DOT Commissioner Jeanette Sadik-Khan has an op-ed in the Greenpoint Star about residential parking permits. For Williamsburg and Greenpoint, residential parking permits would be a significant part of the Mayor's congestion pricing plan. As it is, many people drive to Williamsburg and get on the L train. If congestion pricing goes into effect and it costs to drive to Manhattan, we can expect our neighborhoods to become even more of a park-and-ride lot. Residential permits would address this problem, while still allowing transient parking during the day.
The congestion pricing plan is an important issue for sustainability in New York City. The plan needs work in order to make it more equitable. But the concept itself is a good one, and it should not be scrapped to appease suburban drivers who contribute nothing to the City's infrastructure.