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THEME: Installation of Dual Inductive Burial Loop Vehicle CounterBACKGROUND: There are minimum parking spots for students who live off campus and purchased a maroon parking pass. Students who purchase a maroon parking pass have complications determining which parking lot is available. The variability in parking spaces causes inefficient time management amongst students. Maroon lot E becomes congested when students crowd to find available spaces.CURRENT CONDITION:ROOT CAUSE ANALYSIS: The main problem is, students waste time looking for parking spots Why? Students are unable to determine whether lot E has available spaces. Why? The only way to conclude if spots are available is to drive through the lot. Why? There is currently no system to show whether spots are available. Why? UMD has not implemented a parking management solution.TARGET CONDITION:
IMPLEMENTATION PLAN: In order to confirm the need for a parking management system, the disorganization of maroon lot E needs to beobserved. Hire a company specializing in parking management system to evaluate maroon lot E. The equipment used would be a TC-2BL44-A1 Dual Inductive Burial Loop Vehicle Counter. This uses a 4’x4’ burial loop that will be placed under ground at the entrance of maroon lot E. This counter isinsensitive to changes in magnetic fields, foot traffic, and even environmental changes. It counts the flow of incoming and outgoing traffic. It also has the options for other output triggers. This is necessary for the use of the stop light. Follow-up with the installation of the Dual Inductive Burial Loop Vehicle Counter. The third-party contractor will supervise the equipment to confirm it is functioning properly. Parking services will ensure the system is operating at an optimal level.Action Responsibility DeadlineVerify inefficiency Parking services Dec. 10, 2012Installation of equipment Contractor Jan. 1, 2012Test-run Contractor Jan. 22, 2012Evaluate effectiveness Parking services Jan. 23, 2012COST: $600 - $900FOLLOW-UP:Plan Actual• The solution will minimize the time it takes for studentsto find a spot in maroon lot E, reduce wait time, andprevent traffic jams.• Parking services can count the number of vehicles thatchose a different lot because of the red light.o Each student that did not have to drivethrough the lot will save five minutes.• Green light students who found a spot with noobstructions (other vehicles) will save time.• TBA
o Time how long it takes a “green light”student to find an available spot.• Visually, the congestion has decreased.• This measure will be conducted between the hours of9am and 12pm on January 23rd.