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the staff of the Ridgewood blog

Ridgewood Nj, Effective September 4, 2018, the following changes will be in effect for all parking meters in the Central Business District, both on the streets and in the parking lots:

Meter Times: Monday through Friday – 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Saturday – 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Meter Rates for All Meters: 75 cents per hour (including the Cottage Place CBD Employee Parking Spaces).

Duration of Meters: 3 hours for all parking meters, except the main Cottage Place parking lot, which will be 11 hours. Please note that the Cottage Place Annex parking lot (between The Gap and Gilsenan & Co. Real Estate is a 3-hour zone). The 15-minute meters which currently exist will remain, at 75 cents per hour.

CBD Employee Parking Spaces: These spaces require a CBD Employee Parking Permit and are located in the Walnut Street parking lot and the Cottage Place parking lot, and are delineated by signage. CBD Employee Parking Permits and monthly hang tags for CBD Employee parking may be purchased at the Reception Desk in Village Hall or daily parking may be paid for through Parkmobile or in Cottage Place, at the parking kiosks.

We are extending our Parking Kiosk Pilot Program, and removing parking meters. In addition to the Chestnut Street parking lot, parking kiosks have been placed in the following locations:
Cottage Place parking lot
Cottage Place Annex parking lot (between The Gap and Gilsenan & Co. Real Estate)
Both sides of North Broad Street, between Franklin Avenue and East Ridgewood Avenue
The parking kiosks will accept coins, dollar bills, and credit cards (Visa, Master Card and American Express), and are marked with signs. The parking kiosks require you to put in your license plate number of your vehicle. Parkmobile is also available to pay for parking, by downloading the Parkmobile app to your Smartphone.

Effective September 25, 2018, the new meter times for the train station parking lot and the Park and Ride parking lot will be:

Monday through Friday – 6:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. (14-hour meter duration)

Saturday – 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. (8-hour meter duration)

Overnight parking is available in select parking lots for residents living in the CBD. Permits for overnight parking may be purchased at the Reception Desk in Village Hall. Other than the overnight parking lots, parking is prohibited in all other parking lots, including the train station lot and the Park and Ride lot, from 2:00 a.m. to 6:00 a.m.

If you have any questions regarding the new parking information, please call the Village Clerk’s Office at 201-670-5500 ext. 205 or ext. 206.


  1. They are removing parking meters? You will need to know your license plate number for the kiosk? I have five cars and there is no way I am going to remember five license plate numbers. It will take me longer to find a kiosk and pay then it would to just run into the post office, pick up a pizza, etc. So this is the nail in the coffin for me; I will never utilize the CBD again. Thirty years here and I’m taking my business elsewhere. Bye.

  2. Too much of a hassle to deal with a kiosh to pay to park downtown and not willing to park in the new garage. Goodbye Ridgewood.


  4. Nobody is shopping downtown for 3 hours.
    Trippling the rates and tripling the time will not wash.

  5. Its all of one Piece..That whistling sound in the distance are the tumbleweeds in that main empty commercial district stacking up on the high power lines that connected the new kiosks to the loosers at the Parking Revenue Department.All self inflicted via greed when we turned the town over to the moneychangers.

  6. Kind of funny reading the whiny comments here that the new system is too hard for you guys to figure out. They eliminated parking meters from Manhattan in 2011 and somehow the city didn’t self destruct.
    There are several advantages to, what in the city are called Muni Meters. They take bills and credit cards so you no longer need to carry around rolls of quarters. Of particular interest in Ridgewood might be the fact that it is less likely that an employee will take several hundred thousand dollars of quarters home with them. It also saves the town money by not having an employee have to walk the entire town collecting quarters from each meter, now its more centralized and quicker.

  7. we are all for getting into the 20th century ,then the 21st century for parking ,the love for meters was because people were stealing the quarters nothing more and nothing less

  8. New parking system is not too hard to figure out . . . it’s too damn inconvenient to warrant my using it. I’ve kept dimes and quarters in my car for the past 30 years so, no, I am not toting around rolls of quarters in my pockets . Grab a quarter, drop it into the meter and go. Easy. I don’t have to memorize my five license plates or kept that information stored on my phone. My trips to the CBD are short in nature . . . run into Rite-Aid, go the the ATM, post office, etc. I’d spend more time going to the meter and inputting my information than it takes my to run an average errand. And there is no way in hell I’m parking in a garage at the far end of the CBD to run a 5 minute errand. This system might work for diners and strollers but it’s not going to work for the bulk of Ridgewoodians who are conducting their every day lives. We will simply be taking our business elsewhere.

    And FYI – the article says you can put quarters into the muni-meter so there will still be a guy walking around town collecting quarters.

  9. I need to pick up my dry cleaning, a task which takes all of 5 minutes. I find 15 minute meter and spend the next five minutes looking for a kiosk and entering my license plate number. So those 15 minute meters that we task runners utilize daily are now sitting occupied while we hit the muni-meter. Seems completely inefficient.

  10. “They eliminated parking meters from Manhattan in 2011 and somehow the city didn’t self destruct.”
    ha ha
    RW is not Manhattan on EVERY level.

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