Bloomberg Drops Bomb: Parking Meter Rates Going Up

6 Months After Hike, Mayor Raises Residential, Commercial Costs

NEW YORK (CBS 2) — There was a new parking decree Monday from Mayor Michael Bloomberg. Drivers will no longer be “nickeled and dimed” to death when they park on city streets.

Instead, they’ll need dollars.

As CBS 2’s Marcia Kramer reports, metered parking is going up – again — as the mayor searches for more money to close his budget gap.

Bloomberg may be laying off city employees to close his budget gap, but there’s one job that seems secure — parking meter rate adjuster. The city just finished raising the cost of metered parking six months ago and now it’s going to do it again — just in time for New Years.

For the mayor, it’s the sound of music … music to his ears. It’s so good he’s doing it twice, raising parking meter rates for the second time in a year at more than 85,000 parking spots in all five boroughs.

But it’s definitely not music to the ears of drivers.

“I think the mayor should pay for it himself,” Upper West Side resident Jack Florin told Kramer. “Dip into his pocket instead of running for president in 2012, spending $150 million of his own money; I think he should put it to the city.”

“I may have to leave my job. It’s very painful. This city is very tough to survive in as it is and if you make it a lot tougher people will be leaving the city,” added Gene Beccali of Rockville Centre.

“He doesn’t want cars in New York City. It’s that simple,” said Jim Kober from Melville on Long Island, adding when asked how the mayor wants your money, “Oh sure, there never seems to be enough money in this city.”

In January parking rates will rise from 75 cents to $1 an hour in residential areas and from $2.50 to $3 an hour in commercial areas.

It was only six months ago that hourly rates went from 50 cents to 75 cents on residential streets and from $2 to $2.50 in commercial zones.

Officials said the city needs the money. The new hike will generate an extra $24 million and, they said, it’s still cheaper than a garage.

“The parking rate in Manhattan was very low. Historically the off streets are still far higher than the on street rates,” said Department of Transportation Deputy Commissioner Bruce Schaller. “I think people understand that the parking has been underpriced in Manhattan and understand the rationale behind the higher rates.”

At least one man Kramer spoke to does.

“I look at it this way: It’s a lot more cheaper than going into a parking lot. A parking lot can run you about $12 to $15 the first half hour,” said Dr. Henry Fishman of the Upper West Side.

The city also plans to expand a program called “Park Smart,” where parking rates in commercial areas are raised dramatically during peak hours to encourage turnover. Right now hourly rate in those areas is $3.75.

  • uptown Bonnie

    End socialized parking! Stop forcing 90% who don’t drive to subsidize the 10% who do.

  • moshe

    Not a king, just Napoleon,or maybe a little narcissism. The guy dose not give a hoot,
    He cant run for this office again no matter how much money he has.

  • Meter Maid

    Doubling the cost of parking from what it was a year ago. What a gift to Westchester businesses with their free parking and less crowds, and not having to constantly be on the lookout for meter pigs. Bloomberg must love the empty storefronts in the outer boroughs. Forget about the disaster the MTA made of public transit. It’s becoming more of a hassle to travel anywhere within NYC now. This is what a third term brings you. He’s now approaching Bush-like popularity, and he’ll bring hard working New Yorkers down in the process of pushing his own agenda. To Hell with the middle class. Thanks Voters.

  • Bloomberg Sucks

    The money is not for the city the money is for Bloomberg’s pocket.

  • adolph


    • Sk

      Don’t blame Jews for Boomberg’s falure in running this city! Youre’ generalization is unfair and you should apopogize for a stupid remark! Bloomberg is far from being Jewish anyway!

      Bllomberg became a different man once he came in to office a third time. Did he mention anything about these demands before running a third time? Many pople voted for obama and he hasn’t doen anything for this country either!

  • The Truth

    First its to pay all those welfare civil servant workers. Second there should be a Bloomberg Terminal tax of $200 per terminal per month. Those babies suck up a lot of energy. The tax should be imposed on Bloomberg LP.

  • Joey

    For all you fools that put him in office you all are getting just what you deserve. Now eat it and stop complaning or due something about it.

  • meter rate adjuster

    i agree doIT

  • meter rate adjuster

    one mans burden is another mans dinner

  • Johnny

    To all the fools who think it’s cheaper than a parking lot, clearly you haven’t considered all of the facts. The city delibrately shortens parking meter times to one hour to increase the likelihood of receiving a ticket and could care less about turnover. The parking rate of $3.75 for commercial vehicles is insane in addition to the tickets received for not being on time to feed the muni-meter. They should just come right out and say it’s a hidden tax. New York is turning into nothing more than a legal money grab aimed at the private sector to fund worthless, overpaid, and lazy public employees.

  • maddawg

    for all of those people that voted for the KING. Happy Kingdom

  • doIT

    every extra dollar earned should go back into the public transportation systems

  • Civil Servant

    Go Bloomberg Go……….. Please run for a 4th term. This will help pay for my next raise

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