NYC car sharing cars are allocated priceless on-street parking spaces
The NYC driving public is fit-to-be-tied, even though just 285 spaces are now ear-marked for NYC car sharing cars. Fair or Foul?
Let’s ask Elisa Ferreira, who was pushing her son, Mason, in a stroller through Hamilton Heights on a recent weekday, and complained that the 20 spots the city plans to remove from her neighborhood will just make the ordeal even worse.
“It’s already really hard to find parking,” Ms. Ferreira said. “It’s only going to be harder for us.’’ [Source: NY Times]
NYC car sharing pilot program
What’s the story, DOT?
In line with recent City Council legislation, the NYC Department of Transportation is running a two-year citywide pilot to designate 285 parking spaces in municipal parking facilities and on-street in select neighborhoods for the use of car sharing companies.
Carsharing is a service that gives members access to an automobile for short-term use ― usually by the minute, hour, or day ― at a cost that includes gas and insurance.
Ok, I get it. The NYC Council is to blame for this heinous law, but why’d they do it?
Because NYC car sharing has the potential to:
- Improve local air quality and reduce congestion – New Yorkers who use carshare drive less than those who own their own car. Less driving means cleaner air and fewer cars on city streets.
- Shorten your search for parking by ensuring that car-sharers always have a reserved space. Better yet, adding carshare spaces reduces personal car ownership, which benefits all drivers in the neighborhood by lowering the number of cars competing for the curb.
- Lower household transportation costs by providing reliable access to a car without annual car insurance and maintenance bills, tickets, and unexpected costs. You only pay for as much or as little as you drive.
- Improve access to services, friends/family, and recreation by making a car available when you need one.
This pilot aims to put car share within convenient reach of more New Yorkers to increase the mobility and financial benefits of the service for residents and the city as a whole.
How will we know which parking spaces are reserved for NYC car sharing?
The answer, you guessed it, is a parking sign.
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