Tel Aviv University
Tel Aviv, Israel
Sunday, June 29 to Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Optional Tour of Tel Aviv

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Welcome, Introduction – Herods Tel Aviv Hotel

Maurice Anderson, Chair, Canadian Parking Foundation
Ralph Bond, President, Canadian Parking Association
Chair, Conference Host Committee


Welcome TBA


Keynote Speaker – Saul Singer

Dr. Saul Singer

Saul Singer is the co-author, with Dan Senor, of the best-selling book Start-Up Nation: The Story of Israel's Economic Miracle. He is a former Editorial Page Editor and columnist at the Jerusalem Post. Tom Brokaw called Start-Up Nation, “a playbook for every CEO who wants to develop the next generation of corporate leaders.” The book is published in Chinese, German, French, Italian, Spanish, Japanese, Russian, Portuguese, Korean, Turkish, Czech, Bulgarian, Hungarian, Serbian, Latvian, Thai, Mongolian, and Hebrew.

Dr. Singer is currently an Adjunct Senior Fellow at the Israel Democracy Institute in Jerusalem and a columnist and editorial board member at The Times of Israel. He also serves on the advisory boards of Vintage Investment Partners, an Israeli fund of funds, and Tevel B’Tsedek, an Israeli NGO working in Nepal and Haiti.

In addition to the Jerusalem Post, Singer has written for the Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, CNN-Opinion and other publications. Before moving to Israel in 1994, he served for ten years as an adviser to different Members of Congress and on the staffs of the House Foreign Affairs and Senate Banking Committees.

Dr. Singer lives in Jerusalem with his wife and three children.


Welcome Reception & Dinner - Herods Tel Aviv Hotel

Meet with your colleagues for drinks and a casual dinner. Guests are welcome to join in this evening (see registration information for cost).

Monday, June 30

Breakfast at leisure in your hotel


Shuttle to Tel Aviv University


Shuttle to Tel Aviv University


The Future of Smart Mobility and Parking – Delivering the theory in Scotland

Dr. George Hazel OBE
Director, George Hazel Consultancy

Presentations throughout the Symposium cover a wide spectrum of parking and transportation related issues. A detailed program will available in October 2012.

Dr Hazel will give a presentation in three parts. The first part will be a summary of the future of mobility based on his research and practice over the past 20 years – this follows on from his presentation at the last WPS. This spans his work as Director of City Development at Edinburgh, his Megacities Challenges report and subsequent city studies with Siemens and his current role as Smart Mobility Network Integrator for Scottish Enterprise, the economic development agency for the Scottish Government. The second part of his presentation will focus on the potential for parking, especially smart parking, in future smart mobility. This will include examples from around the world of best and current practise. The third and final part will focus on his work in Scotland with Scottish Enterprise including the building of a smart mobility industry cluster, developing a series of demonstration projects with national and international partners in smart mobility and potential partnering with agencies and companies in other countries and organisations. It is hoped that at least one of the demonstration projects will be in smart parking.

George Hazel is an expert in city and mobility analysis, policy advice and development and in innovative funding and delivery mechanisms. He is an Adjunct Professor at the Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane and Chair of the Advisory Group for the Transport Research Institute at Edinburgh Napier University. He has been appointed as Smart Mobility Network Integrator for Scottish Enterprise, part of the Scottish Government. He has advised the Metrolinx in Toronto, Translink in Vancouver and Brisbane, the Northern Ireland Department of Regional Development on their Strategic Plan, Siemens on their Urban Sustainable Centre in London and a number of other projects, the EU on their European Bus System of the Future and Evergreen Toronto on their future mobility strategy for sustainable cities. He was made an Officer of the British Empire (OBE) in 2005 for services to transport.


Optimizing Monetization: Green Parking and Smarking

Mark Gander
Director, AECOM
New York, NY, U.S.A.




The Value of Parking

Sjoerd Stienstra
Stienstra Adviesbureau stedelijk verkeer BV
Heiloo, Netherlands

netherlands flagThe paper deals with the value of parking and the price people want to pay for parking. The importance of parking is widely recognized, but car-drivers are reluctant to pay even a small amount of money for parking. But when paid parking is introduced or parking fees are increased, it shows that the price-elasticity of parking demand is low. The author will show by several examples that car-drivers don’t value the parking as such, but that the added value the driver experiences lies in the activity that can be done thanks to the availability of parking capacity.

