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Press Release #12-21

Seth Solomonow/Nicholas Mosquera (212) 839-4850

NYC DOT Commissioner Sadik-Khan, Council Speaker Quinn and Council Member Garodnick Announce Launch of Online Parking Regulation Map

Web-based map displays all curbside parking regulations across the five boroughs, making it quicker and easier for drivers to know when and where to park

New York City Department of Transportation (DOT) Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan, Council Speaker Christine C. Quinn, Council Member Dan Garodnick and Council Transportation Committee Chair James Vacca today announced the launch of the city’s first online map displaying parking regulation signs for every block in New York City, making it quicker and more convenient to find out alternate side parking schedules, metered parking hours and other curbside regulations. With a quick scan of the agency’s mapping portal on the block, neighborhood or borough scale, motorists can quickly view detailed parking regulations on an individual block, providing a helpful planning tool for New York City drivers before they get behind the wheel. This map is part of broader legislation authored by Council Member Garodnick to move City data about street activity online, and is the latest in DOT’s online mapping efforts to put more and better information in New Yorkers’ hands in order to make getting around even easier. The new map and all of DOT’s online initiatives can be reached at nyc.gov/dot.

“This brings on-street parking regulations online and makes it easy to know where and when to park,” said Commissioner Sadik-Khan. “From The Daily Pothole blog to real-time online traffic maps to smartphone apps, we continue to roll out new technology and information to help New Yorkers get around town.”

"Thanks to the efforts of the City Council and the Department of Transportation, New Yorkers will be better able to keep track of parking regulations on city streets," said Speaker Christine C. Quinn. "Now drivers will have a simple and accessible tool to help plan for and find parking in New York City."

"New Yorkers shouldn't be flying blind when they are looking for parking," said Council Member Dan Garodnick, who attributes the idea for this resource to his mother, Barbara. "It can be extremely annoying to drive to a new neighborhood and only learn the parking limitations once you have arrived. This map will let drivers know what they are getting themselves into when they plan a trip, and ultimately will save them some unnecessary headaches."

"Understanding parking regulations in New York City might as well be like understanding Morse code sometimes," said Council Member James Vacca, Chair of the Transportation Committee. "Anything we can do to make it easier for drivers to understand when and where to park is a change for the better--for all street users. I commend Council Member Garodnick and DOT for working to bring about this useful tool."

The new parking regulation map allows users to search by intersection or address and see all nearby parking regulations. It builds on DOT’s existing STATUS database and text-based search engine comprised of more than 400,000 parking regulation signs across the five boroughs that allow users to search for the regulations on an individual block. By displaying this data on an easily readable map, drivers can get the information they seek with just a click of the mouse. The map also marks the latest step in DOT’s ongoing effort to enhance its user-friendly mapping portal and to make even more information easily accessible to the public. Previous initiatives have included the street condition assessment tool and another that displays the date of last resurfacing for roadways citywide, and the agency continues to seek new opportunities to create additional tools for drivers, cyclists, and pedestrians alike.

To view the map and for more information about DOT’s ongoing efforts to give all New Yorkers all the information they need to get around the city, visit www.nyc.gov/dot.  

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