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Press Release #07-101

Update: Workshops to Address Neighborhood Parking

Meetings in 7 neighborhoods to help review possible congestion pricing impacts

The City Department of Transportation (DOT) has announced public workshops in seven neighborhoods to address community concerns about the possible impact of congestion pricing on neighborhood parking. The workshops will be the basis for DOT to potentially develop plans to address any "park and ride" activity if such impacts result from congestion pricing in areas near subway stations and transit hubs outside the charging zone.

The study areas, which display a range of parking-related conditions, were selected based on their representative characteristics and their ability to inform parking strategies that can be applied citywide.

"The Bloomberg administration is committed to meeting the concerns of New Yorkers as we develop new transportation policies," said Janette Sadik-Khan, DOT commissioner. "The purpose of the workshops is to give communities an opportunity to work with the DOT to develop a toolbox of potential parking solutions that can be applied to neighborhoods citywide."

Undertaken with the city Economic Development Corp. (EDC), the PlaNYC Parking Strategies Study will include two workshops beginning this month in five new study neighborhoods, and one in two other neighborhoods the Yankee Stadium area of the Bronx and in the Brooklyn Heights/Boerum Hill/Fort Greene sections of Brooklyn where parking studies were already initiated. The new study will look at parking management strategies that can best meet the diverse parking needs of residents, businesses, shops, and religious and non-profit organizations.

The first round of workshops, to be held in late November in the five new study neighborhoods, will look at parking conditions and needs and begin a dialogue on potential parking management strategies. The second set of workshops, to be held in January in all seven areas, will discuss possible parking management strategies such as instituting residential parking permit programs, expanding the use of Muni-Meters, making changes to on-street parking fees, and using technology to track parking usage in the study neighborhoods and other border-zone neighborhoods.

The five neighborhoods are: the Upper East Side, Manhattan; the Atlantic/4th/Flatbush Avenues Area, Brooklyn; Central Harlem, Manhattan; Forest Hills, Queens; and Long Island City, Queens. Meetings also will be held in January in the Yankee Stadium area of the Bronx and in the Brooklyn Heights/Boerum Hill/Fort Greene sections of Brooklyn, where previous studies were initiated.

Neighborhood Parking Workshop Schedule - First Round:

11/15: Long Island City, Queens
7:00-9:00 PM (Doors open at 6:30)
The Learning Center
43-82 Vernon Boulevard
Long Island City, NY 11101

11/19: Upper East Side
6:30 - 8:30 PM (Doors open at 6)
Temple Israel
112 East 75th Street
New York, NY 10021

11/27: Brooklyn
6:30-8:30 PM (Doors open at 6)
Congregation Beth Elohim
8th Avenue at Garfield Place
Brooklyn, N.Y. 11215

11/28: Harlem
6:00-8:00 PM (Doors open at 5:30)
The Alhambra Ballroom of New York
2116 Adam Clayton Powell Blvd.
New York, New York 10027

11/29: Forest Hills, Queens
7:00-9:00 PM (Doors open at 6:30)
Forest Hills Jewish Center
106-06 Queens Boulevard
Forest Hills, NY 11375

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