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Wed November 13, 2013

Burlington Officials Discuss Parking Infrastructure in Center City

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Burlington officials met with members of the business community this morning to discuss ways to improve the parking and transportation infrastructure of Vermont's largest city.

The Burlington Business Association hosted a “Parking Summit,” in partnership with the city of Burlington,  Wednesday morning that focused on parking issues in the city. It included a presentation on Burlington’s current parking situation, updates on its parking garages and a keynote from a national urban planner and parking expert.  Business Association Executive Director Kelly Devine says the summit was an opportunity to hear feedback from a targeted group of stakeholders about what is working, what could be done better and plan for a more efficient parking system.

According to the city of Burlington’s website, there are over 4,000 public parking spaces in the city. Community and Economic Development Office Assistant Director for Economic Development Nathan Wildfire notes that the summit set the table for potential policy changes to regulate and manage parking.

Wildfire adds that the majority of visitors to downtown Burlington arrive by car and it is economically crucial to deal with an outdated parking infrastructure.

Discussions included parking as part of a larger transportation management system, pricing, zoning and housing development. The Burlington Business Association will post video excerpts from the summit on their website later this week.  A link is available here.

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