DOT Testing New Technology Aimed At Making Parking Easier In NYC

Sensors Set Up In The Bronx Could Hold Key To Approach In Other Boroughs

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Street parking could soon get a lot easier for drivers in the city. The Department of Transportation is launching a new program to take the stress out of finding a spot.

Crews spent Wednesday morning sliding in yellow, hockey-puck sized sensors in a first-of-its kind effort to put the pleasure back into New York City parking.

“It’s hard to park around this area, it’s not easy,” Belmont resident Ramiro Reyes told CBS 2’s Jessica Schneider.

The pilot program is on 187th Street in the Belmont section of the Bronx and if sucessful, would be expanded to other city neighborhood, 1010 WINS’ Terry Sheridan reported.

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Out-of-towners often flock to the area around Arthur Avenue, but parking can be a pain. Now, the DOT wants to change that.

“We’re hoping that people won’t have to circle looking for a space so it will ease congestion,” sad Catherine Matera with the NYC DOT.

Matera is the senior project manager for the initiative that will track open parking spaces in the Bronx.  It’s already been tested in San Francisco and Los Angeles, but officials want to know if it will work in New York City, where parking spaces aren’t marked and cars might not trigger the devices.

It’s also unknown if the sensors can survive the rain, snow and wear and tear of these streets.  All of this will be tested over the next two months and if it works drivers looking for a spot near 187th Street and Arthur Avenue will be able to log online by the summer to see what spots are open.

“If it works, that’s fine with me, because I drive every day,” Reyes said.

Business is always booming at M&G restaurant, and employees said one of the biggest complaints from their customers is just how hard it is to find parking.

“I think it’s a good idea for all the people who come to visit little Italy here,” employee Guillermo Marquez said. “A lot of times they complain, almost every day they complain about the parking. They get a lot of tickets on the street, yeah.”

If it passes muster, the program is set to kick off by spring in the other boroughs if this initial test-run in the Bronx works as planned.

What do you think of this idea? Do you think it will make parking easier? Sound off below in our comments section…

  • Felipe Estrada

    It will not last the first snow storm. Snow trucks will just scrap these sensors right up. LOL

    Next Idea. How about taking those same meters and make it so we can have an app that tells you when your time is about to be up? Auto refill meter utilizing account? or letting you know when the parking space available? (Parking Space will be available in 10 minutes) LOL

  • abner

    how do you stop 30 people all driving to the same spot?

  • Lou

    You get a ticket for texting, and talking on the phone while driving but they are going to allow you to check your smart phone to look for a parking spot. Can I sue the D.O.T. when I get a ticket or worse have an accident while driving distracted ?

  • Bullett

    There’s no such thing as easy parking in NYC……….duh!

  • George

    I thought that the general idea was to get people to use phones less while driving, this sounds like a plan for traffic chaos.

  • Stephanie

    No, because the spaces aren’t marked with lines. So if two cars park 1 foot apart or more, and don’t trigger the sensor, it will show as an open space, when it isn’t.

  • adam j. mack

    ”Street parking could get lot easier anywhere in nyc.”

  • loise

    there are so many other things that can be done to increase parking places.
    a lot of the no parking/no standing signs are outdated & are there for no reason / many bus stops are very long- they can be cut in half to make more places/ fire hydrants are either in the wrong place- killing extra space or not working at all.
    a lot of shuls, etc. have no parking in front when in reality most of the congregants would like these spaces opened up for parking.
    parking spaces should be delneated more clearly as many times 1 car takes up 2 spaces.

  • loise

    It Absolutely makes no sense!!

    Its another example of the DOT wasting money on things that are not worth it.

    First of all if a spot becomes available it will get occupied again before the first car pulls out of the parking. the people circling the block see the person just thinking of taking out his key they are impatiently waiting he should leave.

    2nd imagine a driver circling the block looking for a spot and holding his mobile devise in his hand to see where the next spot will become ava. And a cop hiding at the corner will pull him over and issue a summons for driving while texting….

    Not only that

    the cops will be designated to these 5 blocks to catch motorists who look on their mobile devise. Its only common sense from the NYPD. Its simply a no brainer! another place for good income

  • Nick

    Now ticket the a holes that takes up two spots.

  • dose

    better yet, NO free parking on the streets of manhattan. make people pay for what it’s really worth.

  • ksw

    Why do we waste money like this! I guess the Think Tank that thought of this never looked for parking in NYC.” When a parking space is free, it seldom takes over 1 minute for it to be occupied.” What we really need is parking spaces! We lost tons of those in the previous 2 Mayoral Administrations to the NYPD. Why do the NYPD get special treatment? “I have a job,they have a job,I pay for parking when I go to work, why don’t they?”

    • Chuck

      This a great idea

  • NativeNYCgirl

    Why don’t they just draw lines? That would make it easier on everyone !!!!!

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