Hempstead Town Supervisor Kate Murray, Councilwoman Angie Cullin and Councilman Gary Hudes today announced the launching of a new “pilot” permit parking program for a portion of the parking lots at the Bellmore Long Island Rail Road Station.
Through a pilot initiative, town resident permits will be issued for 227 commuter-parking spaces that are being established exclusively for Town of Hempstead residents. Currently, all 1800 parking spaces at the Bellmore train station are open to commuters from any municipality. This new pilot program aims to ensure more parking opportunities for town residents who utilize the train stations.
“We believe the launching of this parking program at the Bellmore train station will provide greater parking access to our residents who utilize the train,” Murray said. “The issuance of resident parking permits at the Bellmore train station will certainly be welcomed by our township’s hard working residents who commute to work every day.”
The Supervisor and Councilmembers expressed gratitude for the assistance of Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) officials who consulted with the town as Hempstead’s staff designed permit parking maps and identified the parking areas that would be subject to permit usage.
“I want to take this opportunity to thank LIRR President Helena Williams and her staff for their assistance in developing a permit parking pilot program at the Bellmore station,” announced Murray. “Their professionalism and expertise were a great asset in addressing this issue.”
"We appreciate that the Town of Hempstead consulted with the LIRR during the development of their pilot permit process," said LIRR President Helena E. Williams. "We applaud the Town's efforts to encourage LIRR ridership. We need more people to stay off the highways and use the LIRR."
“This new program will address an issue that impacts our commuters and the communities that surround the train station,” Cullin stated. “Helping to make the daily commute easier for area residents is something that we feel is important,” added Hudes.
Residents can obtain the Hempstead Town resident permits on Thursday, October 11th, Friday October 12th, Thursday, October 18th and Friday, October 19th at the Bellmore Rail Road Station for use of the new parking spots. The town will have its Mobile Town Hall at the station between the hours of 6 a.m. and 9 a.m. on these dates. Permits for restricted commuter lots in the Town of Hempstead cost $3 for a one-year sticker. The current permit period expires on March 31st. Thereafter, permits will cover the period from April 1st through March 31st at the same $3 rate. In addition, residents can procure permits at Hempstead Town Hall for use at the Bellmore train station after October 3rd. The new permit parking spot requirements will go into effect on Monday, Oct. 22nd.
Murray and the other town officials will place notices about the permit program on vehicles at the Bellmore train station, and will also hand out flyers to commuters, providing ample advance notice of the permit parking initiative.
“We bring the town’s mobile town hall directly to commuters at area train stations, making it very convenient to secure a parking permit,” stated Murray.
Residents must bring proof of residency when purchasing permits. Payment may be made in cash or by check (payable to the Town of Hempstead). Parking permits do NOT guarantee a parking space; however, they do ensure that parking in permit stalls is reserved exclusively for Town of Hempstead residents. Applications for parking permits at the Bellmore train station are also available at the Hempstead Town Hall, located at One Washington Street in Hempstead, or by calling (516) 489-5000, ext. 3024. Office hours are Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.
Murray, Cullin and Hudes also announced that town officials are conferring with the LIRR as they work to unveil a pilot commuter parking permit program at the Merrick train station in the near future.