March 2018 Archives

This is a letter I wrote to Ravi, our entire city council and to Director Sharp.

1. Mayor Zimmer had a smart meter project in the works

Hoboken bonded $5m in 2014. Where are we exactly on that project 4 years later? I thought the plan was to remove all of the permit-parking only signs and replace them with smart-meters, but it seems to me this project has stalled. 

We were also supposed to look at structuring the meters for higher costs along Washington Street, and other popular roads, to encourage people to park for short amounts of time on roads like Washington, rather than park for 3-4 hours. Most people, like myself, just want to park on Washington, pop into a store for about 10-30 minutes, and leave, rather than having to park in a parking garage. We should scale parking meters along Washington Street to be $2.50 for 15 minutes, $5 for 30 minutes. If someone wants to parked for 3-4 hours - they should be encouraged to park in a municipal parking garage rather than on the street, or pick a street that is away from Washington Street and cheaper to park. The idea of scaling was something that Zimmer mentioned 4 years ago and no one has moved forward here.

2. The public is howling for better streets. Washington is one example, but a simple fix is raising the residential parking from $15 per year to $300 per year (senior citizens and students should get a waiver). While no one wants to pay MORE, if you prove that this money would go DIRECTLY towards Hoboken DPW projects, rather than into the city coffers, I think the pill would be easier to swallow. If you have 10,000 residents who pay $15 a year that is only $150,000 a year we use for our streets. Whereas raising to $300 would generate $3 million a year which can be used to repave many streets - an especially bad street is Clinton street between Newark all the way to 5th street. 13th and Monroe literally has a hump in the middle of the road. Your car will tilt sideways - how has it that NO ONE has done anything about this in 10 years?

 3. Shouldn't we consider signs at our parking garages (and ideally at our borders, like at Newark/Jersey Avenue train bridge for the south and Willow/Park Avenue for the north that show which municipal parking garages have open parking spaces? Picture included. Easily paid for if we raised residential street parking to $300.

4. The timers at 14th street & Willow traffic lights are not correct. I drive here every day at 5pm. By the time the light turns yellow at 14th street, the light at 13th and Willow is already red. The traffic backs up from 13th and Willow to 14th and Willow and often blocks the crosswalk & some cars get stuck in the middle of the road. It causes major headaches.

5. Please don't remove 12th street between Jefferson and Madison for the new park. I drive here daily. It is already extremely difficult to get North-South in Hoboken, and removing this road would cut off south bound traffic 14th street to use Jefferson to go to south. If anything reconnect Jefferson and then remove 12th between Jefferson & Madison. It will allow for one continuous park to be utilized and also allow for traffic to move smoothly. If you are worried about speeding traffic, install speed bumps & parking signs. 

 6. I wrote about the idea of creating the Hoboken Roadway Patrol four years ago. It is a bit of a pie-in-the-sky idea, but I still think the idea considers merit. The HRP would be a law enforcement agency which has patrol jurisdiction over all Hoboken roadways (including any county roads within Hoboken's borders). The HRP could be a branch of the Division of Motor Vehicles in the Department of Public Works - or part of the current police force, but the goal is to free up police from roadway duties. Local police are primarily responsible for investigating and enforcing traffic laws - but having a HRP frees local police to focus on other tasks not related to the roadways. I wrote about in more in depth here:

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