Staff from the Public Works and Planning departments are working with community members to examine the parking needs of the River Market. In late 2016, Smart Growth America lead a free workshop funded by a Building Blocks for Sustainable Communities grant from the EPA’s Office of Sustainable Communities. The City’s overall goal is to improve effectiveness of parking management and ensure that municipal parking resources are used in a manner that support public parking, public transit, multi-modal transportation and River Market economic growth and development. The next steps document linked below is a list of priorities and a recommended timeline for implementation in the River Market as drafted by Smart Growth America. City staff and River Market representatives are committed to continue to work on Kansas City solutions to a nationwide challenge.
City’s current status in response to memo from audit representatives (last updated 4/1/18):
- Paid Parking in Public Surface Lots: Effective March 1st 2018, the city implemented paid parking in off-street public parking lots managed by the City Market. The lots are paid parking M-F from 7 a.m to 6 p.m. at a rate of $1 an hour. The time limit in the City Market Square lot will be reduced from a 3-hour to a 2-hour limit (free) and enforced with ticketing and towing.
- River Market Meters: The City’s parking meter demonstration began in September 2017. The River Market participating parking vendor, Cale, installed smart parking meters on-street in the River Market. Other participating vendors who installed smart parking meters in other parts of downtown are IPS, Parkeon and MacKay. The city gathered feedback from the public and is currently in the process of choosing a vendor to implement permanent installations. River Market meters are located along the perimeter of the City Market, adjacent to city-owned property- from Grand Boulevard to 5th Street and from Main to 3rd Street. The pay rate is $1 an hour- with a 2 hour maximum. See the map below for meter locations.
- Parking Enforcement: The City is working on an agreement with the Kansas City Missouri Police Department to increase enforcement in the downtown streetcar TDD. Parking Control Officers are in training now, and will deploy on street later this spring. Warning tickets will be issued for a period of time before KCPD starts issuing actual tickets.
- Parking Data Analytics: The City is moving forward with a planned parking data analytic platform. The procurement process will be wrapped into “smart city” efforts within the city’s Office of Innovation. We will be looking for a company that can help us develop a data analytics platform for both internal tracking and external services such as real time parking availability, etc.
Background on Changes in Progress:
Below, you will find the guidance for next steps as agreed upon by representatives from Smart Growth America and City staff.
The City will utilize citizen input via a results of a digitally distributed survey. You can view responses to that survey here: Citizen Survey Results
In addition, the City held public meetings last fall and the materials from those meetings can be seen here:
Kansas City’s Planning and Public Works department presentation:
Ryan Wade, manager of River Market public parking, gathered data on off-street parking counts in the River Market before and after the advent of the KC Streetcar. You can view that data at the link below.
If you have questions of feedback about any of the changes underway, please call Bruce Campbell, parking manager, at 816-513-2819.