UA-8412995-1 The Southport Globe: Fairfield, Southport RR parking fees could rise 23.5%

Monday, March 26, 2012

Fairfield, Southport RR parking fees could rise 23.5%

Fees for commuters who park at the Fairfield and Southport railroad stations are on track for a 23.5 percent increase. The Parking Authority on Thursday reached a consensus to raise the annual cost of a parking permit at the downtown train station from $340 to $420, and the annual cost of a permit at the Southport station from $230 to $285. The authority also voted to begin charging people who park in handicapped spaces at the two train stations. That cost would be either the daily parking fee of $6 or the annual cost of a regular permit. The authority also voted to increase the annual cost of a bike locker from $25 to $30. The Parking Authority needs to hold a public hearing on the proposed rate hikes before the planned effective date of July 1. The hearing date was not set by the board at its Thursday meeting. Mary Kay Frost, the authority's chairwoman, said fees for parking permits have not increased since 1998 and that the proposed increase essentially amounts to $5 a year over the 14 years that the fees had not been raised. Trudi Durrell, a Parking Authority member, said she believes a tri-party contract among the town, state Department of Transportation and a private developer had required the town to charge the same amount for a parking permit at the downtown and Southport train stations as the state charges at the new Fairfield Metro train station off lower Black Rock Turnpike. The cost of a permit at Fairfield Metro is $420 a year, and Cindy Placko, director of the Parking Authority, said she believes it's scheduled to increase on July 1. But Parking Authority members said the authority was not a party of the tri-party agreement, and they saw no reason to hike the annual permit fee at Southport to $420. "Whoever signed the tri-partite agreement and said all three [train stations] should be the same never commuted, at least not out of Southport," Frost said.
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