City Moves Ahead with Plans to Upgrade Parking Fee Collection System in Eight City-Owned Garages

Published : Monday, September 10, 2018 | 5:03 AM

Pasadena’s Department of Transportation will issue a new Request for Proposals (RFP) related to the replacement of existing Parking Access and Revenue Control System (PARCS) in eight City-owned garages – a project that the Pasadena City Council last year determined as necessary since the system in all of these garages is now between 10 and 17 years old and has reached the end of its useful life.

PARCS is a computerized system that allows the City to control access and collect parking revenues in a speedy and secure manner, and is currently installed in the garages at Paseo Colorado, Los Robles Blvd., De Lacey Avenue, Schoolhouse at 33 East Green Street, Marriot at 171 North Raymond Avenue, Del Mar Station at 198 South Raymond Avenue, and Holly Street.

An RFP was issued in late 2017 calling for one consistent PARCS that should improve overall operations and efficiency in the garages.

A presentation last year by the Department of Transportation showed the project will need funding of up to $1 million from 2019 up to 2022, with funds to come from the Capital Improvement Program.

In the City Council meeting on August 27, the Transportation Department’s Parking Division reported on an update of the recommendation to purchase a replacement PARCS, with a representative from one of the potential vendors speaking about how his company’s proposal was scored.

Specifically, the issue raised was whether information submitted after the RFP deadline could be considered in ranking a proposal.

Consulting with the City Manager’s Office and the City Attorney’s Office, Transportation staff reviewed the issue and determined that all proposals submitted for the PARCS project should be rejected, and a new RFP should be reissued, in order to ensure a fair and level playing field for all vendors.

The Transportation Department said it is now preparing a new RFP, and plans to return to the City Council in November with a recommendation.

Once a new RFP is issued, all of the current interested proponents are advised to re-submit their best proposal.

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