We've known since the summer that the parking rates in Toms River will be going up, and with the appearance of fancy new parking meters, the new rates are now in effect as well.

On the positive side, you don't have to rummage through your pockets or your car for quarters, as the new meters take credit cards. But on the negative side, it'll cost you at least twice as much to park downtown.

Parking in downtown Toms River used to cost a flat $0.25 an hour, but after the Township Council passed an ordinance in June that raises the fees for the first time in over two decades, here's what you can expect to pay:

Photo by Justin Louis

As you can see, the base parking rate has now doubled to $0.50 an hour for the first two hours, but then goes up from there, capping out at $3.50 for the eighth hour.

So, theoretically if you were to park in a spot for 8 hours, it'll cost you $14.50.

There are also different zones, where rates vary. This photo is of "Zone 11705", which includes Robbins Street.

What do you think of the new parking fees? Comment below and let us know!


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