Monday, September 15, 2008

Private schools have their own parking spaces

Public school teachers have had most of their golden parking passes pulled - but private schools with city-sanctioned parking spots have been left untouched by Mayor Michael Bloomberg's effort to unclog city streets.

At least a dozen swanky private Manhattan schools, from elementary schools to colleges, have "faculty vehicles only" zones designated in front of their buildings, a Post survey found.


Their public school counterparts will have their city-issued parking placards slashed 80 percent as of Oct. 1 - with the number reduced from 63,390 to 11,150.

The mayor should be applauded for the cuts, said advocacy group Transportation Alternatives, but the private school handouts are unjustified.

"We need a full accounting of these parking privileges," said spokesman Wiley Norvell. "A lot of these are private institutions, it's not going out on a limb to say they should provide private parking."

Whoa - I thought TA's stance was that providing parking for employees was bad because it encouraged them to drive instead of take public transportation. They can't even keep their position straight but we should let them shape our transportation policies?


Anonymous said...

I think you misinterpreted TA's quote.

Queens Crapper said...

How did I do that? The way to phrase it should have been, "A lot of these are private institutions, it's not going out on a limb to say the city should not be providing them with parking."

Instead, they said the institutions should provide parking for their employees. Not TransitChek, but parking! I am actually glad that they are no longer car hating.

Anonymous said...

Wow, Crapper, with insightful commentary like that, your blog is leading the way.