Thursday, June 18, 2015

DOT eliminates 1/3 permit spots in LIC municipal lot

City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer speaks out against the DOT's actions.
Credit: Juliet Papa/ 1010 WINS 

Residents in Long Island City are protesting a big change to a local municipal parking lot.  According to CBS News, the Department of Transportation converted 1/3 of the lot's permit parking spots to daily parking spots, as well as parking its own speed camera trucks on the ground floor of the lot. Residents say they now have to wait on line for hours for the chance to get one of the prized permit spots.  

City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer spoke out against using the parking lot for DOT vehicles. “Whoever’s idea this was, they need to be raked over the coals,” Van Vramer said. “This thing just stinks to high heaven. It’s dead wrong. It should be dead on arrival. It should never have been approved. The Department of Transportation has so many facilities all over the city of New York. They have land they can use under bridges where they park vehicles and store materials. They can and should do that there."

The DOT says it's looking into creating an online permit system.

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