Parking Management Strategies

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The need for Parking Management Strategies As the country sees an upward trend in urbanisation, 2-tier cities in India are likely to see an influx of population through migration from smaller towns and villages. With a growing population, one of the key issues to address for local government is transportation. One of the biggest issues facing current metropolises is traffic, congestion and the resultant pollution. To avoid a similar future for the 2-tier cities, adequate and convenient public transportation coupled with a parking management strategy is key. Parking is seen as an environmentally harmful type of land-use because the value of land is not truly captured with parking. A better understanding of the demand-supply of parking and the…show more content…
An in-depth study of the relationship between supply and demand of parking is a must. It is also important to analyse the relationship between the availability of convenient public transit and the demand for parking. Demand and utilisation surveys and surveys assessing the cost and value of a typical parking space can be the basis for a progressive parking management strategy. Reduction in existing demand for parking With a study of the existing demand for parking, it is also imperative to reduce the demand for parking. Tier-2 cities are seeing an influx of infrastructure and urban development and this is the right time for integrating land use with transit. A transit oriented development with a focus on non-motorised transit can greatly reduce parking demands. Parking for para-transit (including services like Uber and Ola) can be separated from parking for private motorised vehicles. Increased para-transit parking around airports, railways and bus depots may be considered in areas not currently accessed by public transit. Strategies like these could reduce the demand for parking for private…show more content…
One of the most important aspects of the Parking Management Strategy must be to fix the correct price point for parking based on different variables. Pricing for parking may be variable - based on land use and income, based on denseness of public transit network, based on time of day and day of week, based on duration of stay, based on type of vehicle and also based on location of parking. Pricing may also be different for private vehicles versus shared taxi aggregators like Ola and Uber. One of the key areas for concern with variable costs however is to ensure that every user has a clear understanding of the costs, and this could be addressed by integrating technology as discussed earlier. The cost of parking must be adequate to operate, maintain and further fund other transit opportunities in the city. This must be a revenue generator for local

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