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3 Ways EVs Could Sideswipe the ‘Rules’ of Urban Living

Gabe Klein, a former Zipcar vice president and expert on urban design and transportation, estimates there are 30 parking spots for every person in Houston. This statistic underscores just how profoundly car ownership has affected city planning. The rise of electric vehicles, not just cars, could encourage cities to put people first when planning neighborhoods and transportation systems. They could prioritize shared modes of transportation and pedestrian traffic, and set aside discussions about building more highways and roads. Read more... Read more

Downtown Missoula’s Parking Puzzle

Free parking at homes, malls, grocery stores, parking garages are causing Americans to become far too dependent on cars, while also wasting space and increasing emissions outputs. Missoula, Montana’s Parking Commission Director Rod Austin, is focused on limiting parking and depending on public transportation. Read more... Read more

How Not to Create Traffic Jams, Pollution and Urban Sprawl

​The more spread out and car-oriented a city, as a result of enormous car parks, the less appealing walking and cycling become. Besides, if you know you can park free wherever you go, why not drive? The ever-growing supply of free parking in America is one reason why investments in public transport have coaxed so few people out of cars. Read more... Read more

D.C. Wants Employers to Pay Workers Not to Drive to Work

​D.C. officials and transit advocates are pursuing a shift in the way employers offer commuting benefits to encourage more biking, walking and transit over solo driving. A D.C. Council proposal would require employers who provide their employees with free or subsidized parking to give them the choice to cash out. With that option, workers would be more likely to ditch the car for a more sustainable mode of travel to work, officials say. Read more... Read more

Parking Spots Are Still Hot Property, But Ride-Sharing Is Changing That

​Thanks to the rise of on-demand ride-sharing services like Uber and Lyft, the need to have a car (and a parking space) is lessening even for daily commuters. A recent study found that in 7 of 11 cities including New York, Washington D.C., and San Francisco, commuting to and from work using UberPool was cheaper than owning and driving a car. Read more... Read more

Empty Spaces

Join Smart Growth America as they release Empty Spaces, new research in partnership with the University of Utah that analyzes the amount of parking being used in transit-oriented development (TOD) areas. It will be the one of the first comprehensive data-driven reports to estimate peak parking and vehicle trip generation rates for transit-oriented development projects, as well as one of the first to estimate travel mode shares for TOD. Register now... Read more

Empty Spaces: Real Parking Needs at Five TODs

It is clear that TODs require less parking than development without transit, or transit without development. This new resource from Smart Growth America sets out to determine how much less parking is required at transit-oriented developments (TODs) and how many fewer vehicle trips are generated than standard industry estimates to help developers and engineers make more-informed decisions in the future. Read report... Read more

Buffalo Becomes First City to Bid Minimum Parking Goodbye

In overhauling its zoning code for the first time since 1953, Buffalo, New York, has become the first major city to completely remove outdated minimum parking requirements. (Other cities have done so, too, but only in certain districts or neighborhoods.) That means developers there will no longer be required to build a certain number of parking spaces for commercial and residential projects, regardless of whether mass transit options are nearby or if the tenants even need them. Read more... Read more
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