Friday, 03 July 2009 00:00
The proposed parking garage is the eco-friendly solution for Port Washington’s current parking crisis. Please note that as it stands now, the majority of commuters in our town cannot park at the train station, and must either rent private parking spaces in town or rely on family members to drop them off in the morning and pick them up again in the evening. It is unnecessary, and frankly ridiculous, that many, if not most, of our residents who commute often find themselves stranded without a parking space at 7:15 in the morning.
The parking study referenced in Ms. Corcoran’s “Letters to the Editor Section” does indeed support the building of a parking garage at the train station and we encourage other residents to stop by the Port Washington Public Library to review the report themselves.
Moreover, Ms. Corcoran’s letter stated, incorrectly, that the parking garage would increase traffic and congestion in town. As Ms. Corcoran may not be aware, the delays in exiting the train station at peak hours are caused by the long queue of cars lined up to pick up commuters. The reason for this long queue is that the commuters have nowhere to park, and must be picked up by family members each evening, causing needless traffic and pollution.
Adequate parking would unquestionably decrease congestion in town and provide a better quality of life for our commuting population. It would also allow all commuters to park near the train, not only those who can afford to pay monthly fees for private parking.
The argument that commuters could solve this problem ourselves by simply walking to the train is hardly a viable option for our neighbors in Manorhaven, Port Washington North and Sands Point Villages. Carpools, while an excellent option currently employed by many residents, are not a sufficient solution on their own given the wide divergence of careers and schedules.
Understandably, a great deal of opposition to the garage comes from those who would be living closest to it. While their concern is understandable, the fact remains that a large percentage of Port residents are commuters who need convenient parking that is within walking distance to the train. As with any other municipal project, the needs of the many should control, versus the concerns of a few.
The exceptionally good railroad commute from Port Washington has made Port Washington a very desirable place to live and is one of the reasons that real estate in the area has retained its value. Helping to provide that benefit to more of our residents is a plus not a minus. The inconveniences that Ms. Cochran cites such as having to reroute the N23 bus, or forcing people to drive on another street if South Bayles becomes one way, are not material in view of the overall public benefit.
Ted and Paula Bier
Jessica and Colin Miller