January 3rd, 2008
Opponents of congestion (and of congestion pricing) have questioned the sincerity of an administration that claims to want to reduce driving and then gives free parking permits to its own workers. It seems that Mayor Michael Bloomberg has listened – a little bit anyway.
He announced today that the city would require every agency to reduce its number of employee free parking permits by 20 percent and that, from now, on the police department and transportation department will be the only ones able to issue the permits, popularly known as placards. Before other agencies could issue the permits too.
Transportation activists applauded the measure but want the city to do more. The Straphangers Campaign said the move would “reduce traffic congestion and encourage greater use of city subways and buses,” but called for better enforcement of permit use and a “more transparent” process for issuing them.
A comment on City Room chimes in, “It is laughable that the police will be involved with enforcement given that they are the worst offenders. I live across the street from a police station and they park their private vehicles illegally up and down the street, in front of fire hydrants and bus stops, with impunity.”
The administration has not yet addresse its penchant for including acres of parking at its cherished projects such as Atlantic Center and the new Yankee Stadium.By Gail Robinson on January 3, 2008, 6:15 pm
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