Academic journal article Monthly Labor Review

The Parking Perk

Academic journal article Monthly Labor Review

The Parking Perk

Article excerpt

In 1991, the BLS Employee Benefit Survey reported that roughly 88 percent of full-time employees at medium and large private establishments were eligible for free or subsidized parking as a benefit. The impact of relaxed zoning provisions concerning parking availability were the subject of a recent case study, "Office Development, Parking Management, and Travel Behavior: The Case of Midtown Atlanta," by Erik Ferguson was published in the Journal of Transportation and Statistics.

The zoning change in question involved the elimination of the minimum parking space requirements for new buildings in redevelopment zones called Special Public Interest Districts (SPID). Somewhat unexpectedly, however, Ferguson found that there was no discernable difference in the number of parking spaces created by developments within the SPIDs and those outside the special zones. Also, employees within the special districts were more than twice as likely to :receive free parking from their employers and their parking space was more likely to be onsite than was the case for workers at buildings outside the special public interest districts. …

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