Sam Schwartz, former NYC Traffic Commissioner who reduced placard parking in the 1980s, released his ten-part recommendation for reducing placard abuse. But the UFT has other ideas, passing a resolution asking for expanded rights to park on their schools’ scarce property.

As I wrote earlier, it’s possible that there are a few cases where parking is needed or, better yet, teachers could receive an extra bonus for high-need schools which they could pay toward parking or keep for themselves. Instead of proposing a better solution, the UFT chose to stubbornly defend its perk which goes unfairly to needy and non-needy teachers but not to teachers who use public transportation.


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David Alpert is Founder and President of Greater Greater Washington and Executive Director of DC Sustainable Transportation (DCST). He worked as a Product Manager for Google for six years and has lived in the Boston, San Francisco, and New York metro areas in addition to Washington, DC. He lives with his wife and two children in Dupont Circle. Unless otherwise noted, opinions in his GGWash posts are his and not the official views of GGWash or DCST.