Parking Pro ISO Shared Parking Examples

Multi-level covered parking garage with parking lofts, at nightBy Joseph Heyman

I’m looking for examples of garages that would otherwise be empty at night being used by neighbors.

The American Museum of Natural History in New York City is undertaking a major addition, which will cause disruptions to the neighborhood. As a goodwill gesture, it is proposed to allow nearby residents use of the museum’s 388-car garage at night for free or reduced rates, using a lottery to assign access. Everyone would benefit as the arrangement would remove about 200 cars from the street, making it easier for everyone to find nighttime parking. 

The museum has asked me to find any examples of museums or other public parking facilities giving away or making available at greatly reduced rates their parking spaces that would be otherwise unused overnight. Any examples would be appreciated—please leave them in the comments below.

Joseph Heyman is an urban planning consultant.


6 thoughts on “Parking Pro ISO Shared Parking Examples

  1. One example is a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the Albany Parking Authority (APA) and The Palace Theater in Albany NY that I structured several years ago that continues today.

    From the current website:

    “Parking at the Quackenbush Garage and/or Quackenbush Lot for all patrons for all ticketed Palace events are free of charge.”

    The agreement provides event patrons with parking without direct charge during evening and weekend functions, and provides for the Palace Theater to pay the APA a lump sum for the year at a substantially reduced rate. The formula was developed based on projected annual attendance and a low unit price per person.

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  2. The Seaport Hotel and World Trade Center in Boston has a public garage that offers neighborhood residents a reduced-rate monthly permit for limited hours of use. I believe the permits are valid from 3:30 pm to 9:30 am Monday through Friday and all day/evening on weekends.

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