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Auckland Transport Hikes Daily Parking Caps
From Radio New Zealand:
Big hike in Auckland all day parking costs
The cost of all day parking at Auckland’s council-owned parking buildings is to rise by 40 percent, and some evening rates by 50 percent.
From next month it will cost $24 to park all day at the council’s three central city buildings at Downtown, the Civic and Victoria Street.
The city’s transport agency said the removal of an early-bird discount, last December, had failed to cut the number of commuters choosing to drive into the city and park all day.
It will also boost the evening flat rate in the Civic Car Park from $8 to $12, and by a smaller amount at the other two buildings.
Auckland Transport wants to free up more spaces for short term parking, and hourly short term charges remain unchanged.
And this from Melbourne before anyone asks:
Thoughts below although remember The Rules please.
Consultation at Community Level to be ongoing
From Auckland Transport:
A fresh look at parking in Auckland
Auckland Transport has adopted a parking strategy which will mean a consistent approach for the first time for parking across the region.
The document allows for a case by case approach to parking taking into account local issues and the views of local boards and the community. Consultation with the community will continue as parking measures are introduced.
In May 2014, Auckland Transport released the Parking Discussion Document for public consultation. The Discussion Document set out key parking issues in Auckland, provided suggested approaches to meet these issues and sought community feedback to guide the development of the AT Parking Strategy. As part of the consultation process, there were 22 workshops with local boards, industry groups, business associations, and Auckland Council.
More than 5,500 submissions were received, a quarter were about the overall management of demand parking, 18% were about parking on residential streets and on park and rides and 11% were about parking on arterial roads. Half the submissions came from central Auckland or from CBD fringe suburbs such as Parnell, Ponsonby and Newton.
Auckland Transport’s Parking Services Manager Russell Derecourt says there has been pressure to find a solution to commuter parking issues in residential streets. “The problem involves commuters and service vehicles parking long term and taking parking from local residents.”
Mr Derecourt says Auckland Transport has been talking with residential groups and will, in conjunction with local boards and the community develop a consultation programme.
In addition there is the issue of managing space on arterial roads and traffic conflicting with kerbside parking. In Auckland, 60% of bus trips, 40% of car journeys and 35% of trips by goods vehicles are on arterials.
Chief Strategy Officer Peter Clark says there is a need to manage parking on arterial roads to optimise the number of people, services and goods moving on those roads. “Auckland Transport recognises that we need to take a measured approach in town centres to take into account local characteristics and develop solutions that meet local needs, we will do this in consultation with local boards, business associations and the local community”.
He says park and rides in the right places have proven to effectively extend the potential number of users for public transport and get people out of their cars. There are currently around 5,500 park and ride spots and 80% are full by 8am with parking overflowing into local streets. Further opportunities for park and rides will be reviewed taking into consideration appropriate land use in a rapidly growing city.
The AT Parking Strategy contributes to the achievement of Auckland Transport’s strategic themes and Auckland Plan outcomes. It also outlines the guiding principles and policies for the management and supply of on-street and AT-controlled off-street parking in Auckland.
The AT Parking Strategy and the submissions document can be found here: www.at.govt.nz/about-us/transport-plans-strategies/parking-strategy
I am inclined to have any Park and Ride not serving a rural catchment (so between Otahuhu, New Lynn, and Constellation Drive) attract a $2/day flat fare especially when there are feeder buses to be feeding those particular stations. Those Park and Rides with rural catchments (so Papakura and Swanson) should remain free owing to lack of feeder buses in the rural catchment.
Auckland Transport to discontinue the option
I saw on Twitter earlier today that Auckland Transport were to discontinue the Early Bird parking fee for their three City Centre Parking parking buildings.
This from the AT website:
Casual parking $3 per hour*
Early bird parking discontinued
From 1 December 2014, early bird parking is being discontinued in Auckland Transport’s Downtown, Civic and Victoria Street car park buildings. Our daily rate of $17 will apply to all day parkers.
- Historically AT has subsidised people to drive into the city at peak times, which is adding to congestion.
- Our prices are increasing to dis-incentivise people to drive during one of the busiest times of the day (am peak).
- Moving forward that money will be used to put into public transport, which is our number one priority.
- View public transport options.
- See what AT is proposing with the new public transport network.
|MONDAY – FRIDAY 6AM – 5PM|
|5+ maximum fee||$17|
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And it will cost you too (potentially)
No not the consultation itself but the eventual change in parking regimes might.
Auckland Transport has released their draft Auckland wide parking strategy. Submissions on the strategy start this Saturday (31 May) and close Monday 30th June 2014.
This from Auckland Transport:
Opening the parking discussion in Auckland
28/05/2014 01:02 p.m.
Auckland Transport (AT) is reviewing all aspects of parking in Auckland and wants public feedback on its Draft Parking Discussion Document. Parking problems which affect the entire region have been identified by AT with some possible ways to fix them. Submissions open online on Saturday 31 May and close on Tuesday 30 June, giving organisations and individuals a month to provide their views.
Auckland Transport’s General Manager Strategy and Planning, Peter Clark, says this is the first time parking is able to be reviewed right across the whole of Auckland.
The review looks at the use of Park and Rides, residential parking zones, managing on and off street parking in the central city, clearest times on arterial roads and parking in town centres.
“We are aiming to set a clear and consistent direction for Auckland’s parking in future, which will be good for all road users, adjacent businesses and residents and we want to make sure we are making the right decisions for Auckland’s future.”
Mr Clark says, “As our city grows and develops rapidly, now is the time to take a look at how we most effectively manage the range of parking options for the city. Parking affects everyone in the region in one way or another. From the submissions we receive, we will develop a Parking Strategy for Auckland.”
