Parking is the link between land use and transportation planning, and the way we set parking policies has an enormous impact on the built environment and how we choose to get around. Getting parking right can help municipalities meet many of our other goals, like increasing affordable housing, decreasing greenhouse gas emissions, encouraging economic development, and promoting public health.
MAPC works with communities to help transform parking from a challenge to an asset. Click here to find out more.
- MAPC featured in The Boston Globe, "Communities Make Changes to Improve Parking," July 2014.
Parking Meter Collective Procurement
MAPC led a collective procurement in Fall 2014 for that Massachusetts Association of Regional Planning Agencies (MARPA) that will allow any municipality in Massachusetts to directly purchase smart parking meters or pay-by-phone services from selected vendors. The selected vendors are thoroughly vetted and are offering discounts of up to 60%.
PARC: An Act Relative to Parking Advancements for the Revitalization of Communities
Parking technology and parking management best practices are rapidly developing, but our state laws haven't kept up. MAPC has developed legislation to give communities the tools that they need to make the most out of the parking they have. This bill also enables communities to establish Parking Benefit Districts, where parking revenue is reinvested directly into the neighborhood where it is raised. This bill has been filed by Senator Kathleen O’Connor Ives (D-Newburyport) and Representative David Linsky (D-Natick).
2014 Parking Conference
Thank you to everyone who joined us on Tuesday, April 8, 2014 at the sPARKing New Ideas: Parking Strategies for Stronger Communities conference, a day-long event hosted by MAPC, the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development, and the Massachusetts Chapter of the American Planning Association!
Local Parking Studies
MAPC is available to help municipalities diagnose their parking problems and recommend solutions. Examples include downtown occupancy and turnover studies, zoning recommendations, and more. Some examples of our work to date include:
- Malden Center Parking Management Plan: Final Report
- Cohasset Village Parking Analysis
- Scituate Harbor Parking Analysis
- Quincy Wollaston Center Parking Analysis
- Downtown Marlborough Parking Analysis
- Downtown Holliston Parking Analysis
- Littleton Commuter Rail Parking Study
- Foxborough Downtown Parking Study
- Grove Hall Parking Study
If you're interested in MAPC parking technical assistance in your community, contact Sarah Kurpiel Lee at firstname.lastname@example.org or (617) 933-0744.
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