Residential Parking Benefits District Study, Fruit Belt Neighborhood, Buffalo, NY

The Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus (BNMC) is a consortium of nine healthcare, research, and educational institutions located on 120 acres in downtown Buffalo, New York. Currently, BNMC member institutions have a total of approximately 12,000 full- and part-time employees. This number is anticipated to increase to approximately 17,000 over the next two years due to a number of current large-scale capital projects. The Fruit Belt Neighborhood is located directly east of the BNMC, between Michigan Avenue to the west, Jefferson Avenue to the east, Best Street to the north, and BFNC Drive to the south. While the rapid growth of the campus continues to bring about enormous economic and community development opportunities for the Fruit Belt and the entire Western New York region, there is growing concern about the current and potential impacts of increased traffic and parking congestion in this residential neighborhood. Today, a number of campus employees park in the Fruit Belt Neighborhood during peak hours because on-street parking is both free and unrestricted, versus parking on the medical campus which is both carefully managed and at market rate. To address this issue, BNMC has secured funding for the community to perform a study of on-street parking in the Fruit Belt Neighborhood. The study explored best practices and provided recommendations for the creation of a parking benefits district in the Fruit Belt permit area under a residential and employee parking permit program with alternating sides which would help to achieve the following goals: (1) effectively manage the on-street parking supply and demand in the neighborhood, (2) reduce the number of single occupant vehicles driving to and from the area, (3) provide a set of customizable active parking management (APM) strategies, (4) improve the access, mobility and quality of life of Fruit Belt residents, and (5) identify sound financial management strategies for use of potential parking revenues. This study incorporated guidance from a Project Steering Committee including representatives from the BNMC member institutions, the City of Buffalo, the NYS Office of the Assembly, the NYS Senate, Fruit Belt residents, and advocacy organizations. Ultimately, the City of Buffalo, local union representatives, elected officials, and Fruit Belt Neighborhood representatives have agreed upon a residential parking permit system that designates half of each block in the permit area as resident parking only with the other half open to the public. Other details of the program are still under consideration.


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Media Info

  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Edition: Final Report
  • Features: Appendices; Figures; Maps; Photos; Tables;
  • Pagination: 276p

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01702890
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: NYSDOT Report No. C-14-56
  • Contract Numbers: NYSERDA Agreement 46815; NYSDOT Task C-14-56
  • Created Date: Apr 16 2019 12:59PM