Sjoerd Stienstra is an independent consultant and project manager. He has authored a large number of articles on parking, economic effects of high visibility traffic control measures and Transport Policy and decision-making. He has also contributed to many of these topics within and foreign congresses, symposia, etc., and has been part of several working groups on (Dutch) parking policy.


Enhancing the Sustainability Framework

american flagAmalendu Chatterjee, Ph.D
Vice President - Technology
EximSoft International
Morrisville, North Carlolina USA

In this paper, further enhancements are being suggested to the IPI’s Framework on sustainability infrastructure and its associated elements. A regulatory foundation has been added to cut across all seven key elements of the infrastructure. The author feels regulatory ease is required to define a new parking paradigm for a technological breakthrough and VIP like customer services. Along with it, some additional action items have been added for an implementation and deployment plan. Reasoning and rationale have been highlighted in each category for general understanding. The theme is to enhance IPI’s efforts for a revolutionary and pro-active change in the parking industry for the benefit of all stake holders.

Dr. Amalendu Chatterjee, a Nortel, GTE and Fujitsu alumnus, did pioneering work in the area of packet networks, ISDN, digital switching, ATM and wireless technology (network architecture and standards). He brings over 35 years of particular expertise and specific knowledge in the information technology and telecommunications field. He was Director, Global R&D for Fujitsu and published technical papers on topics of current technical subjects. He led a group in the creation of the first broadband superhighway architecture in North Carolina using ATM technology for distance learning and telemedicine network and application architecture. Since leaving Fujitsu, Dr. Chatterjee has acted as a technical advisor to Network Optic Communications and Quad Research. He founded two companies and is running Eximsoft International successfully as VP-Technology for last 13 years. He is leading multi-national groups of experts to take cell phone to the next level for new applications – a most trusted personal device (MTPD) to integrate driver license, passport, boarding pass, parking permit, security identification, etc. He led a group in Eximsoft to present the first e-commerce application using Mobile Electronic Transaction (MeT) standard to the North Carolina Technology Association (NCTA) show in 2001. He wrote many articles in the Parking Professional Magazine and the Parking Today describing the new trend and paradigm (civility, mobility and parking web portal) in the Parking Industry.




Future ICT for Parking Industry

israeli falgItzak Benenson
Nadav Levy
Zachi Flatto
Department of Geography and Human Environment
Tel-Aviv University
ParlLife LTD Tel-Aviv, Israel

Transportation is extremely attractive for applying Information Communication Technologies (ICT). Smartphones and GPS equipment provide detailed and precise information on human mobility that can be exploited for societal and personal needs. Effective use of ICT for parking management on the one hand and for improving parking search on the other will be evidently beneficial for both parking practitioners and individual drivers. Tight connections between ICT and parking are especially important nowadays, when a traditional view of constantly growing and supply-independent demand for parking is substituted by more complex approaches for establishing parking policy that are based on the analyzes of spatio-temporal parking dynamics in the city. At the societal level, ICT is a necessary component of establishing urban parking services – policy assessment and planning. At the personal level, ICT provide real-time data and serves as a source of information for effective parking search.

The lecture presents the state-of-the-art in ICT-based parking applications. From a societal standpoint, we present recent advances in modeling parking demand, search and use and review recently available tools that aim at supporting and evaluation of the parking policy and management decision. Aiming at decision-makers, we present a series of analytical and spatially explicit high-resolution models of co-evolving parking demand and supply that provide planners and decision makers with a sufficient toolkit for assessing real-world parking dynamics within any specific urban surroundings. ICT-based data are used for estimating the parameters and validation of these models.

From the individual driver’s viewpoint, numerous smartphone applications aim at assisting the driver in on- and off-street parking search, parking and payments. The ultimate goal of every application is in utilizing ICT-based data and proposing a limited set of parking alternatives - where to park and how to get there - that fit to driver's temporal, spatial and budget limitations. The variety of applications starts from the common yet effective interactive signpost systems that inform drivers on location and availability of nearby parking lots and ends up with turn by turn navigation system that directs a driver to a currently available parking place, compromising between driver's perceived expectations of finding a parking space and the instantaneous parking conditions.

