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Strategy 7: Enhance Parking Experience

Downtown Nashville and its immediate surrounding areas host a variety of events such as sporting events, concerts, festivals and conventions. The capacity of Bridgestone Arena alone is 20,000 people, not to mention the 69,000-person capacity of Nissan Stadium. With a single sold-out venue, much less situations like this summer's simultaneous Stanley Cup playoff games and CMA Music Festival, downtown parking can be perceived as extremely limited. Part of the challenge is building awareness of available parking locations. Other challenges include lack of integrated resources, an imbalance between supply and demand, and zoning codes that can sometimes affect targets and inventory. A combined approach using technologies and policies can optimize the availability, productivity and connectivity of parking to support a comprehensive mobility system.

Strategic Actions

  1. Plan and implement a pilot of smart and connected parking meters/spaces that allow for centralized management, smartphone payment, dynamic pricing and other features to assist the public in finding parking and Metro in managing the availability of parking.
  2. With broad adoption of demand-based and progressive pricing, set targets for the number of blocks downtown that are between 60%-80% occupancy.
  3. Link multimodal transit apps and systems to satellite parking/park-n-ride around urban core and activity centers.
  4. Remove parking minimums in areas identified for growth in NashvilleNext, measuring inventory of parking supplied by code vs. by market.
  5. Update zoning code to remove parking minimums and explore parking maximum targets for growth areas.

Case Study

Category: Smart Parking Meters

San Francisco’s Smart Parking Solution

With demand-responsive availability and pricing, SFpark utilizes garages and meters in a platform using an open data and source code to manage parking in San Francisco's busiest areas. Sensors monitor patterns and state of the art meters feature expanded payment options for users. In addition to the parking information map available on the homepage, information on parking availability is distributed via a free SFpark iPhone app, Android app, and the region’s 511 phone system.