Harrison Street residents struggle to get parking
July 1, 2019
Harrison Street, near the Brooklyn bus hub, has become a prime parking zone for commuters, leaving residents without a parking space.
Ever since the bus hub was built last year, people have to take more than one bus to get into town, relying on a transfer to a second bus to get them where they need to go.
A Harrison Street resident said the number of cars parking in the street had increased since the bus hub had been put in. “Park and ride is very prevalent,” he said. They were lucky to have a garage where they could park their car but only one other resident had a garage. The rest of the residents relied on off-street parking.
He said cars would start to park on their street at 7am. Part of the reason drivers were parking on their street was likely because Brooklyn School was being renovated on Washington Avenue.
He noticed the number seven bus was either usually full or delayed. If people had the option, they would prefer not to walk to the bus hub. “You’ve got to walk a mile [in some parts of Brooklyn] to catch a bus.”
Another Harrison Street resident said they did not have a garage and used off-street parking. Her partner could never get a park right outside their house and often had to park at the other end of the street. “It’s always been a very busy street.”
She caught the bus to work most days and would often be late due to delay. It had always been hard to get a bus but she said it had gotten worse.
City councillor Chris Calvi-Freeman said more people driving and parking to catch a bus had to do with the unreliability of connection routes. “People’s tolerance for hubbing is low.”
He said residents could purchase a parking spot in the street if they wanted. The council would also consider putting in parking restrictions. “It’s not really fair for commuters to be parking all day. Most of the streets weren’t designed for the number of cars.”