Enhance Regional Mobility November 2020 - Page 6


Back-In Angle Parking in Downtown Designed to Improve Safety

Free parking options for Downtown residents , shoppers and visitors include reverse or “ back-in ” angle parking .
Back-in angle parking provides drivers with better vision of pedestrians , bicycles , cars and trucks as they exit a parking space and enter moving traffic .
When drivers leave the parking space , they pull forward into the street instead of backing into it , allowing them to see oncoming traffic easier . This can be particularly important during rush hour and following community events .
Back-in angle parking works similar to parallel parking . 1 . Signal a turn to warn other drivers . 2 . Pull past the parking spot and stop . 3 . Reverse into the parking spot .
Parking lines are angled against the direction of traffic indicating that the driver must back into the spot . These spaces are also marked by signs that provide step-by-step directions on how to pull in .
Drivers can find back-in angle parking spaces along sections of Abram Street as well as on Center and Mesquite Streets around 101 Center and the George W . Hawkes Downtown Library .
Parallel parking and pull-in parking are other types of free public parking available throughout Downtown .

May Mobility Begins Mapping Downtown Streets For City ’ s RAPID Autonomous Vehicle Project

Using a high-tech vehicle , May Mobility will began mapping streets around Downtown and The University of Texas at Arlington in preparation for the City of Arlington ’ s future autonomous vehicle rideshare program .
The one-year public transportation pilot program , called Arlington RAPID ( Rideshare , Automation , and Payment Integration Demonstration ), is set to launch next March . Arlington RAPID will integrate fully autonomous shuttles into the City ’ s existing Via on-demand rideshare service .
The City of Arlington was awarded a $ 1.7 million grant earlier this year through the Federal Transit Administration ’ s Integrated Mobility Innovation Program for the project .
The autonomous vehicles will operate on the Via platform , so riders will book and pay for rides through the existing Via app .
As part of its ongoing efforts to Enhance Regional Mobility and Put Technology to Work , the City of Arlington has already managed two successful autonomous vehicle deployments . The Milo off-street pilot program with EasyMile was conducted from August 2017 to August 2018 and the on-street pilot program with drive . ai vehicles was conducted from October 2018 to May 2019 .