The lecture is accompanied by a demonstration of selected tools for parking policy assessment and user-oriented smartphone applications for efficient parking search in the city.

Itzhak Benenson,, is a Full Professor of Geography at the Department of Geography and Human Environment, Tel Aviv University, Israel, and Head of Geosimulation and Spatial Analysis laboratory. He is an expert in the field of Geosimulation and spatial analysis of the complex urban phenomena, including dynamic modeling of the urban public and private transport, parking in the city, vehicle-pedestrian interactions and road accidents, residential dynamics, short and long-term impact of local and regional plans. Together with Nadav Levy and Karel Martens, he is an author of the PARKAGENT, an innovative model for the simulation of parking search in the city. PARKAGENT has been used for establishing parking facilities and urban parking policy in several cities of the Tel Aviv metropolitan area and currently is being applied in Antwerp (Belgium) and Tilburg (the Netherlands). Itzhak Benenson serves on the editorial board of several journals and is author of 6 books including “Geosimulation: Automata-Based Modeling of Urban Phenomena”, Wiley, 2004 (with P. Torrens) and “Advanced Geosimulation Models”, Bentham, 2011 (with D. Marceau)

Nadav Levy is a PhD candidate at the Porter School of Environmental Studies, Tel Aviv University. He is an expert in agent-based modeling and spatial analysis, and his current research focuses on spatially explicit high-resolution modeling and simulation of urban parking and on developing GIS-based tools for urban parking planning and managements.

Zachi Flatto holds a civil engineering degree from the Technion (Haifa) and a master degree in Geography and GIS from Tel Aviv University. Zachi has 20 years of experience in civil engineering, CAD, GIS and information sharing technologies. He is also an entrepreneur of navigation and transportation technologies.


Residential Parking Scheme in Stuttgart

Manfred Wacker, AOR Dipl.-Ing.
Institute for Road and Transport Science
University of Stuttgart Stuttgart, Germany.

In 2011, the Municipality of Stuttgart implemented a residential parking scheme in the central city area; the University of Stuttgart was involved both in the design of the concept and the evaluation of the results. The speaker will present his observations and comment on the results of the program.

Manfred Wacker is the vice-Chair of the Department of Transportation Planning and Traffic Engineering at the Institute of Road and Transportation Science, University of Stuttgart. He studied Civil Engineering at the University of Stuttgart, graduating in 1982. He started his career as a research assistant at the Institute of Traffic Management, Road Administration and Urban Planning at the University of Hanover, and then moved to the Civilian Service in 1984. He has been with the University of Stuttgart since 1985, first as research assistant and then senior academic councillor.

Manfred’s core subject of research is parking including a large number of research projects, implementation studies and advisory projects. Recently he was involved in two parking studies in Stuttgart (one of them dealing with residential parking in Stuttgart-West) and he was working as an advisor for the Arriyadh Development Authority (ADA) (Introduction of Parking Management in Riyadh). Further he has worked on evaluation of measures in the sector of traffic engineering and traffic management (immediate and consequential effects on transportation, environment and costs, qualification of legal, administrative and organisational questions). And he has done, and still does, research on traffic and the environment, e.g. implementation scenarios of different technical developments and targeted scenarios on effects.




Solving a Parking Capacity Problem Using Simple Technology and Common Sense

Paul Hackett
Strategic Projects Manager
City of Swan Midland WA Australia

George BrownSwanbourne WA Australia

Much effort is put into ensuring there is a supply of parking when development occurs. However, how parking is managed post development and does parking supply meet the real needs of the area is often overlooked. The locality of Malaga in Perth Western Australia is an industrial and commercial estate with ongoing and significant parking problem behaviours. Local Government political representatives and businesses interests saw an issue of lack of parking capacity. However, the parking professionals changed with management of local government’s response saw the issues as a behavioural and management problem, not a capacity issue. This paper will demonstrate how aerial photography enabled the analysis of parking capacity use through the tracking of actual parking and non-parking land use behaviours over an extended period. The presentation will demonstrate the power of simple technology, aerial photography, to allow interpretation of behaviour and development of solutions using a common sense analytical approach.

Paul Hackett’s professional career has included recreation, education and Government with time in the employ of the WA Government, local Government and a University in WA. His tertiary and postgraduate qualifications are in Recreation and Public Administration.

