Modernizing public parking to improve transportation and strengthen democracy in New York City

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Brit Byrd, Emerging Fellow for Economic Development for 2014-2015 and Columbia University Class of 2015, outlines a series of parking policy proposals in New York City that can help resolve existing problems of traffic congestion, encourage more efficient and intuitive use of personal transportation within the city, and raise revenue to be reinvested in local community infrastructure. The paper details three different policies: raising existing metered rates with the goal of 85 percent occupancy, introducing a residential parking permit scheme, and using public parking spaces for car-sharing. These policies are all predicated on restoring supply and demand pressures to the individual decision of personal car ownership, by assessing more appropriate parking prices through the existing on-street parking scheme and encouraging collaborative consumption as an alternative. This paper was presented to a panel of experts at the White House in December 2014.

Modernizing Public Parking to Improve Transportation and Strengthen Democracy in New York City by Roosevelt Institute