Parking Pullback
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.

And should the police department be the fox guarding the chicken coop? Not according to Streetblog, which quotes NYPD Rant, well, ranting: “If the city yanks our plaques, then the war is on.”

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 on January 3, 2008, 6:15 pm
In category: Environment,Gotham City,Land Use,Transportation | 4 Comments »

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4 Responses to “Parking Pullback”

  1. Susan Says:
    January 4th, 2008 at 10:11 am

    Why only 20%? ALL permits should be rescinded–after all, it’s not just government workers who need to get to work–we all do. If they’re on official business, they should be in official vehicles, obviating the need for placards. First city workers demand the right to live outside the city, which they get, then they demand the right to privileged parking so they can get to work. Isn’t this the story of the man who murders his parents, then throws himself on the mercy of the court because he’s an orphan? Before a single taxpayer is dunned for the regressive congestion tax, every city, state, and federal government parking permit must be revoked, which would get traffic off the roads as well as out of bus stops, fire hydrant areas, no-parking zones, and off sidewalks. If the city is afraid to confront its own, putting them on the already overcrowded public transportation they tout for the rest of us, then they need to reconsider this transparently elitist express service for the well-to-do and well-connected with their endless belief in their own entitlement.

  2. Gotham Gazette - The Wonkster » Blog Archive » Parking Permits a Perk of the Job? Says:
    January 10th, 2008 at 10:56 am

    […] UFT blog Edwize reprinted Randi Weingarten’s letter to Mayor Bloomberg, objecting to his plan to reduce city-issued parking permits permits. Streetsblog fairly well tears apart her assertion that “Teachers are not abusers of parking […]

  3. Gotham Gazette - The Wonkster » Blog Archive » Parking Paradox Says:
    January 15th, 2008 at 6:32 pm

    […] Parking placards aside, the Bloomberg administration has a dual personality when it comes to cars. It talks the talk of wanting to get rid of them but, when it comes down to the nitty-gritty, instead of walking the walk, it all too often drives –- and parks. […]

  4. Gotham Gazette - The Wonkster » Blog Archive » Rumblings of a Placard Crackdown Says:
    April 9th, 2008 at 3:29 pm

    […] a sign that Bloomberg’s plans to reduce parking perks afforded to city employees weren’t just for show, Streetsblog reports that the Post reported […]

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