Ride-call services are finding their lane in Belmar

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Belmar officials say that the borough’s yearlong experience with designated zones for ride-call and ride- share service vehicles like the one pictured above has been successful, partly because it was possible to locate such lanes away from residential areas. PHOTO BY DANIELLA HEMINGHAUS

BELMAR — Implementing pickup and drop-off zones for ride-call services has been a struggle for some municipalities, but Belmar has now had such lanes for a year.

They have been a success from the start, Borough Administrator Colleen Connolly said.

Four areas in Belmar were set up as ride-share locations between the hours of 7 p.m. and 3 a.m. under Borough Ordinance No. 2017-17, approved last summer.

Efforts to establish similar zones in Sea Girt and Manasquan have faced pushback, much of it from residents.

Belmar, however, was able to devote large areas to the zones, without disrupting residential neighborhoods, Ms. Connolly said.

These zones are outside of the Belmar hotspots D’Jais, Marina Grille, Boathouse and Anchor Tavern.

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