Downtown Chattanooga

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April 28, 2017
Parking Study Underway
Parking Study Underway

How many parking spots are downtown? How can I find out about available parking downtown? These questions and more are being investigated in an in-depth parking study for Downtown Chattanooga slated to be complete later this year.


The comprehensive parking study for Downtown Chattanooga being led by River City Company and CARTA in partnership with the City of Chattanooga and funded by the Lyndhurst and Benwood Foundations along with several downtown stakeholders including Erlanger Health System, the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and Siskin Hospital for Physical Rehabilitation is to provide an understanding of how the Downtown parking situation will change over a ten year period and what forms of action are necessary to support growth while maintaining an adequate and effective parking system.



The scope of the study is extensive and includes a full parking supply and demand analysis: current off-street and on-street parking supply and demand, an inventory and distribution of public and private facilities and groups served by these facilities and utilization rates by day and hour for shared use opportunities. In addition, future parking demand will be analyzed with regard to existing zoning requirements, current and future development, special events that place non-typical strain on parking supply and the identification and evaluation of potential locations for added parking.



We know that as Downtown Chattanooga continues to grow and change, strategic parking solutions will be vital for all who enjoy our city: residents, workers and visitors. But we also know that there are strategic solutions for parking that can be implemented both quickly and in the long-term that can assist in meeting parking needs and that future parking demand will be greatly influenced by things like the rise of car share, public transportation options, ride sharing services like Uber and the increased residential choices about to be available downtown. We want to make sure we are planning for the future and making smart decisions about how limited downtown space is utilized.



Nelson/Nygaard Consulting Associates was selected to complete the study and is a 130-person transportation firm with office across the United States. The firm has completed similar projects in cities like Asheville, N.C., Columbus, Ind. and Hartford, Conn.