In January 2018, the Los Angeles Times published an article about how the ridership of the LA Metro fell to the lowest level in more than a decade in 2017. According to the LA Times, nearly two-thirds of former Metro riders told the agency that they stopped riding because transit service was inefficient, inconvenient or difficult to reach. According to another article also from the same publication, LA’s traffic congestion is one of the worst in the world. Recent studies also mentioned that 80% percent of the Metro’s park-and-ride patrons regularly spent way too much time looking for a parking space and 30% of the spaces in Metro lots were occupied by non-transit customers, depriving Metro customers of a place to park. The LA Metro needed to provide additional parking spaces without overspending taxpayer’s dollars in order to recover from the declining ridership. Additionally, while testing different parking management solutions, the LA Metro came across the challenge of having to collect real-time data in an environment with high level of magnetic noise caused by the proximity of the parking area to the trains.