The land near transit stations is a valuable commodity. Hundreds or thousands of people travel to and through these places each day, and decisions about what to do with this land have implications for local economies, transit ridership, residents’ access to opportunity, and overall quality of life for everyone in a community. Many communities choose to dedicate at least some of that land for parking. The question is, how much?
-Empty Spaces: Real parking needs at five TODs.
Professor Reid Ewing and his research team at the University of Utah College of Architecture + Planning released a study through Smart Growth America titled Empty Spaces: Real parking needs at five TODs 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. The study is referenced by Katherine Shaver and The Washington Post:
Auto-centric standards and zoning requirements have led to too much parking being built around transit stations, leaving many parking spaces empty and wasting valuable land that could be better used, according to a study released Tuesday by Smart Growth America. The study, which is also published in two peer-reviewed journals, found that in some cases, about one-third of the parking spaces that would be recommended for a new development under industry standards were actually used, even at peak times.
Source: Cities, suburbs are requiring too much parking near transit stations, study says – The Washington Post
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