The city of El Monte is trying to make it easier for drivers to find parking spaces by installing a high-tech parking guidance system at its Metrolink and Main Street lots.

The system will offer digital turn-by-turn signage to nearly 400 parking spaces. Additionally, a city-branded Cleverciti Guidance app will be available for mobile convenience.

As drivers approach the two lots, they will be greeted by LED signs affixed to existing lamp posts and displaying live parking information in 360 degrees, clearly directing motorists to available parking.

Cleverciti sensors detect availability of each space and provide precise data and guidance, according to city officials, who said the “smart parking” system is designed to increase revenue for local businesses, reduce congestion and improve space turnover.

“The pandemic-induced work-from-home mandate gave Southern Californians a glimpse of what cleaner air and less traffic congestion could do for the climate and quality of life,” City Manager Alma Martinez said. “We are leveraging game-changing technologies like Cleverciti to create new commuting habits and lifestyle choices for people without them feeling like they are compromising convenience or safety. With Cleverciti, we are confident we will rewrite the commuter and local driver experience for the better and help everyone reduce vehicle miles traveled.”

The project began in March and completion is expected in July.

“It is encouraging to see this California city take a proactive approach to reducing traffic congestion and improving parking availability — both of which have a tremendous impact on quality of life and quality of climate,” said Joe Survance, senior vice president of sales for Cleverciti.

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