BAYONNE, NJ - An influx of out-of-town commuters filling spaces in municipal parking lots has caused the city to end its policy of offering free parking during the holiday season, Mayor Jimmy Davis announced Wednesday.

“In recent years, the City of Bayonne has offered free parking in municipal parking lots for non-commercial vehicles during the month of December. That policy was intended to encourage Christmas shopping in Bayonne,” Davis said. “However, the free parking policy was abused by out-of-town commuters who parked their cars in the lots for several hours while they took the Light Rail to work in New York.”  

Davis added that the previous free parking in December policy had turned many spaces into free, daylong commuter parking for people who are not Bayonne residents.  

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There will still be free parking on Sundays, and on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve, and New Year’s Day, Davis said.

“We will observe what happens this year to the parking situation during the month of December in Bayonne,” Davis concluded. “Then we will consider what to do in December 2020.” 


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