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New App Finds Open Parking Spaces in Honolulu

A new company is promising help with Honolulu’s parking crisis.

PARKLINQ, pronounced park link, is a website and app that helps motorists find parking by the hour, day or month.

Individuals and organizations who have unused spots can upload their parking information on the website.

"Anybody can list their parking spot if they have additional parking — such as a person with a driveway, a church that's closed six days a week, a school with a lawn, a hotel," describes CEO and founder of PARKLINQ Tyler Saenz.

If you’re looking for a space, you can find what’s open in real-time, including spots with electric charging ports.

Payments are made through the website and app.

According to Saenz, the system provides environmental benefits by cutting down carbon emissions.

"The average person in Honolulu drives around 20 minutes looking for a spot. Over 30% of the urban traffic is from people driving around looking for a parking spot," he claimed.

"So when people book their spot on our app and don’t have to circle around, we’re cutting down the congestion in addition to contributing 1% of our revenue to cutting carbon emission," Saenz said.

PARKLINQ is currently only available for Oʻahu, but the company is working on expanding to Maui.

Zoe Dym was a news producer at Hawaiʻi Public Radio.
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