DOT Announces Parking Improvements In Sunnyside
The city Department of Transportation (DOT) Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan, Councilmember Jimmy Van Bramer, Congressmember Joe Crowley and state Senator Michael Gianaris announced that short term metered parking is being added and parking regulations are being adjusted along Queens Boulevard in Sunnyside to make parking more accessible for motorists, especially the customers of local businesses lining the corridor. Recently, DOT reprogrammed more than 150 longterm meters from 33rd Street to Greenpoint Avenue to give motorists the option to pay for fewer than 12 hours at those spaces. To build on this effort, 60 muni-meter spaces under the elevated No. 7 train will be converted to a four-hour maximum time limit starting in October. The weekday regulation signs that read, No Standing 7 a.m. to 10 a.m., on the north curb of westbound Queens Boulevard from 48th Street to 32nd Place also will be eliminated and the existing two-hour munimeter regulations will be extended, going into effect at 8 a.m. to provide more parking opportunities for motorists looking to access businesses in this area. DOT studied these changes at the request of Van Bramer.
“Through collaboration with the DOT, and in response to requests from the community, I am thrilled to announce these two major changes to the parking landscape of Queens Boulevard in Sunnyside,” said Councilmember Jimmy Van Bramer. “These 60 new muni-meter spaces will reduce commuter parking, which gobbled up space for an entire day, preventing the turnover that many small businesses desire. In addition, the lifting of rush-hour parking restrictions is a common sense approach that balances traffic concerns with that of local residents and owners who welcome the additional parking spaces in their neighborhood. These changes are a major victory for the people of Sunnyside, and I am proud to deliver this result.”
DOT evaluated conditions along westbound Queens Boulevard during the morning peak hours and found that the No Standing regulation could be eliminated without significantly impacting traffic flow, allowing metered parking hours to begin two hours earlier and street cleaning regulations to be added daily from 7:30 a.m. to 8 a.m. These changes, along with the updates to the 60 meters that allow for four-hour parking, will be implemented on Oct. 31. Overall, the adjustments establish a better balance for short- and long-term parking availability that is aligned with the community’s needs. The agency will continue to monitor these adjustments after implementation for possible fine-tuning in the future.
“Those of us living and working in Sunnyside have experienced the frustrations of parking regulations and other city services that do not serve our community but only benefit those passing through the neighborhood,” said Gianaris. “Sunnyside is a great and growing community that is seeing more and more young families move to it every day. I am pleased that these parking regulations are being changed to better reflect the needs of our community members and small businesses, which will allow Sunnyside to continue to flourish.”