HACKENSACK, NJ -- Hackensack’s Mayor and Council voted in favor of purchasing a Smart Parking Meter System for the city in the amount of $300,000 at this week's council meeting.

The new electronic based parking meters will allow users to pay with credit cards or cell phones and include single-head parking meters, dual-head parking meters and multi-space pay stations throughout the city.

“This is a big step forward for the city of Hackensack from what we currently have,” said Deputy Mayor Kathleen Canestrino. "We also tried to make some better definitions with the use of these.”

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One of the features is if a construction is going on in an area where meters exist, which need to be disabled during the construction process, a daily fee can easily be established.   

“We’ve also come up with hourly fee updates for the parking lots,” Canestrino added. “We took a long hard look at our monthly usage - folks that are buying monthly parking passes - and we saw that there was a way to better utilize some of those spaces and make more parking available, so we’ve adjusted the timeframe on that.”

Certain monthly meters will convert to regular meters during off-peak hours of the day to free up more spaces. 

The city’s contract is with MacKay Meters.