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December 19, 2013

Enterprise CarShare Expands To Hoboken and Jersey City

Filed under: City Of Hoboken News,Hoboken,traffic — Tags: , , , , — TheBoken @ 2:20 PM

Hoboken first had Zip Cars, then Hertz Corner Cars, and Enteprise Rentals is expanding their CarShare program to Hoboken and Jersey City. Read below for details…..

Enterprise CarShare Expands To New Jersey

Enterprise Car Share Hoboken Jersey City

Enterprise CarShare today announced the launch of its services in Hoboken, N.J., and Jersey City, N.J. Expansion into both markets underscores the company’s rapid growth in the New York City metro area. Since June, Enterprise CarShare has doubled its fleet in New York City, and membership has increased in the metro area by nearly 50 percent.

Today, Enterprise CarShare is available on more than 75 university campuses and 40 government and business campuses and in nearly 20 major markets including New York, Boston, Washington, D.C., Philadelphia and Chicago.

“Our expansion into New Jersey will provide even more area commuters with a car share option that features up-to-date vehicles and first-rate customer service,” said Ryan Johnson, assistant vice president of Enterprise CarShare. “As urbanization continues, car sharing plays an increasingly significant role in serving local transportation needs, and our service is poised for continued growth throughout the entire region.”

New Jersey CarShare users will have access to nearly ten types of vehicles, ranging from economy cars to minivans and SUVs. Additionally, for a limited time, Enterprise is offering to waive the application fee and one-year membership charge for any New Jersey CarShare members. New members will also receive $15 in driving credits.

“Because our car-sharing services are part of Enterprise Rent-A-Car, we have access to newer, cleaner and well-maintained vehicles and offer a lower member-to-car ratio than any other car rental or car-sharing company,” said Johnson.

Enterprise CarShare is a cost-effective alternative to car ownership, an environmentally-friendly supplement to public transit and, since it’s backed by Enterprise’s award-winning customer service, delivers convenience and reliability to members in select markets across the country.

More information is available by visiting www.enterprisecarshare.com, the Enterprise CarShare Facebook page, or by following @carshare on Twitter.

About Enterprise CarShare:

Enterprise CarShare is a natural extension of the local car rental service that Enterprise Rent-A-Car pioneered more than 55 years ago. Enterprise CarShare offers a variety of clean, well-maintained vehicles at an affordable price, when and where customers need them, whether it is for an hour, a day, a weekend or longer. In 2011, Enterprise entered a major retail car-sharing market for the first time by acquiring PhillyCarShare in Philadelphia, and then, in 2012, it acquired Mint Cars On-Demand in Boston and New York City. In May 2013, Enterprise acquired the business of IGO CarSharing, the first car-sharing program in Chicago, and in September 2013 launched in Washington, D.C.

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August 23, 2013

Traffic to be Impacted Near Pulaski Skyway Starting August 23rd

Filed under: Construction,Hoboken,New Jersey,traffic — Tags: , , , , — TheBoken @ 3:50 PM

If you are driving back to Hoboken or out of Hoboken during the next few weekends this should not be the best of news….

New Jersey Department of Transportation Announces Series of Traffic

Pattern Impacts Near Pulaski Skyway in August 

Preparatory work will culminate with a full weekend closure
later this month for floor beam replacement
over the Tonnelle Circle in Jersey City

Pulasky Skyway August Traffic Detour New Jersey

The New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) today announced that the necessary installation of a new pier floorbeam, located over the Tonnelle Circle in Jersey City on the Route 1&9 Pulaski Skyway, requires a series of associated lane and ramp closures this month, culminating in a full closure of the entire Skyway in both directions for the weekend of August 23.

The Skyway provides four travel lanes for motor vehicles, two in each direction separated by a center barrier. All Route 1&9 traffic will be detoured from 9:00 p.m. Friday night, August 23 until around 5:00 a.m. on Monday, August 26. Route 1&9 northbound will be closed at the Skyway entrance near Newark Liberty Airport, while Route 1&9 southbound will be closed at the ramp from Route 139 westbound to the Tonnelle Circle. Access to the Skyway for Route 1&9 southbound motorists at the ramp located west of the Tonnelle Circle will be maintained.  Furthermore, the ramps from the Tonnelle Circle to Route 139 eastbound will be closed for this weekend.

