Friday, May 29, 2015
LIC parking garage space crunch
More than 100 people spent hours waiting on line Wednesday morning, for a special permit in a multi-level parking garage in Queens.
And as CBS2’s Alice Gainer reported, the people in the queue said they have to do it every month now due to a policy change.
The drivers at the Court Square Municipal Parking Garage in Long Island City were stuck going through a long wait as they tried to secure their monthly parking passes.
For some, the nearly three-hour wait paid off with a coveted $200 permit.
But others waited in vain. A man said those in charge at the garage cut off the line and refused to issue anymore permits after a certain point.
The old policy for securing a monthly spot was much easier, according to Jim Rohan. And it didn’t involve first-come, first-serve lines.
“I’ve parked here for seven and a half years, Rohan said. “I signed up. I had a monthly spot every month. I’d pay my 200 bucks, and I was renewed for another month.”
Making matters worse the loss of space, drivers said.
According to the website for the city Department of Transportation, the Long Island City garage has 703 spaces, about 320 of which are reserved for permit holders. But now, they are only giving out 211 monthly permit passes because the DOT is using the spots for other purposes such as construction equipment storage.
I guess the city would rather have these folks drive into Manhattan. Who needs parking?