City of Durham Begins Downtown Parking Study
Community Meetings Set and Online Survey Available Until December 31
DURHAM, N.C. – Parking in downtown Durham is in high demand, and in order for the City of Durham to plan for the Bull City’s needs over the next 10 years, a parking study is now underway.
The City’s Transportation Department has begun the study to help understand the nature of parking in light of emerging trends, plan for Durham’s future needs, and build on the findings of the 2013 Comprehensive Parking Study.
As part of the study, public input is now being sought to learn more about parking habits – how and where residents and visitors use downtown parking facilities – and more importantly, ways to improve parking. An online survey is now open through December 31 at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Durhamparking, and City staff are also hosting a number of community engagement sessions to speak directly with downtown stakeholders about ways to improve parking.
In addition to collecting parking feedback from the public, the study will also include an assessment of the supply and demand for downtown public parking and will include a determination on the need for additional parking in both short-term and future development scenarios. The study will also include strategies to improve the maintenance and management of City-owned surface parking lots, garages, and on-street parking spaces and will evaluate the days and hours of parking enforcement, current parking restrictions, and associated wayfinding signage effectiveness.
The study will also offer ways to provide safe, convenient parking for all downtown users including residents, employees, and visitors as well as accommodations for special events plus determine the need and feasibility for demand-based pricing or changes to current parking rates. Finally, the study will provide recommended design improvements to increase the efficiency of City-owned parking facilities, to include improvements to parking-related signs and other wayfinding, and/or new parking facilities.
About the Transportation Department
The Transportation Department is responsible for a broad range of transportation services, which include traffic signs and signals, transportation planning, parking operations, street lighting, taxicab administration, and bicycle and pedestrian planning. The department also oversees GoDurham and GoDurham ACCESS as well as leads planning functions for the Durham-Chapel Hill-Carrboro Metropolitan Planning Organization (DCHC MPO), which is the regional organization that is responsible for planning and programming state and federal transportation projects in the urbanized areas of Durham, Orange, and Chatham counties. Guided by the City’s Strategic Plan, the department helps to strengthen the foundation, enhance the value, and improve the quality and sustainability of neighborhoods that are necessary for a strong and diverse community.