What's Next For Albany Parking Permit Program?

May 19, 2014

  Albany's downtown residential parking permit program is experiencing growing pains. Officials are scratching their heads - permit applications are down by half in the program's second year - no one is quite sure why.
Albany's permit system restricts long-term parking for 2,750 spaces on residential blocks within 3/4ths of a mile of the Empire State Plaza to permit-holding residents.
 "I drive though there quite a bit to see a number of open spots during the day and I recognize that it's fairly easy to park now during the day." Albany Police Chief Steve Krokoff says new technology has made enforcement easier and more precise.  Assembly members Pat Fahy and John McDonald along with state Senator Neil Breslin have sponsored a bill that would expand the permit system's pilot period from two to four years so officials would have more data to use in determining whether the program is functioning as it should.  It sunsets February 15th of 2015. Should the measure fail to pass in June, the Legislature won't get another chance to vote on it until January 2015 - close to the expiration date.