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June 24, 2013

City of Hoboken To Issue Smart Cards and New Pilot Parking Regulations

Filed under: City Of Hoboken News,Hoboken,Parking — Tags: , , — TheBoken @ 12:50 PM

Here is the latest change in parking in Hoboken with a pilot designed to be more user and visitor friendly in uptown Hoboken….

HOBOKEN PARKING UTILITY ANNOUNCES PARKING

SMART CARDS & NEW PILOT PARKING REGULATIONS

City of Hoboken Parking Meter

The City of Hoboken’s Parking Utility today is announcing the availability of parking meter smart cards and the start of a pilot program for new “hybrid” permit/meter parking regulations in part of northern Hoboken.

Effective immediately, drivers can pay at all parking meters in Hoboken with a pre-paid Hoboken Smart Card. Refillable smart cards ranging in value from $20 to $240 can be purchased at the Hoboken Parking Utility. Once issued, smart cards can be recharged at any parking meter that accepts bills. The City recently installed 24 new parking meters throughout the city which accept paper bills in addition to coins, credit/debit cards and smart cards.

Effective July 1, 2013, the City of Hoboken will implement new “hybrid” parking regulations as a pilot program in part of northern Hoboken.

The new regulations represent a hybrid of existing permit parking regulations and metered zones. Signs in these areas read: “Permit Parking Only. All Others Pay At Meter.” Like standard “Permit Only” parking areas, Hoboken parking permit holders may park in these zones at no charge. Visitors and other non-permit holders are required to pay at the meters for up to 4 hours between the hours of 9am to 9pm.

“We hope this pilot program proves to be a win-win for residents and visitors alike,” said Transportation and Parking Director John Morgan. “The new rules preserve parking for residents and are more forgiving to our visitors.”

Those who violate the regulations in the new hybrid zones will be subject to ticketing. The streets with the new regulations are:

  • 15th St from Madison St to Willow Ave (both sides)
  • Adams St from 15th St to 16th St (East)
  • Clinton St from 15th St to 16th St (East)
  • Grand St from 15th St to 16th St (East)
  • Jefferson St from 15th St to 16th St (East)

The west side of Adams St, Clinton St, Grand St, and Jefferson St remain designated as “Resident Only.”

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June 6, 2013

City of Hoboken – Discounted Parking Available Due to Flash Flood Watch

Here is the latest update from the City of Hoboken due to the possibility of flooding caused by the remnants of Tropical Storm Andrea….

FLASH FLOOD WATCH IN EFFECT

AND DISCOUNTED GARAGE PARKING AVAILABLE

Hoboken Storm Flood ZonesThe remnants of Tropical Storm Andrea are currently forecast to reach our area on Friday. The National Weather Service has issued a Flash Flood Watch from Friday morning through Saturday afternoon. Rainfall rates could reach between 1 and 2 inches per hour and total up to 4 inches or more.

The City of Hoboken is taking preparations including activating the Office of Emergency Management and Community Emergency Response Team and coordinating with North Hudson Sewerage Authority. Barricades will be pre-positioned to close streets as necessary.

Residents are advised to closely monitor the storm and make appropriate preparations, including moving their vehicles from flood-prone streets. Although the exact timing and intensity of the storm is not known, if heavy rain beyond the capacity of Hoboken’s flood pump occurs during high tide, flooding is expected.

Due to the potential for flooding, the City of Hoboken is providing reduced rate parking in municipal Garage B (located on 2nd Street between Hudson and River Streets) and Garage D (215 Hudson Street) beginning Friday, June 7 at 8am through noon on Saturday, June 8th for $5 for residents who reside in flood prone areas and have a valid Resident parking permit or Temporary parking permit placard.

In addition, various privately-operated parking garages are available including:

  • Central Parking (50 Bloomfield St)
  • Central Parking (77 Park Ave)
  • Central Parking Systems (1 Washington St)
  • Central Parking Systems (50 Bloomfield St)
  • Propark America (1125 Maxwell Ln)
  • Propark America (1450 Bloomfield St)
  • Sylvan Parking (800 Jefferson St)
  • Sylvan Sky Garage LLC (125 Marshall St)
  • Sylvan Sky Garage (700 1st St)
  • SJP Garage (111 River St)
  • Newport Mall Parking Garages – Main/West Garage, North Garage, South Garage (49 Mall Drive West, Jersey City)

Residents who have a Resident parking permit or Temporary parking permit are reminded that overnight parking from 8pm to 8am is available every day in Municipal Garages B, D (215 Hudson St), and Midtown (371 4th St) for $5.

A map of flood-prone areas and additional information is available on the City website: www.hobokennj.org/flooding.

