What is LA Express Park™?


Parker App on IPhone showing pricingDowntown Los Angeles has assumed center stage as the Department of Transportation has revamped the city’s parking operations to realize its goals of increasing the availability of public parking spaces and decreasing traffic congestion and pollution.

A 4.5-square-mile area in downtown supports LA Express Park™, a program that fuses technology and demand-based pricing into an innovative parking management strategy.  Created as one component of the Los Angeles Congestion Reduction Demonstration with $15 million in grants from the U.S. Department of Transportation and $3.5 million in city funds, the program uses technology to help the city realize its goals of increasing the availability of limited parking spaces, reducing traffic congestion and air pollution, and encouraging use of alternative modes of transportation. LA Express Park™ launched on May 21, 2012.

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Program Goals

LA Express Park™ was created to make traveling and parking downtown easier by making more parking available in the area and by giving drivers several ways to find where parking is available.

Program Features

The LA Express Park™ program in downtown Los Angeles incorporates several elements as key components: new parking meter technology; parking space vehicle sensors; a real-time parking guidance system; an integrated parking management system; and the LADOT Parking Management Center.

The Use of Demand-Based Pricing

Demand-based pricing is a concept used to better match the availability of parking spaces to the demand for those spaces. When demand for parking is low, rates are low. When demand is high, rates increase. The concept helps motorists decide when to make trips and whether to use alternative modes of transportation based on where there is available parking and how much it will cost.

The ultimate goal of this innovative project is to make driving and parking in downtown Los Angeles easier.

Save time, park smarter.