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Attractive lure to encourage ride sharing

Commuters walk in the parking lot of the

Commuters walk in the parking lot of the LIRR station in Ronkonkoma Thursday morning, March 5, 2015. Credit: James Carbone

There are few pieces of Long Island real estate more coveted than a parking spot near the Port Washington train station. It's a commuter's crave, because Port Washington is the only Long Island Rail Road line that skips Jamaica and goes directly to Penn Station. But drivers waste time and create congestion while hunting for one of the 1,000 spots.

Turns out there's an app for that. Or will be. A nonprofit organization is partnering with North Hempstead Town Councilwoman Dina De Giorgio to develop an app for commuters willing to share a ride. The carrot? A reserved parking spot close to the station for app users.

Pwarkit, as the app is called, is a commonsense approach to solving a problem plaguing much of our region. Success in Port Washington could mean help for a lot of other train stations and commuters, too.