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March 21, 2013

Robot Cars – Are they the future? How would that work in Hoboken? New Jersey?

Filed under: Hoboken,Parking,traffic — Tags: , , , , , , — TheBoken @ 4:20 PM

Here is an article from local blogger Sara S. about the future state of automobiles and the concept of computer controlled driving for individual vehicles.

Traffic in NYC Wikipedia Commons mod Robot

Robot Cars – Are they the future? In NYC, Hoboken or New Jersey?

The Jetson’s promised us flying cars decades ago and we still haven’t gotten them. So, while we’re waiting, it’s a good thing Google is doing their part for the future of transportation by making and testing autonomous vehicles – or ”robot cars”. It sounds a little crazy, I know, but they really are and soon these “autos” will be cruising along our roads and highways. You will become the passenger and the car will be the driver.

Neat – O

There would be no more need for streetlights. No one would get speeding or parking tickets. We already have cars that can park themselves, but these cars would bring it to a whole new level. We would probably still have parking meters though! Knowing that parking is such an issue in Hoboken for some residents and visitors that do not use mass transit and parking where they wish, can you honestly expect drivers who are accustomed to double parking and standing where they should not to relinquish that option?

Robot cars could take the most congested traffic systems like that in New Jersey and turn it into a streamlined and efficient commute or ride each and every time. These cars have a 360-degree view through radar and GPS technology. They rely on the continuous uploading of detailed images from the vehicle’s immediate surroundings using 3-D laser mapping technology.

Imagine the changes to the traffic jams of cities like New Jersey and NJ car insurance alone and then echo it across the country. States would experience an interesting transition for traffic officers, insurance companies, and lots of other businesses. Think of all the people currently who hold positions as drivers in this country; from buses to semis.

Cops would no longer need to set-up speed traps, there would be no accidents (or at least fewer) with what they say could improve traffic and collision statistics everywhere.  But, who knows what new hazards these futuristic automated autos will bring or what the new provisions would be once they were launched on the public across the country?

So far, only Nevada has passed a new robot-friendly law and those laws are only for the purpose of testing automated vehicles; they are not yet available for consumers. Technically however, when they do become available Bryant Walker Smith, a lecturer on legal issues at Stanford University says he has found no laws that directly prohibit them from being used right now.

But, But, But…

Set the “neat-o” factor aside and think about the potential implications of a fully autonomous automobile.

Really think about it. A robot car. What is traffic like where you live at any given time? Can a robot car navigate it? Really? Could there be both robot and manually driven cars sharing the same roads at the same time, or could they only work if everyone had one? Could a programmer be sued if he/she developed a faulty self-driving algorithm?

Will a driver’s license become and operator’s license? Who would ultimately regulate this and what could they potentially do with that power? Would they be able to remotely access and control every vehicle and the grids they are traveling on? Will they be able to turn your car off at any time or re-direct you? What a great way to resolve the oil issue that could be.

Who’s Steering this Bus/Car?

Currently the prototypes have steering wheels and a tap system on the brakes that will allow you to regain control of the vehicle any time you want, but these questions are all worth pondering.

Technology is encroaching on every aspect of our lives. How much control are you willing to give up behind the wheel? Are you willing to give up the wheel entirely?

Editor’s Note: We are perhaps a ways off before this is even an option but Google and other technology firms have already started on this trend so it may be sooner than later. Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments below:

 

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December 7, 2012

City of Hoboken Offers Free Parking and Shopping Shuttle for Holiday Shoppers in December

The City of  Hoboken is offering free parking and a shuttle service on weekends for Holiday Shoppers to help local businesses where it can for the Month of December 2012….

City of Hoboken Offers Free Parking and Shopping Shuttle for Holiday Shoppers

 

The City of Hoboken is providing four hours of free garage parking all month long and free shuttle service on weekends to encourage shopping at local businesses during the holiday season.

“Hoboken is open for business!” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer. “We want to make it easy and enjoyable for visitors to shop or dine in Hoboken and support the businesses that make our community great.”

Free parking is available in municipal garages B (28 2nd St), D (215 Hudson St) and Midtown (371 4th St) seven days a week during the month of December between the hours of 9am and midnight. To receive up to 4 hours of free parking, visitors must present to the parking attendant a receipt for at least $20 from any Hoboken business during these hours. Any time beyond 4 hours will be charged at the regular rate.

A special free holiday hop shuttle will run from 11am to 2pm and 3pm to 7pm every Saturday and Sunday in December. The shuttle will travel along Hoboken’s commercial districts of Washington Street, 1st Street and 14th Street.

