The Metro North Harlem line is a commuter passenger rail system that runs north from New York City 82 miles to Dutchess County and has 38 stations. Access to the train and the time it takes to get to the City is often a major consideration when purchasing a home. If you don’t live close enough to walk to the train, then parking considerations are a required issue. Here’s what you need to know if you want to park in Katonah or Bedford Hills and take the train.
The town of Bedford has 9 parking lots and 3 are reserved for business only, the rest are available for business and Bedford residents. If you pay taxes to the Town of Bedford, you are guaranteed a parking space. You may not always get the desired lot when you apply for a permit, but for $350.00 you can get a permit to park in a designated lot. For example: If you live near the Village Green, you may not be assigned a space in Bedford Hills which is the closest station but will end up in Lot #3 which is located in Katonah. The permits are issued on a “date rank” basis, so as people move and/or don’t renew their permits the available slots become open and eventually you will move up to the closer lot and spots.
Individuals living in Somers even if they may have a Katonah Post Office address are not considered residents of Bedford because they pay their taxes to the town of Somers. The town of Somers receives 100 permits to park in Bedford’s lot #3 and the Town of Somers distributes those permits.
Non-residents are the unlucky ones. After the residents apply for and renew their permits the town tries to figure out how many non-resident slots will be available. That number changes every year. They are distributed on a lottery basis and you have to sign up for an email alert in order to be placed in the lottery. The cost for non-residents is $1,000.00 per year.
There are also 105 meters in lot #3 in Katonah and 35 in Bedford Hills. The cost for metered parking is $5.00 for 16 hours and $7.00 for 24 hours. My guess is, the early bird gets the meter.
Guaranteed parking makes the Hamlets of Bedford desirable, especially for people who work in the City.
Check out my video of the parking locations in Katonah.
Posted By: Sonja Lovas