Provide Preferential Parking For Carpools And Vanpools

What Is It?

Preferential parking is any dedicated on or off-street parking spaces allocated to vehicles used for carpooling or vanpooling. Often, preferential parking is located in a superior location, such as near the workplace entrance, under shelter, etc.


Preferential parking encourages employees to join or remain as a member of a car or vanpool. This has a significant environmental impact because carpools and vanpools decrease the number of single occupancy vehicles commuting to a given workplace. Additionally, this practice could lead to cost-savings for the business because the need for additional parking will decrease as the number of carpooling vehicles increases.

Challenge Participants Currently Adopting This Practice

  • Au Bon Pain
  • BioMed Realty Trust
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts
  • Boston Properties, Inc.
  • Dana-Farber
  • ERG
  • Federal Reserve
  • Forest City
  • Gillette
  • Massachusetts Convention Center Authority
  • Putnam Investments
  • Seaport Hotel
  • Starwood Hotels

Financing Options, Incentives, And Rebates

Additional Resources

Some examples of preferential parking programs in the Boston Area


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