Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell has called on the MTA to abandon its proposed parking fee increase at Metro-North stations until the issue has had a full public hearing. Leaked documents showed the MTA parking fee increases would go up in December and that free Saturday parking would be eliminated.
The increases would raise the costs at 25 stations where parking lots are owned by Metro-North and operated by LAZ. That includes all five of the stations in Putnam County, where residents would see annual parking fees reach as high as $512 in Brewster. Daily metered parking would increase by 50 to 75 cents, with the highest set at $6.50 for 16 hours at the Brewster station.
Putnam County Legislature Chairman Joseph Castellano acknowledged that the MTA is looking to solve a budget problem, but says doing it on the backs of already burdened riders doesn’t seem fair. The Putnam County Legislature has written to the MTA to request a delay in the increase until December 2020, public discussions and a board vote for the 2021 fare increase.
Metro-North riders saw ticket fare increases of up to 4% in April.