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Commuters vs. Tennis Courts?

Tarrytown Metro-North Station parking has always been tight and expensive, now it's a mess, and residents and nonresidents alike are voicing their discontent.

A good portion of the commuter lot at Tarrytown's Netro-North station is now fenced off as trucks and asphalt operations take over.

Many commuters, who pay much for the dubious privilege of trying to find a space in this already congested lot, are surprised to discover it's not more parking they will get from this construction but...tennis courts. 

Another parking lot is currently under construction further down Lower Green Street. A temporary lot, with giant signs saying so, is open adjacent to the Senior Center. 

But, all in all, it's a buzzing hot scene down on the river side of the train station, and people are getting a little hot and bothered about it. 

Just today, I received numerous angry e-mails on the situation, coinciding with a flurry of Village Parking announcements, and I will jump into both tomorrow. Until then, I leave you with images from the post-war rebuild...or so it seems. 

Thoughts on the construction of a tennis court in the middle of a parking lot, the parking situation in general, the price you pay for congested lots? Tell us in the comments.

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Anne Habig August 10, 2012 at 11:50 AM
For more than five years the commuters have been completely diregarded and inconvenienced. First by the elimination of half the resident lot with the construction of the new Village Hall and the relocation of the taxis sharing the same space; then we endured the ongoing inconveniece from the construction of Hudson Harbor; and for the last 2 years we have endured the renovation of the train station itself. Now just as that is coming to a close our cars were leafleted on a Friday afternoon about a Monday morning change? Apparently there was time to make new fancy signs but not to complete a new lot that would have made this all a little easier. What is it going to be like when all of the vacationers return to work? And I can't imagine how it will be this winter -although by now we have gotten used to parking on top of snow drifts and sliding across the ice in the always inadequately plowed lots. I wonder what was wrong with the area that the tennis courts and basketball courts were located? And why are they not just being replaced there?
George August 10, 2012 at 11:51 AM
It's a shame that the new bridge will not have a rail line on it.All this horror of parking would go away. If I was a commuter in Rockland County I'd be pretty upset at not having this option. Yes it's expensive for the rail but in the long run it will solve the problem. The bus lane is a joke and Tarrytown will suffer more with future commuters from Rockland
jl August 10, 2012 at 01:12 PM
Any chance the village has considered the fact that the remaning section of the parking lot not being converted to tennis courts, is the same section that gets several inches of standing water every time there is any sort of rain storm. Is it wishful thinking to hope that the Andre brook resoration/beautification work will improve this in any way? If not I think a pair of Hunter rain boots will become a must have for all commuters.
Rich Komita August 10, 2012 at 01:26 PM
The decision to move the tennis and basketball courts to the middle of the commuter parking area has to be one of the least thought out decision the town has made in recent years. It totally disregards the needs of the paying commuter population. Was a study even done as to the number of tennis and basketball players? What was the ROI for this change? Why could these courts put where the new parking lot in being placed? I would like to know who made this decision and would be accountable to the residents and commuters?
Ethel August 10, 2012 at 02:28 PM
Not everything in town revolves around commuters. Perhaps this will be an incentive for people to carpool to the station, ride a bike, walk, so we residents don't have to play chicken with the speeding cars through the neighborhoods, ignoring stop signs, every morning and evening. Anyone for tennis?
melissa Kaplan August 10, 2012 at 02:49 PM
I agree with Ethel.
Kingofmyworld August 10, 2012 at 03:19 PM
Sounds like a stimulus package if you ask me. The residents who financially contribute to Tarrytown’s tax roll are too busy commuting to the city. Who’s this for??? How will this help lower my $35,000 tax bill??
Sleepy Hollow Resident August 10, 2012 at 03:21 PM
The training station was moved further south. As far as I am concerned the parking lot is an eyesore in the town and is being moved to an appropriate location further south to align with the new station platforms being moved south as well...
Ethel August 10, 2012 at 03:26 PM
It's not Main Street that's the problem, Jennifer. But try taking a look at Franklin, Riverview, Washington, Wildey, Miller, etc, during those hours. I routinely see cars speeding, going through stop signs, and I've seen more than a few go around stopped school buses. This becomes a particular problem in the mornings, as many kids are walking to school on these routes. Would you like little Johnny to stay at home so the commuters can all get to the train on time? Sorry, don't mean to sound mean, but this is an issue. I don't know how many "thousands" of Tarrytown residents drive to the station every day. But I would guess that "thousands" more don't. And if you do live in the village, there are other ways to get to the station than driving.
Heron August 10, 2012 at 04:54 PM
I agree! I wish they would provide more mass transit options for those in Rockland County. Tarrytown suffers from all the cars coming over the bridge and parking here. Most other villages don't provide parking for non-residents. Do we make so much money from the non-residents lot that it's worth the traffic? What's the explanation?? I can't, for example, buy a nonresident permit and park in Dobbs Ferry. (I looked into this when I wanted to use a babysitter there.)
Heron August 10, 2012 at 04:56 PM
I also agree with Ethel. We walk to the train.
Captain's Wife August 10, 2012 at 05:25 PM
I agree 100% with Ethel. I too have seen the cars that don't stop at the stop signs and they have gone around buses in front of me. Everyone cuts through the area behind WI and it gets crazy. They have no regard for people or other cars on the road.
Rolo August 10, 2012 at 10:05 PM
The entire process has been poorly thought out and planned. Traffic will not be reduced since Tarrytown is a trasnportation hub. The condensed parking will make things worse. I wonder if a comprehensive analysis has been done. Additionally any bad weather will reduce the number of spots available since certain parts of the lot pools a considerable amount of water.
meh76 August 30, 2012 at 11:39 AM
Heron, the village of Tarrytown makes a very large amount of money off of non-resident parking. The cost for a one year resident permit is $350. It's costs $1150 for a non resident to park. As for why Tarrytown allows non-resident parking? Simple: it's one of the "hub" stations on the Hudson Line.

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