Paul has traveled and observed life and transport systems throughout Asia and Europe on quite a few occasions. Most recently he was invited to present to students and staff of the Fujian University of Technology. Whilst there, in late 2013, he was also able to travel to regional and major cities from Xiamen to Bejing to discuss issues of urban planning with academics and private planning companies.

For the past ten years Paul was with the City of Swan in Perth WA as a manager of planning teams involved in parking and related urban planning issues. The Ballajura situation was one project he undertook in this role.

George Brown is a transport planner who recently has moved from government to become an independent consultant in parking policy and strategy. George came to parking planning and policy when he was tasked with a major role in development and implementation of a new approach to parking in his home city of Perth, Western Australia, in a the mid 1990’s.

George has contributed to policy in the areas of transport and the environment, land use/transport interaction and parking management. He has a strong professional interest in sustainability and transport.

George has written and presented papers on parking policy, parking tax and transport policy at WPS and other international forums.


Improving Urban Parking Through Better Information: the potential impact of vehicle-to-vehicle communication

netherlands flag Dr. Karel Martens Associate Professor in Transport Planning
Radboud University,
Nijmegen, The Netherlands

Studies have shown that up to thirty percent of all traffic in crowded urban areas can be cruising for parking. By either decreasing the amount of cars cruising for parking or decreasing the cruising time per car, it is possible to reduce pollution and waste of resources. Information provision to drivers can potentially be beneficial in decreasing cruising time for individual drivers and subsequently the overall system. While most cities provide drivers with information on the occupancy rates of off-street parking facilities, information on single on-street parking places was non-existing until recently. Recent technological advances have made it possible to provide such information, either through vehicle-to-vehicle or sensor-to-vehicle communications systems.

The aim of this paper is to study the impact of such bottom-up information provision about on-street parking places on the performance of the individual driver as well as the system as a whole. Using an agent-based simulation model, performance is compared between a bottom-up vehicle-to-vehicle communication strategy and a strategy that combines parking sensors and vehicle-to-vehicle communication. In the latter approach on-street parking places are all equipped with sensors capable of disseminating their status. Contrary to expectations, the results show us that, for both strategies, search time is barely decreased and sometimes even increased. Performance in terms of walking distance using a vehicle-to-vehicle strategy is only improved in situations with almost full initial on-street occupancy. In contrast, when a sensor strategy is applied, walking distance is reduced under all conditions.

Karel Martens is Associate Professor at the Institute for Management Research of the Radboud University Nijmegen, the Netherlands. Together with professor Itzhak Benenson of Tel Aviv University and other colleagues, he has developed PARKAGENT, an innovative parking model for the simulation of parking in the city. The model has been applied in the cities of Tel Aviv and Bat Yam (Israel), Antwerp (Belgium), and Tilburg (the Netherlands). The model and the possible applications are described in a number of papers, including in Computer, Environment and Urban Systems, Zeitschrift Künstliche Intelligenz, Transportmetrica A, and Intertraffic World Magazine.

Geert Tasseron is a PhD Candidate at the Institute for Management Research, Radboud University Nijmegen, the Netherlands. Building on PARKAGENT, an advanced agent-based parking model, he is exploring the effects of information on parking dynamics. Geert holds a bachelor degree in Business Economics and a master in Artificial Intelligence, with a specialization in self-organizing systems.


Panel: The Parking Tax; Is the Remedy Worse Than The Affliction

Moderator; George Brown, Australia
Panelists: George Hazel Lorne Persiko, Canada John Van Horne, USA


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Evening Free
A list of restaurant suggestions will be available and delegates may sign up to join their colleagues for a casual evening in Tel Aviv.

Tuesday, July 1

Breakfast at leisure in your hotel
Shuttle to Tel Aviv University


Possibilities and Limits of Automated Parking Systems–Practical Experiences

netherlands flag Dr. Ilja Irmscher
Parking expert and Managing Director
GIVT mbH Berlin, Germany

Possibilities and limits of automated parking systems – practical experiences

The acceptance and application of automated parking systems differs significantly, depending on market and region. While for example in Germany automated parking is considered rarely, in other countries and regions a quite euphorically attitude can be observed. In Middle East, large parking systems had been or are proposed to be built in the last years with several thousand parking spaces, with questionable usability.

