With the ever-growing economic activity in the city center, the need for more parking, better public transport, traffic modeling, and traffic management has become a priority.
Among underground public parking facilities provided by Solidere, the Beirut Souks car park has a capacity of around 2,500 spaces. In the North Souks, Khan Antoun Bey parking has a 330-car capacity is under construction. Two car parks serve the Foch-Allenby area, Weygand Street and Harbor Square with respectively 108 and 320 car spaces. Furthermore, a 400-space under Corniche car park was opened to the general public in January 2012.
A car park under public property in Martyrs’ Square is planned as a BOT project. Initially designed by the Greek winning team of the Martyrs’ Square Axis international urban design competition, and now undertaken by Renzo Piano Building Workshop (Italy-France), it will have a capacity of around 4,000 places.
Pending completion of sufficient space underground, several vacant lots in both the existing city center and the New Waterfront, were assigned for temporary surface parking. They provide up to 6,000 car parking spaces servicing tenants, residents and visitors of the city center with free shuttle service.