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Troy’s Parking Meters are Focused on RPI

Red is a rough representation of where RPI is.  Blue is a rough representation of where the parking meters will be

Red is roughly RPI. Blue is roughly where the parking meters are/will be. We're definitely missing some of the parking meters -- the article was not very specific and we couldn't find anything on Troy's website.

Troy announced that it will be installing more of the parking meters like the ones we have on 15th street.  According to the Troy Record, they will raise about $500,000  for the city, though the article doesn’t mention if that’s an annual number or a lifetime number.  The Record describes their rough locations (which we used to make the map above):

The meters are being installed on Eighth Street between Sage and College avenues, the Hedley District along River Street, the areas around the Uncle Sam and Fifth Avenue garages and the Fifth Avenue parking lot. Meters will not be installed in the River Street entertainment district, and in certain areas, such as Fourth Street and Fifth Avenue, parking meters are being installed on both sides of the street.

When you add in the ones that are already on 15th Street and Sage Ave., it seems like RPI is slowly being surrounded by parking meters while the rest of the city is left mostly untouched.

Also, take note of the fact that RPI has significant office space in the Hedley building, which was specifically mentioned as an area for new parking meters.

Coincidence?  Perhaps.

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  1. RPImember
    May 13th, 2010 at 13:14 | #1

    FYI: the Hedley district around River Street is where the office of Institute Advancement is located, so pretty much of the parking meters are for us, oh and Uncle Sam/Blitman Commons? RPI is there too…
    Where’s the student government/administration response?! They at least fixed the 24-hour fiasco last year, but where are they now?

  2. May 13th, 2010 at 14:47 | #2

    Like with any other municipality, they’re placed where parking is at a premium. Most of that area is around (and due) to RPI.

    It’s more a statement of how far the downtown area has to go in terms of economic growth than anything else.

  3. Al Richard
    May 13th, 2010 at 17:25 | #3

    Another example of how Troy bitches about the smallest issues with RPI while reaping the HUGE benefits of having us as residents…

  4. Meg
    May 15th, 2010 at 14:14 | #4

    We could really use something like Zipcar up here!

  5. James
    May 17th, 2010 at 17:44 | #5

    So how long until some intrepid young student comes up with a way to counterfeit parking tickets?

  6. Jay Walker
    May 18th, 2010 at 12:43 | #6

    @Meg
    I believe this is being worked on:
    http://documents.studentsenate.rpi.edu/documents/812
    (check out the live preview)

  7. Lee Sharma
    May 18th, 2010 at 20:01 | #7

    Meg – like Jay said, we’re working on a benchmarking report in FFA trying to bring ZipCars to campus – are you interested in getting involved? I’m sure the team could use more help!

  8. Student1
    May 18th, 2010 at 21:05 | #8

    In the past, RPI has specifically solicited the addition of parking meters around campus to get more students to buy pricey on-campus parking permits and garage spaces. 15th Street, for instance, never had meters until Dr. Jackson specifically asked the city to put some there to boost campus parking and ticket revenues – a charge she denied for a number of years until the mayor presented the correspondence requesting the meters.

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