CHRISTIE-CLAUS GIVES NJ COMMUTERS A CHRISTMAS SURPRISE — A PARKING FEE INCREASE

Assemblyman Calls 33 Percent Increase in Parking Fees at 37 NJ Transit Locations ‘A Big Lump of Coal in the Stockings of NJ Commuters’

(TRENTON) — Assembly Transportation, Public Works and Independent Authorities Committee Chairman John S. Wisniewski (D-Middlesex) issued the following statement after New Jersey Transit’s Board of Directors announced at their public meeting Thursday that they would be increasing parking fees at 37 locations from $3/day to $4/day:

“It would seem that Gov. Christie and the NJ Transit Board of Directors have gotten into the holiday spirit just in time for Christmas, giving commuters a 33 percent fee hike for the privilege of parking their car to take the bus or train.

“Unfortunately, the bigger bill amounts to nothing more than a big lump of coal in the stockings of New Jersey commuters, as they likely won’t get anything else out of the increase.

“Between this, the cancelation of the ARC tunnel project and the 25 percent rate hikes and service reductions in March, it would appear New Jersey mass transit users are firmly on Governor Christie and the NJ Transit Board of Directors’ ‘naughty’ list.”