As you've heard, we've initiated a study to tackle the issue of parking in downtown. The Downtown Austin Alliance and our many partners know parking must be addressed to ensure that downtown is active, vital, accessible, and diverse. The Downtown Austin Parking Strategy is a comprehensive, forward-thinking effort to improve parking in the downtown area.
During the fall, we worked with our consultants Nelson\Nygaard to conduct a comprehensive inventory to help inform solutions to parking downtown. We started the process by gathering input on the existing conditions and perceptions through workshops, focus groups, and an online survey. We also analyzed all of the existing conditions, plans, reports, and codes pertaining to parking. Nelson\Nygaard inventoried each space downtown and observed the occupancy for a representative sample at different times of the day and week. In addition, they used cameras at key locations to observe how street parking was being used.
Last week, the briefing book and summary sheet documenting the inventory and summarizing key findings regarding parking inventory, existing conditions, and public input were presented at a community event at 800 Congress.
Click here to visit the parking strategy project webpage which contains links to the summary of key findings and the briefing book.