RPP in Other Cities (More on Cong. $ing)

November 30, 2007 at 10:14 pm 1 comment

Found some interesting reading on residential parking permits (though no “twist” specified in this report), as already implemented by Boston and surrounding areas. It’s from the Boston Metropolitan Area Planning Council’s Web site and the reason I hit on it is because there was some discussion at last night’s PlaNYC Workshop in Forest Hills about how this sort of thing works in other cities.

With time comes recall, so another interesting thing I learned was that in Toronto, which also has an RPP program, there is a sizable charge for an RPP ($10.36/month). For a second car, the price more than doubles per month, creating an incentive to not own a second car. The DOT’s consultant said that this measure had been successful in reducing the number of people having second cars. For more on how Toronto handles things, click here.

Since car ownership-as-lifestyle is indisputably out of control in NYC, we should endeavor to learn about any strategies that stabilize those numbers, if not roll them back. And then get behind them.


Entry filed under: congestion pricing, Forest Hills.

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  • 1. Trudy  |  December 4, 2007 at 5:35 pm

    I attended a short portion of DOT’s workshop with the author of this blog. The more I think about RPP’s in Forest Hills, the more infuriated I become that we will probably be charged for them if they come to be. Firstly, DOT has only come to us because they have assessed we will be more negatively impacted than most neighborhoods in the city if congestion pricing is implemented. Secondly, I have not heard that they would implement RPPs throughout the city. (Correct me if I’m wrong, but we’ve been targeted with a few other communities and most programs start with pilots anyway.) So we will be burdened with this rather complicated permit system, requiring renewal and night permits for guests and other guest accommodations and more, AND we will have to pay for it. While I do appreciate that RPP ‘s are an effort to ameliorate negative impacts of congestion pricing, I find it unacceptable that all city residents won’t have to deal with it to park on their streets and all won’t have to pay. The city will be collecting a good deal of money from congestion pricing. I know it is necessary to put most of it into public transportation, but I feel strongly that some of that money should be used to administer the RPP’s in our neighborhood. We should not have to pay for permits at all!


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