Eric Adams Proposes Downtown Brooklyn Car-Share Fleet for City Agencies

Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams is open to clearing Borough Hall Plaza of parked cars, and he also wants City Hall to study a car-share system for government agencies in Downtown Brooklyn.

We reported last November that Adams and his staff resumed using the plaza as a parking lot after an $11 million rehab, following the lead of his predecessor, shameless space hog Marty Markowitz.

In a recent letter to Mayor de Blasio, Adams said he is considering an internal survey to determine how Borough Hall employees get to work and looking at using off-site garages instead of the plaza.

He also suggested that city agencies with offices in Downtown Brooklyn may be able to consolidate their fleets. Adams wants to the city to investigate a “municipal car share system” to consolidate the vehicles of the half-dozen or so agencies located downtown. The Department of Buildings, the Department of Education, and DOT are among the agencies with offices in the area.

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Vehicles belonging to placard-holders fill any vacuum on Downtown Brooklyn curbs. Image via WNBC

“The vast majority of these vehicles, when not in use, are occupying parking spaces on Downtown Brooklyn’s overcrowded streets,” Adams wrote.

There could be something to this shared fleet idea. Even if it works out, though, the one thing that really has to happen to bring a semblance of order to Downtown Brooklyn streets is placard reform. Otherwise, any spaces that open up thanks to the car-share system will get pounced on by placard holders.

In the meantime, Adams office says it is exploring how to direct staff members to park in garages instead of the plaza, and offering more incentives to take transit to work.

  • DRDV

    If only there were a subway stop near Borough Hall.

  • Eric McClure

    In fairness, I believe the Borough President commutes quite often by subway.

  • BBnet3000

    Don’t city agencies already use Zipcar?

  • Reader

    “DCAS also touted its existing car-share agreement with Zipcar, which has helped eliminate more than 450 vehicles from the city’s fleet since 2012.” http://www.streetsblog.org/2015/02/10/trottenberg-dot-goes-parking-space-by-parking-space-in-sbs-planning/

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  • Robert Monk

    This should be combined with municipal grid resiliency efforts via power purchase authority financing for EV Chargers and EV2Grid connections in a pilot partnership with DOT and USDOE. The remaining curb-parked muni share fleet would provide overnight on-demand energy to increase the value to grid of the overall solar-with-storage municipal micro grid complex, and a small source for emergency power in the event of a grid outage.

  • Reggie

    The Borough President’s Office has a fair amount of reserved curbside parking space, on Joralemon Street and on Court Street. The problem seems to be that the Agency Authorized Parking can only accommodate the office fleet, not the fleet and staff members’ personal vehicles.

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