For a map of the shuttle route and parking garages, visit: www.hobokennj.org/docs/transportation/2012-Holiday-Parking-and-Hop-Flyer.pdf.

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November 6, 2012

City of Hoboken Parking Update – November 6th

Filed under: City Of Hoboken News,Hoboken,Parking — Tags: , , — TheBoken @ 6:22 PM

The latest from the City of Hoboken regrading Hurricane Sandy and parking……

City of Hoboken Parking Update November 6th

All parking regulations are suspended through the end of Monday, November 12 (11:59pm). Parking enforcement will resume on Tuesday, November 13 at 12:00am.

Garage B (2nd St. between River St. and Hudson St) & D (215 Hudson St) are open to the general public – normal rates apply ($5/day through Friday for residential permits only). All residential permit cars must be moved out of the garage by Friday, November 9th at 6pm. The Midtown Garage (HUMC) is closed until further notice except for monthly and hospital employees.

If your car was damaged in the flood
All damaged cars must be towed by Monday, November 12.

If you rent a car
You cannot transfer your residential sticker or license plates to a rental car. You must apply for a temporary permit.

If you buy a new car
You cannot switch the permit unless the new vehicle is registered with the Parking Utility.

If you buy a new car with temporary plates
You must apply for a temporary permit. You cannot switch your permit to a temporary plate.

Buying a car is expensive, owning a car in Hoboken is a burden. If you don’t drive to work, it’s probably cheaper to use Hoboken Corner Cars (car-sharing) instead of owning a car. Information and sign-up link can be found here: www.hobokennj.org/cornercars.

All permits and changes can be made through www.hobokennj.org/hpuonline or at the HPU office in the basement of City Hall.

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October 10, 2012

City of Hoboken – Business Parking Permits Now Available Online

Here is the latest effort in automation of parking permits from the City of Hoboken:

BUSINESS PARKING PERMITS NOW AVAILABLE ONLINE

New Permit Options Now Available for Owners, Employees, and Customers

The City of Hoboken announced today that all parking permits that businesses need to provide parking for their employees and customers are now also available online using the HPUOnline system (www.hobokennj.org/hpuonline).

Businesses owners or authorized representatives will first need to create an account to establish proof of business in Hoboken by providing necessary documentation. Once a business account is approved, employees of that business may then apply for various on-street and garage parking permits as well as discounted “park-and-shop” coupons for businesses to hand out to valued customers.

New Options – Annual On-Street Business Parking Permits: Owners and employees of businesses located in Hoboken may now apply online for their annual parking permit. Yearly Business parking permits cost $200. New this year: the Parking Utility is now offering Business parking permits for $50/month and $100/quarter. All Business parking permit purchases will now take place online or in person at the Parking Utility. HPU will mail out a reminder postcard with an extended expiration date to existing permit holders, but will no longer mail out permit renewals. All existing permit holders are encouraged to set up an account and apply for a new permit as soon as possible.

New -  Business Daily Debit Garage Permit: Business owners/employees may park their car in unreserved spaces of garages at all hours for a maximum duration of 12 hours at a flat rate of $5/12 hours. Apply online for the permit and a transponder will be provided for your vehicle to enter/exit the garage. Funds pre-paid to the account are debited upon exit (when the gate goes up). Parking beyond the 12 hour period is subject to standard rates for any additional time. This option replaces the old “Merchant Coupon” that was previously used by HPU.

Coming Soon - Pay Station Smart Cards: Hoboken recently replaced 960+ traditional single-space coin-only parking meters on commercial streets with nearly 150 state-of-the-art multi-space parking meters to make parking in the metered parking zone more convenient. This option is for individuals who regularly park in metered areas of the City and don’t want the hassle of paying with coins or waiting for credit card processing. Smart cards allow for any amount of money to be loaded onto the card and are instantly charged at the meter. They are the fastest way to pay for parking at pay stations. Smart cards will soon be available to the general public and may be purchased via HPUOnline or in person at the Parking utility. They are ready for use immediately upon activation.

Park-and-Shop Coupons: Hoboken business owners may provide these coupons to loyal customers for free/discounted parking at municipal garages. When customers return to the garage, they simply insert the coupon after their ticket to reduce the parking fee by the amount displayed on the coupon. “Park-and-shop coupons are now available online and are sold to Hoboken businesses at one-half the face value.

