A Simulation Study of the Efficiency of Unmarked On-Street Parking and Vehicle Downsizing

Does unmarked on-street parking accommodate more cars—because smaller cars take less space? One would intuitively think so, but because of the mismatch effect of very small cars, unmarked spacing may not be more efficient. This study uses computer simulation where queues of randomly generated vehicles are assigned to marked and unmarked spaces. Simulation results show that unmarked parking is only more efficient when the curb is more segmented, or significantly different from the integer times of the optimal length of one marked space. Otherwise, marked parking or shorter marked parking under high demand is better. Unmarked parking also has higher requirement for considerate behavior. This simulation study also finds that vehicle downsizing only significantly improves parking efficiency when the vehicle is downsized to two-seaters that can vertically park. The study also proposes a new type of “blockbased” parking that achieves some of the flexibility of unmarked parking while keeping mismatch-effect relatively low.

Language

  • English

Project

  • Status: Active
  • Funding: $25000
  • Contract Numbers:

    DOT 69A3551747114

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    National Center for Sustainable Transportation

    University of California, Davis
    Davis, CA  United States 

    Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology

    University Transportation Centers Program
    Department of Transportation
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Managing Organizations:

    National Center for Sustainable Transportation

    University of California, Davis
    Davis, CA  United States 

    University of California, Davis

    Institute of Transportation Studies
    Davis, CA  United States  95616
  • Project Managers:

    lacobucci, Lauren

  • Performing Organizations:

    National Center for Sustainable Transportation

    University of California, Davis
    Davis, CA  United States 

    University of California, Davis

    Institute of Transportation Studies
    Davis, CA  United States  95616
  • Principal Investigators:

    Xu, Tongxin

  • Start Date: 20181001
  • Expected Completion Date: 20190630
  • Actual Completion Date: 0
  • USDOT Program: University Transportation Centers

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01708762
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: National Center for Sustainable Transportation
  • Contract Numbers: DOT 69A3551747114
  • Files: UTC, RiP
  • Created Date: Jun 26 2019 2:06PM