DOT initiative aims to ease parking woes along Atlantic Avenue

If approved, the changes will take effect this spring.

If approved, the changes will take effect this spring. (2/25/13)

BROOKLYN - The Department of Transportation (DOT) has announced a new initiative that may help residents find a parking spot along one of Brooklyn's busiest thoroughfares.

The proposal calls for raising meter rates to help calm the chaos that some streets see. The proposal states that fees along Atlantic Avenue between Hicks and Fourth avenues will increase after 30 minutes and double after two hours. The stretch of Atlantic Avenue between Court and Smith streets is also included in the proposal.

The DOT surveyed shop owners along the strip for feedback on the potential changes, and used time-lapse photography to understand how long people normally park their cars in the area.

The city is hoping that the meter rate increases will help increase the flow of cars coming in and out of the shopping districts.

If approved, the changes will take effect this spring.

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