The town should start thinking more carefully about how it spends money on commuter parking facilities, because it’s unclear in the aftermath of the COVID-19 public health emergency how commuting will change for residents who work in New York City, Selectman Nick Williams said Tuesday. While voicing support for a contract extension to repave damaged sections of the Talmadge Hill Train Station lot, Williams asked fellow members of the the Board of Selectmen how confident they are that New Canaan will “have the same level of commuters in three, four, five years as we had three months ago?”
“I’m not sure,” Williams said during a regular Board meeting, held via videoconference.
He added, “I’ve got to believe that—I don’t want to use the word ‘sea change’—but I think there is goin to be a big change in the way people do business in New York City. We have learned how to work from home, by necessity. I just think we should think long and hard about the spend we make going forward on commuter lots. I am commuter.