Mythbusters

This article decribes a study of parking in Alexandria, Virginia, where there has been a perception of not enough parking to meet the needs of both residents and tourists. The study, which was conducted in Old Town, Alexandria over the winter of 2009/2010, featured an evaluation of 85 blocks in the area and more than 8,000 public parking spaces were identified. The study illustrated that there was not an overall supply problem in the Old Town area; rather, the problem rested more with proximity, rate, and facility availability. Recommendations included better management of street parking spaces, better direction of patrons to garages, and the encouragement of extended private garage hours. The article describes efforts to meet the parking challenges in the area with measures that included installing multi-space meters with several payment options in high-demand blocks and decreasing the parking duration time allowed in residential areas to encourage use of alternative transportation or of other garages. Also described is the community's involvement with and reaction to the plans for parking improvements.

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  • Accession Number: 01489997
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Aug 7 2013 2:27PM