“All of a sudden, Van Nuys is a hot bed of transportation reform. First came a report from the city that Van Nuys Boulevard would be a perfect place for another separated bus lane or even a light rail line. Next, the City is working on a plan to increase metered prices near the Van Nuys Civic Center to encourage more people to use the local parking garages.
From a policy standpoint, this should reduce local VMT, as people cease “cruising for parking” as savings for curb parking are reduced and could free up some public space on the streets.
A motion by Council Man Tony Cardenas and seconded by Transportation Committee Member Richard Alarcon explains the problem:
Optimal utilization for parking lots occur when the maintain 90% utilization throughout a typical day. The Los Angeles Department of Transportation has found that in the first half of FY2009-10, that average occupancy of the Van Nuys Civic Center parking lots is 57%, with a high of 76% (Lot 609) and a low of 28% (Lot 752)” Clearly, these lots are underutilized, partially due to the surrounding inexpensive on-street parking and lack of adequate signage directing drivers to the lots. LADOT piloting new meter technology that will adjust parking rates to maintain the desired level of use, but it will be provided in limited areas.”- Source: LA Streetsblog
Let me understand this.
The city wants to increase parking meter rates so that drivers will be motivated to use the local parking garages?
Drivers are looking for a convenient place to park. They are not hunting for places to park. And who is self-motivated to shop in Van Nuys anyway? How many of us spend, say our Saturday afternoons, shopping in bail bond outlets?
Is the type of irrational “planning” that Mr. Cardenas supports? Will forcing drivers to pay more to park on Van Nuys’ streets help local businesses?