12 ways developers can guide tenants to better transportation decisions 12 ways developers can guide tenants to better transportation decisions
12 ways developers can guide tenants to better transportation decisions
12 ways developers can guide tenants to better transportation decisions
Arlington to refine its parking policy for multi-family residential properties Arlington to refine its parking policy for multi-family residential properties
Arlington to refine its parking policy for multi-family residential properties
Arlington to refine its parking policy for multi-family residential properties
Seattle pilot will let buildings rent parking spaces as park-and-rides Seattle pilot will let buildings rent parking spaces as park-and-rides
Seattle pilot will let buildings rent parking spaces as park-and-rides
Seattle pilot will let buildings rent parking spaces as park-and-rides
In LA, Rams’ return creates parking demand “laboratory” In LA, Rams’ return creates parking demand “laboratory”
In LA, Rams’ return creates parking demand “laboratory”
In LA, Rams’ return creates parking demand “laboratory”
Park(ing) Day: The annual glimpse into livelier streets Park(ing) Day: The annual glimpse into livelier streets
Park(ing) Day: The annual glimpse into livelier streets
Park(ing) Day: The annual glimpse into livelier streets

What role does parking play in how we decide to get around?

America is addicted to free parking. Excessive parking create an emptiness that divides cities and make them difficult to traverse without a car. Importantly, the availability of free parking is a major factor in getting people to choose driving over other options.

In Los Angeles County, a full 14 percent of land is dedicated to Finding better land uses for parking lots will encourage people to put more creative thought into choosing their modes of transportation.Innovative parking policy ideas, such as the demand-based parking pricing at work in cities like San Francisco and D.C., can help reduce trips and use spaces more efficiently — but will go nowhere without political and public support.

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When Parking Prices Are Based on Demand, Everybody Wins

When San Francisco let parking prices fluctuate with demand, drivers found it easier and faster to find parking. The city maximized its valuable curb parking spaces and modestly sped up buses.

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Parking Lots are Craters that Create Urban Congestion

In case viewers are unclear about Streetsblog’s opinion of surface parking lots, its new video by the website’s editor Angie Schmitt is titled Parking Craters: Scourge of American Downtowns.

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Three Ways to Transform Overbuilt Parking into Transportation Options

The ills of minimum parking requirements – inducing demand for cars, increasing congestion, and raising the cost of real estate, to name a few – have been well documented.

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12 ways developers can guide tenants to better transportation decisions

12 ways developers can guide tenants to better transportation decisions


December 16, 2016    Paul Mackie

Real-estate developers and property managers have long been coming around to the simple business decision that, if they want to manage profitable projects and attract tenants, they should build and own near transit and other non-driving options. Just look at Detroit: A 2.5-mile streetcar system expected to launch in a few months to downtown is… Read more »

Arlington to refine its parking policy for multi-family residential properties

Arlington to refine its parking policy for multi-family residential properties


October 20, 2016    Stephen Crim

This post originally appeared on the Arlington Transportation Partners blog. Like many communities in the United States, the zoning ordinance in Arlington County, Va., requires developers to build parking for apartment and condominium residents. However, space is limited and land is expensive in Arlington’s urban neighborhoods. Each parking space in a garage can take up… Read more »

Seattle pilot will let buildings rent parking spaces as park-and-rides

Seattle pilot will let buildings rent parking spaces as park-and-rides


October 7, 2016    Adam Russell

Though it’s made rapid progress in shifting commuters away from driving alone to work, Seattle is still looking to address ongoing congestion within the Puget Sound region. Now, the King County Metro is planning to launch a pilot to attract commuters to light rail and buses by allowing nearby buildings to rent their empty parking spaces… Read more »

In LA, Rams’ return creates parking demand “laboratory”

In LA, Rams’ return creates parking demand “laboratory”


September 23, 2016    Adam Russell

Last week, the Los Angeles Rams played their first home game since returning to Southern California. And while it took place in their temporary home, the LA Memorial Coliseum – a historic stadium that has twice hosted the Olympics and currently hosts USC football games – the arrival of the NFL created a unique transportation-demand situation,… Read more »

Park(ing) Day: The annual glimpse into livelier streets

Park(ing) Day: The annual glimpse into livelier streets


September 16, 2016    Adam Russell

Since the first pop-up parklet conversion in 2005, the third Friday in September has become an international holiday celebrating a vision for streets beyond the car default. Today, five parklets appeared in the streets of North Arlington, while more than 30 can be found across the river in the District, with more still in Montgomery County… Read more »

How to get inventive transportation projects right early on

How to get inventive transportation projects right early on


September 7, 2016    Rafael Millan

In 2013, the city of Nice, France, launched an ambitious “smart parking” service that allowed drivers to find available parking spaces in real-time through a smartphone app. In order for the system to work, the city paid 10 million euros (or about $11.3 million USD) to install hundreds of sensors next to parking spaces, as… Read more »

Drive less, earn a bike: Employers thinking big with TDM programs

Drive less, earn a bike: Employers thinking big with TDM programs


August 31, 2016    Adam Russell

When Sonos wanted to move its Santa Barbara headquarters into a new downtown location, the wireless speaker company became very aware of the potential traffic impacts. After all, the company’s previous location had been two small buildings outside of the city core. And the city of Santa Barbara had its own site requirements for the new office, part… Read more »

Bike parking gets people riding – Here’s how to build it right

Bike parking gets people riding – Here’s how to build it right


February 8, 2016    Michael Ryan

Arlington County updates its guide to bicycle parking best practices What do the cities with the highest percentage of bicycle commuters have in common? The first answer that comes to mind may be on-street bicycle facilities with wonky names like “sharrows” or “cycle tracks.” While excellent surface infrastructure is important, another piece of the truth… Read more »

Three ways to transform overbuilt parking into transportation options

Three ways to transform overbuilt parking into transportation options


January 15, 2016    Michael Ryan

The ills of minimum parking requirements – inducing demand for cars, increasing congestion, and raising the cost of real estate, to name a few – have been well documented. In the last decade, broad driving-related trends, such as decreases in car ownership per household and vehicle miles traveled, suggest requiring more than one parking space… Read more »

If “shopping small” can help local economies, why not “driving small?”

If “shopping small” can help local economies, why not “driving small?”


January 12, 2016    Jeremy Holmes

While the final numbers have yet to be released, preliminary reports suggest this was a merry holiday season for U.S. retailers. A MasterCard survey reports sales were up 8 percent over 2014, and that lower gas prices played a significant role in what consumers spent this past year – suggesting the money they saved in… Read more »

Carsharing can open parking spaces to happier, healthier lives for all

Carsharing can open parking spaces to happier, healthier lives for all


December 1, 2015    Melissa McMahon

Car ownership is an anchor on our choices and habits. It creates inertia against change. This is most obvious when we think of the ways in which owning a car requires physical public sacrifices that cities have accepted for decades: parking spaces at home and at destinations, space for roadways. The assumption that people will… Read more »

Apps Are Not the Answer

Apps Are Not the Answer


August 14, 2015    Amy Eagleburger

It’s clear that apps, specifically mobile apps, are the most popular creations for civic hackers and are the usual output of countless hackathons nationwide. But at the latest Transportation Techies, held for the first time in Baltimore, Justin Elszasz, an open data analyzer who blogs at The Training Set, said the focus on apps isn’t… Read more »