Parking Meter Rates Might Increase in Newark

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City Hall, Newark. Photo via Wikimedia Commons.

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.


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  1. Professional street parking management doesn’t only entail enacting/collecting fees, it also requires enforcement of common sense parking rules. With so much emphasis, rightfully-so, placed on ensuring Downtown’s appeal, a critical component of this is the efficient flow of traffic. City leaders need to prioritize the removal of traffic impediments, in the form of double-parked cars, in the following areas:

    * Broad St, southbound, in front of Blaze Pizza, Nike factory store, Starbucks
    * Broad St, southbound, just south of Lincoln Park, across from Walgreens
    * Broad St, northbound, across from Washington Park

    While there are many other bottlenecks that need attention, these 3 are some of the worst, and are indicative of the dysfunction and absence of leadership that grips this city.
    If the Parking Authority and Traffic & Signals seek revenue increases, their benefactors (taxpayers & commuters) demand improved service and professionalism.

  2. Also the maintenance of the city streets should be a priority, potholes and craters all over town. Would you believe that the city only has one pothole repair crew on the street on a daily basis. It’s true. For street repair and pothole issues citizens can report them using the Newark Connect app, calling Mr.Dexter Cobb at 9737333969, or by email at [email protected] with the locations. Also, many of the city’s street lights are out and residents can call PSEG at 18008322221 with the address and the pole number if you can get it, this way they can find it quickly.

  3. Now over three years after Broadway was resurfaced and they’ve still not painted the White stripes /2 Lane markings despite the guide “LL” & “+” markings having been painted as a guide for the striping truck. They’ve all faded away.
    Some crosswalks especially the intersection of Broadway & Crittenden St were left half painted. They just abandoned it!

    Then you have Park Avenue. After they resurfaced it and left it looking brand new, they ripped up again and seem to be creating new bottlenecks by eliminating the double Lanes like they did on Roseville west of Branch Brook Park to the East Orange City Line.


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