New Yorkers have long complained about suburban commuters taking their parking spots, and now they have a group of elected officials on their side. Later today, a group of City Council members intend to introduce two separate bills that would create a residential parking program, giving preference to local residents over outside commuters.
A bill set to be introduced by Council member Ydanis Rodriguez, who represents Washington Heights and Inwood, would enforce a residential parking program citywide, whereas the bill being introduced by Council members Helen Rosenthal, Mark Levine, and Keith Powers would limit it to all of Manhattan above 60th Street, according to the New York Times.
NYC is one of the only major cities across the United States where such a residential parking program doesn’t exist. Many upstate cities like Albany and Buffalo have some form of residential parking, but similar proposals in NYC have never passed muster with the state legislature. A 2011 proposal to enforce residential parking in Brooklyn at the time when the Barclays Center opened failed at the state level, and some transit officials worry the same might happen this time around as well.