Some European countries have a quite long experience in this issue, from costly refurbishments, decommissioning and up to successful best practice. In the interest of a long term use of such a system, it is essential to find the optimal solution regarding traffic, urban integration, architecture and economics. The benefits of such a parking system can be high, as well as the losses in case of bad planning. Several examples will be presented, which highlight opportunities and limits of automated parking, accompanied by some basic recommendations.

Dr. Irmscher is publicly appointed and sworn expert for parking and parking systems by the Chamber of Commerce. He is CEO of GIVT mbH, a planning and consulting company for parking. He has more than 20 years of experience in the field of conventional, mechanized and automated parking. Dr. Irmscher is member of several task forces and author of numerous publications (e.g. Construction & Design Manual “Parking structures”, DOM publishers, 2012, Berlin).

He started his academic carrier at the University of Dresden as mechanical engineer for the automotive industry and earned his doctorate in 1982. He habilitated at the Humboldt University Berlin in 1987 and was university lecturer. He established GIVT mbH in 1993.






Parking Reform in Latin America

Andrés Sañudo Gavaldón
Parking Policy Coordinator (PPC)
Institute for Transportation and Development Policy (ITDP) -- Mexico
Mexico D.F., Mexico

Michael Kodransky
Global Research Manager
Institute for Transportation & Development Policy (ITDP)
New York, U.S.A.

Latin American cities have made strides in the last decade to reform parking practices. Success has been mixed, but now a new wave of advances is underway to better manage on-street parking while also updating parking requirements in land use codes. An overview of the regional trends will be presented with a special focus on the recent success story of Mexico City.

Mexico City boasts the most advanced paid on-street parking system in Latin America. Known as ecoparq, the multi-space paid parking system has been expanding since 2012 through a PPP arrangement to include 6,000+ regulated on-street spaces. All revenue is used to improve public space. The result is palatable to city residents: street chaos from illegal parking and rampant extortion from informal curbside valet services has been addressed. Those neighborhoods with the new system see better quality walking, cycling and public transport access. The successes and lessons learned are gaining attention across the region and beyond as a potential way to manage parking in the developing world.

Mr. Andrés Sañudo worked at the Urban Development and Housing Ministry of Mexico City before managing the parking program at ITDP Mexico. He still collaborates closely with local government agencies to evaluate the impact of both on- and off-street parking in one of the world’s largest megacities—publishing baselines studies, guidelines and impact reports.

Michael Kodransky leads research on best practices in numerous ITDP program areas such parking management, urban development, land use regulations, real estate financing schemes, street design and urban freight. He has advised cities in Latin America, Asia and Europe on parking and land use issues.


The Importance of parking

Great Britain Flag Ian Betts
Principal Parking Data & Research
Hampshire UK

The parking industry has changed markedly in the last decade and a half with far more sophisticated technology being adopted and the price of that technology decreasing. But it is my view based upon my UK experience what has suffered, in general, is customer service, although as always there are always some exceptions, my views may also be relevant in other countries.

That interest in customer service is missing from the distinct elements that make up the industry in:
• - The design of both surface car parks and structures.
• - Payment systems and methods.
• - Car Park Maintenance.
• - The effective deployment of manpower.

The effect of this is becoming more apparent in the press and politicians comments where the level of income enjoyed by municipalities from parking and penalty charges, to the perceived disadvantage of the businesses they serve is becoming louder.

Ian Betts is a Chartered Civil Engineer and has been involved with roads, bridge, sewer, pedestrianisation, and landscaping and city centre design. In recent years he has specialised in parking as a consultant having advised on all aspects of the parking industry. He has also produced a detailed online database of 15700+ “Publicly Accessible” car parks in the UK with dynamic information from over 120 UK car parks. This has expanded to Canada and will be expanded worldwide if the parking industry in that country wants it, all data has been collected with the help and support of the parking industry no spiders have been used.




Frameworks that Create Self-Sustaining Communities through Sustainable Urban Design and Parking Planning

American Flag Rachel Yoka
Vice President Strategic Business Planning and Sustainability
Timothy Haahs & Associates
Philadelphia, USA

How can we revitalize our cities, create “people places”, and reduce our environmental impact?

