New App Could Relieve Iowa City Traffic Jams

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By Aaron Hepker

IOWA CITY, Iowa - A new digital app could relieve occasional traffic backups in the downtown Iowa City area, which strike particularly hard in the winter. The ap would give information on how full the downtown parking ramps are at an up-to-the-minute pace.

Similar parking apps have been discussed by the city in the past, but Chris O'Brien, Iowa City's director of transportation services, says the city is now closer than ever to rolling out the new technology.

"We are still working out some technology glitches," O'Brien said. "Hopefully it will be available by March, but definitely this spring."

Most traffic back-ups are the result of cars trying to get into downtown parking ramps, particularly during bad weather. When ramps are full drivers often wait in lines, which can extend down city streets.

O'Brien said the app will first be available to view the parking situation in parking garages. Down the road it will likely be expanded to street parking availability in the immediate downtown area, he said.

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