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Poughkeepsie Parking Improvement Plan

Transportation Council
Eoin Wrafter, Commissioner


At the request of the City of Poughkeepsie, the Transportation Council is conducting a Parking Improvement Plan for the City’s extended downtown area (see study area map). The goal of the Plan is to ensure that the City’s parking system is being operated and managed in an efficient, sensible manner that is consistent with City redevelopment goals. The Plan focuses on seven core elements essential to a successful urban parking program:

  1. Capacity: The Plan includes a quantitative assessment of the supply and demand for downtown public parking, with strategies for expanding or consolidating parking as needed.

  2. Maintenance & Management: Strategies to improve the maintenance and management of City-owned surface parking lots, garages, and on-street parking stalls, including an evaluation of staffing (i.e. deployment and organization).

  3. Operations: An evaluation of the days and hours of parking enforcement, current parking restrictions, and associated parking signage effectiveness.

  4. Safety & Convenience: Ways to provide safe, convenient daytime parking for office and commercial uses on weekdays, and evening parking for cultural and entertainment venues on weekends.

  5. Pricing: A determination of the need and feasibility for demand-based pricing, or changes to current parking rates.

  6. Design: Recommended design improvements to increase the efficiency of City-owned parking facilities, including improvements to parking-related signs and other wayfinding, circulation, and parking layouts.

  7. Zoning: An evaluation of current parking standards and requirements in the City’s zoning code, including an assessment of parking impacts resulting from current efforts to rezone the City’s downtown. 

More information, including draft chapters of the report, can be found on the City of poughkeepsie's project website: This planning project is funded through the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) as part of the Transportation Council's metropolitan planning program. 

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