The challenge we face, as a global community, is as critical as it is complex. As countries, states, and cities seek to reduce carbon emissions, we will be compelled to take a hard look at how we plan, develop, and construct our cities, our institutions, and our homes. Sustainability at the building level is a step in the right direction, but it is merely one piece of the puzzle. Sustainability at the community level – cities, towns, and suburbs – requires a major paradigm shift, a great leap of faith and extension of our commitment to sustainable design, far beyond the walls of “green” design”.

The abstract will feature the detailed exploration of a “cellular” development model that incorporates the principles of New Urbanism and sustainable design to create self-sustaining communities through structured parking. The model provides a replicable framework that can be proactively utilized to transform new development as well as retrofit existing urban and suburban nodes. The model reduces auto dependency and the resultant congestion, pollution, carbon emissions, and commuting time; reduces the infrastructure required for parking to serve the community; and ultimately, creates walkable streets and healthier, livable, self-sustaining communities.

The presentation will address development models and feature the work of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) “Roadmap for Green Growth”. The roadmap addresses urban planning and infrastructure and their role in mitigating climate change impacts and sustainable economic development models for mature and emerging economies. The work specifically discusses planning and design strategies for cities, streets, transportation, and parking, and provides best practices and proactive strategies.

Rachel Yoka, a LEED Accredited Professional, leads the firm’s sustainability practice for parking planning and design. She serves as a resource on all design and planning projects to maximize opportunities to plan for and integrate sustainable strategies and technologies for parking and mixed-use structures. Rachel is the editor and an author in the soon to be released publication from the International Parking Institute on sustainability and parking design entitled “Sustainable Parking Design and Management: A Practitioner’s Handbook”. She serves on the board of and chairs the Certification Committee of the Green Parking Council, which is developing the first sustainability rating system designed for structured parking facilities. A frequent speaker and author, Rachel led international planning studies for Sharjah in the UAE and a major downtown district in Seoul, South Korea, and the firm’s work for the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific on the “Roadmap for Green Growth.


TDM Trip and Parking Reductions for New Development Applications

canadian flag Ralph Bond
Executive Chairman and Principal
BA Group
Toronto, Canada

Abstract TBC

Ralph Bond is an expert regarding mixed-use intensification developments and shopping centres, having worked on over 300 such projects across Canada and internationally.

Ralph leads BA Group’s parking planning practice, where he enjoys producing strategic action plans for downtown areas, as well as financial feasibility, operational planning, and functional design studies for parking systems and facilities. He has recently completed several projects which include the integration of parking, transportation demand management, and transit strategies.

Ralph has been actively involved with the Canadian Parking Association (CPA) for many years, serving as a board member, treasurer, and president. Ralph is also an active board member of the Association for Commuter Transportation (ACT), Canada’s new TDM organization. Ralph has made numerous presentations regarding the subject of parking planning and design and transportation demand management.




Parking Policy Challenges in the US PPP at Universities and Cities, Technology Driven On Street Pricing, Sustainability and Parking

John Van Horn
Editor, Parking Today Magazine
Los Angeles, California USA

Parking Policy is changing rapidly in the US with public private partnerships acquiring parking operations in Chicago and Indianapolis, plus at The Ohio State University. Are they working? Was these good policy decisions? Technology has driven on street pricing policy in San Francisco, Los Angeles, and a number of other US cities. How about a third party review of whether this is working, and a review of mistakes that may have been made. Sustainability is important. But is parking approach making the planet a better place to live? You won’t always agree with everything JVH says, but he will make you reconsider your current ideas about parking policy.

John Van Horn is founder, editor and publisher of Parking Today Magazine. His background prior to his 18 years with PT was nearly 20 years in the parking business marketing parking revenue control equipment. After receiving a BA from the University of California, Los Angeles, he served in the Army three years during the Vietnam era, ran a small country weekly newspaper, and then worked in marketing and sales in the access control and security fields.

John blogs about parking daily and has spoken before professional groups in China, Australia, New Zealand, The Philippines, Canada, the UK, the UAE, and Brazil, He has addressed parking groups in California, Texas, New Mexico, New York, Illinois, Colorado, Louisiana, Georgia, Virginia and Washington DC.

JVH and his wife, Robyn, and their ‘critters’ Suki and Brackets, divide their time between their homes in Los Angeles and Temecula, Ca.

