Thursday, April 17, 2008

Free parking a big problem

The state legislature's refusal to approve Mayor Michael Bloomberg's plan to collect a fee from drivers entering the most congested parts of Manhattan leaves unanswered the question of how to finance construction of transportation infrastructure vital to the city's future. But on the narrower problem of reducing congestion, New York City has a pricing mechanism it can employ for use of the streets without asking Albany's permission: Parking.

Undervalued parking is a major enticement for people to bring cars to the city. In fact, the availability of free parking at or near the workplace is the single best predictor of whether someone will drive to work. Too many employers provide subsidized parking to their workers. And among those employers are all levels of government and the court systems.

Clearing New York City Streets


Anonymous said...

Screw You Mayor Bloombuck.

Manhattan does not belong to you. It belongs to New Yorkers. If someone needs to drive and park in the city for whatever reason, so be it. Get rid of your free park anywhere placards....

You are really getting on my nerves. We are in a recession. Leave our pocketbooks alone.

Ask your city council speaker for some of her hidden money.

You are a big baby that hates to lose. Revengeful is what you are.

Anonymous said...

Get rid of the taxi cabs. There are way too many in Manhattan. That is the congestion problem.

Give them a hefty fine when there are too many on the streets clogging up the avenues, cutting off buses and practically running over people.