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Parking Spaces Could Be On Their Way Out In San Jose

Travis Wise
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A modern parking lot in San Jose.

San Jose officials are focusing on sustainable travel options this year. They’re looking for new ways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and traffic congestion.

Most San Jose residents are driving on their daily commute, and a majority of these trips are done alone. Census data revealed that three out of four commuter trips in the city are made by one person occupying a single vehicle.

City officials want to change that by reducing the amount of parking spaces in the area. They’re looking to cut minimum parking requirements for new developments such as apartments and grocery stores. They hope this move will reduce the amount of people driving in the city.

The San Jose Department of Transportation says that studies show that more parking increases the amount of vehicle miles traveled. The plan is to cut back on parking and bring this number down.

Proposed parking changes have yet to be decided, but the city is already engaging residents in the discussion. The City Council will give residents an opportunity to tap into this conversation on August 27th, but a decision won't be made until later this year.

San Jose residents can visit www.bit.ly/SJParkingUpdate to learn more.