Parking as a daily choice

Farther afield, but it made us think of situations such as downtown Albany and the area around Albany Med: Prompted by a campaign to get fewer people driving to work alone, large employers in Seattle -- such as the Gates Foundation -- have found that a key way to get people to take transit or carpool is to charge for parking by the day instead of monthly, a psychological change that seems to get people thinking about the choice differently. [Seattle Times] [via the mysterious Twitter algorithm]

Comments

It probably doesn't help that many parking garages allow you to auto-renew your monthly payment, so you never think about it at all.

Yes! Especially when used in conjunction with CDTA's Universal Access program, where employers pay for their employees rides.

Right on. It would encourage folks to try out another mode and not feel like there's a sunk cost. "well if i take the bus once a week I'm paying for a spot AND the bus..."

Am currently reading a book called Traffic: Why We Drive the Way We Do (and What It Says About Us). It is fascinating, and shows that much of common knowledge about traffic is incorrect. The book doesn't spend much time on parking, but the little bit it does cover has made me more consciously decrease my use of parking by doing things like carpooling when possible. I also think of the real cost of parking more. Some are obvious, such as causing more flooding due and heating the local environment, but we don't think about them enough.

Parking costs thousands of dollars per space per year to build and maintain, and is a less productive use of land than just about anything else.

Look at how much of downtown Albany is covered by surface lots and parking garages. What's the opportunity cost? What else could that land have been used for? Then look at Harriman Campus, the Westgate area, Wolf Road or Crossgates and ask the same question.

Zed F. Yes, and if you add Central Eyesore and all those ruins with red X... Opportunity cost is through the roof!

Great idea! And Albany Med would be the ideal candidate. They could sell this program to their employees as a way to get them thinking about "healthier" transportation alternatives.

Say Something!

We'd really like you to take part in the conversation here at All Over Albany. But we do have a few rules here. Don't worry, they're easy. The first: be kind. The second: treat everyone else with the same respect you'd like to see in return. Cool? Great, post away. Comments are moderated so it might take a little while for your comment to show up. Thanks for being patient.

What's All Over Albany?

All Over Albany is for interested and interesting people in New York's Capital Region. In other words, it's for you. It's kind of like having a smart, savvy friend who can help you find out what's up. Oh, and our friends call us AOA.

Search

Recently on All Over Albany

Approval to convert two prominent downtown buildings, a warm response to increased density, and more exciting tales of the Albany Planning Board

Exciting Tales of the Albany Planning Board is a program recorded before a live studio audience once a month in which the fates of multi-million... (more)

Weekend Destination: Connecticut

Connecticut is the third smallest state in the country -- but still has plenty of things to see and do during a quick weekend trip.... (more)

A look at the 2019 Tanglewood schedule

Though winter just started, it's not too early to be thinking a little bit about summer. To that end, the 2019 Tanglewood schedule is out.... (more)

Morning Blend

It snowed About five inches in Albany as of Friday morning, according to the National Weather Service. There's another few inches of snow on the... (more)

Stuff to do this weekend

Cold gray autumn weeks can honestly suck sometimes. But weekends are fun. OK, so we're not much for haiku, but you know what we are... (more)

Recent Comments

Very nice redesigns. I hope that area becomes more of a neighborhood rather than what it currently is - still an expressway that happens to have hotels and apartments along it. I'd love to see wide sidewalks and protected bike lanes from Crossgates all the way to Manning.

Here are some of the options for remaking upper Washington Ave in Albany

...has 4 comments, most recently from Zed F

A few pics from AOA10

...has 7 comments, most recently from daleyplanit

Morning Blend for Nov 15

...has 1 comment, most recently from Herbert

Line crossing

...has 1 comment, most recently from ravioliollie

Thank you

...has 5 comments, most recently from TK