The results of a parking study conducted for Lancaster, Pennsylvania, are summarized. There were two primary reasons for the study: (a) Residents were concerned about the preemption of curb spaces in residential areas by long-term, nonresidential parkers, and (b) in recent years, the city has been required to subsidize the operation of the Lancaster Parking Authority because a decline in the use of the authority's facilities has created a gap between revenues and expenses. The study included a review of existing information on parking problems in Lancaster and several surveys designed to provide data on parking characteristics. The existing parking system is described in terms of facility type and occupancy. The central area of Lancaster was divided into subareas, and an analysis of the problems of each subarea is presented. Issues of ineffective enforcement and the poor financial condition of the municipal revenue parking system are reviewed. The recommended program consists of several strong measures for controlling parking space and stabilizing finances. Stricter control of curb space is suggested, including a residential parking-permit system. Several enforcement-related actions are proposed, such as revision of the meter system, increased fines, and improved equipment for conrolling garage revenue. Finally, moderate increases in municipal parking rates, along with increased garage use, can eliminate the parking authority's revenue shortfall over the next five years. (Author)

Media Info

  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: Figures;
  • Pagination: pp 18-20
  • Monograph Title: Parking
  • Serial:

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00335209
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 0309032008
  • Files: TRIS, TRB
  • Created Date: Oct 28 1981 12:00AM