Residents Angered By Expected Parking Meter Price Hike
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THROUGHOUT THE CITY. BUT IN THE FOUR BOROUGHS WHERE RATES ARE THE LOWEST, THEY COULD FEEL THE HIKE THE MOST. CBS 2 POLITICAL REPORTER MARCIA KRAMER REPORTS. Reporter: ASTORIA, QUEENS HAS A THRIVING BUSINESS DISTRICT WHERE YOU CAN STILL PARK FOR A DOLLAR AN HOUR, BUT NOT FOR LONG. TO FIGHT CONGESTION, THE CITY PLANS TO RAISE PARKING METER RATES ALL OVER THE CITY. BUT IN NEIGHBORHOODS LIKE ASTORIA, THEY ARE AFRAID IT WILL DRIVE CUSTOMERS AWAY. PEOPLE RELY HEAVILY ON THESE PARKING SPOTS TO GET IN AND OUT FOR OUR BUSINESS AND IF WE DON’T, UM, HAVE, YOU KNOW, AFFORDABLE PARKING, THEN THEY ARE MORE LIKELY NOT TO COME INTO THE AREA. Reporter: TRANSPORTATION COMMISSIONER POLLY TROTTENBERG SAYS SHE WANTS TO DEVELOP RATE ZONES BASED ON DEMAND MUCH LIKE SAN FRANCISCO’S WHERE PEOPLE PAY ANYWHERE FROM 50 CENTS TO $7 AN HOUR. NEW YORK CITY HAS AMONG THE LOWEST PARKING RATES RIGHT NOW COMPARED TO OTHER COMPARABLE CITIES. AS WE HAVE BEEN WORKING ON CONGESTION IN THE CITY, THE ISSUE OF PARKING AND HOW TO ADJUST RATES AND IMPROVE CIRCULATION AND TURNOVER HAS BEEN PART OF THAT. Reporter: THE COMMISSIONER POINTS OUT THAT 68% OF THE CITY’S ROUGHLY 85,000 PARKING SPOTS CHARGE A DOLLAR AN HOUR AND THAT WHAT SHE CALLED MODEST RATE INCREASES WOULD PROMOTE TURNOVER IN COMMERCIAL AREAS. PRESSED FOR DETAILS, THE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION SAID THE OUTER BOROUGH HOURLY RATE IS $4 IN MIAMI, $3 IN NIAGRA FALLS, $2 IN AKRON, OHIO, $1.60 IN ANN ARBOR, MICHIGAN, AND $1.60 IN DURHAM, NORTH CAROLINA. NEW YORKERS HAVE A MESSAGE FOR THE CITY. DON’T DO IT! PARKING IS DIFFICULT AS IT IS. AND THIS JUST ADDS ANOTHER IMPEDIMENT. I THINK WE PAY ENOUGH. Reporter: HOW SOON WILL IT COST YOU MORE TO GET ONE OF THESE FROM THIS MACHINE? A LOT SOONER THAN YOU THINK, BY THE END OF THE YEAR. IN ASTORIA, QUEENS, I’M MARCIA KRAMER, CBS 2 NEWS. RIGHT NOW THE PRICE FOR METERED PARKING BELOW 9th

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