Second-year savings on Barclays Center operations: remote parking and shuttle buses axed (but what about cracking down on street parking violations?)
|The original map for remote parking|
We know they've talked about cutting back on staff -and, as I explain separately, they're not only reducing low-level employees, it also looks like the top guy is gone.
But what about those shuttle buses? They were supposed to deliver arena-goers who chose cheaper remote parking, located in lots a mile away near Atlantic Avenue and Boerum Place in Downtown Brooklyn.
But they were hardly used, and now they're gone..
What happened to remote parking?
The only lots that are part of the parking module are within a ten-minute walk of the arena (though surely people who want to park at those remote lots can simply show up and buy a space, rather than pre-pay online).
|Currently available parking facilities|
Then again, the remote parking wasn't used not because drivers overwhelmingly chose the closer-in parking.
It was because a larger share of people walked, arena attendance was smaller than projected, more took public transit, and--crucially--a good number of those who drove sought free parking on local streets.
What was required
According to the December 2009 Amended Memorandum of Environmental Commitments that Forest City Ratner signed with Empire State Development, the arena developer was supposed to:
After collecting data, "subject to ESDC approval, which approval shall not be unreasonably withheld, [Forest City] may adjust the elements of the program," the memo states. That's reasonable.(a) provide remote parking facilities (e.g., facilities located at MetroTech, Long Island Hospital or other appropriate facilities at the western end of Atlantic Avenue near the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway) containing an aggregate of at least 500 spaces at a 50 percent discount from rates for FCRC-controlled parking at or near the arena;(b) arrange for free shuttle bus service between the remote parking facilities described above and the arena;
But wouldn't it also be reasonable to crack down on continued illegal parking and idling?
Last year, I published the parking rates, with service charge, for the first event at the arena, the 9/28/12 Jay-Z concert. There was supposed to be a 20% for HOV vehicles:
- 700 Pacific St.: $32.83 HOV; $41.04; $51.30 SUV
- 253 Ashland Place: $20.52
- 62 Rockwell Place: $20.50
- 395 Flatbush Avenue: $15.05 HOV; $18.47
- 300 Livingston St: $12.87 HOV; $15.59
- 800 Union St.: $9.25 HOV; $11.06
- 625 Atlantic Ave.: $36.94 HOV
- 752 Pacific (official lot): $39.20
- 625 Atlantic: $40.32
- 669 S Portland: $39.20; SUV: $56.00
- 700 Pacific: $39.20; SUV: $50.40
- 63 Rockwell Place: $22.40
- 470 Vanderbilt: $17.00
- 180 Ashland: $15.00; SUV: $20.16
- 470 Hudson: $20.16
- 300 Livingston: $17.00
- 103 DeKalb: $19.04
- 525 Clinton: $22.40; SUV: $28.00
- 800 Union: $12.00