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Parking: The Big Picture

Parking affects people, transit, economic development, the environment, downtown plans, and much more. Downtown Redwood City has been growing over the past ten years, with a new retail-cinema complex, restaurants, shops, Courthouse Square, and over a hundred special events each year bringing a lot more people downtown.

Redwood City first introduced its demand-based parking program several years ago to reduce "cruising" and traffic congestion by distributing parking throughout the downtown. With additional new growth on the horizon, including transit-oriented office and residential development, Redwood City is updating its parking program to realign it with the needs of all downtown visitors, whether they be employees or visitors taking advantage of the theatres, restaurants, shopping, or other downtown businesses and services. In 2013, with the help of CDM Smith, Inc., Redwood City completed a review of the program and is now working with the City Council and the newly-formed Parking Advisory Committee to implement the recommendations.

Click here to view the 2013 Redwood City Downtown Parking Program - Operational and Programmatic Review. [pdf]

Click here to view the 2005 Downtown Redwood City Parking Management Plan. [pdf]

Background and References

Follow these links to MTC's four-part series on Smart Parking (each short video runs 5 minutes):

Click on the links below for additional background information, viewpoints, and media coverage related to Redwood City's 2005 Parking Management Plan and its implementation.

New York Times: Gone Parkin' (are there environmental benefits to Redwood City's parking plan?)

Wall Street Journal: The Parking Fix We Paved Paradise (how Redwood City didn't)

University of California Access Magazine: The Old Pasadena Story: Turning Small Change into Big Changes

Transportation and Land Use Coalition: Housing Shortage/Parking Surplus - Silicon Valley's Opportunity to Address Housing Needs and Transportation Problems with Innovative Parking Policies

StreetFilms Interview on The High Cost of Free Parking

NY Times: The Hunter-Gatherers, Parking Division (a fun look at the lengths that people will go to to get curbside parking in areas without effective parking pricing)

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