October 1, 2016 Downtown Toms River experienced its first parking rate increase since 1993.  The increase will help fund current and future capital investments necessary to maintain and improve the parking infrastructure in the downtown area.  Individual smart meters have been installed for on street parking which will offer conveniences to visitors not currently available.  20 minute courtesy parking is now available for individuals who only need to make a quick stop, drop off papers to an attorney or pick up lunch from one of the downtown restaurants.  The new meters also offer multiple pay options; quarters, debit/credit cards or pay by cell.  

Parking in a downtown area is one of the largest challenges a Municipality faces.  Limited parking is shared by multiple businesses and the success of these businesses depends on accessible parking for their customers.  On street metered parking is designated as short term parking, two hours or less, and is enforced to allow for constant turnover.  If someone parks in a space all day, then it is not available for other individuals who wish to conduct business in the area.  It is important to have available on street parking throughout the day and local employees are encouraged to park in areas further away from the core downtown.

Parking zones have been created to promote turnover in high demand parking areas.  This means that once a parking session has expired the zone must be vacated.  Moving a vehicle to another space in the same zone is prohibited and may result in a violation.  Even though the goal for on street parking is a maximum time of 2 hours, there are occasions when an individual may need to park longer.  Though parking longer than 2 hours is discouraged, progressive rates have been created to accommodate those occasional circumstances.  Longer term parking for 3, 6 and 8 hours are available in designated off street parking lots.

Enforcement hours have been changed from 9:00 am - 6:00 pm to 8:00 am - 5:00 pm.  Meters and enforcement are In effect Monday thru Saturday.  Parking remains free on Sundays and major holidays.

NEXT MEETING DATE:  Thursday, January 23, 2020

TIME:  4:45 P.M.

LOCATIONToms River Municipal Building

                         33 Washington Street, Toms River

                         Community Room, Town Hall