JVH’s writings can be found at Parking Today’s web site:


Modeling the Response to Parking Policy

Dr. Yoram Shiftan
Transportation and Geo-Information Department
Faculty of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Israel Institute of Technology
Tel Aviv, Israel

Parking policy is one of the most powerful means urban planners and policy makers can use to manage travel demand and traffic in city centers. Since urban access is considered crucial to the economic success of a downtown area, certain constituencies, such as business and retail, have historically been opposed to any parking restriction policies. In order to address these concerns and create appropriate parking policies, it is important to understand how visitors to the city center are likely to respond to new policies.This paper explores the complexity of potential travellers' response to various parking policies and their implication for the city development and economic growth. It then explore the various models use to analyse travellers' response to parking policies including the advantages of activity based modelling, the state of the art in travel demand modelling, to better understand such behaviour response. The paper presents past studies on parking policies and users' response in Tel Aviv as well as an on-going study to better incorporate modelling parking policy within the new developed Tel Aviv Activity Based Model. Finally, it suggests future direction to further research on the topic.

Prof. Yoram Shiftan is a professor of Transportation and Geo-Information in the Faculty of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the Technion. He teaches and conducts research in travel behavior with a focus on activity-based modeling and response to policies, the complex relationships between transport, the environment and land use, and transport economics. Prof. Shiftan is the editor of Transport Policy and the chair of the International Association of Travel Behavior Research (IATBR). He is a member of the editorial board of six journals and was the former president of the Israel Association of Transportation Research.



Erwin Hesselink


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Gala Dinner

A unique venue will be chosen for the annual Gala Dinner. Further details will be provided shortly. Guests are welcome to join in this spectacular evening (see registration information for cost).

Wednesday, July 2nd

Breakfast at leisure in your hotel


Shuttle to Tel Aviv University


Global Parking Association Liaison Project

Shawn Conrad
International Parking Institute Washington DC, USA


Session TBA


Local Journalist – More information to follow


Plenary Session Summarizing the Conference

canadian flag Lorne Persiko
President, Toronto Parking Authority
Toronto, Canada


Symposium Summation, Closing Remarks, Call to WPS X

Chair, Canadian Parking Foundation, and the Symposium Board of Advisors


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Optional: Parking Tour of Tel Aviv

Join Ronen Schechner for a tour of unique parking facilities in Tel Aviv. The tour will end at your hotel.

Post Conference Tour

Thursday, July 3 & Friday, July 4, 2014
2 day tour to Jerusalem, Masada & the Dead Sea Tour

Thursday - Begin your two day excursion with an early morning pick up from Herod’s Hotel in Tel Aviv. We will drive through the Judean desert to the Dead Sea, stopping at Qumeran (where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found). Enjoy the unique opportunity to swim and float in the Dead Sea, which many believe have its therapeutic effects.

Then we will drive on to the fortress of Masada, built by King Herod, and famous as the “last stand” of the Jewish Zealots who were overcome by the Romans in 73 CE. Here we will ascend by cable car for a tour of this truly amazing excavation. We will visit the remains of the walls, palaces, synagogue, water cisterns, mosaic floors and Roman baths.

We will descend by cable car and continue on to Jerusalem for dinner and overnight.

Friday - After breakfast we will start our tour of Jerusalem at the Mount of Olives for a panoramic view of the city. The tour will stop at Mount Zion to visit King David Tomb, the room of last supper and the Dormition Abbey. We then enter the Old City for a walk through the Armenian and Jewish Quarter to the recently excavated and restored Cardo, the Roman road. We will see the Western Wall, the holiest site in Judaism and one of the original walls that retained the Temple, and continue to the Christian Quarter. Then we will walk along the Via Dolorosa and visit the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. The final stop will be at Yad Vashem, the memorial to the Holocaust.

The tour will return to Tel Aviv in the late afternoon.

  • The price includes:
  • Bus & Professional English-speaking government-licensed Guide
  • Overnight for Staff
  • Hotel: Jerusalem Gate or similar
  • Dinner on July 3 and Breakfast on July 4
  • Entrance fees as per itinerary
  • Not Included:
  • Gratuities to driver, guide etc.
  • Drinks
  • Meals not listed
  • Insurance
  • Cost: US$450.00 per person in double occupancy
  • Single supplement US$50.00