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Envisioning Parking Strategies for the Post-Automobile City

UCD-ITS-RP-10-13

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Circella, Giovanni (2010) Envisioning Parking Strategies for the Post-Automobile City. TeMaLab Journals 3, 29 - 38

Parking policies and regulations are important tools in planning for the governance of urban mobility. The
proper design and location of parking facilities, in fact, contributes to an efficient use of the transportation
system (or it may reduce its efficiency, when these infrastructures are not properly planned). This paper
discusses the role of parking as part of the policy packages for strategic planning aimed at increasing the
sustainability of urban and metropolitan areas. In particular, the integration of parking strategies in a
comprehensive vision for the future of a city may significantly improve the allocation of resources and the
reduction of the overall environmental externalities.
The role of parking in the strategic planning of cities is discussed through the analysis of several recent
projects in the city of Bari (Italy). The paper discusses the way these projects are linked (or eventually not
linked) to broader strategies for urban mobility, and how they might be coordinated into policy packages
that promote more sustainable transportation. The use of an integrated land use transportation modeling
approach to simulate the long-term evolution of the urban area may significantly contribute to estimate the
long-term effects of the proposed policies. This approach may successfully support the process of policy
evaluation and the selection of the optimal strategies to implement.