8 takeaways from Charleston, NC’s first parking study in 20 years

The city of Charleston has released the findings of its first study of the downtown parking system in 20 years. The results point to alternatives to the single-occupant car — embracing public transit, technology and ride-sharing.

The Charleston Parking Study examined current and future parking trends on the peninsula. The City Council-approved document could lead to changes in where people can park, how long they can stay in one space and how much they’ll pay.

The survey of more than 3,500 peninsula residents, workers and visitors found that most people get to the peninsula by driving alone in a car. But more than half would consider regularly riding public transportation and about one-third would use ride-sharing services to get downtown.