RFQ: Comprehensive Parking Study, City of Ithaca

The City of Ithaca, New York is soliciting professional parking, travel demand management, and transportation planning consultant firms, or teams, to assist in the development of an innovative, city-wide strategy (the Project) to manage parking supply and demand to achieve the broader goals of economic vitality, sustainability, and livable urban places as further described in Plan Ithaca, the 2015 adopted comprehensive plan. 

The City’s success in attracting new businesses and housing in its downtown core and in Collegetown, and its goal to support additional compact mixed-use development, creates a challenge to the existing parking system.  The downtown structured public parking supply experiences over 85% utilization rate during peak daytime hours.  Half of the on-street metered parking spaces are also occupied at peak times.  New development, currently under construction, is estimated to generate demand for an additional 300 to 500 parkers in the downtown core, bringing the system to reach or exceed its full capacity during peak times under current policies.  Over the next ten years it is anticipated there will be increased demand in the downtown core and other designated growth areas of the city, such as the West End/Waterfront and Collegetown neighborhoods.  At the same time, two of the City-owned parking garages constructed in 1974 are reaching the end of their useful design life.

The project has three primary tasks. First, is to produce a thorough analysis of the operational and fiscal capabilities of the existing parking system to meet future demand when state of the art management techniques are applied.  From this basis, contemplations for further changes of the management and configuration of the parking system can be undertaken relative to emerging city transportation and mobility plans under development.  The second task is to produce operational plan alternatives, including transportation demand management and innovative technologies, to best manage and operate the parking system over the next ten years to reasonably accommodate projected demand and maximize efficient use of the parking supply.  The third objective is to develop a recommended overall strategy and step-by-step implementation plan to develop and operate a parking and mobility system to address projected demands in a manner that achieves Plan Ithaca goals.

For more information, see the Attached Document