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Reduce Congestion
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Reduce Congestion
Why It Matters. Congestion and gridlock lead to lost time, extensive road wear and tear, and increased emission outputs. It negatively impacts productivity, employee well-being, and freight prices. All these factors drive up the cost of doing business. With the U.S. Census Bureau projecting a population surge from 326M to 355M by 2030, the implications of population growth on congestion are more urgent than ever.

NPA's Position
  1. NPA supports actions that allow cities to properly reallocate street and curb space and establish usage regulations, especially for double parking, curb surfing and loading zones. We support measures by localities to strictly enforce these regulations.
  2. NPA supports cities enacting congestion pricing solutions that do not penalize commuters or put urban real estate owners at risk. We encourage ride share to move off the roadway by measuring zero passenger status, encouraging multi-occupancy rideshare with a variable fee structure.
  3. NPA favors balanced policies that support the industry’s dual goals of supporting private vehicle use while minimizing the environmental footprint of cars and encouraging the use of alternative fuels and EV charging.


NPA supports transportation planning that incorporates more effective street and curb allocation and includes parking as part of a multi-modal mobility solution to congestion. NPA opposes regressive taxes and coercive regulations that prevents commuters from driving their private vehicles.

Read NPA's groundbreaking study on parking as a shared mobility solution to congestion >

Talking Points

  • Parking is a key component to multi-modal mobility solutions and is critical to a healthy transportation ecosystem and for effective modernization of the nation’s infrastructure.
  • Private vehicle use is on the rise. There are 227.7 million drivers in the US, which is a 3.3 million increase over the previous year.1 Cities need to enact congestion solutions that respect commuters’ choice to drive, rather than try to hinder it.
  • Despite increases in public transportation, 85% of commuters drive to work. This statistic has remained constant for more than 40 years – even with population growth.2 All modes of transit are needed to meet the needs of a growing urban population.
  • 86% of millennials are forming families and will choose to move to the suburbs over the next 10 years increasing suburban to urban commuting.3 Now is the time to take steps with smart planning, pilot projects and P3s, so we are prepared for the influx of suburban commuters.
  • 30% percent of all traffic in a city is generated by commuters searching for parking.4 Moving street parking off curbs and into garages with smart parking technology will significantly reduce the number of cars circling urban blocks for curb space.
  • Transportation is a leading source of greenhouse gas emissions in the U.S.5 Parking gets cars off the road, reducing time spent in a car thereby reducing emissions and pollution.
  • Congestion costs the U.S. between $200-300 billion each year, about four times the amount it spends on public transit and double the amount it spends on roads and highways.6
  1. American Driving Survey, 2015-2016, American Automobile Association
  2. NPA-PwC Study: Congestion Through Shared Mobility; An Ecosystem Approach to Reducing Congestion
  3. Demographic Strategic for Real Estate, Urban Land Institute
  4. The High Cost of Free Parking, Donald Shoup
  5. Greenhouse Gas Inventory Data Explorer, Environmental Protection Agency
  6. INRIX Global Traffic Scorecard


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