MAPC sPARKing New Ideas Parking Symposium: Presentation by Rinus Oosthoek

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MAPC sPARKing New Ideas Parking Symposium: Presentation by Rinus Oosthoek

  1. 1. SParking New Ideas – Salem Comprehensive Parking Plan Rinus Oosthoek, Salem Chamber of Commerce rinus@salem-chamber.org
  2. 2. Short Term Recommendations 1. Implement demand-responsive pricing on- and off -street 2. Establish designated employee parking areas 3. Protect residential parking in nearby neighborhoods / establish a new area-wide permit for downtown residents 4. A new permitting program for tour buses 5. Establish a parking & transportation fund for downtown improvements and connections to remote parking. 6. On-going monitoring of parking utilization 7. Implementation program for pricing, regulatory, signing, and technology changes, including a robust outreach and education program.
  3. 3. Additional Recommendations 8. A municipal management program for private parking facilities 9. Several low-cost supply increases in existing lots and on wider streets 10. Smart parking technologies to enhance customer convenience, information, revenue collection, enforcement, and overall efficiency. “X” = The recommendation to establish an independent parking & traffic commission was withdrawn due to Council objections.
  4. 4. Implementation: A Great Start • Demand-responsive pricing on- and off –street: • 8am – 8pm • $0.25 - $1.50 per hour • 4hr meters • off-street more affordable than on-street ($25 tickets) • A revised existing pass program and low cost option (Two designated employee parking areas $25 / month) • Continued protecting residential parking • Implementation program for pricing, regulatory, signing, and technology changes • An outreach and education program.
  5. 5. Not Implemented • Establish a new area-wide permit for downtown residents • A new permitting program for tour buses to reduce under-utilized tow-zone space • On-going monitoring of parking utilization to make adjustments as necessary • Establish a parking & transportation fund for downtown improvements and connections to remote parking. Additional Recommendations were not considered at this point in time, except for the partial installation of smart meters.
  6. 6. Results – Positive Comments It’s working, as far as we can tell…… Positive comments included: • For those in the know, the parking plan has made it easier to find a parking spot in downtown Salem. • Many praise the financial incentive to park in the garage • Some commended the monthly parking zones which makes parking much cheaper than feeding the meters. And…. • Customers seem satisfied and able to find parking
  7. 7. Results – Negative Comments It’s working, as far as we can tell…… Negative comments in general: • No PR / messaging (existing brochures outdated) • Meter feeding is still a problem • The usefulness of the $25 monthly pass was questioned (Employees are unaware of the monthly pass option) • The lack of short term (15 – 30 minutes) parking • Lack of signage / information that clarifies the system • The payment system on surface lots is still questionable • The lack of smart meters throughout the city and the continuous need for quarters (!)
  8. 8. Changes made since implementation • The program now runs 8am – 6pm • The second employee parking zone has been eliminated • At smart meters only, the first 30 minutes are free • In some locations 2 hour meters have returned • In one location, 15 minute meters have returned But… The program is not being managed by anyone…… the “X” Factor However, the program is working, as far as we can tell…..

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