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Rational Policy Approaches for Cities and Towns

March 18, 2015

Chris McCahill and Satya Rhodes-Conway

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Parking is an important part of urban transportation and land use systems, but it must be priced and managed properly. Policies aimed at ensuring ample supplies of parking and keeping user costs low often exacerbate parking issues and other negative impacts. Through rational parking policies, cities can manage existing parking supplies, reduce traffic, cut pollution, lower housing costs, encourage sensible development, and improve urban vitality. This report offers guidance in balancing stakeholder interests and implementing rational approaches to parking policy.