Let’s face it, Austin has a mobility problem. A large part of this problem is vehicle traffic. And all of that traffic in turn causes a huge parking problem.
Have you ever circled block after block, looking for a parking spot, while passing empty private (park-here-and-you’ll-get-towed) parking lots?
The lack of parking limits Austin’s mobility and all of the circling looking for available parking further exacerbates the existing traffic issue. The lack of available, easily accessible, and reasonably priced parking can be the number one deterrent to accessing the areas of Austin where people need and want to be.
There are more private parking spaces available that go unused and sit empty than all of the public and privately available parking spots combined. Let’s provide a means, and incentive, to allow owners of private property that can accommodate vehicle parking, to offer that parking to the general public, thereby immediately increasing available parking to meet the current parking demands of Austin.
KRAP.io is a marketplace platform to allow business and property owners (parking providers) to offer their parking spots on-demand, and for a reasonable price, to vehicle owners in need of parking. Parking providers can register an account, provide detailed information about their available property, set reasonable pricing (the technology will recommend and/or restrict pricing to ensure fair market rates) for Austin residents. They can easily activate and deactivate available spots as desired. This allows property owners the flexibility to keep spots free for businesses during normal working hours, while making them available during off-hours for public use parking.
People seeking parking can use the KRAP mobile application to search for active available spots, reserve them short-term to ensure availability upon arrival, and then can pay the property owner for by-the-hour parking while utilizing the space.