On-street parking policies have a huge impact on the social welfare of citizens. Accurate parking occupancy data across time and space is required to properly set such policies. Different imputation and forecasting models are required to obtain this data in cities that use probe vehicle measurements, such as Amsterdam. In this paper, the usage of traffic data as an explanatory variable is assessed as a potential improvement to existing parking occupancy prediction models. Traffic counts were obtained from 164 traffic cameras throughout the city. Existing models for predicting parking occupancy were reproduced in experiments with and without traffic data, and their performance was compared. Results indicated that (i) traffic data are indeed a useful predictor and improves performance of existing models; (ii) performance does not improve linearly with an increase in the number of counting points; and (iii) placement of the cameras does not have a significant impact on performance.

Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board
Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica, Amsterdam (CWI), The Netherlands

Calvo, P.M, Schotten, B, & Dugundji, E.R. (2021). Assessing the predictive value of traffic count data in the imputation of on-street parking occupancy in Amsterdam. Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board, 2675(12), 330–341. doi:10.1177/03611981211029644