A few months ago Auckland Transport started consultation on changes to how on-street parking works in the Central City. While there were a number of things to the proposal the key one was that on-street would be targeted towards shorter stays by ramping up the price the longer you stay. There were over 700 submissions on the proposals and as a result AT have made a few changes. The biggest of these changes is the introduction of a third zone in the city which applies to the eastern and western edges of the CBD. But the changes don’t just stop at the on street parking that was consulted on, they say that as a result of the feedback they are dropping prices for casual car parks in the AT owned parking buildings and also dropping the maximum daily cap in an effort to encourage more people to use them rather than the street parking (early bird parking is already cheaper than this so I don’t think it would impact PT much). It is scheduled to be introduced in the middle of October and here is the AT press release:
A new City Centre Parking Zone, along with some other new parking initiatives, will be introduced by Auckland Transport in mid-October.
Auckland Transport’s Chief Operating Officer, Greg Edmonds says: “As Auckland’s population continues to grow, we are committed to delivering convenient access to parking both on and off street as part of the transport mix which includes public transport, walking and cycling.
“The main objective for Auckland Transport in changing the management of on-street and off-street parking in the City Centre is to prioritise short-term parking over long-term parking in an area of the city which has a high degree of visitation for business and leisure activities”.
The proposal for the creation of a new zone and associated pricing went out to public consultation in June this year.
Auckland Transport received 718 submissions on the proposal and has made changes as a result of that feedback.
On-street parking prices will remain unchanged at $4 per hour for the first two hours in the core CBD. After two hours prices will increase relative to the zone, the purpose of this is to prioritise short term (less than two hours) parking on streets.
The scheme will commence with three parking zones rather than the two initially proposed with lower prices around Union Street and Wynyard Quarter. There will be no time limits on any of the zones.
Auckland Transport will also introduce a ten minute “grace period”, which effectively means free parking. It will also remove most P5, P10 and P15 restrictions for on-street parking. The grace period will allow the removal of short-term parking restrictions as people will be able to stop anywhere for ten minutes before payment is required. “This is a customer friendly option allowing quick pick-ups and drop offs and extends parking options for the likes of couriers and delivery companies,” says Mr Edmonds.
Auckland Transport will also extend paid parking from 6pm to 10pm in the central CBD area. This will improve access for visitors to premium on-street parking in the city in the evenings for leisure activities and reduce congestion during the evening peak.
Additional changes as a result of public feedback include; reducing peak casual hourly rates to $3 an hour in Auckland Transport’s Civic, Downtown and Victoria Street car parks. The current rate is $5.50 per hour for the first two hours and $4 or $5 per hour thereafter. Mr Edmonds says “Car parking buildings are also a good option, particularly at night, because they are well-lit and have security measures.”
In a further effort to encourage off-street parking in the CBD, a daily maximum charge of $17 per day will be introduced in Auckland Transport parking buildings for longer stays. The daily maximum currently sits at $29.
Both on-street and off street parking prices will be reviewed after six months.
The revenue impacts from these changes are not known at this stage but Auckland Transport expects it to be revenue neutral.
Chief Executive of Heart of the City, Alex Swney says: “For many years parking has been seen as a major reason not to come into the city. We see today’s announcement as a significant change in approach to parking in the city. It recognises the ‘moving feast’ of parking demands of our businesses and their customers. It’s a major step forward and we are sure we will be looking back in a year and see significant improvement as a result.”
Mr Edmonds said the changes will be implemented from mid October 2012. Details of the changes will be communicated to the public through the Auckland Transport website (www.aucklandtransport.govt.nz
) and through a public information campaign closer to the date
And a map of the new zones
Parking is one of those things that seems to really get some people worked up so it is great to see that AT have persisted with this and that it will happen. It is also good that they are going to review the pricing for this in 6 months time which will be to ensure they are set at the right level. Good work AT and those involved in getting this over the line.