Squadron: DOT's Rejection of Residential Parking Permits Near Barclays is 'Troubling'

Parking permit system is "long overdue," Squadron says.

State Senator Daniel Squadron reacted strongly to the Department of Transportation's rejection of residential parking permits (RPP) near the Barclays Center Saturday, saying denying residents parking in their own neighborhood is "particularly troubling." 

"A permit system is long overdue in neighborhoods where residents spend hours circling for parking near their homes -- especially on the overcrowded streets surrounding New York City's stadiums and major business districts," Squadron said in a statement.

Squadron, the Senate sponsor of legislation that would bring RPP to New York City communities that want the program, urged his colleagues to pass the bill, saying it "empowers communities while protecting small businesses, reducing congestion, and helping fund our subways and buses." 

The Squadron legislation, which is also sponsored by Assemblymember Joan Millman, would allot at least 20 percent of spots on streets with RPP to non-permit parkers, would not be allowed on commercial streets and public hearings would be required before implementation of RPP in a neighborhood.

The Department of Transportation released a study July 6 that , and that residential parking permits won’t be needed.

The report cited Yankee Stadium in the Bronx as an example of why permit parking would not be necessary in the Brooklyn neighborhoods surrounding the 18,000-seat arena.

"Most fans who drive to games at Yankee Stadium park off-street. Of the 10 percent of fans who park on-street, most park in an area within a few blocks of the stadium. Throughout most of the area around Yankee Stadium, parking occupancies remain low enough that residents generally have spaces available to them during Yankee games," the report says.

Parking will be less of an issue at Barclays Center because it “will have a smaller seating capacity and even better transit accessibility," the report said.

Jenny July 14, 2012 at 06:33 PM
i think Senator Squadron should be applauded for his efforts to support both residents and local businesses in this matter. How is it possible they won't be impacted?
Sassafras Morgana July 14, 2012 at 08:35 PM
NO person who lives in the suburbs should make quality of life decisions about those who do not!! Period!!!! Parking is already an issue here in the shadow of Barclays Center. And it promises to get worse, soon.
Katina V. Vazquez July 16, 2012 at 02:44 PM
Parking is already an issue for the residents in that area. The fire department and the police department hog up all the parking spots and the sidewalks. The residents literally have to walk in the street because the 78th precinct parks their cars on the sidewalk as it is. Then when the church on Dean Street has service, the cars are double parked between 6th & Carlton Avenue. If they really wanted to fix the parking problem, they would take the lot HPD uses for their employees and make a multi leveled parking lot for the Fire Department, Police Department and HPD since they are all city agencies which would allow the actual residents to park and the church goers won't have to double park.
Martha July 16, 2012 at 04:21 PM
Really glad senator squadron is making an issue out of this. it is quite troubling, as he said
Thomas Marveaux July 18, 2012 at 12:34 AM
Anyone who is going to a game at Barclays Center will be UNABLE to find parking. Like Ms. Vazquez said above, you have HPD and the precinct taking up parking on Bergen and 6th, if there is a function at the park you have double parking on Bergen also. Then on Dean, you have the Fire Dept and church attendees double parked. If there is a function at the park there is MORE double parking. So you have an area that is already congested, and honestly I'm not sure if a parking permit could help this situation. I drive in and around this area every single day and see so many cars with out of state license plates parked around there that it is ridiculous. Who are the REAL residents? And if you are one of those that LIVES in the area with the Pennsylvania, Ohio, North Carolina, South Carolina, Minnesota and many other plates, then you should be switching that over and pay the same insurance and registration fees that I have to with my car as a resident of New York. I really don't want to hear anyone who has their car registered somewhere else and living here asking for special parking permissions. I understand commuters and relatives, but some people are actually taking advantage of New York's non enforcement of the new resident rules and motor vehicles.


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