There could be 2 billion parking stalls in the US, in L.A. that’s more land area than housing. In Des Moines there are 19 spaces per household. In Jackson WY it is 27 spaces per household, costing over $192K per household. Parking covers 5 percent of the US, often empty, lost potential.

https://www.strongtowns.org/journal/2019/11/27/parking-dominates-our-cities-but-do-we-really-see-it I’m gonna start this one out with a bold thesis: Parking is the dominant physical feature of the postwar American city. Not homes. Not strip malls. Not streets, highways, or stroads. Parking. We have a lot of the stuff. A few superlatives can express the sheer amount: There are somewhere between 800 million and 2 billion parking stalls in …

Safety, less parking, cost-benefit of transport investments

Since 1956 we’ve spent $10 trillion on highways in the United States. For that astronomical sum we have 2.9 million deaths; streets, roads, and bridges that are commonly described as “crumbling;” epic and ever-growing highway congestion; and the single largest sectoral contributor of climate pollution. Now we have ample evidence that this approach is both ineffective and costly. We also …

Parking Requirements Gave Me a Haircut: Neighborhood-friendly developments are often made infeasible due to overly high parking requirements + Parking Reform After Coronavirus

MARCH 23, 2020 BY TONY JORDAN Parking Reform After Coronavirus Obviously, in the middle of this crisis, with lockdowns in place and ICU beds filling up, parking policy (like most things) isn’t important. We have much bigger fish to fry: maintaining a functioning health care system and supporting millions of people thrown off the payrolls are at the top of the list. …

Study: Employees who were offered free or subsidized parking drove an extra 3.1 miles to commute and 1.0 miles for non-work trips

Compared to the median VMT of 19.2 miles per day, employees who were offered free or subsidized parking drove an extra 3.1 miles to commute and 1.0 miles for non-work trips. Employees who were offered free or subsidized transit drove 3.2 miles less for commuting and 1.2 miles less for non-work trips. A complementary model controlling for built-environment variables reduced …

How better bus lanes can fix everyone’s commute

New York’s 14th Street Busway demonstrates a virtuous cycle: more riders, fewer cars on the street, and an improved commute for all By Patrick Sisson in Curbed Jan 23, 2020 It was supposed to lead to a “carpocolypse.” The 14th Street Busway, a long-delayed pilot program in New York City to expedite service by creating bus-only lanes on a major east-west street in …

What will it take to get people out of their cars?

Study found that people didn’t change from driving because 1) the employees got free parking, so were not paying the full cost of driving2) taking transit or carpooling is “less convenient for an individual commuter.” 3) “these approaches required changing a habitual behavior, which is notoriously difficult to change.” By Lloyd Alter, December 26, 2019 Researchers looking at the question …

Developers Reduce Parking via Car Sharing

By Will Macht, Urban Land, August 19, 2019 Lincoln Ventures’ 2204 San Antonio is an 18-story student housing project one block from the University of Texas at Austin. University neighborhoods are prime locations for car sharing because of their density, limited parking, and younger demographic groups who seek a less car-centric lifestyle. (Lincoln Ventures) Increasingly, cities are using parking policies to …

MN: Park-and-ride transit gives suburban commuters higher access to jobs

MAY 22, 2019 Park-and-ride transit gives suburban commuters higher access to jobs, by University of Minnesota A park-and-ride facility in Eagan. Credit: Mike McCarthy Park-and-ride facilities enable many suburban and exurban commuters in the Twin Cities metro area to reach roughly as many jobs as urban transit users, according to a first-of-its-kind study from the Accessibility Observatory at the University of …

Researchers re-evaluate how we value transportation

May 6th, 2019 By Chris McCahill, SSTI Researchers re-evaluate how we value transportation Transportation agencies and metropolitan planning organizations often wrestle with how to properly value transportation investments, especially when it comes to things that can’t be measured in terms of vehicle delay, such as multimodal access and environmental justice. Some of these challenges are tackled in a new issue of Research …

‘Just like a real office’: workers use public parking as co-working space

WePark is a radical rethinking of city space, which started in San Francisco and has spread as far afield as Toulouse, Bristol, LA and Portland Brittany Shoot in San Francisco for The Guardian, Sat 4 May 2019  Victor Pontis, organiser of WePark, sets up his office in a San Francisco parking space. Photograph: Victor Pontis “If we were designing cities from scratch, …