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May 21, 2012

The Red Stripes are coming to Hoboken–More Temporary Parking Spots Created

Filed under: Hoboken,Parking — Tags: , — TheBoken @ 10:00 AM

Red Stripes Hoboken Parking

The City of Hoboken has begun the process of painting red stripes at intersections in Hoboken. There will now be a two color scheme to let motorists where they can’t park ever (red) and yellow zones where car owners can park from 7pm-7am. State law was changed which  allowed local municipalities to modify the 25 foot rule and these changes were implemented by the City Council in a unanimous vote earlier this year. It is estimated that the rule changes will add about 750 temporary spots throughout the City. Below are some photos of the striping to date as well as a diagram explaining the extended parking zone changes courtesy of the City of Hoboken. Parking will always be a challenge in Hoboken but these changes should help make it a bit easier.

Red Stripes Hoboken ParkingRed Stripes Hoboken Parking

Note: You can never park where there are barriers, typically installed around schools and other high traffic areas.Hoboken Extended Parking Zones

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May 15, 2012

Free Garage Parking for Residents of River Street from City of Hoboken

Here is an update on the River Street Resurfacing project from the City of Hoboken …

FREE GARAGE PARKING FOR RESIDENTS ON RIVER STREET HOBOKEN

Due to the unpredictable access to driveways and off-street parking as a result of the resurfacing work on River Street between Hudson Place and 4th Street, the City will be providing free garage parking to residents affected by the work. Free parking will be available in municipal Garage B (entrance on 2nd Street between River Street and Hudson Street) and Garage D (entrance on Hudson Street between 2nd Street and 3rd Street) from 8pm on Wednesday, May 16 to noon on Friday, May 18. Residents who need to exit a garage via River Street are advised to exit by 8am on Thursday, May 17, park in a municipal garage, or on-street. Free garage parking is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

 

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May 14, 2012

Hoboken Parking Authority Re-instates Parking Enforcement Officer

Filed under: City Of Hoboken News,Hoboken,Parking — Tags: , , , , , — TheBoken @ 10:55 AM

Here is some  good news for the Vera family with the reinstatement of Kleber Vera to the Hoboken Parking Authority from the City of Hoboken.

PARKING ENFORCEMENT OFFICER RETURNS TO PARKING UTILITY

Parking Enforcement Officer Kleber Vera has been reinstated on the job after being suspended in November, 2010. Vera was hired by the Parking Utility in February, 2010. He was suspended without pay pending the disposition of the criminal court case against him which touched upon his office. Ultimately all charges were dismissed.

“Mr. Vera and his family went through a very difficult and very public process, and now that the charges against him have been dismissed, I welcome him back as an employee of the City of Hoboken,” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer.

“Kleber Vera had a good work record prior to these events, and I’m happy to hear that his charges were dropped,” added Transportation and Parking Director Ian Sacs.

 

 

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April 26, 2012

Hoboken Parking Utility Eliminates Wait List at Municipal Garages

Filed under: City Of Hoboken News,Hoboken,Parking — Tags: , , , , , — TheBoken @ 4:14 PM

Here is another accomplishment coming out of City Hall that should benefit some motorists in Hoboken…

HOBOKEN PARKING UTILITY (HPU)  ELIMINATES WAIT LIST AT MUNICIPAL GARAGES

Residents can now enjoy instant access to garage parking

The Hoboken Parking Utility (HPU) announced today that the well-known waiting lists for parking in municipal garages that have forced Hoboken residents to wait for years at a time to get in have finally been eliminated. The successful sale of Hoboken University Medical Center cleared the way for residents to find relief from the most notorious waiting list of all at Midtown garage.

“When I took this job, I was handed a wait list for garages that in some cases was over 200 people and nearly three years long,” said Transportation and Parking Director Ian Sacs “After two years of careful management, organizational changes, and creative thinking from my staff, we can proudly say there is no longer a wait for anyone who wants to park in a municipal garage!”

The HPU manages five municipal parking structures. In 2009, four of five parking facilities had extremely long waiting lists while one was “under-parked.” While some garages have availability limited to certain options, everyone who wishes to park in a municipal garage may now do so.

Corrective actions to eliminate the wait lists included eliminating unauthorized/undocumented parking accounts in an early audit of all facilities, standardizing application and wait list procedures, rigorous tracking of occupancy statistics, creation of new options that better meet the needs of customers, clearer documentation about availability, and re-balancing parking to better match supply and demand throughout all facilities.

One of the most important changes to address the mismatch between supply and demand at municipal garages has been the introduction of the “Monthly Limited” parking option for Hoboken residents. This option is designed for residents who commute with their cars to work each day; they enjoy a 30% discount on the standard rate in return for committing to be out of the garage between 10am and 4pm on weekdays. As of March 2012, about 140 residents are signed up for that option.

This year, the HPU plans to upgrade the elevators and stairwells in all garages and address needed structural improvements, pending City Council approval of a bond ordinance.

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