Support Residential Parking Permits

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Council Member Letitia James and Brooklyn Speaks Urge the Community to Speak Up for Residential Permit Parking in Central Brooklyn!

State legislation required to limit consequences of Barclays Center traffic

WHAT: Hearing of the New York City Council Committee on State and Federal Legislation
WHEN: Wednesday, 11/2 at 10:30AM
WHERE: 250 Broadway, 14th Floor

According to the Empire State Development Corporation, when the Barclays Center opens in September 2012, an expected 35% of arena patrons, or as many as 5,600 cars will travel to the site for each of the projected 220 events held each year. If nothing is done before to mitigate this volume of traffic, there will be an increased risk of vehicular, pedestrian and bicycle accidents that already make Atlantic Avenue Brooklyn’s most dangerous road. This barrage of traffic is also expected to cause significant delays at more than half of the intersections within a half mile of the arena. And it will result in almost 3,000 arena patrons taking curbside parking spots in Park Slope, Boerum Hill, Fort Greene, and Prospect Heights.

Among all of the impacts to neighborhood character and quality of life that will come from locating Atlantic Yards’ arena within residential communities, none are of greater consequence to more residents than the traffic generated from arena events. But, there is a way to reduce the demand for our local streets. It’s called “residential permit parking,” or RPP, and it’s been effective in other cities, like Boston and Chicago, where sports facilities are located in densely-populated areas. By limiting on-street parking during arena events to local residents, RPP will create a disincentive for arena patrons to drive, reducing congestion and making streets safer.

New York City requires authorization from the State legislature before it can implement RPP. On Wednesday, 11/2 at 10:30AM, the City Council will hear testimony on legislation authorizing the City to enact residential permit parking programs in the five boroughs.

The BrooklynSpeaks sponsors and Council Member James implore you to participate in this critical hearing and make your voice heard.

****UPDATE****
In the comments section (click the “replies” link below to view) you will find text for an email that you can send if you can not be at the hearing, the email addresses didn’t come through, so here they are:

Domenic M. Recchia, Jr.: drecchia@council.nyc.gov
Erik Martin Dilan: Edilan@council.nyc.gov
Lewis A. Fidler: LFidler@council.nyc.gov

Chair –
Helen D. Foster: hfoster@council.nyc.gov

Others –
Elizabeth S. Crowley: ecrowley@council.nyc.gov
Joel Rivera: Joel.Rivera@council.nyc.gov
Larry B. Seabrook: cmseabrook12@yahoo.com

3 thoughts on “Support Residential Parking Permits

  1. I am not able to attend this hearing on 11/2 due to employment but is very much interesting in permit parking due to the problems I have finding parking every day in the neigborhood.

  2. For those interested in getting involved, but not able to attend, here is a list of the city council members on the committee and their emails:
    Brooklyn –
    Domenic M. Recchia, Jr.
    Erik Martin Dilan ,
    Lewis A. Fidler ,

    Chair –
    Helen D. Foster ,

    Others –
    Elizabeth S. Crowley ,
    Joel Rivera ,
    Larry B. Seabrook

    And here’s an email you can copy and paste:

    Subject: Request Permission from the State to Create Residential Parking Permits
    Dear Councilmember,

    As a resident of Brooklyn, I feel it is in the best interests of the Committee on State and Federal Legislation to request permission from the state to create residential permit parking for the area surrounding the soon-to-be-built Barclays Center in the Prospect Heights area of Brooklyn. According to the Empire State Development Corporation, when the Center opens next year, up to an estimated 3,000 cars will look for parking in the surrounding neighborhood for each of the 220 events happening there each year. Aside from the inconvenience to residents looking for parking themselves, this will create traffic congestion and, more importantly, dangerous conditions. With Atlantic Avenue already Brooklyn’s most dangerous road, vehicular, bicycle, and pedestrian accidents will increase from the added strain, especially with so many drivers unfamiliar with the area. By enacting legislation to create residential parking permits, there will be a disincentive to drive, which will benefit all the parties involved in a number of ways. Fewer spots outside of the stadium will mean higher profits for the stadium itself if it charges for parking. It will mean higher profits for the MTA, as more people will take public transportation, which also benefits the environment. And of course, it will benefit the residents by keeping our streets less congested and safer. I hope that you will see the importance of this issue.

    Thank you for your time,
    [insert your name here]

  3. Never mind the Barklays Center. I can’t find a parking space now because people from other areas as well as other cities are coming into my community early mornings and parking on my street and taking the subway into the city for work. There should most definitely be parking permit but not just for the Barclays Center area. It’s a city wide problem and should be addressed ASAP.
    One day I could plenty of parking the next there was nothing. This happened better than a year ago.

    671 St. John’s Place
    Brooklyn, 11216

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