Boise Weekly readers have been hearing about something called PARCS—the Capital City Development Corporation's choice to automate its half-dozen parking garages in downtown Boise—since last July (BW, News, "CCDC's $1.9 Million Parking Garage Gamble," July 24, 2013).
PARCS is the parking access revenue control system that controls access and egress for parking garages and allows CCDC to operate the garages 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
And CCDC officials announced this morning that, as of today, the agency has finished installing its automated-payment system in its six garages, the latest at the Boulevard Garage, underneath the Grove Hotel.
When CCDC commissioners approved the PARCS plan in 2013, they were promised that the automated system would return its $1.9 million investment in three and a half years, through increased revenues (due to the extended hours) and less staffing.
The upgrade was also designed to help motorists determine the best garage to park in, sending out up-to-the-minute data on the number of stalls available at each location.