Metro-North Puts Brakes On Plan To Raise Parking Fees

Sean Adams
November 12, 2019 - 4:21 pm
Metro-North Railroad

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NEW YORK (WCBS 880) -- The Metropolitan Transportation Authority is postponing a discussion over increasing parking rates at Metro-North stations until its next meeting.  

The plan was aimed at raising rates at all 25 Metro-North stations, anywhere from 10 to almost 14 percent.

At the MTA's board meeting, Assemblywoman Amy Paulin agreed that it would've been too soon to move forward with the proposal.

"If you would have taken action at this meeting, the only opportunity for the public and elected officials to comment would have been right now, 8:30 in the morning, Tuesday, after a long holiday weekend," Paulin said. "If the proposal had been approved by this committee and the board adopted it there would have been no opportunity for public input."

She says there was no transparency behind the idea to raise parking rates and no research behind its future benefit.

The MTA could not comment on this issue at the time but does confirm the issue is being postponed to next month's board meeting. 

The Journal News reports the average increase under the plan is about $43 per year.

At the popular North White Plains station, parking would go up $114 to $1,250 annually.

Commuters are firing back. 

"We're paying enough. Don't raise it," one rider said.

"I guess you do what you gotta do. I gotta have somewhere to park," another said.

"You know, if they, if the services gone up, then, you know, it would be worth it, you know, but trains always three, four minutes late," another said.

The goal is to bring Metro-North parking fees more in line with the Long Island Rail Road, where commuters pay on Sundays and holidays.

The last parking fee hike was six years. The increases need board approval because they exceed consumer price index growth, according to the Journal News.