DOT unveils 6,300 new, clearer parking signs
The confusing, hard-to-read parking signs that make drivers in Manhattan crazy received a makeover Monday.
DOT Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan unveiled a redesigned parking signs for Manhattan that will make it easier on drivers, and aims to reduce parking tickets throughout the city's busiest area.
The new signs have just two colors, are kept to 152 characters, are a foot shorter, and have a clearer type face.
"The signs were a cross between an Excel spread sheet and a totem pole. You shouldn't need a PhD in transportation to decipher the signs," Sadik-Khan said.
The initial rollout will replace 6,300 signs, 450 of which were installed Monday.
The redesign, the first in several decades, also lists the days of the week for the parking regulations before the hours. The installation of the new signs will cost about $180,000.
Drivers can expect to see the signs between 60th Street to 14th Street and between Second Avenue and Ninth Avenue.
After the initial rollout, the city will add 3,300 signs to parts of the Upper East Side, lower Manhattan, and the Financial District.
The previous signs were three colors, taller, and about 250 characters and led to many driversreceiving parking tickets because there were so confusing, according to city leaders.
Sparking the change was a bill introduced in 2011 by City Councilman Daniel Garodnick calling for the new, clearer signs,
Although the bill, which calls for parking signs to be reevaluated for clarity every three years, is still being worked on, n the meantime, the DOT and City Council Speaker Christine Quinn stepped in to help streamline the process.
"People would come up to me, not realizing I was a city council member and ask if they could park in certain parts of midtown," Garodnick said. "And sometimes I honestly didn't know what to tell them."
Raymond Martinez of Queens said he prefers the new signs over the old ones which cost him a pretty penny from time to time.
"I got towed the other day," he said yesterday, who adding he parked in a spot he believed to be legal.
AAA New York spokesman Robert Sinclair Jr. said he's heard similar stories from confused, ticketed drivers so it's important for them to know the rules and be able to understand them clearly.
"The signs are much clearer and simpler looking, compared to the old ones," Sinclair said. "Everything that the DOT said with the old signs was wordy and had varying fonts, densely packed, was in different colors."(with Sheila Anne Feeney)