Commuters who want to avoid traffic congestion and save on commuting costs can leave their cars in commuter parking lots, commonly called park and ride lots, while they use carpools, vanpools, or buses for their trips to work. The Capitol Region includes 43 commuter parking lots across 27 municipalities. CRCOG began conducting biannual capacity counts for the Region’s commuter parking lots in Spring 2017. To view the data collected from these counts from 2017-2019, please click here. Maps showing lot locations and depicting Average Spaces Available and Average Percent Full for each lot are also available.
The utilization of commuter parking lots has been greatly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and the associated changes in working and travel behavior. CRCOG staff conducted its usual lot counts in April and October 2020 to quantify the difference in utilization. As such, data for 2020 wasn’t incorporated into the average usage for each lot. Instead, the Spring and Fall 2020 counts were compared to each other as well as to each lot’s average usage for 2017-2019. This analysis can be found here. Overall, usage of commuter lots in the Capitol Region was approximately 85% and 77% lower than average in April and October, respectively.
An interactive map of commuter parking lots throughout the state is available through the Connecticut Department of Transportation at https://cttravelsmart.org/. The CT Travel Smart site also includes information about lighting, shelters, and bus service that is available at each lot. Additional information about the relationship between commuter parking lots and Express Bus Service can be found on CTtransit’s Express Bus System Map.