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City Approves $10/Day Rate Hike For Parking at College Ave. Meters During RU Football Gamedays

NB Parking Authority Hopes Big 10 Will Help Them Make Good on $249M Debt
Big 10 Celebration
A huge celebration was held for Rutgers University's entrance into the Big 10 conference on July 1 at Rutgers Stadium. Charlie Kratovil

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—The city government, perhaps in a hunt for money to pay for numerous new parking decks paid for with borrowed money, approved a new charge for parking on College Avenue when Rutgers has home football games.

Previously, parking on the main drag of the university was free on weekends.

But, under the new ordinance, approved unanimously on August 6 by the City Council, the parking meters on College Avenue will now charge parkers a whopping $10, but that their parking space will be good for a full 24 hours.

The change came at the request of the New Brunswick Parking Authority, a government agency created to deal with parking issues in the city that has also become one of its biggest commercial landlords.

As we reported previously, the NBPA owes more than $249 million in debt which is guaranteed by the city government, and therefore, the taxpayers of New Brunswick.

It's not clear exactly how the new ordinance will work, and the Council struggled to provide answers to questions brought forth by New Brunswick Today.

What is for sure is that the meters, which were recently replaced, will accept credit cards as well as the Parkmobile cellphone app.

College Avenue is home to the main campus of Rutgers University and is the site where buses to the games are plentiful.  Those buses take fans to Johnson Park, a county-owned space just across from the football stadium.

Rutgers recently joined the Big 10, an athletic conference that is considered to be one of the most elite in the country.

The university is anticipating an increased turnout for football games and other sporting events, beginning with a September 13 game that pits Rutgers against Penn State.