The Vail Town Council will review final recommendations for the 2018 summer parking plan during its evening meeting on Tuesday, March 20. The action item is listed as 6.1 on the meeting agenda which begins at 6 p.m. in the Town Council Chambers with opportunities for public comment.
The Vail Parking & Transportation Task Force, a 12-member volunteer advisory group with representation from local businesses and the community at-large, developed a series of recommendations which were favorably reviewed by the Town Council at its meeting on March 6.
Among the suggestions is an effort to reduce the number of vehicles that are parked overnight in the Vail Village and Lionshead structures to help increase daytime capacity and reduce overflow parking on the frontage road. An overnight fee structure of $25 is recommended to be enacted during the period of 4 to 5 a.m. Implementation will require 24-hour staffing of the parking structures and other operational expenses estimated at $160,000. The goal is to reduce the number of overnight parking in the structures by 100 to 200 spaces per day.
The recommendation follows an evaluation of data from the 2017 summer season in which the Vail Village and Lionshead structures averaged 324 vehicles in the 4 to 5 a.m. timeframe during the 2017 summer season. The weekday average was 294 cars while the weekend average was 424 overnight cars. There were 22 overflow parking days on the frontage road last summer.
As proposed, the new overnight summer fee structure would run from Memorial Day to the end of September. Allowances would be made for free overnight parking for guests of nearby lodges with on-site parking limitations as well as employee overnight shift-work, according to the recommendation. Other exceptions would include group business scenarios where parking demands exceed onsite availability. The recommendation also includes retaining the town’s policy of a free exit for users who choose safe travel arrangements to get home so long as they return by 11 a.m. the next day to retrieve their vehicle after obtaining a voucher from the Welcome Center.
Other Vail Parking & Transportation Task Force suggestions previously reviewed and supported by the Town Council include:
- Facilitating a parking management plan with Vail Health and other major construction projects in the Village core as well as employers
- Reviewing potential expansion of Vail Transit hours currently budgeted for summer 2018 to enhance service during concert departures and early morning hours
- Requesting permission from Colorado Department of Transportation for use of 100 parking spaces west of the West Vail Fire Station to allow 7-day a week parking through 2020 which may require additional bus service
- Evaluating Town Code amendments to allow short-term daily leasing of private parking spaces which would allow web or app-based parking reservation technologies
- Working with ECO Transit to support increased service in 2018 through the Eagle County budget process
- Continue a marketing and messaging plan around: biking, walking, environmental effects of driving, options in lieu of rental cars, healthy lifestyles, transit, ridesharing, carpooling, employee van pools, special event marketing and messaging for attendees and employees/volunteers
- Continue to require construction projects to have an employee transportation and parking plan
To view the staff memo on this topic, click here or to forward comments in advance of the meeting, email the Town Council at email@example.com.