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Parking Rate Hikes Eyed Everywhere

Wednesday, May 05, 2010 - 04:12 PM

(Andrea Bernstein, Transportation Nation, May 5) A New York City experiment found even small hikes in parking rates -- a dollar an hour -- increased turnover because people stayed in the spots for a longer period of time. Parking, says New York City Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan, is real estate that is way, way undervalued. Listen to marketplace story here.

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RJ

As a NYer with no interest in owning a car, I take serious issue with Commissioner Sadik-Khan's enthusiasm for the new pricing scheme. 1) She sees these costs as a revenue stream; I see them as an additional cost--a tax--for a public space NYers already own. This is a theme of the Bloomberg administration; they don't "increase taxes"--they "increase fees" on middle and working class NYers; 2) It's ironic that this experiment has been done in Park Slope; at the heart of PS is Union Street and 7th Avenue--which now has a big sign saying that a bus stop there has been discontinued due to budget cuts; 3) There's an image of some neighborhoods that the residents are wealthy and can afford these extra fees. Those car owners who are wealthy can afford parking garages; many who park on the street are day time workers in retail, personal services (nannies, etc.), health care workers (i..e., NY Methodist Hosp), so this becomes yet another onerous addition to living in NYC. The commissioner has done great things with support bike lanes and reducing the impact of cars (I support congestion pricing!), but increasing taxes is *not* the way to do it.

May. 05 2010 12:52 PM

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