Coming soon: new research on parking requirements at TOD stations

Research has shown development near transit stations requires less parking than other kinds of development. Yet most engineering guidelines are unclear exactly how much less parking is needed.

Oversupply of parking takes up valuable land, raises the cost of development, and misses a key opportunity. Building the right amount of parking can help communities get the maximum benefit out of new transit investments.

On Tuesday, January 31, 2017, Smart Growth America will release Empty Spaces, new research in partnership with the University of Utah that will analyze the amount of parking being used in transit-oriented development (TOD) areas. It will be the one of the first comprehensive data-driven reports to estimate peak parking and vehicle trip generation rates for TOD projects, as well as one of the first to estimate travel mode shares for TOD.

The forthcoming research will analyze data on actual parking usage and total trip generation near five transit stations: Redmond, WA; Englewood, CO; Rhode Island Row in Washington, DC; Fruitvale Village in Oakland, CA; and Wilshire/Vermont in Los Angeles, CA. 

Join us for the kickoff of this new research on Tuesday, January 31. We will be hosting an online discussion starting at 1:00 p.m. EST, and invite you to join us:

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Join the discussion to hear more about the research and local TOD projects. We will be taking questions about the findings on Twitter at the hashtag #EmptySpaces. Registrants will also be the first to see the new report when it comes out.

Local officials, planners, advocates, real estate developers, and others can use the information in this report to make the case for making more efficient use of this valuable, in-demand land. Join us for the launch on January 31 to learn more.

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