Middletown mayor proposes reducing parking fees to offset NJ Transit fare hike

Those who park at a Middletown Township-owned commuter train and bus lot could see the price drop by 15% there is the plan is approved.

Jim Murdoch

Apr 16, 2024, 9:53 PM

Updated 39 days ago


Fixing what he calls an unfair fare hike to riders, the mayor of Middletown Township hopes to soften the blow by cutting the cost of parking at New Jersey Transit commuter lots. The agency recently approved plans to increase fares on trains and buses starting on July 1.
“I can’t reverse the fare increase but I can provide those residents that are here in their daily lot and over on the other side in the annual lot some type of relief,” said Mayor Tony Perry.
NJ Transit riders will soon see a 15% fare hike. Those who park at a Middletown Township-owned commuter train and bus lot could see the price drop by 15% there.
“Government needs to operate and do the best for the town,” the mayor said.
A $6 daily fee will cost 90 cents less, helping the large number of daily commuters in and out of Monmouth County's most populated town.
“That’s awesome, I think they should. Mayor Perry is doing a good job with other things and reducing the cost here will help those that use the train to get into the city,” said Ray Jankowski, of Middletown.
“Honestly, any little bit helps when it comes to prices. Everything is going up and up and up as the days go on. Anything that can be a slight bit of help for people like me who take the commute like me, it’s a very big help, very big help,” said Kevin Wankmueller, of South Amboy.
NJ Transit announced last week the increase will fill a budget gap. Middletown’s outspoken mayor wants to see more oversight on the NJ Transit budget.
“Don’t ask New Jersians to dig deeper into their pockets and don’t ask Middletown residents to dig deeper into their pockets because you are unable to manage budgets properly,” he said.
The mayor says he will move quickly to reduce these parking fees. First, holding a committee hearing later this month, and then holding a public hearing on May 6. If it passes, it will take effect immediately.

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