Downtown Parking System Modifications 2019 to 2020

Proposed but mostly not adopted

Parking Advisory & Recommendations Committee

Visit the Parking Advisory and Recommendations Committee (PARC) webpage to access the PARC Downtown Parking Survey

View a quick recap presented to the Parking Advisory and Recommendations Committee on August 3, 2021 (PDF).

To watch the meeting: August 21, 2021, PARC Meeting

For more in-depth information about prior efforts, read over the following information.

Town of Reading Parking Maps / Reports / Studies

Modifications Proposed by the Parking Traffic Transportation Task Force

Modifications Proposed by the Parking Traffic Transportation Task Force (PTTTF) equals an interdepartmental group of staff.

October 2019 to September 2020

Aspects of the system that were considered include:

  • Leased spaces
  • Employee Permit Program
  • On-Street Regulations (i.e., Public, Resident-Only etc.)
  • Off-Street Regulations (i.e., Brande Court and Upper Haven lots)
  • Paid Parking, potentially as part of a Parking Benefit District
  • Safety Enhancements

Was There Outreach

The outreach for this was extensive and varied, and included: multiple email blasts to a large list of downtown stakeholders; notification in the water bill; two separate CodeRed (reverse 911) alerts to over 3,400 people; 5 presentations at Select Board (SB) meetings; and 10+ Zoom information/feedback sessions in August and September 2020. Staff also met with downtown businesses multiple times and were available for one-on-one conversations with anyone who could not attend the Zoom sessions.

How Can I Get More Information

The Select Board discussed potential modifications to the Downtown Parking System at their meetings of October 29, 2019, January 21, 2020, February 4, 2020, August 11, 2020, and September 22, 2020. The presentations and additional documentation provided are linked below. In addition, the discussions are available via RCTV youtube video (review following links):