Move DBQ: Smart Parking and Mobility Plan


Businesses and residents rely on having access to parking. It is essential to a vibrant, strong economy and expanding connectivity. That is why the City of Dubuque is seeking your input to help guide the development of Move DBQ, a new smart parking and mobility plan that will shape transportation systems in Dubuque for the next 10 to 15 years.

A Long-Term Roadmap

The City's ramps and parking meters are aging and equipped with outdated technology, some of which is no longer supported. These systems are not efficient or sustainable. The Move DBQ plan will provide a long-term roadmap for how the City can implement and invest in new technologies and systems to improve parking access, efficiency, and overall user experience.

Improving User Experience

The Move DBQ planning team is conducting a detailed assessment of the City's on- and off-street parking systems including how parking ramps are managed, how meter systems work, financial metrics, and parking utilization to ensure that the supply and demand are in balance. Technology that can be used to improve the parking experience, such as wayfinding, meter and gating systems, and payment options, are being explored. 

The project will also include a high-level assessment of Dubuque’s current transportation offerings and identify opportunities to advance the mobility network. This data will help create a more connected community for those people who rely on and use alternative modes of transportation such as walking, biking, and public transit.

This plan is about updating systems to improve user experience. If you live, work, or visit places within the Move DBQ study area, including downtown Dubuque and the Historic Millwork District, you will likely see technology changes to how parking ramps and meters are managed in the next several years. We want to know your ideas, concerns, and preferences for improving parking and creating a more connected community!

More Information

The Move DBQ planning and design team is evaluating current parking and mobility according to these tenets:

  • Parking is a key ingredient for keeping the downtown economically viable.
  • Parking needs to be a partnership between the public and private sectors.
  • Equitable and inclusive mobility solutions are one of the core components of a community’s livability because it provides access to living wage jobs, healthcare services, quality education, cultural institutions, and recreation opportunities.
  • Parking access and any updated policies need to meet the needs of diverse user groups.
  • Parking must be fully integrated with transit and other forms of transportation and mobility to maximize efficiencies and customer experience.
  • Parking and transportation mobility are not free, and an equitable revenue fee structure needs to be established.
  • Parking and mobility solutions need to utilize the most up-to-date technology and must be simple to use and manage across all platforms.

Move DBQ Updates & Presentations

City Council and Advisory Group Presentations

Over the past year, the Move DBQ team has provided regular updates to the City Council and engaged several advisory groups. The meeting recordings are available for you to review as well as the PowerPoint presentation from the Parking Advisory Group meeting on July 17. 

We invite you to share your ideas and concerns by dropping a note in our online comment box!

Schedule and Process


Phase 1: Current Conditions Assessment & Discovery

  • Data collection
  • Current conditions assessment
  • Identify needs, issues, and opportunities

Phase 2: Scenario Mapping & Future Needs Analysis

  • Future scenario development and visioning
  • Financial modeling
  • Parking needs modeling

Phase 3: Recommendations & Path Forward

  • Smart Parking & Mobility Management Plan in Summer 2023
    • Includes specific operations, management, financial, policy, infrastructure, and technology recommendations
  • Plan implementation deliverables in mid-late 2023
    • Includes technology specifications and bid documents
    • Implementation is dependent on available funding

Bike Lane Pilot Project

As an extension of the Move DBQ Smart Parking and Mobility Study, the City and community partners are currently gathering information that will inform an upcoming Bike Lane Pilot Project. Learn more and take a short survey!


For questions or more information, call Transportation Services at 563-589-4341.