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Old 03-01-2010, 10:20 AM
 
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Hello,
My husband and I are seriously hoping to move from Brooklyn to CT in the next few months, but are somewhat scared of the "wait lists" for parking permits that I'm reading about in these posts and elsewhere. Looks like some are 5+ years (Darien, which is one of our top contenders). What the heck do newcomers do who need to commute to NYC daily by train (husband works just north of Grand Central)? We have an 8-month old son who goes to bed before my husband comes home at night, so it is not really an option for me to drop off/pick up.

My apologies if this has been posted before. Thank you!
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Old 03-01-2010, 12:09 PM
 
Location: Connecticut
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The easiest solution would be to live within walking distance of the train or near one of the bus lines that serve the two stations in town. There are some very nice neighborhoods near both Darien and Noroton Heights stations. Same with some of the stations in Greenwich or New Canaan. Jay
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Old 03-02-2010, 08:07 AM
 
Location: Fairfield
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Depending on the city you move to and how early your husband goes to work, there are often day spots available in the main train lots, or nearby parking lots managed by others. These can get filled up quickly though. I don't know how early the lot fills up in Darien - someone else here should be able to answer that though.

I'm in Fairfield, have been on the waiting list for just over 3 years, and have another 4-5 to go. If they finally finish the new station, that should help cut it down to 1-2 years.

If you have a few towns that you are considering, get on the waiting lists for each town now. You don't have to be a resident to be on the list, and if you don't move for another 6-12 months, you are that much further along. Just make sure to update the parking people with your new address after you move.
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Old 03-02-2010, 09:12 AM
 
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There's plenty of daily voucher parking at both Noroton Heights and Darien. The later the train one takes in the morning, the farther is the walk from the car to the train platform.
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Old 03-02-2010, 05:32 PM
 
Location: Darien ct
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Ive lived in Darien for 25 years. Although there is a wait list for parking there is no shortage of paid parking. At either Darien or Noroton you can purchase daily vouchers that allow you to park. The town is also adding spaces for just the reason you described. In some cases, people who have lost jobs are still holding onto their passes assuming they will be going into NYC again so the number of voucher spots has increased. Its not a problem,just a waiting game
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Old 03-04-2010, 02:17 AM
 
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This is one of the major problems along the whole Metro-North East of the Hudson line. Ridership has Increased and the original parking lots/ stations have not kept up with demand.(heck the line in new haven is just getting new trains! after what close to 35 years use!) Unfortuanlty this is going to continue. I would say the best bet, is to get on the list now, or move to a town that is close to the station or walkable. The only problem with taking the local bus, is well..the smaller the town, the earlier it stops running, or there is no bus. I am not sure of the bus situation, i kinda stay with just the trains, so post or ask around. The other best bet would be to live closer to bigger stations that have daily garages.
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Old 03-06-2010, 12:28 PM
 
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Does the Springdale station in Stamford require a metro north parking pass? Or can anyone park there?
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Old 03-06-2010, 07:00 PM
 
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Iypoon, any one can Park in the garage, just like New haven they have designated spaces for monthly passes. So parking for regular commuters, is well tight....
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Old 03-07-2010, 04:56 AM
 
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Iypoon, any one can Park in the garage, just like New haven they have designated spaces for monthly passes. So parking for regular commuters, is well tight....
Springdale doesn't have garage parking.
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Old 03-07-2010, 07:26 AM
 
Location: Connecticut
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Also note that Metro North is a railroad company (division of the Metropolitan Transit Authority) and does not run the parking along the rail lines. Parking is either run by the town or the State. In some places there is private parking as well. Jay
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