Friday, February 8, 2019
Peninsula Higher Education Center
Old Dominion University
Hampton, VA


In the United States, downtown parking often accounts for more than 50% of land use.

American drivers spend an average of 17 hours per year searching for parking spots.


Most of us deal with parking on a daily basis, often thinking about it as a headache or an extra expense. How many of us think about parking in terms of its environmental impact, economic implications or vast urban footprint? When parking is considered within the context of the built environment – hospitals, schools, arenas, shopping centers, residences, and workplaces – its significance to developers, engineers and planners cannot be overlooked.

Join instructor Joe Hummer for a full-day class devoted to parking studies. Gain an understanding of the essentials of data collection and estimating parking demand. Learn how to resolve supply and demand, establish price and design the physical layout of the space. Discuss environmental considerations and new technologies. Discover how zoning regulations, tax policies, intelligent transportation systems, meters and other considerations will change the way parking is designed and managed in the future.

Using group discussion and problem solving exercises, the class will cover many areas from central business districts to residences, with an emphasis on smaller cities and new developments where most professional activity in Virginia is likely.

“Even small agencies can benefit from conducting a parking study,” explained Hummer. “The information and resources provided in this class give planners and public works managers the tools needed to conduct their own parking study, saving the cost of hiring a consultant, or to better use the results from a consultant study. A parking study can help a locality better understand its parking environment, and can provide the foundation for future policies to improve, for example, parking in a shopping district or in a residential area. Improved parking can lead to increased revenues for local businesses and increased property values for homes. At the very least, forward-thinking parking policies can greatly increase available parking spaces and improve public access.”

Who Should Attend

The course is appropriate as a refresher for those who have done some parking studies, an introduction for those new to the area, and a look ahead for those expecting to do some work in this area in the future. No prior parking study experience is necessary.

Instructor Bio

The workshop instructor, Joseph E. Hummer, PhD, PE, is the State Traffic Management Engineer in the Mobility and Safety Division of the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT). Before joining NCDOT in May 2016 Joe was Professor and Chair of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Wayne State University in Detroit, MI and was Professor at NC State University in Raleigh. Joe has written chapters for national manuals on parking and has taught many short courses and courses for credit on this topic. Joe has been author or co-author of over 100 peer-reviewed papers on highway safety, traffic operations, and highway design.

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