PROVIDENCE CENTRAL BUSINESS DISTRICT PARKING SURVEY

THE FINDINGS FROM A PARKING SURVEY CONSISTING OF THE FOLLOWING CORRELATED STUDIES ARE PRESENTED: (1) INVENTORY OF EXISTING FACILITIES. (2) CORDON COUNT OF VEHICLES. (3) PARKING INTERVIEWS AT CURB AND LOT. THE FEASIBILITY OF CONDUCTING SEVERAL DISTINCT OPERATIONS OF THE SURVEY DURING DIFFERENT PERIODS BY A LIMITED FORCE OF FIELD MEN WAS INDICATED ON THE BASIS OF A 2 PERCENT STATISTICAL ERROR. THE DEMAND FOR PARKING SPACES IS TREATED IN TERMS OF DESTINATION DESIRE, AND DESTINATION DESIRE IS ANALYZED QUANTITATIVELY IN TERMS OF NUMBER OF TRIPS, AND SPACE-HOURS OF PARKING REQUIRED FOR WEEKDAY AND PEAK HOUR. SIGNIFICANT FINDINGS WITH RESPECT TO THE PARKING PROBLEM IN PROVIDENCE ARE RECITED AS FOLLOWS: (1) 26,000 PASSENGER CARS, OR 54 PERCENT OF THE TOTAL NUMBER, COULD BY-PASS THE CENTRAL BUSINESS DISTRICT BETWEEN 8:00 A.M. AND 5:00 P.M. IF PROPER BY-PASS FACILITIES WERE DEVELOPED. (2) 500 ADDITIONAL PARKING SPACES ARE NEEDED TO SERVE PRESENT (1945) DEMANDS IN OR NEAR THE HEART OF THE CENTRAL BUSINESS DISTRICT. (3) BECAUSE OF HIGH LAND VALUES IN THE HEART OF THE CENTRAL BUSINESS DISTRICT THE SOLUTION SEEMS TO BE THE EXPANSION OF EXISTING FACILITIES AND THE DEVELOPMENT OF NEW ONES ON THE FRINGE OF THIS CRITICAL AREA. (4) AN ESTIMATED 180-250 ADDITIONAL SPACES WILL BE NEEDED EACH YEAR TO KEEP PACE WITH THE DEMAND. (5) IT SHOULD BE POSSIBLE TO OPEN UP NEW LOTS WITHIN SUITABLE WALKING DISTANCES TO DESTINATIONS IN VACANT AREAS OR WHERE OBSOLETE BUILDINGS CAN BE RAZED. (6) RATIOS OF FLOOR AREAS OF TRAFFIC GENERATORS TO PARKING SPACES AS DERIVED IN THE PARKING SURVEY SHOULD BE USED IN COMPUTING CAPACITIES REQUIRED IN ADDITIONAL PARKING FACILITIES. /AUTHOR/

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Vol 26, pp 430-441, 5 FIG, 4 TAB
  • Authors:
    • Manning, L P
  • Discussers:
    • WOLF, S
  • Publication Date: 1947

Media Info

  • Monograph Title: Proceedings of the Twenty-Sixth Annual Meeting of the Highway Research Board Held at Washington, D.C. December 5-8, 1946
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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00225989
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, TRB
  • Created Date: Jun 5 1972 12:00AM