The school board in Jersey City, NJ, has decided to let people park on their school lots during times when the lot is unused. And they are going to make money at it. Read about it on parknews.biz.
They are teaming with Parkmobile and will test the program at two schools and if it is successful, will expand it to more locations. What’s not to like.
The school system will charge $3 a night to park (you must be out by 6AM) with most of the money going to the school district. They hope to collect half a million a year.
Consider the upside. Money for schools, cars off the streets at night, more parking for businesses and local residents.
This could be a model for businesses in cities nationwide. Why not allow cars to park in unused space on nights and weekends. I parked in a bank parking lot this week. There were signs everywhere threatening me with 5 to 10 in prison if I parked there. It was 8 pm. The bank was closed. There were dozens of empty spaces. It just seemed inviting. If they were serious, they could have put a chain across the entry. Why shouldn’t they allow people to park there and use a service like Parkmobile or PaybyPhone to collect a few bucks to cover insurance and leaving the lights on.
What about those 10 spaces next to the dry cleaners or the doctor’s office? The would be perfect for folks going to restaurants or clubs after the lot’s owner closed. The lots could also be used for on street valet companies rather than residential neighborhoods nearby.
Idea! Pay by Cell companies could promote their service to small private lots and generate an income stream for that unused space. Maybe they do this already. I got the idea that Parkmobile was already being used in Jersey City and expanded their program to the local schools.
Another way to make parking attractive and easy for the parker.