This morning’s post on commuter advocate John Hartwell was headlined: “He’s Been Working On The Railroad.”
That sent town art curator Kathie Bennewitz scurrying to the Westport Historical Society archives. She found this photo:
It’s undated. But an accompanying note says it shows “construction of Saugatuck RR Bridge.”
The sign on the right says “Slow to 10 M.”
The bridge was built well over a century ago. But Metro-North still slows down every day — unfortunately, everywhere from New Haven to New York.
With Metro-North‘s power back (more or less) to normal, an “06880” reader turns his fire on the railroad parking situation.
As one of hundreds of residents waiting for a parking permit, I receive the daily $5 ticket. However, the police station is not open on weekends, or hours that a working commuter can use. If you are restricted to paying online, egregious late fees kick in.
Why can’t the town charge non-permit holders slightly more monthly, annually, etc.? Even charging non-permit holders double the equivalent rate that permit holders pay, we would save hundreds of dollars per year.
An annual pass is $325, whereas the $5 daily rate works out to $1,200 a year. There should be an option to buy a longer-dated pass at this rate.
Also, mailing in checks doesn’t work for commuters who utilize the federal tax advanced commuter benefit accounts/flex spending accounts, and need to pay via credit card.
Another problem: I had to take my wife’s car one day. When you go to pay online, it’s only on one vehicle. I discovered too late that the 1-day $5 fee for my wife’s car turned into $75. There has to be a better way.
Paying almost 4 times as much as permit holders is fine. Just make it easier to pay, and not get hit with excessive fees.
“06880” readers: What do you think? Hit “Comments” to reply.