Public Comments Sought On Downtown Parking And Transportation Issues

The City of Raleigh will hold a public forum on Tuesday, July 29, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. regarding downtown parking and transportation issues. The meeting will be administered by the Downtown Parking Task Force in the city council chamber on the second floor of the Avery C. Upchurch Government Complex, 222 W. Hargett St.

For the past several months a consulting team has been working with City staff and the Downtown Parking Task Force – whose members are appointed by the mayor — to examine parking and transportation issues in downtown Raleigh. The purpose of the study is to develop a plan for improving downtown access, including access to parking. At the public forum, the consulting team will present an overview of the study findings and provide an opportunity for input from the community before completing the report. This is a chance for citizens to see key findings of the field investigations and hear principals and strategies related to downtown parking and access that may affect future planning and policy decisions. Whether you live, work, shop, do business, or simply visit downtown to have fun, citizens are being asked to provide feedback.

4 Comments

  1. Leo, thanks for this information.

    This process is such a scam. I have been trying for a full year now to get the city staff member who handles the downtown parking task force to help me plug in with it, but to no avail. Back in August 2007 when I first contacted him about the task force, he replied that the initial meeting where the Mayor gave instructions to its members was a private function. So I was expressly excluded from the meeting. About five months ago, there were some researchers from UNC who reportedly inquired about the task force, and they were denied any information about it. A couple of months ago I asked staff for a list of the members of the task force, but the only thing he was able to give me was mailing addresses, as if I was going to send letters to the members through the postal mail. And I had to follow up multiple times just to get that. He said last night’s forum was originally scheduled two months ago, but I am on an incredible number of email lists and plugged in with a lot of different people and organizations, yet I hadn’t heard a word about it at the time. So the fact that it was a complete no-show indicates to me that the public is almost completely disconnected from this process that is supposedly public. Staff continue to refuse to share any information (official or unofficial) about the task force, yet they deny the process has been secretive.

    After trying repeatedly to learn more about this process for an entire year, I am extremely frustrated. They claim they wanted “public input” last night but they would rather keep us completely in the dark so they can take us by surprise because it’s less work for them that way. And the City Council paid $300,000 for this process that is supposedly public! Such a scam.

  2. Wow, kind of sad to hear that something like this is going on. I have not noticed any results of this ‘task force’ but also am not too familiar of what they do exactly.

    Great job on following it up! Keep at it.

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