The City Department of Transportation (DOT) has announced public workshops in seven neighborhoods to address residents' 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 next 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:
Upper East Side, Manhattan: November 19|
Atlantic/4th/Flatbush Avenues Area, Brooklyn: November 27
Central Harlem, Manhattan: November 28
Forest Hills, Queens: November 29
Long Island City, Queens: November TBD