UWS transportation committee push to eliminate free street parking

Kimberly Dole
November 21, 2019 - 11:27 am

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- Parking in New York City may soon vanish if a local transportation committee in Manhattan gets their way.

The group is pushing to permanently eliminate free street parking in the city. 

"I don't want to pay rent for myself and pay rent for my car, if that makes sense," one Upper West Side resident said.

Committee chairman Howard Yaruss told the NY Times that traffic in the committee’s 50-block stretch of the Upper West Side is already “terrible” and he is sure it will only get worse.

Gus, who works overnight at an Upper West Side diner, doesn't like the idea. "If i park in the garage, I have to pay $40 - $50 a day. So why I have to come to work?

Crowding has caused the city to create the 14th Street busway and bike lanes which also eliminates parking spaces in the process.

The elimination of free parking spaces would force drivers to move, pay for a parking garage or sell their car.

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