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Old 04-20-2010, 01:20 PM
 
Location: Southwestern CT
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I am moving to fairfield and will be comuting to new york city starting May 3rd. I know what parking is like at the fairfield station and I've gotten my share of parking tickets. Does anyone have any suggestions about where I can park, even for a fee like $6.00 or something. I will also consider taking the train out of other towns; Southport, Greens Farms, South Norwalk, etc. Help please, any suggestions welcome. Thank you.
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Old 04-21-2010, 06:29 AM
 
Location: Fairfield
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I am moving to fairfield and will be comuting to new york city starting May 3rd. I know what parking is like at the fairfield station and I've gotten my share of parking tickets. Does anyone have any suggestions about where I can park, even for a fee like $6.00 or something. I will also consider taking the train out of other towns; Southport, Greens Farms, South Norwalk, etc. Help please, any suggestions welcome. Thank you.
Depending on what time of day, you have a few different choices at the main Fairfield station.

If you are there by 6:15 or so, there are some daily spots available in the station lot for $6. The parking people will put an envelope on your car, and you can pay online or mail a check. Just make sure you only park in the first 2 or 3 rows - there are a couple of signs that say anything past this area is permit parking only.

If you are there by 7 (give or take a little), up the road a little is the Knights of Columbus. Parking is $4/day, cash to the attendant in the little booth. This can easily fill up earlier than 7, but during the summer months a lot of ppl park for free in the nearby school lots so you can find a spot here later than 7.

Otherwise, there is a satellite parking lot on Mill Plain Road, just up from the station entrance. I believe this is also $6/day, same envelope situation as the main lot daily parking, and there is sometimes a shuttle van that runs you to the station. If not, it's only a few minutes walk. I'm not sure this lot ever fills up, so you should be safe to count on parking here if your other options are full.

Lastly, if you are in Fairfield permanently, get on the parking authority waiting list as soon as possible. There is a LONG list waiting for permits. I've been on since January 2007, and they estimate I have another 5 years (without factoring in the 1500 spots at the new station). Once they start issuing permits for the new station (they will give people a choice of new station or going back on the wait list for a permit at the old station), that list should go quickly.
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