Nov. 1, 2018 By Christian Murray
The cost to park in a metered spot went up in Queens today.
The new rates to park in the commercial districts of Astoria, Long Island City, Sunnyside, Woodside, Jackson Heights, Forest Hills and Ridgewood—deemed Zone 2—have gone up from $1 per hour to $1.50.
In downtown Flushing the cost has been hiked from $1 per hour to $2 per hour.
Outside the bustling commercial districts in Queens, the cost will go up from $1 per hour to $1.25.
The DOT announced the roll out in August, with rates going up in Brooklyn in September and Manhattan in October.
The DOT said that the hikes are the first time since 2013 that the rates have gone up.
The hardest hit areas are in lower Manhattan and midtown where passenger rates increased from $3.50 per hour to $4.50.
For a full list of the zones, click here
They should be charging $5 per hour, that way people move their cars more often. It costs $1 million to pave 1 mile of road bed.
$1.50/hour is still much too cheap. The City is leasing very valuable real estate for people to store their cars at way below market-rate prices. Of course, that’s nothing compared to the copious rent-free car storage that the City is allowing in non-metered spaces.
Triggered snowflake alert
It is not free. We pay for it in real estate taxes either as property tax or as part of our rent payment to our landlord.
Our taxes pay for public goods like education, police, parks, and libraries which benefit the community. They don’t pay for private goods like storing a private vehicle on a public right of way.