New Muni-Meters, New Charges
The changeover to the new charges for parking in New York City has finally hit Rockaway. Over the weekend new Muni-Meters were put in place both on Beach Channel Drive and Beach 129 Street. All of the meters in Rockaway now require a quarter for 15 minutes, rather than the old rate, which was a quarter for 20 minutes.
Department of Transportation workers were also seen reprogramming the existing Muni-Meters on Beach 116 Street on Sunday morning.
The meter hikes which went into effect starting July 18, according to the New York City Department of Transportation, took nearly two months to finally hit portions of the Rockaways.
Some Rockaway residents and merchants argued back in January, when the city first proposed to raise rates, an increase from 75 cents per hour to $1 would do nothing but deter business from the commercial areas of Rockaway.
The rate increase could help raise $700 million in additional revenue for the DOT. Muni-Meters are also expected along Beach Channel Drive from Beach 116 Street to Wainwright Court (next to the MGP, between the Freeway and Beach Channel Drive) and along Rockaway Beach Boulevard from Beach 109 Street to Beach 116 Street.
Published reports indicated this week that in addition to the increased parking rates, motorists are also reporting that they are getting tickets for using their Muni-Meter tickets in multiple parking spaces. According to DOT, you can use your unexpired time at another spot in the city, but many motorists who challenge the tickets are losing that argument in court, despite the policy.