Here’s what area
leaders are saying about Parking Cash-Out….
downtown and surrounding neighborhoods are experiencing
significant growth and are poised for more. The question
is, how do you get more activity downtown without creating
major traffic headaches? I think Parking Cash-Out can
be a significant part of the solution."
Madison Ald. Judy Olson
"One study published in Transportation Policy showed
that parking cash-out programs reduced vehicle miles
driven for commuting by 12%, carbon pollution by 807
pounds per employee per year, and carpooling increased
parking cash-out programs, I found that even in car-crazy
Los Angeles, businesses with a parking cash-out program
typically witnessed a 20% decrease in single-occupant
car driving. In transit-oriented, pedestrian-friendly
cities such as Seattle, employers enjoyed a 30-35%
reduction in solo driving. I think Madison will come
in at the high end."
– Michael Barrett. Alternative
Transportation & Smart Growth Consultant
"A Parking Cash Out program will allow us to
have more compact development rather than oceanic
parking lots. Any program which allows more infill
development in our cities will help counteract sprawling
– Andrea Dearlove,
Executive Director. 1000 Friends
of Wisconsin Land Use Institute
"Once employers and employees recognize the pre-tax
benefit of bus pass transit vouchers, I think you’ll
see a significant shift toward transit. It’s
like a commuter’s 401(k) - without the market
Catherine Debo, Madison Metro General Manager
"The city’s bike paths will have more people
than ever zipping along them once people get wind
of the fact that they can get cash for riding a bike."
Hoffman, Executive Director, Bicycle Federation of
"Madisonians are already getting around by means
other than driving alone. Equalizing the incentives
will be a boon for transit, walking and biking."
Kennedy, Chair, New Transportation Alliance
"A parking cash-out program can help make the
city’s real estate market more affordable. I
think that you might see more people living closer
to work so that they can just walk, bike or bus. A
hundred dollars a month can make a big difference
in housing affordability."
– Jim Bradley,
President, Home Savings
"Parking costs more than most people think. A
downtown parking space costs the city and county $237
a month to provide. The city and county charge commuters
$100 a month per space. Guess who makes up the difference?
You, me and the rest of the property tax payers."
Hulsey, Dane County Supervisor
"I love the bus pass reimbursement program at
my hospital. I ride the bus in the morning with my
bike on the rack, then bike home in the afternoon
for fun & exercise. It’s great!"
Diamond, Physical Therapist, Wm. S. Middleton VA Hospital