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Train Station Parking Fees to Increase Slightly

Borough residents will have to pay a $5 increase to park at the train station.

Chatham Borough Councilman James Lonergan said there will be a slight increase in parking fees in 2014.

Presently the only fee increase he announced is to Lots Nos. 1 and 2 at the Chatham NJ Transit station, both in the north and south lot. In 2013 the fee was $420; In 2014, the fee will be $425.

Lonergan said he has looked into parking fees in other nearby towns to compareChatham's rates to others.

A full presentation is upcoming, Lonergan said, but he believes Chatham's rates are about half of Summit's and are almost identical to Madison's.

"Short Hills and Millburn, I believe, were $360 for the first car, $450 for the second," he said. "We are still assessing daily rates."

Lonergan will give a full presentation of the 2013 budget at Monday's council meeting. Parking rates are expected to be included in the presentation.

 

Chatham Borough Municipal Parking Rates 2012 2013 2014 Lots No. 1 and No. 2, Railroad North and South $375 $420 $425 Lots No. 3, No. 4 and No. 5, Center Street East, Center Street West, Bowers Lane $195 $240 NA Lot No. 6, Division Avenue $185 $230 NA

 

Sir February 21, 2013 at 02:21 PM
Seriously? What does it matter what Summit or Madison or Millburn charge? What is the cost to maintain the facility? This should determine the rates. The objective is not to turn parking at the station into a profit center.
kjchat February 21, 2013 at 02:26 PM
and when was the last time the daily parking rates were raised for non-pass holders?? I've lived here almost 5 years and it hasn't changed.... there are two sources of parking fees here.. rather than a 13% increase borne only by borough residents, perhaps they should consider raising the daily fee by $0.50 or $1.00..
Sir February 21, 2013 at 02:38 PM
The daily parking fee went from $4 to $5 a few years ago. Everyone should pay the same since they are receiving the same service.
Ron Swanson February 21, 2013 at 02:43 PM
Agree that what neighboring towns charge is totally irrelevant. If those towns want to rip off their citizens and encourage driving to work, then let them. Parking rates should be set at the lowest rate possible which covers the cost of parking lot maintainence, policing, etc., A portion of the funds should be reserved to cover periodic paving and re-striping and hopefully are not dumped into general fund revenues. Besides, what's wrong with Chatham having the lowest parking rates to actually encourage use of mass transit? Isn't that the aim of good public policy? Instead, between prohibitive parking rates and ridiculously high NJ Transit fares, many people choose the simpler, sometimes cheaper option: driving into NYC.
chakamojo February 21, 2013 at 09:12 PM
The Borough's finances are not in great shape. I think the parking lot SHOULD be used as a profit center. I know people that live only a couple of blocks away yet drive to the train station parking lot 5 days a week. That is ridiculous! In order to maximize profit, an 1,000 foot "no park" zone should be established where no one who lives that distance from the train station is eligible for a permit. That is being GREEN, my friends. Then, a number of permits should be opened up to Chatham township residents at a 50% higher rate, with no increase in Borough residents rates. Its hard to justify why Township residents cannot get a permit. We share the same school system, library, senior services, recreation dept. etc.
chakamojo February 21, 2013 at 09:16 PM
Its all about other cost alternatives. Cost of driving into manhattan per month: $205 in tolls $160 in gasoline $400 in parking aggravation factor? priceless! Compare those costs per month with a NJ transit monthly pass and the monthly cost of Chatham train station parking. parking atth etrain station and taking awful NJ Transit is the way to go.
Ron Swanson February 21, 2013 at 10:27 PM
You're greatly exaggerating the costs of driving. Ask any of the dozens of Chatham residents who drive daily rather than pay NJ Transit for horrible, infrequent, and overpriced service. There are driving options short of going all the way into NYC that make sense and are compariable or cheaper in cost. (N. Bergen Park & Ride, Jersey City to PATH or ferry, etc.)
Sir February 22, 2013 at 05:24 AM
If the boroughs finances are in "terrible" shape, what does tacking a few dollars onto a parking fee accomplish? If they are going to increase pricing, they should go all in and quit dicking around with a modest increase here or there. How about this - take the first 20 spots in the front row next to the station (1st and 2nd row) and put them up for auction - anyone can bid, whether borough or not - I would almost guarantee they'd realize a 3-5x return from what they are receiving now. All other spaces go to $500. They'd sell out the permits in 24 hours. Game over.
Biff February 22, 2013 at 02:28 PM
If the borough ever wants to make more money very easily, lots and lots more money, all they need to do is expand the parking lot and allow Township residents to buy permits. More money for the Borough, less auto pollution, happier commuters . . . Win, win, win!
Joe Columbo February 22, 2013 at 04:31 PM
The last I heard is that NJ Transit is a Public Entity. Township residents should have a chance. If you offer the places for bid, you would make much more. I personally would pay $1000 a year for that convenience. It is a big deal to have my wife or son (if he is awake yet) drive me each day and I am way to far to walk it.

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