Drivers heading to shop, eat, or work in Newark as the region reopens might need to bring extra quarters the next time they go to feed the parking meter.
The Newark Municipal Council is weighing an ordinance that would increase the cost of parking at metered spaces throughout the city. Currently, one quarter allows for 15 minutes of parking, but should this ordinance be passed, that number would be reduced to 10 minutes, meaning that the cost of an hour of metered street parking would increase from $1.00 to $1.50.
The document, which notes that the Newark Division of Traffic and Signals and the Newark Parking Authority are seeking this change, claims that “the increase in meter rates will improve traffic flow and encourage parking space turnover for business, customers, and visitors.”
Meter rates are usually enforced daily between 9:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m., except for Sunday and certain locations where enforcement lasts until 10:00 p.m., according to the NPA website.
A public hearing and a vote for final passage have been scheduled for the virtual council meeting on Wednesday, May 5 at 12:30 p.m., according to a notice to the public.
Note to readers: The dates that matters are scheduled to be discussed by the Newark Municipal Council and other governing bodies are subject to change.