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Huge price increase for Huntington LIRR garage

October 16, 2012 3:54:37 AM PDT
Commuters in Huntington, Long Island are facing a huge increase in the cost to park inside the train station garages.

How much is a sticker worth? Keep in mind, it allows you to park at the Huntington, Long Island Rail Road station, and keep in mind, you can currently buy it for $50 a year.

Huntington has a plan to raise that rate from $50 to $600 a year.

"I think it's preposterous," one commuter said.

"That is a tremendous increase," another commuter said.

Well, you can't really argue with that, but is it a good idea?

The garages, there are two of them and 1,900 spaces in all, are in need of $4 million in repairs.

Rather than send taxes through the roof, the current plan is to make commuters parking rates go through the roof.

The $600 figure applies only to the garage, the price of the adjacent lots would go up from $50 to $75.

For those who do choose the garage, the new plan would guarantee the owner a parking spot every day, right now its first come, first served.

But nobody seems to have much faith in that idea.

"I think it would be hard to enforce," a commuter said.

Still, most people Eyewitness News spoke to said they would pay it.

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