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Poll: LIRR Parking Nightmares

Is it treacherous or just the average commuter's hassle?

The area surrounding the station has come under scrutiny recently by Residents for a More Beautiful Syosset. They contend that

Parking is just another issue to add to the list, according to some residents. Morning commute hours prove to be the most treacherous around the LIRR, between frenzied commuters and taxi hold ups.

So we have a few questions for you:

  • Is parking a nightmare at the Syosset LIRR?
  • Is it inescapable or could it be easily remedied by getting to the station early?
  • Where is the best place to park for the train?
  • Have you been late to the train a few too many times because of parking?
  • Are there some serious offenders in the area?

Vote in the poll below and tell us in the comments!

Ed Lewis May 17, 2012 at 02:08 PM
Parking lots are managed by the TOB, not Syosset. The TOB has a fiduciary obligation to provide parking to allow people to use mass transit to get to work. This is a reciprocal relationship, the town is in the business of function. My ability to allow you the TOB to function is to have the means to park at the train station and get to my job so I can pay my taxes so you can function. Syosset lots fill up at 720am. That means everyone else is shut out. A time standard should be set at every station across Long Island, IMHO opinion, since the ride is 55 minutes to most everyones' destination of Penn Station, it should be 805am. If the lot fills up before that time the town has to figure out how to build more. In Syosset they clearly have the land to build a second deck or third deck parking. This is called planning and good government for the taxpayers you supposedly serve.
florence goldsmith May 17, 2012 at 02:09 PM
Not enough parking, and now have just noticed that more spots have been taken away for handicap parking . Also dont understand why the village of oytser bay cove has to pay double the amount for a parking permit. Is someone leaving me 2 spots for the price of my pass???Not fare!!!
James J. Stefanich May 17, 2012 at 03:36 PM
Resident of Villages withing the Town of Oyster Bay do not pay public parking taxes, therefore they pay a higher parking permit fee.
Denise Hendrickson May 17, 2012 at 03:54 PM
This parking lot related - I think speed bumps should be added to the parking lot, especially when you have to walk through it during rush hour. Some drivers go way to fast.
Randi Sinel May 17, 2012 at 04:49 PM
The parking situation is absolutely TREACHEROUS. My husband and I both commute to work every day to NYC. Every morning, before work even begins, it is stressful just trying to find a LEGAL place to park. The parking lot fills up by 7:30am, and fortunately for us (or unfortunately), we do not need to take a train until 8:15 or 9:00, as we work late hours in the evening. The streets surrounding the station are all 2 hour parking which leaves commuters with no where legal to park. The only alternative is to park blocks away, and add walking to the train station to our already long commute. In the winters, it becomes dangerous, as the sidewalks are not shoveled adequately which forces us to walk in the unplowed streets. We also had several instances where neighbors actually vandalized our cars because we were parked near their homes. Our taxes keep going UP and UP, and many families need to commute to work in order to support their families. It is time for TOB to take our commuter parking concerns seriously and find ample, safe, and legal parking for us all. We are living in very stressful, difficult times, and getting to work should not be included in our stress!
Ed Lewis May 17, 2012 at 05:41 PM
Great point Randi about snowy sidewalks as I used to live in the neighborhood and would walk to the station due to a lack of parking. The town does not enforce the sidewalk shovel law forcing people to walk in between the snow pack and the road of oncoming cars. Beyond treacherous, make sure your life insurance is in order.
David Smith May 17, 2012 at 09:02 PM
Bottom line is we need more parking available after 8am. Going to work on the later side should not be a punishment.
debbie May 18, 2012 at 01:17 AM
I live in CT and typically commute from the Westport station. I pay approx $350 per yr for a sticker (and there's currently an 8 yr waiting list to get one). Our lot fills up rather quickly in the am. So...... When I commute from Syosset - paying $20 for 2 yrs and got a sticker day 1 - not so bad. See you on the train.
Papa Tom May 18, 2012 at 01:19 AM
Hopefully, the new bike route to the LIRR will ease the parking - and traffic - situations somewhat. ;) Also, from what I have seen, the Town of Oyster Bay has taken the parking situation VERY seriously, having examined all types of options to add additional parking at Syosset. So far, the only one that has passed the NIMBY test was the re-striping of the lot to add some extra spots. We can all holler that the TOB needs to fix this problem, but WE'd have to "give" a little to achieve the ideal solution, which would likely be a gargantuan double-decker garage hovering over all the houses on Miller Blvd. How about we first see what we can accomplish by walking, biking, carpooling, or getting a lift to the station before we go dropping more concrete in the middle of town?
Ed Lewis May 18, 2012 at 02:03 AM
I'm fine with that Popa Tom, I've lived here in Syosset for the last 15 years and the parking lot has filled up at 725 day one. Do you think we will accomplish walking, carpooling and other alternatives in the next decade or two? Set a realistic deadline- then when this stuff doesnt happen drop the concrete.
Rob May 18, 2012 at 02:06 PM
Hey there was talk a few years ago about moving station to Robbins lane. More room , no turn in tracks so people who don't pay attention wont fall thru to the tracks. Makes sense to me. Get the train outa town and the traffic would flow nicely too and probably cheaper than building a huge multi level UGLY parking lot
Papa Tom May 18, 2012 at 09:52 PM
>>>Do you think we will accomplish walking, carpooling and other alternatives in the next decade or two?<<<< We missed a huge opportunity with the rebuilding of Jackson Avenue -- not because "they" didn't want a bike lane or a multi-use path in place of the sidewalk, but because WE didn't want to step outside our comfort zone. I don't think ANYTHING will happen in the next decade or two (or three or four or ever) if we (the citizens, not the Town Board or the Supervisor or anyone else) don't change our mindset about alternate transportation.
e Vitale January 30, 2013 at 08:42 PM
Syosset needs to build a multi level parking garage so that commuters can actually find parking. I rely on the LIRR to get to work. The other day I could not find a parking spot and I had to miss a day of work because I could not find a parking spot!!! This is unacceptable!!!
SS15 March 04, 2014 at 08:26 PM
This station is a disaster. Everything said above is 100% true, but now they've taken the extra step and even prohibited some of the overflow parking on Underhill Blvd with ONE small sign that more than ten of us didn't see today. This situation is just about reaching the intolerable level...

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