Towards integrated subregional parking and public transport strategies

Please submit abstracts for this call for papers, of approximately 250 words, to the convenors. Details below.

The location, capacity, quality, and price of parking are important influences on the decision to use private cars or public transport. However, the management and regulation of car parking is generally undertaken independently of public transport strategy, variously involving different local authorities, actors, documents and policy objectives. Parking policy may be seen as a factor in local economic promotion, or as a revenue-raising measure, or one of few effective car traffic restraint measures. Public transport can be identified as primarily a commuter travel solution – as other kinds of car trip are more ‘welcome’ in the city – or as providing a social service function for those without cars.

However, one aspect of transport policy which has seen attempts to integrate parking and public transport activities is in respect of ‘Park and Ride’ interchange strategies. A range of objectives may be proposed for such schemes (Dijk & Montalvo, 2011), including providing increased car parking capacity, avoiding car traffic or reducing gaseous emissions. However, as empirical studies have identified (e.g. Parkhurst & Richardson, 2002; Mingardo, 2013) such strategies have mostly been insufficiently ambitious, and have often been associated with increased rather than reduced car traffic.

The session will therefore consider past barriers and future opportunities for enhancing subregional and regional sustainable mobility strategies through integrating parking and intermodal transport policies. Abstracts with a broad range of relevance to the core topic are welcomed, including, but not restricted to, the following suggested foci:

* Better understanding of current travel choices between private, public and intermodal transport options in the urban and extra-urban context;
* Analysis of actors, networks and institutions engaging with subregional transport strategy;
* Theoretical approaches to understanding the role of intermodality in reducing car dependence;
* Empirical analyses of the effects of subregional transport policies;
* Data collection and analysis methods and techniques, such as GIS analysis and parking count techniques;
* Modelling and simulation studies of preferred intermodal passenger transport strategies.

Abstracts to Graham Parkhurst, William Clayton or Marc Dijk by 31 January 2014.

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