Downtown Parking

Downtown Parking Strategy

The Parking Strategy looks at the greater downtown (Shoreline to Evelyn to Calderon and El Camino Real).  The study seeks to address parking challenges in the busiest part of downtown centered on Castro Street. We also recognize that the forces behind these challenges—the day-to-day behavior of everyone who lives, works, and visits downtown—extend beyond the boundary of the commercial core. There are many overlapping and interconnected factors contributing to the parking situation in downtown today, and the study seeks to address them with a full-picture approach.

On November 9, 2021, the Mountain View City Council adopted a Downtown Parking Strategy.  The Strategy outlines 82 implementation items action across 18 strategies.  The Downtown Parking Strategy is a 10-year strategy to address parking within the Downtown.  

Link to City Council November 9, 2021, item 7.1 (link)
2021 Downtown Parking Strategy document (pdf)

On May 11, 2021, City Council discussed the development of a Parking Strategy.  The Study Session memorandum is available online to read under Item 3.1.  Staff will finalize the strategy and return to City Council on November 9, 2021 with the formal recommendation to adopt the Strategy with an implementation plan.

Downtown Parking Garage

On August 24, 2021 City Council discussed framework for a third downtown parking garage at Parking Lot 5 (Hope and Dana Streets). The Council Report is available online to read under Item 7.3

Downtown Parking District Renewal


Downtown Public Parking Facilities 

The Downtown is supported by 11 public parking facilities - 2 parking structures and 9 surface parking lots with approximately 1,500 off-street parking spaces.  These off-street parking spaces have timed parking structures from Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm (excluding holidays).  To help manage daytime parking demands between long-term parkers and short-term parkers, the City administers a Downtown Parking Permit Program for property owners, businesses and residents within the Parking District.