Written by Jackie Pierangelo Friday, 12 February 2010 00:00
The Port News caught up with TONH Councilman Fred Pollack last week and gave an update on the various parking and traffic improvements the town is currently working on.
At the TONH Board meeting on Jan. 26, the board authorized issuance for RFPs (Request for Proposals) to design a public means of transportation for commuters for the Port Washington LIRR station during the morning rush hours and to their home areas during the evening rush hour. These proposals will also have a component for developing a shuttle service for the business community during the day.
The proposal will tell the board how many vans are needed and what the most effective routes will be based on traffic conditions in town. The councilman stressed that the plan presented must be “convenient and get the commuters to work and back home on time.” He added, “If a commuter misses a train once, he/she may not use the service again.”
Will there be a cost for this? Pollack said that he hopes not, but cannot speak for his fellow board members. “It also depends upon the cost to the town,” he noted.
Part of the proposal process will include a survey of commuters to determine how much they would be willing to pay for the shuttle, he said. “Commuters will be saving on the daily station parking fee and also the wear and tear on their vehicles,” he pointed out. “We want to make it as attractive as possible to the commuters because this could help alleviate the parking space shortage at the station.”
In terms of adding more parking areas at the LIRR station, the town authorized the expenditure of $5,500 to be paid to the firm of Smith Valuation Services to appraise the market value of the property located at 50 South Bayles Avenue. (This is the home that burned down last year.)
A similar authorization in the amount of $4,800 was given to Smith Valuation Services for the property located at 2 Franklin Avenue (the empty parking lot next to the Elks Club on Haven Avenue).
“These two properties could add between 60 and 70 parking spots near the train station,” Pollack noted.