When the entire Gladstone Branch of NJ Transit is down due to power, weather, staffing or construction issues, the City of Summit must allow non-resident parking commuters to extend meter time past 5 hours.
Outages on the Gladstone Branch are common, and when they happen, the few non-resident permitted garage spaces available in Summit fill up very quickly, leaving no option for all other riders of the Gladstone Branch but to park at a 5-hour meter and be ticketed $40.00 when the meter runs out, which is usurious.
Summit would ONLY need to lift the 5-hour restriction when the ENTIRE Gladstone branch of NJ Transit is down, only on that particular day, and would not need to change or advertise a change to its current parking policies at all. NJ Transit is tantamount to a public utility, and Summit is the hub station for the Gladstone line. When Gladstone is down, there are no other reliable places to park and get the train to Manhattan aside from driving all the way to South Orange (also a hostile parking situation). NJ Transit and Summit owe it to the riders of the Gladstone Branch to accommodate non-Summit residing riders during the frequent outages on the line. If the City of Summit wants to charge a premium parking price on those days, that would still be preferable to being ticketed.
I can speak to the most recent scenario I experienced as described above – it occurred on 02/04/2019. But there have been many others over the years I rode the line from Long Hill Township, and now using it from the Far Hills Station.