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Residential Parking Districts Coming Soon to NYC?

It may comes as a surprise that the nation's most sought after free parking in residential neighborhoods is not reserved for the privileged who live there, allowing commuters and others to exploit this unpriced resource. This may end.

On Nov. 3, the City Council held a public meeting to hear from residents about a zoning strategy that has long been popular in other cities, college communities, and other locals where residents have to compete with commuters who seek free, all-day parking.

"Permit parking is long overdue in Downtown Brooklyn, Western Queens, Upper Manhattan and other communities where residents must circle for hours trying to find parking near their homes," said state Sen. Daniel Squadron, who is co-sponsoring the legislation with another Brooklyn Democrat, Assemblywoman Joan Millman.

"Under the proposed legislation, the city would determine which neighborhoods get the permit perks and what hours the new regulations would be in effect.

Residents would pay a fee for the permits, and 20 percent of all spaces in the permit zones would be made available as short term parking for nonresidents. Commercial strips would not qualify
The state Assembly is already supportive of the permit plan but the state Senate is undecided."

Previously, Mayor Bloomberg had included residential-permit parking as part of his failed congestion pricing plan in 2008.

From Streetsblog: Council Committee Endorses Residential Parking Permits Over DOT Objections: "While most council members wanted to see residential parking permits brought to neighborhoods across the city, the Department of Transportation opposed RPP except perhaps in the areas immediately around stadiums. The action in the City Council today marked an early milestone in what would be a complicated path to passage."

Thanks to Mayer Horn

Full Story: Reserved parking: Pols eye permits for neighborhoods


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