Poughkeepsie launches new free commuter shuttle parking

Officials hope to alleviate the parking shortage at the Poughkeepsie train station with the establishment of a Cannon Street parking facility link.
Mayor John Tkazyik announced that the Cannon Street Parking Garage between Academy and South Hamilton streets in Poughkeepsie is now available to Metro-North customers through a partnership between the city, MTA, Dutchess County LOOP, and NYSDOT.

By making that facility available to MTA customers the city hopes to increase access to the Poughkeepsie train station while at the same time alleviating the parking shortage there by including the lot in the Dutchess County LOOP circuit, according to Tkazyik.

We realized that this parking facility was underutilized, said the mayor explaining that this addition to the LOOP circuit will not only provide transportation to the train station and back but also to, many of the businesses along Main Street and Market Street.

According to Metro-North Vice President of Planning Robert MacLagger, despite having over 1,000 parking spaces in Poughkeepsie there are a few hundred people still on the waiting list for a parking space at the train station.

He said that a satellite facility like this with 200 additional parking spaces will, provide a relief valve for all those people who are on that waiting list for a spot at the station.

The NYSDOT provided funding for most of the improvements that were made to the garage and, according to NYSDOT Region 8 Transit Manager David Markowitz, We have a funds source specifically for this kind of purpose to support the parking that supports the bus that supports the train.

Weve applied a limited amount of money but weve gotten a real good bang for our buck.

The combination price including the parking facility and bus transport to the train station is, according to MacLagger, only about $15 more per month than the price of the train by itself. Every car we can keep off the highway and get those commuters on the trains is doing good things for the environment as well as the region here.
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