Senator Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr. introduced a bill (S.2488) requiring the City of New York to provide an equal number of public parking spaces for those spaces that have been eliminated in order to accommodate their buses.
“Local businesses relying heavily on customer accessibility and parking availability have experienced great hardships as a result of city projects eliminating critical parking spaces,” said Addabbo. “A major part of the redesigned roadway along Cross Bay and Woodhaven Boulevards eliminated public parking spaces which has had a detrimental impact on the small businesses located along the route as customers are not able to gain access to these merchants. Since small businesses are the heart of the thriving economy in a community, ample parking must be made available,”Addabbo said.
In November 2017, the Select Bus Service in Queens went into effect in an effort to bring increased reliability for bus passengers, as well as greater safety to pedestrians and motorists. This legislation ensures that when future projects are put forth, the City of New York dedicates an equal quantity of publicly available commercial or residential parking spots within a one-block radius for each parking spot that is eliminated or removed.
The bill was referred to the Senate Transportation Committee.