PARKING KIOSKS PROMPT GRUMBLES, TWEAKS

Parking director Gary Watson, left, guides Lou Gaspari of Lakewood through his first encounter with Red Bank’s new parking meter system in the English Plaza lot. (Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

Day One of Red Bank’s new system of collecting parking fees was a learning and, sometimes, patience-burning experience.

Visitors to some of the five locations where centralized pay stations replaced traditional meters queued up while waiting for those ahead of them to follow computer-screen prompts leading them through the payment process Monday.

“Well, first of all, there’s a line,” one woman quipped when redbankgreen showed up to solicit feedback.

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NEW PARKING PAY SYSTEM PULLS IN MONDAY

A borough employee working on the installation of a new parking kiosk at Maple Cove Friday. (Photo below by Stacie Fanelli. Click to enlarge)

By STACIE FANELLI

Green-vested greeters were expected to be on hand at a half-dozen locations in downtown Red Bank Monday, when newly installed parking pay stations were set to replace standard meters, officials said.

The old coin–and-Smart Card-activated meters will be covered with a red bag instructing people to go to the nearest pay station, said Parking Director Gary Watson.

The new machines will accept Smart Cards, debit and credit cards, one-dollar bills and all coins except pennies. Credit card can “feed the meter” from anywhere via cellphone.

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DAYS ARE NUMBERED FOR RED BANK METERS

Red Bank’s council introduced an ordinance Wednesday night that will allow it to spend up to $350,000 from a dedicated parking fund on new pay stations. The stations, expected to debut in mid-June, will replace meters in the lots at White Street, English Plaza, Maple Cove and Marine Park, and along Wharf Avenue north of Union Street, according to borough Administrator Stanley Sickels. Meantime, borough workers have begun numbering spots and building concrete pads for the stations. (Click to enlarge)

PAY POSTS COMING TO MAPLE COVE

m-cove-lotThe borough will install pay stations at the recently rebuilt parking lot at the north end of Maple Avenue. (Photo by Dustin Racioppi; click to enlarge)

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

Be sure to pack a change purse with your kayaks and canoes, river-goers.

Red Bank’s council, as it hinted in recent weeks, plans to reinstitute a pay-to-park policy at the recently repaved 12-spot lot at Maple Cove.

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