The PPTF has explored these options. However, due to the high cost of building structured parking, the fees for garages are expensive, more like $10/day instead of $30/month. For retail and restaurant workers, these fees are cost-prohibitive. Plus, the parking garage availability is limited (see pre- Covid levels), and best serves the businesses by offering patron parking.
There are a few private lots available. Most already have made agreements with businesses to offer employee parking. Council has entered into a new agreement with Rider University to make almost 200 spaces available at the Westminster Choir College campus for employee permits. Churches do have parking lots that are largely vacant on weekdays, but they need to reserve the ability for members to park on short notice for events such as funerals and memorial services.
Town officials are in ongoing conversations to find other shared lot agreements with private owners and will continue to pursue more options for employee, customer and residential parking.