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Parking

Street parking should not be subsidized. Prices of government-owned parking should not be reduced below market rates, which would effectively constitute taxpayer subsidy of parking. Parking should be priced high enough that parking spaces can be found close to the desired destination by people who need them without circling (and, in turn, increases congestion). Pricing should be set to aim for a specified range of utilization which is determined to be ideal for ensuring that people are able to park reasonably close to their destination without repeatedly circling blocks and creating more traffic. There are a couple of exceptions to this which I think might be justified:
  •  subsidizing a parking garage near the freeway exit in order to efficiently absorb vehicles before they enter city streets, reducing the need for vehicle capacity on streets so that they may be repurposed for more efficient uses (pedestrians, bikes, buses).
  • An initial period of time (30 to 60 minutes) might be subsidized. [todo: explain rationale for this.]
Overall, this policy improves conditions for disabled persons by reducing utilization so that it is easier to find parking near their destination. (I believe persons with disabled parking permits are generally exempted from street parking fees.)

Manage downtown congestion. Charge for entry to congested areas. This could be implemented as a peak-hour garage exit fee. Revenue from peak hour exit fees could support peak hour transit service,

Reduce the cost of construction by providing an option for new buildings to contribute to funding consolidated parking garages. Ensure consolidated parking garages have direct access to freeway ramps.
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