WEST PALM BEACH, FLA. (January 30, 2019) –
The City of West Palm Beach seeks public input on what matters most to those who park in downtown West Palm Beach. The request comes on the heels of parking improvements that began to take shape in 2018, which focus on safety, security and availability. As a continuation of last year’s efforts, which were based on several City-commissioned studies, the City wants to hear from the public before moving on to the next phase of improvements. The City seeks to better understand people’s priorities in order to better manage the City’s parking supply and demand. Those who want to participate are encouraged to fill out an online survey or email the City directly. The survey will be open for one week, starting on Wednesday, January 30.
“We have done thorough and comprehensive research on our parking availability,” said West Palm Beach Mayor Jeri Muoio. “But we want to hear more from the public who regularly park on our streets and in our garages. This feedback, coupled with the data we have on file, will help us to finalize more modern parking strategies which will enhance our overall mobility efforts.”
In the coming months, the City plans to make recommendations to the City Commission to adopt updated practices to better manage supply and demand. The recommendations will factor in residents, daytime commuters, evening service industry workers, those who travel downtown for special events, and more. The proposal will also examine enforcement practices, including consideration of an ordinance to prohibit predatory booting, and ways to more easily manage commercial loading zones, inclusive of ride-sharing programs, such as Lyft and Uber. The public outreach phase is a complement to other outreach the City has already begun, including to area merchants and other stakeholders.
“Our research shows that we have substantial capacity within our parking system downtown,” said Ed Davis, the Parking Systems Administrator. “We seek to have a better understanding, instead, of how we can craft better policies to help improve supply and demand for all. We are working to meet the needs of people who come here for work – during the day and at night – people who live downtown, and those who visit for fun. We’re taking all of these users into account and we’re excited about some of the ideas we’ve already discussed.”
Last year the City announced multiple upgrades either already in progress or to come, including upgraded LED lighting in City managed garages, new wayfinding signs and new ticket machines for expedited service, among others. One of the more popular programs announced was a parking ambassador program, which includes availability of on-demand security personnel to escort individuals within the City’s garages.
“We had a public meeting in August 2017 on parking preferences,” said Uyen Dang, PE, City Traffic Engineer. “That meeting helped us understand that the best user experience is parking availability and accessibility. We are close to confirming final recommendations to bring to the city commissioners, but first want to confirm these are still the most important elements to people who park downtown.”
The City of West Palm Beach manages 4,000 public parking spaces. These options include 1,600 on-street metered spaces, 200 surface lot spaces, and five parking garages. The City’s garages are Banyan, on the corner of Banyan Blvd. and Olive Ave.; City Center, on the corner of Banyan Blvd. and Dixie Hwy.; Evernia, on the corner of Evernia St. and Olive Ave.; Sapodilla, on the corner of Clematis St. and Sapodilla Ave.; and Clematis, on the corner of Banyan Blvd. and Clematis St.
To participate in the online survey, please visit https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/WPBParking
. To provide feedback on parking downtown via email, please email email@example.com
For more information on the ongoing parking improvements, visit wpb.org/parking, or call (561) 822-1500. To stay up-to-date on all City news, please follow the City on Twitter @westpalmbch or on Facebook @CityofWPB and sign up for the Mayor Muoio’s Insider Newsletter by registering through the City’s website, wpb.org.