What is this?
A 3D representation of off-street parking supply in Downtown Pittsburgh. For purposes of this map, parking facilities have been classified as “public parking” (available on a regular basis to downtown commuters and visitors), “dedicated parking” (parking restricted to a specific user; ex. UPMC Mercy visitor parking or resident parking at City View Apartments), “lease only” (public parking available only by monthly lease) and “event day only” (parking made available only during special events).
The height of the representative columns indicates size of the parking facility by number of spaces. Lots and garages with fewer than 100 spaces have no height.
What can we learn?
Understanding existing parking ecosystem in Greater Downtown is critical to promoting the continued success of Downtown Pittsburgh as a major jobs center. Downtown’s unique concentration of jobs (1 in 3 jobs in Western Pennsylvania is located in Downtown) combined with limited land area results in high demand for parking. Approximately 39% of the downtown workforce drives to their job each day (32.1% drive alone, 6.9% carpool)¹. To effectively serve this large volume in a such small geographic area this parking predominantly takes the form of structured garages that primarily serve daytime parkers.
The five largest parking garages/lots in Greater Downtown Pittsburgh are:
- Allegheny Center Garage – 2,500 spaces
- Civic Arena Lots – 2,200 spaces
- Chatham Center Garage – 2,100 spaces
- Duquesne University Locust Garage – 1,645 spaces
- Station Square West Lots – 1,390 space
Capturing the current picture of parking supply provides a launching point to examine changes to the supply and demand equation over the next few years. Changes to supply (eliminated spaces due to development in the Lower Hill District, Station Square, the Strip District, and the North shore and new spaces planned at various garages throughout Greater Downtown) are relatively easy to identify and project forward.
The number of parking spaces dipped slightly in 2015 but will rebound next year as new facilities (including new public garages at the Gardens & 350 Oliver and dedicated parking at the Union Trust Building & Homewood Suites in the Strip) come on line to maintain the status quo.
Changes to demand such as reduced demand due to technology and demographic shifts or growing demand from increased full-time residents and new hotel rooms are harder to quantify, but are critical to planning for the future of the parking system. A more comprehensive investigation into future demand changes will be undertaken this fall.
¹Employee Transportation Need Assessment, July 2010 - Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership