May 9, 2013
Many NYC street parking meters, called Muni-Meters, go into effect for NYC parking at 9am. For people who might park at a NYC street parking meter at 8:30am for work, though, this means they have to go back to the meter at 9am and pay for their parking.
In mid-April 2013, NYC City Councilman David Greenfield (D-Brooklyn) introduced a bill that would require the NYC Muni-Meters to start accepting payment half an hour before meter requirements take effect.
On a positive note, many people will avoid the dreaded NYC parking ticket.
On the other hand, it could mean that people will park overnight — for free, and pre-pay the Muni-Meter to start at 9am.
March 21, 2013
We’ve been hearing about electric vehicles for a few years now. With huge gas savings, government tax credits for buying an electric vehicle, and free parking — these cars seem like a great option.
But lately the discussion has been questioning these subsidies, ie. if electric vehicles are so fantastic, why does there need to be so many incentives to encourage us to buy them? The Nissan Leaf starts at about $35,000.
At a parking conference last year, one session focused solely on parking demand and supply for electric vehicles:
- If we make a car owner pay for the electricity, should we give him free parking?
- What is someone parks in a garage for 8 hours and uses only 2 hours of a battery charge? That takes away the space for other people to park.
- If you offer electric car charging stations at on-street parking, the space needs to be handicapped-accessible.
- Can we give someone free electric charging and charge more for the parking?
In NYC, Edison Parking began offering electric vehicle charging stations in 21 NJ & NYC garages in February 2011. Edison offered free charging for the first six months. Read more…
January 24, 2013
For nearly 10 years, we’ve been hearing about this fantastic new way you’ll be able to find parking — either street parking or garage parking. Here at Park It! Guides, we published an annual guidebook to the 1,100 NYC parking garages for three years. We stopped to focus on finding you NYC monthly parking because we knew there would be a way to share this information electronically, and have been working with parking garage owners and operators on that project.
In the last few years, we’ve heard from probably 20 companies that tell us about their great technology but can’t figure out how to make it work in NYC. And I hear that there are likely another 40 – 50 start-ups trying to do the same thing.
A few companies are seeing some success providing parking information via mobile apps, usually covering a small region. We found that whilst you can build great technology, you first need the actual location and rates for the parking garages to have a successful product. Read more…
December 7, 2012
Effective May 12, 2012, you may use a NYC Muni-Meter Receipt ONLY at a NYC street parking space that is the same or lesser value of the receipt.
So if you buy parking for $2 per hour in Queens, you cannot use that receipt in Manhattan for a $3 per hour parking space. You can use the receipt for a $2 per hour or $1 per hour space in any NYC borough.
Whilst it’s unlikely that the NYC traffic enforcement officer is going to check every single Muni-Meter receipt on every single dashboard, we talked today with someone who got this very NYC parking ticket. The fine for the NYC parking violation was $65.
November 15, 2012
NYC is running a budget shortfall, and Mayor Bloomberg is hoping to raise NYC street parking meter rates as part of the effort to close the budget.
The budget gap is $2.5 billion in fiscal year 2014, and Bloomberg is planning to increase the cost of NYC school lunches and lay off some city workers to save $1.7 billion over the next two years. We’re also going to see an increase in NYC street parking meter rates.
- South of 96th St in Manhattan: Increase from $3 to $3.50/hour
- 96th St – 110th St in Manhattan: Increase from $1 to $1.50/hour
- Lower Manhattan: New metered spaces will be installed in currently free or no parking zones.
- City Parking Lots & Garages: Hourly and long term parking rates to increase
No word on when the increase for the NYC parking meters will happen.
June 5, 2012
Free Parking in NYC. We all want it, we all deserve it. So why is it so hard to find? Because there are nearly 1 million cars driving into Manhattan every day and probably another 60,000 cars owned by local residents who are already parking on the street. A number of websites and mobile apps have popped up to help people find NYC street parking. These apps typically focus on showing where you can parking legally, or using a crowd-sourcing model where users offer and claim street parking spaces. Here’s a wrap-up of some of these sites and apps:
NYC Department of Transportation Parking Signs are shown in this full map of every single NYC parking sign for each block, and where the sign is located on the block. There are some flaws, such as the site doesn’t explain the confusing NYC parking regulations in NYC like No Standing, No Parking, and No Stopping. The site also doesn’t tell you which way a one-way sign is pointing – a critical element in a city of one-way streets. The site would be helpful as an app.
Roadify started out as an online system of buying and selling NYC street parking availability in Brooklyn, with users earning and spending credits for parking. The app continues to win Read more…
May 25, 2012
Following in the footsteps of Chicago, Indianapolis, Sacramento, Harrisburg PA, and other cities, NYC is considering leasing NYC parking meters to an outside company. This private company would ideally leverage current technology to:
- reduce congestion and get you to your parking spot faster using real-time NYC street parking occupancy data from companies like Streetline,
- bring in more revenue with remote payment options via telephone, text, or online.
What would the NYC government still do?
April 27, 2012
Your dreams of finding better and/or cheaper NYC parking faster is one step closer to coming true. Streetline, a company we’ve written about before, just got a $25 million line of credit from Citibank. Here’s the scoop:
When Streetline moves in to a town or NYC, it puts sensors in every NYC street parking space. When you park, a real-time database knows that space is occupied. Ideally, you can register your car and pay remotely, and even add more time to the meter up to the maximum time you can park at that NYC parking meter.
All that real-time data will tell the city where there are available spaces to park on the street, and where the streets are full. The city can raise or lower the street parking meter rates to balance out the supply and demand so there is an occupancy rate of 70%, or 80%, or the level that is appropriate to make sure that you can find a parking space. Kind of cool, huh?
The next step is to involve NYC parking garages, so you can choose to search for street parking or get a guaranteed space in a NYC parking garage. It might cost more that parking on the street, but you’ll save heaps of time circling for a spot.
February 28, 2012
Why isn’t most NYC parking free? The street is public property, right?
If all street parking were free, then many people wouldn’t move their cars and people wouldn’t be able to find an empty spot. So charging for on-street parking is a way to manage the supply and demand, plus generate revenue for NYC to maintain the city. And since street parking is highly sought after, NYC can charge for it based on its value to drivers.
When it comes to NYC parking, you have three choices: the first two are a non-metered, free parking space on the street, or try to find a vacant metered space. If that fails, there are 1,100 NYC parking garages in Manhattan alone that will take your car, make sure it isn’t stolen or damaged, and charge you appropriately for it.
But we found at least 20 ways to save on both NYC street and NYC garage parking. If you think of any more ways, let us know!
NYC Street Parking
- Non-Metered Streets: there are many streets in residential areas where there is free parking on the street. Usually in the E 60s and above, or the W 70s and above. Read more…
February 7, 2012
New Yorkers can stop complaining about the cost of NYC street parking, at least for a few minutes. The news just came in that Vancouver street parking is actually the most expensive street parking in North America, at $5.75 per hour.
But NYC and Chicago are close behind at $5.00, and then San Francisco at $4.25.
And if you overstay your NYC parking meter? Then you, along with folks in San Francisco, will be paying the highest amount for your NYC parking ticket, at $65 each.
The survey, done by the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, showed that:
Hourly Parking Meter Rates
1. Vancouver — $5.75 (lowest rate is 1.00)
2. New York City & Chicago — $5.00 ( NYC’s Greenwich Village is highest while lowest rate is $2.50 in downtown, Chicago’s lowest rate is $1.50) Read more…