Residential Parking Permit Plan Revived

Residents with permits would get 80 percent of the spots in their neighborhood.

Tuesday, Nov 1, 2011  |  Updated 10:01 AM EDT
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Residential Parking Permit Plan Revived

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A new arena going up in Brooklyn has limited parking. This has given new life to an old plan for residential parking permits.

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The idea of giving parking permits to New York City residents is being revived.

A hearing is set for Wednesday on a state bill that would give the City Council and city Department of Transportation the authority to give out permits by neighborhood, according to the New York Post.

Parking permits for residents in neighborhoods where spots are scarce have been discussed for years, but the concept has never gotten off the ground. It was part of Mayor Bloomberg's congestion pricing plan that failed years ago.

Under the proposal, 80 percent of spots in a permitted neighborhood would be for drivers who hold a permit.

The permits would come with a cost, which has not been determined.

The idea has gained new attention amid the construction of a new arena in Prospect Heights. The Barclays Center has 18,000 seats but just 1,100 parking spots, and it has neighbors worried.

“Permit parking is long overdue in downtown Brooklyn, western Queens, upper Manhattan and other communities where residents must circle for hours trying to find parking near their homes,” state Sen. Daniel Squadron told the Post.

The council will decide whether it wants to endorse the plan with a home-rule message. The state Assembly supports it; the state Senate is undecided, according to the Post.

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