parking

Right-size parking calculator showcased at TRB annual meeting

By Chris McCahill How much parking is just the right amount? Developers and policymakers have mulled over this question for decades. Formulas are often passed along from town to town, or estimates are pulled from the Institute of Transportation Engineers’ Parking Generation report, now in its

California moves to reform traffic mitigation process

By Eric Sundquist The California legislature last week passed a bill that will remove highway level-of-service and parking from traffic mitigation analyses. The bill applies to projects in many urban and suburban areas. Gov. Jerry Brown is expected to sign the bill, SB 743. The bill also provides

Can parking lot capacity limit transit station capacity?

By Robbie Webber Greater Greater Washington recently outlined the cascade of implications of having poor pedestrian and bicycle connections to some DC-area transit stations in suburban locations. One of the problems they mention is that if walking or bicycling to a station is unappealing or

Regional TDM Action Plan (Pugest Sound Regional Council, 2013)

This transportation demand management plan from the Puget Sound Regional Council and the TDM Steering Committee lays out strategies to reduce single occupancy car trips through the region. A variety of efforts are outlined, including neighborhood-based alternative transportation education,

American parking requirements: Massive (mostly), arbitrary, and costly

By Eric Sundquist The abundance of parking in American cities and suburbs, most of it on surface lots without direct costs to parkers, is readily apparent by taking a virtual tour via Google Earth or a similar program. The view below (Figure 1), of a mixed-use section of SSTI’s own Madison,

Ready. Transit. Go: Lining up development to meet current and future transportation demands

By Mary Ebeling Minneapolis-St. Paul has big plans. The Twin Cities have set a goal to develop 14 transit ways by 2030 in an effort to transform the future transportation infrastructure and development patterns there. These transit ways will need to carry a high number of riders to remain

Rethinking the parking needs of people with disabilities

By Bill Holloway Disabled drivers clearly need access to parking spaces near their destinations but do they also need to park for free? A recent article by Michael Manville and Jonathan Williams in the University of California Transportation Center magazine Access argues that policies allowing

How to Increase Bicycling for Daily Travel (Active Living Research, 2013)

What are the most effective strategies cities can use to increase bicycling? A growing number of studies have assessed the effectiveness of many strategies for increasing levels of bicycling, including on-street bike lanes, off-street bike paths, and other bicycling infrastructure; promotional

2013 Emerging Trends in Parking (International Parking Institute, 2013)

According to the results of a just-released survey, the United States is undergoing a parking revolution as the industry embraces a variety of new technologies that make it easier for people to find and pay for parking, and for parking authorities to better manage it. Further results show which

Tulsa turns the corner on surface parking

By Bill Holloway Tulsa, Oklahoma, has extended its temporary ban on demolishing buildings downtown for new surface parking lots until the first of September while the City Planning Department crafts a zoning ordinance that would place new restrictions on downtown surface parking lots. The new