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Is North Texas Building Too Much Parking?

The North Central Council of Governments' (NCTCOG) Parking Management activities, including the North Texas Parking Management Toolbox, support local parking management plans and policies that can help North Texas achieve a more efficient transportation system and a more sustainable region. See the video above to learn why managing parking is critical to regional sustainability.

Regional Parking Database

Is North Texas building too much parking? The current parking supply decision process often lacks adequate information and can highly overestimate demand, resulting in parking oversupply. More observed data on parking use could help our region build more efficiently. A 2018 Transit-Oriented Development Parking Study focused near Dallas Area Rapid Transit stations found that 13 of the 16 studied sites never peaked above 80 percent parking capacity. This excess parking exceeded 4,500 total spaces meaning an estimated $80 million in constructed parking value went unused. NCTCOG is launching a Regional Parking Database with the goal of increasing local knowledge of observed parking demand and insight for efficient management and development codes. The Database will be an ongoing collection of regional parking utilization data from a sample of local sites. Read more about the project here.

How to Participate

NCTCOG is calling on property managers and owners from across the region to volunteer their properties for parking utilization studies. Properties included in NCTCOG’s parking database will build the knowledge from which more efficient parking can be achieved in the Dallas-Fort Worth region.

Who can participate?

  • Property managers/owners

  • Properties located within Dallas-Fort Worth region (NCTCOG's 12-county region of Collin, Dallas, Denton, Ellis, Hood, Hunt, Johnson, Kaufman, Parker, Rockwall, Tarrant, and Wise counties)

  • Most commercial property types, including

    • Industrial/warehouse uses

    • Entertainment/theaters/gyms

    • Restaurants

    • Retail (all types)

    • Office

    • Hospitality/hotels

    • Multi-family residential/apartments

    • Mixed-use sites

The study currently will not include single-family housing properties, entire neighborhoods, or districts.

To participate, submit a property to be included in the study by filling out the Property Owner/Manager Survey online or download the PDF.

Survey closes March 31, 2022.


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