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NYC Plans To Raise Metered Parking Rates In The Fall

May 17, 2018 - 9:09 am

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) -- Metered parking in the city is about to get more expensive.

During a City Hall budget hearing Wednesday, Transportation Commissioner Polly Trottenberg revealed a plan to hike metered rates by the fall.

"We think modest rate increases will promote turn over in commercial areas and have a positive effect on congestion as well," she said.

Drivers in the outerboroughs are likely to feel the pain the most. Below 96th Street in Manhattan the current charge is $3.50 an hour while elsewhere in the city the rate stands at $1 an hour.

"Currently 60 percent of our 14,500 meters are set at a dollar an hour the meters in heavily-congested transit-rich downtown Brooklyn are priced the same as less-dense East New York," Trottenberg said.

Several drivers in downtown Brooklyn told WCBS 880's Marla Diamond they get there hours before the meters go into effect to get a coveted curbside spot.

"Everyday cause there is no more parking anymore. You have all these city bikes taking up all the spots now and it's just very hard for parking. Now you have all these lots they're charging a premium, maybe even more than Manhattan in some cases," said Chris Adis who drives in early from Staten Island to get a metered spot.

Adis says no matter how high the city raises parking fees it will still be cheaper than putting his car in a parking garage.

The city last raised the rates of metered spaces in 2013.