On August 26, 2006, the Chicago Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) and Metra (the commuter rail system serving the Chicago Metropolitan area) implemented a pilot project to test the usefulness of a realtime parking information system for two of their commuter rail stations in suburban Chicago. The RTA/Metra parking management guidance system is comprised of two main components: parking monitoring and an en-route information system.
- The total cost of the Metra project (including construction of the signs as well as purchasing and installing the hardware and software) was approximately $1 million.
- The cost of concept development was approximately $100,000
- The cost of the engineering design, or design specifications, was approximately $150,000.
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Project Cost - $1 million