Adequate and convenient parking contributes to the health of downtowns. Downtown boasts more than 44,000 parking spaces, and while the demand is catching up to this supply, a large amount of land is still devoted to parking. Peripheral parking areas are underutilized while central areas experience high occupancy. Such a supply can be a boon to commuters, but nevertheless it negatively impacts the activity level along Downtown’s streets.
The DIA is leading the way on a comprehensive Downtown parking strategy consistent with the Business Investment and Development Strategy. In 2019, the DIA and the Office of Public Parking released a Downtown Parking Study by Tim Haas that analyzed on- and off-street parking conditions to maximize the efficiency of the current parking system and recommended improvements to the overall management and operation of the parking system. In addition:
The DIA and the Office of Public Parking contracted with Tim Haas to undertake a Downtown parking study as well as an analysis of on-street parking conditions for several historic areas. The study was conducted with three primary goals in mind:
Both studies are available below: