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Town Board Approves Takeover of LIRR Station Bike Locker Management

After a close vote Tuesday, 38 lockers at four LIRR stations in Huntington Township now to be maintained by the town.

The Huntington Town Council voted this week to take over from the New York State Department of Transportation the management of 38 bike lockers at the township's four Long Island Rail Road stations. 

By a 3-2 vote at Town Hall Tuesday, the board approved the move which the NYSDOT hopes will help to increase bicycle use by commuters. 

Board members Mark Mayoka and Eugene Cook voted against the resolution.

"I looked at this and I'm wondering why we are doing this," said Cook. "It's another way to collect fees from our residents," said Cook.

Mayoka said he was concerned about possible maintenance costs of the bicycle racks to the town.

In Huntington Station, 14 lockers are presently at 80 percent capacity, according to an outreach coordinator for NY511 Rideshare, a non-profit agency which until Monday was used by the NYSDOT to manage the train station lockers.

The town will now assume responsibility for tracking renters, maintenance of the units and debt collection.

"Honestly, it's really not a huge task," said the NY511 coordinator, who wished to remain anonymous. "The hardest part is reminding people when they have to renew."

Fees for lockers will include a $60 annual rental charge and a $40 key deposit — the same rates currently charged by the NYSDOT. 

According to the resolution, the town will run a lottery program for available lockers. Applicants must submit a signed rental agreement, fee and security deposit to the Huntington Town Clerk's office on or before July 16.

Rental income will be recorded into the town's operating budget effective August 1, according to the town.

Hikerr May 24, 2012 at 06:21 PM
Oh sure, another waste of money. I was laughed at by a neighbor for buying a parking sticker for the train station. Seems this guy hasn't bought a sticker in years and parks there daily and has never gotten a ticket. You can see illegally parked cars every day of the week without tickets. There is a lot of revenue being lost by the town by not enforcing the regulations for parking of cars, now they think they can make money on bikes?
Marita Eybergen May 24, 2012 at 06:56 PM
Not that I am against the bike station, but you are absolutely correct people going to the train park on the surrounding streets. They don't want to live there but they sure like the fact that they can park for free. Note the area has a 4 hour parking sign but no tickets-go figure, yes lost revenue indeed.
Free 2B Me May 25, 2012 at 11:11 AM
. I'm okay with the Town managing this,,, but I think the price is too high. Some who choose to bike, are students and people who may not be able to afford an alternative. I'd rather see a lesser fee or no fee at all. But, I am Free 2B... me.
felix May 25, 2012 at 11:30 AM
The Town takes care of the elevators, and they're filthy and broken more often than not. The Town doesn't clear the sidewalks on the south side in winter or repair them in the spring or replace bulbs in the overhead lights, so pedestrians who need to walk in the street take their life in their hands as cars pour out of the garage. But I'm sure they'll take care of the bike lockers.
felix May 25, 2012 at 11:33 AM
And we provide free electricity for people who can afford electric cars, but charge bike riders $100. So much for encouraging ecofriendly transportation.
Larry May 25, 2012 at 12:17 PM
This Bored does not have a clue! Just another example of our town "government" imposing another fee and patting themselves on the back while doing it. We are talking about making a small "profit" but taking on the cost of maintenance and liability for these lockers.
douglas stretton May 25, 2012 at 06:36 PM
Right on Felix...just what I was thinking. So, if it was the aim of the board to reduce our carbon footprint and encourage people to buy electric cars....what are they trying to tell us with this hair brained idea? Can someone explain these "sock puppet" ideas to me? I think the only one with a brain is Mr. Cook.
douglas stretton May 25, 2012 at 07:11 PM
Good comment Larry, if my math is correct the resolution will bring in $2,280 dollars. Then figure in the cost...their has to be a cost somehow. This harkens to the imposement the "Night Fishing Permit" that passed recently. How much money is that going to take in? lol I can't wait until the "Audit of the Town Books" is completed and made public. Thanks, mostly to the efforts of Mr. Cook.... and something that hasn't been done in years! This should make a very intresting "report card" to some. I can't wait!!!
tony May 28, 2012 at 01:30 PM
To the above posters: I park at the town lots about once per week and frequently see town security checking parking stickers during the day. I don't think a sticker is required "off communting hours" or weekends and holidays. As for the bycycle lockers and fees, they are already in place and the fees are already set; does Mr. Cook thing they should be free so this is not "another way to collect fees from our residents"?

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