City Council Approves Residential Parking Permit Plan
NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) -- The New York City Council has approved a proposal to create residential parking permits.
The plan calls for parking in some areas of the city to be by paid permit only. The idea is to make it easier for residents to find parking near their homes.
But the measure requires the backing of the State Legislature.
Both of the two Republican senators in the city oppose the measure, so it's not likely to pass the GOP-controlled Senate.
The local parking issue is a big concern in Brooklyn neighborhoods near the new Barclays Center, which is set to open next year with only limited space in its parking lot.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg supported residential parking permits as part of his failed congestion pricing plan, but now says he's not so sure. He's worried about parking for local businesses.
Under the proposal, some of the permit fees would go into New York City Transit to improve bus and subway service.
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