Jitney Annual Pass Fee to Increase; Other Maplewood Ordinances Also Addressed
Thursday, September 19, 2013 • 12:20pm
MAPLEWOOD, NJ – The Township Committee took action on a number of issues at Tuesday night’s meeting which will lead to new ordinances being written for final passage at the next session on Oct. 1.
Jitney fee increase proposal: Fares are proposed to rise from $85 to $92 for an annual pass and from $225 to $232 for a combination jitney/parking pass.
The township had been looking for revenue raised from passes to cover 35 percent of the costs of running the jitneys. For the past year and a half, it has covered about 34 percent. The $7 per pass hike should bring it up to the proper levels.
There will also be a new route to make jitney travel more convenient, but details were not disclosed. Mayor Victor DDeLuca said the jitney system provides residents with an average of 333 rides per day.
Commuter Parking only passes (with no jitney) will remain priced the same. The one-way jitney cash fare of $1 will also remain the same.
Rental registration proposal: The inspection time period for rental properties will rise from once every 12-month period to every 24-month period unless complaint or code violation arises. Then the property in question must pass two consecutive 12-month inspections before going back to a 24-month cycle.
Weekend construction start time proposal: The time of day that construction work may begin on Saturdays will change to 8 a.m. Rather than 7 a.m. This will coincide with the allowed start time of work on yards and cars. Weekday construction still starts at 7 a.m. and yardwork at 7:30. Sunday work times of 11 to 6 remain unchanged.
Springfield Avenue Partnership agreement end date of Dec. 31 proposed to be removed. The sunset clause had been originally written into the agreement to force an evaluation of the effectiveness of the improvement zone. It has been renewed in the past and the zone remains a positive part of the community, so the clause will be removed.