Parking Management

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Parking and Sustainable Urban Mobility

Parking policy, and any potential change in it, is a highly contested issue in most cities. The integration of parking measures into a Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan (SUMP) can help achieve long-term goals.

October 12, 2022 - Parking and SUMP - Using parking management to achieve SUMP objectives effectively and sustainably’

On-Street Parking

ITDP's New On-Street Parking Pricing Guidebook

This report explores strategies for efficient and equitable parking management with an emphasis on pricing. These strategies enable cities to reallocate space for bus lanes, bicycle lanes, wider sidewalks, and pickup zones, and generate revenue.

September 22, 2021 - Institute for Transportation and Development Policy

Chicago, Illinois

Opinion: Chicago Needs an Office of Parking Management

The city of Chicago needs a local agency empowered to planning, studying, or managing parking, according to a recent opinion piece published by Streetsblog Chicago.

August 11, 2021 - Streetsblog Chicago

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Hong Kong Parking Plan Denounced as 'Wasteful'

Hong Kong's leaders want to build more parking for the growing number of private vehicles, but transportation experts suggest parking management could be a faster and more affordable solution.

April 26, 2021 - Transit Jam


Housing First; Cars Last

Underutilized parking lots are a costly waste. By managing parking more efficiently, cities can free up land to house people rather than cars.

January 7, 2021 - Todd Litman

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Parking Planning Paradigm Shift

More efficient parking management can benefit everybody, including motorists, businesses, residents, and any planner who becomes an expert on this subject, as I can report from experience.

July 5, 2018 - Todd Litman

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Guess Who's Disrupting the Parking and Valet Business

Ride hailing reduces the need for parking services, as well as parking spaces, and parking companies are feeling the effects. New data comes from a major U.S. parking management company based in San Diego, thanks to the Union-Tribune.

February 27, 2018 - San Diego Union-Tribune

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Fun Parking Facts

Parking requirements are the dark matter of the urban universe: they affect transport and land use in mysterious ways. These fun facts illustrate the costs and impacts of economically excessive parking supply.

January 29, 2018 - Todd Litman


Revitalized Neighborhood in Cincinnati Wants to Keep Parking for Free

The age-old controversy over the cost of parking in heating up in East Walnut Hills, Cincinnati.

April 15, 2017 - Cincinnati Business Courier

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How a European Capital Moved Toward Sustainable Transportation

How did Vienna, Austria, substantially reduce car trips while increasing bicycling and trips taken by public transportation over 25 years? A new paper published in the International Journal of Sustainable Transportation provides answers.

January 16, 2017 - International Journal of Sustainable Transportation

Pensacola, Downtown Arts District

Does Downtown Pensacola Need More Parking? Maybe. Probably Not.

A study funded by the city of Pensacola, Florida found that the city's downtown faces a potential parking deficit in the near future, but recommends that weaning people off their cars could reduce parking demand.

August 15, 2016 - Pensacola NewsJournal


Parking Benefit Districts Around the U.S.

As Pittsburgh moves forward on a parking management program to fund neighborhood improvements, take a look at how other cities have adapted this Shoup-inspired redevelopment strategy.

May 2, 2016 - Keystone Crossroads

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How Parking Management Can Help Cities Grow Smarter

An excerpt from the introduction to "Parking Management for Smart Growth," by Richard W. Willson, Ph.D., FAICP. Here Willson argues for parking management strategies as a critical tool for communities to get more out of the space devoted to cars.

November 2, 2015 - Richard Willson

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A Primer on Innovative Parking Regulations

Writing for Smart Growth America, Neha Bhatt provides a survey of innovative parking regulation and management strategies in cities around the country.

August 26, 2014 - Smart Growth America

Architects Design Fix For New York's Retro Parking Requirements

The "9x18" design team (named after the dimensions of a standard parking space) has evaluated and reimagined New York's parking regulations so they reflect actual parking demand and support affordable housing goals.

July 30, 2014 - Architizer

SF Affirms Transit-First Policy, Angering Drivers

Rachel Gordon reports on San Francisco's "aggressive plan to install thousands more parking meters and to expand the hours they operate," which has drivers fuming.

August 7, 2012 - San Francisco Chronicle

The Tech Start-Up Revolutionizing Parking

Ariel Schwartz profiles Streetline and their suite of applications that are collectively transforming the way we manage, locate, and reserve parking.

April 19, 2012 - Fast Company Co.Exist

Smart Parking With A Political Twist

Sausalito, just across the Bay from SF, has replaced attendants with pay stations in four parking lots. While embedded sensors monitor vehicle activity in the lots, residents are given a tag to hang in their vehicles providing 3 hours free parking.

July 27, 2010 - Marin Independent Journal

Toronto Condo Will Provide Carsharing Instead Of Parking

A 42-storey condo building to be built in Toronto will include parking for nine car-share vehicles and 315 bicycles but no on-site parking spaces for residents’ private automobiles.

September 17, 2009 - Toronto Star

New Study Recommends Efficient On-Street Parking Pricing and Management

A new study identifies innovative approaches to efficiently manage San Francisco's curbside parking supply, particularly in neighborhoods.

July 27, 2009 - San Francisco County Transportation Authority

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