• President Obama vows new focus on transit

    Posted in Beyond Parking on Jan 20, 2009

    On this historic day, a reminder of President Obama's stated positions on energy efficient public transportation. Greater Incentives for Public Transit Usage: The federal tax code rewards driving to work by allowing employers to provide parking benefits of $205 per month tax free to their employees. The tax code provides employers with commuting benefits for transit, carpooling or vanpooling capped at $105 per month. This gives drivers a nearly 2:1 advantage over transit users. Obama and Biden will reform the tax code to ma...

  • Zipcar chief on CNBC

    Posted in Beyond Parking on Jan 16, 2009

    Zipcar Chief Executive Scott Griffith appeared on CNBC this week to explain why "cars on demand" makes sense for people who live in cities and don't need a car all the time. points out that Zipcar is not only for transit-oriented cities like New York. It is exceeding expectations here in Atlanta, where Lanier Parking Solutions is Zipcar's joint-venture partner, having brought the concept to the city in 2006.You can get a discount on a Zipcar membership by applying through

  • Stimulus plan must include bike lanes and sidewalks

    Posted in Beyond Parking on Jan 14, 2009

    With President-elect Barack Obama about to take the oath of office, there is a lot of anticipation in the transportation community about his economic stimulus package. Mr. Obama has clearly indicated that transportation infrastructure will be a critical component of any stimulus plan. Local governments have been sharpening their pencils and putting together their wish lists for quick, easily implemented, "shovel ready" projects. Although roads and bridges are traditionally first on the list, there has been a new emphasis on transit. I strongly suggest taking it even further to consider bike la...

  • Is the gas tax too high or too low?

    Posted in Beyond Parking on Jan 06, 2009

    In today’s AJC, conservative columnist Jim Wooten suggests phasing out the 18.5-cent federal gas tax and letting states decide which projects to fund. Taxing authority should be returned to the states. State officials, and notCongress, should be making decisions about what projects are built where. Thefirst money should be spent on improving major transportation corridors.That is the exact opposite of what “Hot, Flat, and Crowded” author Thomas L. Friedman says we need if we are going to tackle our clean energy needs, which are directly tied to how we get around.Producing new energy, or protec...

  • Rental car company entering hourly car-sharing market

    Posted in Beyond Parking on Dec 04, 2008

    Further proof the Zipcar model works. The Wall Street Journal reports Hertz Corp. is launching an hourly rental car service in New York, London, Paris and Park Ridge, New Jersey.Zipcar Chief Executive Scott Griffith says the news is "a complete validation of the large-scale potential of the category."We at Lanier Parking Solutions brought Zipcar to Atlanta because we were able to see its potential in a market that traditionally wouldn’t fit the car sharing model (i.e. lower density and higher car ownership rates).Our joint venture partnership with Zipcar in Atlanta is the perfect marriage of p...

  • Get Involved

    Posted in Beyond Parking on Nov 21, 2008

    There are many organziations working in Atlanta every day to acheive real change in our transportation system. Here are three that have had an enormous impact with limited resouces.PEDSCitizens for Progressive TransitAtlanta Bicycle CampaignI strongly encourage everyone who is interested in making Altanta 's transportation system world class to check out their websites and get involved.

  • Pulling Zipcars from a Pez dispenser

    Posted in Beyond Parking on Nov 18, 2008

    Check out the Zipcar parking structure that a Boston architecture firm has designed. Modeled after the PEZ candy dispenser, it saves space and reduces parking costs, making Zipcar a viable alternative.It's a perfect model for Zipcar, since it doesn't matter which car you get. You just take the next one in the stack.(Photos courtesy of Moskow Architects)

  • Have you tried Zipcar? Here's a cheap way to have Wheels When You Need Them

    Posted in Beyond Parking on Nov 05, 2008

    One of the biggest impediments for carsharing to enter a new city is the cost and availability of parking. This is especially the case in cities such as San Francisco, New York and Boston where parking is a premium. It is also an issue in Midtown and downtown Atlanta.Through a unique partnership between Lanier Parking Solutions and Zipcar, we were able to address this concern. Lanier provides free parking for Zipcars, enabling carsharing to come to our city years before the market would have allowed it.Special deal on Lanier ZipcarYou can try Lanier Zipcar at a discount. If you apply using thi...

  • In Vancouver, cars, bikes and people are created equal

    Posted in Beyond Parking on Oct 29, 2008

    I recently visited Vancouver, where cyclists, pedestrians, and vehicles get equal priority. This is unheard of in Atlanta or most America cities, where the automobile has been a top DOT priority for the past 50 years.There are no freeways running through downtown Vancouver, and retail stores wrap around every single block. Mixed use, high density development and bicycle lanes are everywhere, yet the streets do not feel over burdened.Many of my friends who live and work in Vancouver will disagree with that last statement, telling me it takes them 20-30 minutes to get a few miles in their car. O...

  • Mixed feelings about falling gas prices

    Posted in Beyond Parking on Oct 23, 2008

    Gasoline prices recently dropped below $3 per gallon. This has left me with mixed feelings. On the one hand I know how much high gas prices have been a drag on our economy. With gas prices declining, it will put more money in people's pockets, which is desperately needed in these sour economic times. On the other hand, high gas prices have resulted in a real change in people's thinking and behavior. Recently, people have been driving less, using alternatives more, and demanding fuel efficient vehicles. I recently reported on the upswing in MARTA ridership on my blog. I also recently attended t...

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