Metro-North Riders Could See Big Jump In Parking Prices

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November 09, 2019 - 3:39 pm
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NEW YORK (WCBS 880) – Metro-North riders may parking prices go up by at least 10 percent next year, with the MTA planning to vote soon on a measure to boost revenue.

If approved, the measure would be the first parking price increase of its kind since 2013. It would affect 25 stations east of the Hudson River and would also nix free Saturday parking.

The Journal News reports that riders who park at the North White Plains train station would see the highest jumps in their parking prices at $114 more a year. The 13.8 percent jump would leave White Plains riders paying $1,250 a year for a parking permit.

Fees could go up an average of $42.75 each year starting in January, according to the Journal News.

“It’s going to have a profound effect on the way people travel, so I think it’s wise for us to measure twice and cut once,” said Westchester County Executive George Latimer.

Latimer says it’s too early to consider implementing the measure.

Metro-North board members are scheduled to vote on it soon, and the price hike would start Jan. 1.

Latimer says the agency should wait until congestion pricing is rolled out.

“So I would say, let’s hold off on it and let’s get congestion pricing in place, find out what the pricing structure for that is and then at that point, start to consider what might happen then at the suburban parking lots,” Latimer said.

Latimer says he plans on meeting with the MTA on the plan in the coming week.