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  • 1. SParking New Ideas – Salem Comprehensive Parking Plan Rinus Oosthoek, Salem Chamber of Commerce rinus@salem-chamber.org
  • 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. 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 “X” = The recommendation to establish an independent parking & traffic commission was withdrawn due to Council objections.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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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…..