“As Auckland grows, it is an increasing challenge to balance the competing demands on the road network. Parking is not only vital to the safe and efficient operation of that network, but also supports economic development and has a major impact on placemaking, public transport, walking and cycling.Auckland Transport is keen to get the public’s thoughts on a range of recommended approaches to improve Auckland’s parking, but specifically those relating to:
- The city centre, metropolitan and town centres
- Residential streets
- Off-street parking facilities (parking buildings)
- On-street parking restrictions
- Arterial roads (phasing out on-street parking)
- Parking permits
- Park and rides
For more information and to have your say on improving Auckland’s parking, please visit www.at.govt.nz/parkingfeedback. There you’ll find more details about possible solutions and an online feedback form to fill in by 30 June 2014. If you don’t have access to a computer, call Auckland Transport’s Contact Centre to be mailed a Draft Parking Discussion Document pack.
The Draft Parking Strategy document from Auckland Transport can be seen below:
I am on “parental leave” until June 11 so commentary will be light or delayed until then.
Commentary on the parking strategy will go up onto the blog, it just takes a few days longer than otherwise previous.
Local Government Official Information and Meetings Act Request on Manukau Public Car Park is Out
Recently I had filed a Local Government Official Information and Meetings Act request to Auckland Council over the business case for the now Auckland Transport owned and operated Manukau City Centre Public Car Parking Building:
It is time to file another Local Government Official Information and Meetings Act request to the Auckland Council. This time the LGOIMA request will be on the recently opened Auckland Transport public car park building in Manukau which I reported on this morning. The request I will be filing will be for the originalbusiness case presented to the former Manukau City Council (under Mayor Len Brown) on this $14m building before it was carried over as a legacy project by today’s Auckland Council.
I am curious to what the business case was for this parking building in trying to understand why the former Manukau City Council went ahead with this project and possibly why Auckland Council did not stop it.
I’ll be keeping the readers up to date on the request – whether it is accepted or rejected by Council officials.
But in any case it is time to take a peek and what was the methodology behind the construction of this parking building in Manukau City Centre!
And so the information requested has come in today and is posted (as four attachments) below.
This is the revised version
Now I am still reading the documents, but on first glance I think we have just been sold down the road initially with this building if we do not get any more high density development around Manukau soon (the Manukau South Rail Link adds another dynamic to the mix as well).
However check this out from AT’s website in the Ronwood Avenue Parking Building:
Last reviewed: 10/12/2012 11:55 a.m.
Car park location: Corner Ronwood and Davies Avenue, Manukau – entrance from Ronwood Avenue
Parking description: Multi-storey parking facility with a Vehicle Height Clearance of 2.1m. Eight levels with 676 spaces.
Car park features:
- System for quick and easy parking (space availability signage by level)
- Well lit
- Clean and tidy
- CCTV cameras that link through to a central control room monitored by security personnel.
Contact us about this car parking facility, or if you require immediate assistance in the car park building, press the blue “assistance” button located on the payment machines.
Day of the week Opens Closes Monday to Friday 6.00am 9.00pm Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays Closed
Note: Customers can park their cars in the building for 24 hours or longer, but can only exit before the last exit or opening times. See Other Parking rates to work out the cost of leaving your car overnight. For example, should you park your car in the building after 5pm on Friday night, and remove it on Monday morning at 6am, you will pay the $5 evening rate for each night it is in the building ($15 in total).
The following tariffs are a guideline only and subject to change. Refer to the schedule of fees at the car park entry.
Casual parking (Monday – Friday)
Casual parking 0 – 1 hour $1 1 – 2 hours $2.00 2 – 3 hours $3.00 3 – 4 hours $4.00 4 – 5 hours $5.00 Max daily rate $6.00 * Lost ticket fee $40.00
* If customer loses their parking ticket, an instant $40.00 fee will be charged to be released from the car park.
Other parking Tariff Times & Conditions Early bird parking $4.00 Weekdays only
Enter and pay before 9.30am
Availability during this time is on a first come basis until full
Levels 1 and 2 only
Evening rate $5.00 Enter after 5.00pm – valid until 6.00am (following morning)
One entry, one exit
Pay at the machine
Monthly lease deals (incl. GST)
No reserved allocated space -“first come – first served”
Reserved allocated (undercover)
Level G Reserved allocated (external)
Level G Reserved unallocated
Level 4 Debit card Coded for denominations $20.00 to $200.00.
Contact us for more information Parking vouchers See casual rates above Available in 1,2,3 hour; half or full day periods, parking vouchers are used at the pay machine together with the entry ticket.
Request via fax or contact us
Ways to pay Automatic payment machines can take Visa, Mastercard, Diners card and EFTPOS payments, as well as cash.
Help is only a button push away if required.
* If customer loses their parking ticket, an instant $40.00 fee will be charged to be released from the car park.
So what methodology was used? Love to seriously know
And I would really love to know how the diminished operating hours and parking tariffs compared to the original and revised Business Case studies are meant to assist in paying off the building as well as building a “sustainable” positive cash flow for Auckland Transport and Auckland Council. Now remember the parking building’s parking tariffs have already been slashed to these current levels to match or even underpin the All Day Park and Display street parking around Manukau. Even then that has not enticed people off the street and into the building (and it wouldn’t for me either).
I also have to ask, it is packed at Westfield Manukau Mall with Christmas shoppers and will be this weekend. Have AT even thought of opening the building this weekend to catch the overflow – you know a win-win for AT and Westfield? Probably not. So while you the shopper go round and around looking for a park, you have a perfectly empty dead parking building just sitting there – NICE ONE AUCKLAND TRANSPORT!
Why does Cabbage Boat come to mind here folks.
More in this business case later.