Start charging (more) to park on public streets. Trend of ending minimum parking requirements for garages in new apartment and condo buildings “within one-half mile of public transit” in cities that have failed to meet housing targets is underway

By Michael Andersen, and Tony Jordan – November 20, 2017 on Mobility Lab blog 4 Congratulations, California city leaders.Your state legislators recently spared you the pain and trouble of taking the first step in a crucial political fight against unnecessary and even socially irresponsible parking requirements. However, trouble lies ahead if you, as city officials, don’t take the important second step of guiding smarter …

Vox/Mobility Lab video: The high cost of free parking

By Paul Mackie – July 19, 2017 on Mobility Lab – top posts from 2017 When Steve Jobs pitched Apple’s new California campus – which opened earlier this year – he wanted to turn parking lots into green landscapes. But the city of Cupertino demanded 11,000 parking spots, which put a wrench in that part of Jobs’ vision. Cupertino’s parking requirements are not unique. …

Why downtown parking garages may be headed for extinction

 12 Dec 2017, Philadelphia Inquirer, Stateline Brandywine Realty Trust’s FMC Tower near 30th Street Station was developed to include a 1-acre public park 90-feet above street level on top of a parking garage. by Mindy Fetterman, STATELINE For decades, providing downtown parking was a top priority for urban planners. Huge parking garages for commuters’ cars occupied prime real estate that otherwise …

Evolution in folding bikes could help parking issues

www.youtube.com World’s Lightest Folding Bike Weighs Only 15 Pounds  The world’s lightest folding bike is here. The Hummingbird Bike Company has put its ultra-light, carbon fiber bike into production following a successful 2015 Kickstarter campaign. The two-wheeler weighs only 15 pounds. According to the London startup, the bike features a unique folding mechanism where “the rear triangle pivots around the bottom bracket, so the chain tension …

700,000 carless renters pay extra 13 percent for unused garage parking

August 7th, 2017, By Chris McCahill, SSTI, 700,000 carless renters pay extra 13 percent for unused garage parking A new study finds that garage parking costs the average renter an additional $1,700 per year (17 percent) nationwide. For the average carless renter, the extra cost of unused parking is $621 per year (13 percent). That amounts to $440 million in losses across …

People cut back on driving when they pay daily rather than monthly.

By Brian Lutenegger, SSTI News, 28 Aug 2017 The psychology of daily versus monthly parking fees The Seattle Times recently reported on the experiences of several major employers trying innovative ways to charge for commuter parking. These employers found that how parking for commuters is priced—on a daily vs. a monthly basis—makes a big difference in their employees’ commuting habits. By allowing their employees the …

Parking ranges from 14-25% of land used in urban areas and parking charges are 1-2% of local revenues. AVs need up to 90% less parking space.

Researchers from the University of Oregon released a study detailing how the rise of autonomous vehicles (AVs) could change how cities operate and how a city’s budget could be impacted by the rising prevalence of AVs. Among those impacts is a loss of parking and other traffic-related revenue. According to the white paper, parking charges, on average, account for between 1% and 2% of …

Property owners in Columbus are funding transit passes and avoiding the need to build parking

San Francisco, Boulder, Cambridge, and others have TDM ordinances requiring developers to include transit-oriented amenities in new properties.  Cities all over the country require developers to pay infrastructure impact fees, which often feed transit budgets. And employers often help cover the cost of their employees’ transit passes.  But Columbus’ program will be the first in the country where bus passes are …