services while improving the overall safety and efficiency of the city's transportation network. The Smart Columbus program is comprised of nine individual projects covering three themes--enabling technologies, emerging technologies, and enhanced human services.

Parking in a downtown or popular tourist area can be challenging even for the most experienced residents and visitors. The Event Parking Management (EPM) project intends to improve the experience in the downtown and Short North areas of Columbus. EPM is one of eight Smart Columbus projects, and has deployed a traveler website and mobile application that enables users to research parking options in advance. Users will be able to identify parking locations and check pricing, hours of operation, and specialty parking availability such as accessible, electric vehicle charging, and loading zones. Some parking garages and lots will also offer reservations and payment, allowing travelers to avoid a last-minute hunt for a parking space. The application also uses historical parking meter and transaction data to predict the availability of an open meter in the project zone.

The EPM project finalized the test plan in May 2020 and began testing various components of the web and mobile application in the summer of 2020. The project recently completed the first portion of system testing and public launch in October 2020. The remaining tests will be completed in November and December 2020, after which the project will move into the data collection and performance measurement phases. The Smart City Challenge grant will conclude in May 2021.

Webinar Details: 

This webinar will focus on the path to go-live. It will provide an overview of the test plan, and a summary of the results to date, along with lessons learned from the testing process. It will also provide information around the marketing effort for the application, including baseline survey results, schedule and lessons learned.

The final test plan is online and available for review at the following link: The draft test results are in development. The test plan, test results and all previous project documentation (deliverables, procurement information and presentations) are in the EPM project area of the Smart Columbus Website at:

For more information on the Smart Columbus Program, please visit:


  • Ryan J Bollo, P.E. | City of Columbus; Project Manager
  • Sherry Kish | HNTB; Technical Lead
  • Alyssa Chenault | City of Columbus; Communications Project Manager


Free Webinar
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