A smarter way to park gets started


PARK Smart, a new program developed by the city’s Department of Transportation with the community, will start a six-month trial on Oct. 6 in Greenwich Village.

PARK Smart is intended to make parking easier while reducing congestion and improving safety. The program aims to increase the number of available metered parking spaces by encouraging motorists to park no longer than necessary. The meter rate is higher when demand for parking is greatest and decreases when demand is lower.

In the Greenwich Village pilot area, meter rates will be $2 per hour from noon to 4 p.m. and $1 per hour at all other times that meters are in effect. All other regulations will remain the same hours in effect, Monday to Saturday for posted time periods, and duration, one-hour or two-hour meters.

All PARK Smart meters will have the PARK Smart logo. PARK Smart meters will accept both quarters and New York City Parking Cards. Parking Cards are sold in $10, $20, $50 and $100 increments and are available from nearby merchants where the PARK Smart NYC logo is displayed, as well as online at

https://nyc.gov/html/dot/html/motorist/parkingcards.shtml. For more information on PARK Smart, visit https://nyc.gov/html/dot/html/motorist/parksmart.shtml.