Sunday, November 25, 2007

Park Place

Final reminder about the city's forum on the Congestion Pricing effect on transit hub neighborhoods.

11/29 Forest Hills, Queens
7:00-9:00 PM (Doors open at 6:30)
Forest Hills Jewish Center
106-06 Queens BoulevardForest Hills, NY 11375

If CP (Congestion Pricing) becomes law, we will see a lot more cars coming here polluting our air and congesting our streets instead of Manhattan's. The spirit of the law is to get people onto public transportation close to their homes - not move the traffic to anywhere but the richest sliver of land. To accomplish that we need resident parking permits otherwise we'll be a park and ride for Glendale, Kew Gardens Hills, and other nearby non-rail towns.

Forest Hills is the only area (besides inconvient-to-drive-to Woodside) with both an express subway and LIRR. Yes, Atlantic Ave and LIC have LIRR, but neither line goes into Penn Station. And there are TONS of parking garages here by the train (whose rates will no doubt skyrocket upon passage of the law). We need some kind of consideration for all we're giving up to solve someone else's problem. Traffic is everywhere in this city, CP will make it worse in Forest Hills.

See you on Tuesday. (11/26 correction - the 29th is Thursday).