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Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Railroad Parking Fees May Increase

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Parking permit and daily fees may increase this summer at Westport’s two train stations—Saugatuck and Green’s Farms.

Police officials are studying the fees in comparison to those at surrounding train stations and plan to bring a proposal to the Board of Selectmen this summer.

Deputy Police Chief David Heinmiller told a Board of Finance meeting Monday night that there is a three- to four-year waiting list for a parking permit, and it had been stagnant because of the construction project at the Saugatuck station.

With construction complete and the post office moving its operations, new permits are now being issued, he said.

The demand, he said, is because Saugatuck has a safe lot that is centrally located, and the rates are reasonable.

“People go where it is the cheapest,” he said.

Police Chief Al Fiore said the study is analyzing what neighboring communities charge for railroad parking.

“We want to see how we compare and if we need to make any changes,” he said.

The fees charged through permits are used to keep up the operation of the lots, including patrol officers and snow plowing costs.

A permit costs $225 per year, and the daily rate is $4 per day.

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Posted 02/28/06 at 07:28 PM  Permalink



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