Trying to solve Binghamton's parking problems

By Brandi Bailey

January 29, 2014 Updated Jan 29, 2014 at 7:26 PM EDT

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) As the city of Binghamton works to grow and expand downtown life, officials are continuing to tackle the growing issue of parking.

Binghamton Mayor Rich David (R) has a plan and has spent his first month in the mayoral seat working towards a solution.

David is revisiting a study which focuses on parking in general across the city, one of the main issues parking garages.

The Republican is working with Binghamton Metropolitan Transportation Study, or BMTS, to select a company to conduct the study.

David said the previous administration made no real effort to improve parking downtown He said the lack of effort hurt the economic development and growth of the city.

"I want to make sure that we don't lose project and development projects because of the shortage that exists," David said.

David has allocated $50,000 in the budget for the parking study.

BMTS said they will contribute money to the study, but did not specify how much or when it will be available.

David said he'd like to see the study done while students are still living downtown to get a true picture of the city's parking.

The study is expected to begin within the next few months.