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City Councilmembers Discuss Permit Parking To Reduce Congestion

June 13, 2018 - 2:38 pm
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NEW YORK (WCBS 880) -- Have you ever driven around looking for a parking space in New York City?

As WCBS 880’s Rich Lamb reported, a number of City Council members think they have the answer – residential parking permits.

Councilman Mark Levine (D-7th) represents Morningside Heights, West Harlem, and part of the Upper West Side and Washington Heights. He cites traffic congestion as a reason to enact permit parking.

"It is partly driven by the flood of commuters who bring their cars into the city every morning, dump them on the streets and hop on our subways,” Levine said. “They are taking advantage of free curb space in our residential neighborhoods. They are adding to congestion and they are displacing local residents. And they're doing it for free."

Department of Transportation Chief Operating Officer Margaret Forgione is cautious about the parking permits.

"If a supply of permits significantly exceeds the number of parking spaces in a zone, the permit is not guarantee of parking availability,” Forgione said, “just a permit that residents must now obtain for the privilege of circling the block, looking for parking, exactly how they did before."

She also noted that Albany would have to approve any city-run residential parking permit program.