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Walker Consultants developed a comprehensive shared parking strategy for the Dallas Midtown vision, an ambitious master plan for a “city within a city” in the Valley View-Galleria area of Dallas, Texas. The vision is centered on walkability, connectivity with surrounding transit options, and an autonomous transportation system that will be the primary method for internal circulation. With multiple owners, voices, and development time frames, this was a challenging vision to implement, especially from the standpoint of parking and transportation.

The City of Dallas and its many partners, including the North Central Texas Council of Governments, wanted an innovative parking solution that would make the dream for an autonomous transportation system a feasible reality.

Walker’s district-wide shared parking strategy includes projected aspirational supply needs, parking and transportation demand management recommendations, code and policy updates, and a parking and transportation management framework for both the parking assets and the autonomous transportation system.

Walker’s strategy is projected to save more than $1 billion in parking construction costs, compared to a conventional parking system. Walker also recommended updates to the area development code that enable the shared parking strategy and codify support for the autonomous transportation system. Our recommendations also establish a structure for a comprehensive parking and mobility management entity. This will allow effective and strategic oversight for both the parking system and the autonomous transportation system.

Walker’s recommendations are laid out in an award-winning report (37MB PDF) produced in partnership with Jacobs Engineering. The report was recognized in 2020 by Awards for Publication Excellence (APEX) for its editorial content, graphic design, and effective communications style.

Rendering courtesy Jacobs Engineering

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