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Growing demand, due to the City’s increased popularity, paired with limited space requires strategies to manage parking demand. The City of Asbury Park implements various policies and programs designed to reduce parking demand, preserve parking for certain trip types or users, and promote a shift from single occupant vehicle trips to mass transit, pedestrian, scooter and bicycle trips.
Parking demand management includes both parking pricing and supply-side strategies. Parking pricing involves charging a fee for parking, ie metered parking, to discourage long term vehicle parking and create more turn-over which results in making parking available to a greater number of vehicles. Parking supply strategies involve limiting the supply of parking to ensure the most amount of parking is available in a specific area. Examples include permit parking and time limited parking which encourage use of off-street parking and use of alternate modes of transportation.
Parking demand management strategies encourage turnover of parking spaces in areas with high parking demand, improving travel time reliability for drivers and promote a mode shift to transit, cycling, or walking which also helps reduce congestion.
Parking revenue collected from these strategies help improve city infrastructure and are used for various improvements including paving roads, implementing traffic calming, building bicycle infrastructure, and improving sidewalks.