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This paper examines the importance of adequate parking facilities as part of the roadway system and the consequences if they don't exist. The paper then describes the various aspects of parking management, which includes a variety of ways to encourage a more efficient use of existing parking facilities, improve the quality of service that is provided to parking facility users and improve parking facility design. Some parking management strategies are presented which make this aspect of travel less frustrating. These include free parking, reducing the price of parking and creating more parking. The paper concludes by stating that there is always going to be a need for increased parking as long as the automobile is most people's preferred method of transportation, so planning for increased parking should be something that every city does on a regular basis.
From the Paper:"Free parking encourages driving and helps to disperse automobile land use patterns. Many parking management strategies will significantly reduce automobile travel. Parking management can help to shift automobile travel to other modes. It will also improve access by creating more clustered multi land use patterns and provide several types of benefits. These benefits include: efficiency and savings, reduced automobile use, improved design, business impacts, and reduced environmental impacts. On the other side increased management can increase transaction costs and spillover impacts, because parking charges and restrictions in one area may drive motorists to park in other areas where they create congestion problems (4.3 Management of Parking Lots, n.d.).
"Some parking management strategies help to provide significant benefits to lower income and transportation needy people. Most strategies help to benefit people who are transportation disadvantaged by helping to create less automobile dependent land use patterns. The pricing of parking can be regressive, but overall equity impacts depend on how revenues are used and the quality of travel choices. If revenues are used to benefit lower-income households and there are good travel alternatives to driving, pricing and taxes can be progressive overall."
Sample of Sources Used:
- 4.3 Management of Parking Lots. (n.d.). Retrieved from Sustainable Urban Transport Web site: http://www.proudcities.gr/sust_tran_chapter4_3.htm
- Manville, Michael and Shoup, Donald. (2005). Parking, People, and Cities. Retrieved from Web site: http://shoup.bol.ucla.edu/People,Parking,CitiesJUPD.pdf
- Nozzi, Dom. (n.d.). Downtown Parking. Retrieved from Web site: http://www.walkablestreets.com/downpark.htm
Cite this Descriptive Essay:
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