Why transit experts think downtown Buffalo, NY parking changes are a good idea

A public showdown over downtown parking appeared to end this week in a draw: On-street rates would still double to $2 per hour under a resolution by Common Council President Darius Pridgen – but would remain free most nights and weekends.

Officials hope the compromise amendment, which is expected to pass Tuesday, will end a fractious debate that began soon after the Common Council unanimously passed the rate hike in December. But even as the modified policy goes before the Common Council, some local transit experts say they fear it has been unfairly maligned and misunderstood.

Like similar plans in dozens of cities across the country, they say, it was designed to incentivize small shifts in the way people travel to make downtown more accessible.