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5Is Reducing Congestion in Cities Possible? New Study Offers Suggestions

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Recently, the National Parking Association (NPA) released a groundbreaking study that demonstrates how parking can be applied as a shared mobility solution to reduce congestion. The study explores the real causes of congestion and highlights how parking, in conjunction with other forms of mobility, optimizes infrastructure to move people and goods in and out of cities.   NPA President Christine Banning, IOM, CAE said, "Livable cities are vital for real estate development, employment and tourism. Together, we can reduce congestion with a new vision for cities that embraces shared solutions and an ecosystem approach to reducing congestion."   Banning added, "The PwC study debunks congestion myths, provides planners and cities with models and levers for reducing congestion and demonstrates how reducing or eliminating parking minimums and applying a park once philosophy can support intermodal transit within cities."  

  • Key study findings highlight several parking levers cities can use to reduce congestion, including:
  • Repurpose or reprice on-street parking.
  • Reduce or eliminate parking minimums.
  • Explore new smart parking technologies.
  • Leveraging parking as a "curb extension" or mobility hub.

  Private vehicles, public transportation, parking, and infrastructure form the urban transportation ecosystem. Parking is the beginning and end-point of the first and last mile. Understanding how communities are served by this ecosystem can provide new insights into the city of the future and transportation solutions to meet the needs of a growing population.

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