The cost of riding the Scooter Dudes jitneys will be $5 per round trip.
Riders will pay the $5 for a trip to their destination and be given a ticket for their return ride.The jitneys will also run on Monday nights for the Springwood Park Summer Music Series.
The Scooter Dudes jitneys plan to run all year in the city, unlike the free jitneys which only run in the summer.
The jitneys will run Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays on a designated route from the downtown area to the beachfront to the transportation center.
They will also have a text service too for customers who want to be picked up at a specific location.
Tourists getting off the train in Asbury Park will be able to rent a bicycle, text or wait for a jitney, call for an Uber or Lyft or hail one of the taxis that check the train schedule and wait for the trains to arrive.
For those who may want to drive to the city it is often difficult to find a parking space. Meters are installed downtown and at the beachfront, but will eventually be up and down Main Street as well.
The city is now using its third set of meters and Manzella said the new ones are working much better than the previous two models.
“They’re pretty good. 85 percent of customers are using credit cards. That’s high and that’s good,” he said. “And they are three times as fast and easier to read in the sunlight.”
He also said they are more cost effective on a monthly basis than the previous models.
Although the council adopted an ordinance allowing the meters on Main Street from Lake Avenue to Summerfield Avenue there are no plans yet to have the meters installed.
Parking meters have been installed in the city since 2009, beginning in the beachfront area. For the first two years after acquiring the funds the money, according to state law, can only be used by the parking utility for things such as salaries, parking related expenses, street striping and meters.
After the two year time period the money is then put into the municipal budget’s general fund for use as the city sees fit.
Over the past five years these funds were transferred to the general fund: 2013, $1,039,604; 2014, $1,601,000; 2015, $1,601,000; 2016, $1,876,000 and 2017, $1,876,000.
“There’s no question that it helped to stabilize our budgets,” Moor said.
“I like to say it’s taxing our tourists visiting from abroad,” Manzella said.
Both Moor and Manzella said the parking problem has no relief in sight for the near future.
They have, however, met with downtown developer Carter Sackman and beachfront master developer iStar to discuss construction of parking garages.
Moor said parking garages do not have a high return on investment and that is why in business areas they are combined with retail or restaurants.
However, both said nothing will be decided until new federal funding, passed in this year’s tax reform bill is allocated for Opportunity Zones. Sen. Cory Booker notified the city that it has been aproved for federal funding for two zones: the beachfront area and the Central Business District.
Ultimately, Moor said, the developers will decide how parking spaces will be included in their plans.
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