What does free parking have to do with social equity?
  • Free parking really isn’t free. It’s paid for by all of us, through our tax dollars. 
  • This subsidy to those who can afford to own a car is of course not only fronted by car owners (disproportionately middle- and upper-class citizens), those with lower income who can’t even afford cars are also making parking spots possible through the taxes they pay. 
  • Although the cost of “free” parking is paid for by city residents, visitors are a large user of the resource. A paid system will include contributions from all users – including users from other communities.
  • When parking turnover is incentivized through payment by the minute, there’s more parking spots for everyone when they need one.

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1. Do we really have a parking problem in downtown Ogden?
2. How will businesses benefit from managed parking?
3. Why does the City need to change or increase parking capacity downtown?
4. How did the City determine current and future parking needs?
5. What did the recent parking study recommend?
6. What are the advantages of paid parking systems?
7. What have other communities experienced when implementing paid parking?
8. What parking rates are planned?
9. What is the City's current plan for parking?
10. How will the City implement paid parking?
11. How much will the new parking structures and other public parking system improvements cost?
12. Will parking revenues cover the costs to improve and operate the parking system?
13. How will the paid parking system work?
14. Have initial concessions been considered to allow everyone to get used to the new paid parking system?
15. Do the parking use projections consider public transit/BRT trends?
16. What does free parking have to do with social equity?
17. How will managed paid parking impact residential neighborhoods adjacent to downtown?
18. Have accessibility policies been considered as part of the parking system?
19. How will the City manage the parking system?
20. Has there been any feedback from businesses/stakeholders?
21. How can I provide input into the parking plans?