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MAPC Study Shows Downtown Parking Needs to be Better Organized

The Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) released its final report of findings on a Malden Center Parking Study that highlights the needs and challenges facing local businesses, consumers and visitors to the downtown Malden area. The MAPC is the regional planning agency for cities and towns in Metro Boston and focuses on a number of issues including land use, transportation and economic development. The study was funded in part through a state grant and by the Malden Redevelopment Authority through its off-street parking program. 

 

With the number of transformative changes taking place in the downtown, including new developments and businesses, the study will be an essential tool to assist the City and the Malden Redevelopment Authority (MRA) to better understand how parking is currently being utilized in and around Malden Square. Examined were parking patterns and capacity – including parking lots, garages and on-street parking. Parking regulations, consistency and enforcement were also carefully studied. Additionally, more than 400 residents, business owners, employees and visitors participated in an online survey to identify their perceptions about parking including busiest times of day and were asked for their suggestions about potential solutions.

 

The recommendations are designed to help increase availability for short term parking, maximize City parking capacity, reduce demand for parking by improving walkability, and bike use and to coordinate policies for on street and public off-street parking. Limiting on-street parking to two hours, installing meters and utilizing price to shift long-term parking from street spaces to parking garages are included in the recommendations.

 

The recommendations will assist the City and MRA officials in making decisions about the installation of on-street parking meters, the price of parking in garages and parking lots, proper signage and marketing as the area in and around Malden Square continues to be revitalized.

MAPC Parking Study Report (10-2015)
MAPC Parking Study Appendices (10-2015)
MAPC Parking Study Action Plan (10-2015)