Parking Management Best Practices


7″ x 10″, softcover, 292 pages,
American Planning Association.

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In Parking Management Best Practices author Todd Litman describes an integrated approach to parking management, which will help you maximize your current parking to better meet the needs of downtown residents, workers, shoppers, and other visitors.

Traditionally, downtowns have tried to satisfy parking demand by increasing supply. Instead, Litman advocates the use of a wide range of parking management strategies to make the most efficient use of existing parking.

These strategies include:

  • Increasing the efficiency of existing parking through sharing, regulating and pricing,
  • Using signage and maps to provide better information to drivers,
  • Improving maintenance, security and pedestrian access to increase the number of useable parking spaces.

Throughout the book Litman provides real-world examples, illustrations and case studies of these strategies in use in cities of all sizes throughout North America.

Individually, the strategies described in the book can reduce parking needs by five to 15 percent. However, when combined into an integrated parking management program they can often reduce parking needs by 20 to 40 percent.

Parking Management Best Practices provides a blueprint for evaluating and implementing these strategies and developing an integrated parking plan for your community.

Table of Contents

  1. Introduction
    • Paradigm shift
    • Redefining parking problems
  2. How Much is Optimal?
    • Conventional parking standards
    • Evidence of excessive parking supply
    • Better ways to determine how much parking to supply
  3. Factors Affecting Parking Demand and Requirements
    • Parking facility location, type, and design
    • Geography
    • Demographics
    • Pricing and regulation
    • Parking and mobility management programs
    • Time period
    • Evaluation of multiple factors
  4. Parking Facility Costs
    • Land
    • Curb space
    • Construction
    • Operation and maintenance
    • Transaction costs
    • Other costs
    • Total parking cost
  5. Parking Management Strategies
    • Share parking
    • Regulate parking
    • Establish more accurate and flexible standards
    • Establish parking maximums
    • Provide remote parking with shuttle services
    • Implement smart growth policies
    • Improve walking and cycling conditions
    • Increase capacity of existing parking facilities
    • Implement mobility management
    • Price parking correctly
    • Improve pricing methods
    • Provide financial incentives
    • Unbundle parking
    • Reform parking taxes
    • Provide bicycle facilities
    • Improve user information and marketing
    • Improve enforcement and control
    • Establish transportation management associations and parking brokerages
    • Establish overflow-parking plans
    • Address spillover problems
    • Improve parking facility design and operation
  6. Developing an Integrated Parking Plan
    • Being a change agent
    • Treasure hidden in your parking lot
    • Is parking management effective?
  7. Evaluating Individual Parking Facilities
    • Examples
  8. Examples of Parking Management in Action
    • Increase office building income
    • Downtown parking management
    • Major downtown redevelopment
    • Urban village
    • Urban neighborhood parking management
    • Resort hotel development
    • Urban residential development
    • Transportation terminals
    • Campus parking management
    • Regional park
    • Sports arena
    • Affordable residential development
    • Small business
    • Community event parking

About the Author

Todd Litman is director of the Victoria Transport Policy Institute, an organization dedicated to developing innovative tools for transportation decision making. He has worked on studies that evaluate the full costs and benefits of alternative transportation policies and investments. He has helped develop transportation demand management and parking management plans, and his research has been used worldwide for transportation planning and policy analysis.


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“Litman expertly explains the parking problem and puts together all the best ways to solve it.”
— Donald Shoup,
FAICP, Professor of Urban Planning, UCLA
Author, The High Cost of Free Parking