Research Bureau: Worcester needs parking division

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A report released Thursday from the Worcester Regional Research Bureau recommends the city create an independent parking division and raise parking rates, so a dedicated staff can give the proper attention to the infrastructure, service and technology improvements necessary for parking to complement the city’s redevelopment plans.

Worcester provides 4,685 parking spaces, through garages, surface lots and on-street spaces, and another 550 are expected to come online this year with the opening of the Worcester Common Garage at CitySquare, according to the study. The city Department of Public Works & Parks is responsible for building the spaces while the Parking Services Office — a subset of the DPWP’s Traffic Engineering Section — is responsible for controlling parking.

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