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Parking Study

We are considering updating the City’s parking regulations. The purpose of this study is to make sure that parking regulations fulfill the City’s goals for: 

  • traffic
  • greenhouse gas emissions
  • climate resilience
  • housing
  • economic development
  • equity

This study has three parts: understand community mobility needs and how future changes might affect people, analyze current regulations, and propose a set of changes to parking regulations.  

For more information, contact Stephanie Groll at sgroll@cambridgema.gov

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Do you have opinions about transportation and parking in Cambridge? 

Take the 5-minute Transportation Questionnaire to tell us about your experience. 

If you would like a paper copy or need assistance filling out the survey, contact Stephanie Groll: sgroll@cambridgema.gov or 617/349-4673. 

Project Details

Community Engagement 

We are engaging with you, the people who live, work, and shop in Cambridge to: 
  • provide information about parking and current regulations in the City, 
  • learn from you about the specific needs you experience now and expect in the future,
  • ensure that you have the chance to share thoughts on planning and policies,
  • build your understanding about how and why City decisions about parking are made,
  • develop a plan for how to analyze parking policies, and
  • learn what you think about different options

Analysis 

Once we've learned about the community's needs and experience, we'll review the current parking regulations to see what we could change. These regulations might include zoning, the Parking and Transportation Demand Management Ordinance, the Commercial Parking Ordinance, the residential permit program, metered spaces, or how curb is used. 

Proposal 

Based on this analysis and community comments, we will propose possible changes to parking policies. Then we'll work with more community feedback to create a final list of recommended changes to Cambridge parking policies. 

Project Schedule

  • Listening—beginning in September 2021
  • Analysis—April 2022 to July 2022
  • Draft approach—May 2022 to August 2022
  • Final approach—July 2022 to October 2022
  • Draft report—September 2022 to November 2022
  • Final report—November 2022

Graphic of Parking Study Schedule

Engagement Updates

In fall 2021, the planning team began having conversations with community members to learn about their experience with parking and transportation.

The City's Community Engagement Team conducted six focus groups in 2022. Click below for a summary of comments that people made:

Check back for future notices about community engagement and draft proposals.

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