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Town of Hempstead Continuing to Develop Parking Pilot Program

The Town said that improvements still have to be done before the program launches.

While there has been chatter about a pilot parking program coming to the Bellmore and Merrick railroad stations, the Town of Hempstead said that nothing is set in stone yet.

According to Mike Deery, town spokesman, the Town is still involved in meetings and creating field maps of the parking lot to help better develop this pilot program.

"There is no date yet as to when this will launch. It depends on when our engineering department is done with the maps and the LIRR reviews the maps. We may decide that the plans need a little more tweaking," he said.

According to Claudia Borecky, president of the North and Central Merrick Civic Association and chair of the LIRR Parking Committee, the proposed program currently states that about 10 percent of the parking would be restricted to Town of Hempstead permit holders. The permit would cost residents $3 annually.

Deery also said that although the parking concern is top priority, there are a few other issues that need to be taken into consideration, including the fact that there are people that go to the city infrequently that will still need places to park.

"There are a variety of issues that go beyond the permits and we want to make sure those people are taken into consideration," Deery said.

Deery also explained that permit parking in the other stations, such as Seaford and Wantagh, may have evolved and the pilot program at the Bellmore and Merrick stations may do the same, depending on the outcome.

"We suspect that there may have been changes and additional permit spaces were added as needed [at other stations]. There has been no significant call for permits at Bellmore and Merrick in the past, but now that there is a call, the Town wants to be able to accommodate those residents as much as possible," Deery said.

paul May 27, 2012 at 04:17 PM
All the lots should be open to anybody and everybody who uses the railroad. The towns that currently have a permit should have all the permits removed. You are paying to use the railroad. If the parking is included so-be-it. If they want changes they should have it gated with tickets and pay when you exit for the time used whether it be by the day or hour..... For ALL the lots in Nassau and Suffolk county..........
Beth Goldstein May 27, 2012 at 04:36 PM
Nancy hit the nail on the head. It's going to get a lot worse on the other fronts with permits. What many fail to realize is that you're being used in a self fulfilling political strategy. Next election, you can bet that the civic sponsors of this bill will be touting how they fixed the parking problem. That's what it's all about. Just to give an update on the parking situation behind the Foodtown on Merrick Ave. As of yesterday, the livery cars are gone from the parking lot, and it seems a few have relocated into the Borecky's driveway. However, there are still a stretch limo and a large passenger van on Johnson St, still making it EXTREMELY dangerous for anyone wishing to cross the street. Mrs. Borecky, please remove these last vehicles from our neighborhood. Thanks for your cooperation! Beth
Theresa Smith June 01, 2012 at 04:59 AM
As far as I recall levittown, wantagh, seaford, eastmeadow, are all still in the town of hempstead and I don't recall the last time the railroad had a stop in eastmeadow or uniondale so for some reason I dont think this pilot program will make any more space for " Bellmore" residents in the lots.. Instead it will just give the TOH one more tax to collect and one more expene for everyone living in the TOH ... Next you'll be complaining about street parking and meters will show up.. Enough !!! Permits meters.. Stop the whining... Either get there early or learn to walk from the far end of the lots.
Frank T June 01, 2012 at 07:13 PM
Merrick and Bellmore residents should be walking to the station. If anyone needs a permit it's East Meadow and Levittown residents. Actually I am against the whole permit idea, just another tax and government bureaucracy.
Chris Wendt September 02, 2012 at 12:35 PM
I hear that there will now be 100 parking spaces reserved in Bellmore for Town of Hempstead residents. Nothing (at this time) for Merrick. 100 spaces is less than the seating capacity of two (2) LIRR cars. There are 16 AM rush-hour trains out of Bellmore to Penn Station, Brooklyn, or Jamaica, each with 8-12 cars. That's roughly 160 railroad passenger cars leaving Bellmore each weekday morning, of which less than two have parking spaces reserved. I realize this is not an exact science, but by comparison, Wantagh has three commuter parking lots restricted or partially restricted to ToH residents with permits. For Bellmore, 100 spaces is a start. A very small start. But...Merrick?

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