In addition, a long term truck detour for all large-truck traffic from Tonnelle Avenue headed for Route 139 eastbound lower level (Holland Tunnel approach) is scheduled to be implemented on Saturday, August 17 and remain in place for approximately two-to-three weeks until early-September.

The work is associated with Contract 1 of the $1 billion project to rehabilitate the Pulaski Skyway, an 80-year-old elevated highway that carries 67,000 motor vehicles per day between Newark and Jersey City and serves as an express link for cars and buses to and from the Holland Tunnel. The massive improvement project will extend the life of the Skyway by 75 years.

Kiska Construction, Inc., NJDOT’s construction contractor for the ongoing Contract 1, is removing the existing concrete encasement at the eastern end of the Skyway to determine the condition of the underlying steel within the structure. The majority of the steel uncovered to date has been determined to be in good condition, with the exception of some of the floor beams located at the expansion joints. NJDOT will be erecting temporary support structures at twenty-one expansion joint locations within this section of the Skyway. These temporary supports will remain in place until such time that the existing floor beams are removed and replaced. The replacement of the floor beams will be completed under three separate construction contracts, and the work will require numerous full weekend closures of the entire Skyway.

NJDOT will be replacing one floorbeam – located on the eastern side of the Tonnelle Circle – this month as an additional priority item to the ongoing Contract 1. This work is planned for the weekend of August 23 and will require the full weekend closure of the Skyway as noted. Per current schedule, one floor beam will be replaced under Contract 3 and the remaining nineteen floorbeams will be replaced under Contract 4.

In advance of the full Skyway closure planned for August 23, the contractor will be preparing the work location and installing temporary supports, shielding and other safety measures. This work – which will result in a temporary reduction in height to a maximum clearance of ten (10) feet for vehicles passing through the Tonnelle Circle towards Route 139 eastbound – will require the truck detour noted above.

Additionally, a series of lane and ramp closures in and around the Tonnelle Circle area, connecting with the Pulaski Skyway and Route 139 eastbound, will be implemented during overnight hours and on weekends, beginning on August 12 and lasting through the end of the month. The ramp from Tonnelle Avenue northbound to Route 139 eastbound will be closed full time for this period, starting on August 17. When the ramps are reopened permanently in early-September, the right-lane ramp from Route 1&9T to Route 139 eastbound will remain with a reduced clearance of eleven (11) feet for up to one year. Truck traffic will then be directed to use the left-lane ramp at this location. A video visualization is available online to help motorists understand these associated impacts.

The Pulaski Skyway rehabilitation project – which is being advanced through 10 separate construction contracts into the year 2020 – will transform the Skyway from its current poor condition into one that is in a state of good repair. The construction contracts for Contract 2 (Schiavone Construction Co.) and Contract 3 (CCA Civil Inc.)  were awarded in late-June.

In January 2013, NJDOT announced a construction plan that will require a complete diversion of northbound motorists from the Skyway for approximately two years – starting after the Super Bowl in 2014 – while the existing deck of the 3.5-mile long structure that carries Route 1&9 traffic is replaced. Two southbound travel lanes will be maintained during this phase of the rehabilitation project.

NJDOT created a project-specific website - www.pulaskiskyway.com - which contains a wealth of information about the Skyway and the project, and will be updated with relevant new information as work progresses. The Department is carefully coordinating the Pulaski Skyway project with other regional transportation infrastructure projects to minimize traffic congestion.

Dynamic message signs The precise timing of the work is subject to change due to weather or other factors. Motorists are encouraged to check NJDOT’s traffic information website www.511nj.org for real-time travel information.

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April 4, 2013

Hoboken Community Message: Excavation Work to Begin on Monroe Street for Resurfacing Project April 4th

The latest from the City of Hoboken on Street repairs and repaving…..

Hoboken City Hall HDR Mod 4x6

Hoboken Community Message: Excavation Work to Begin on Monroe St for Resurfacing Project

As part of repaving work planned for this year on Monroe Street from 3rd Street to 6th Street, excavation for handicap ramps will begin on Thursday, April 4 at Monroe Street and 6th Street. The contractor will be at Monroe Street through the end of the week, working south to 3rd Street.

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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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November 16, 2012

City of Hoboken Advisory: Park Avenue Closed to Traffic at 16th St Due to Potential Building Collapse

Filed under: City Of Hoboken News,Hoboken,traffic — Tags: , , — TheBoken @ 4:00 PM

City of Hoboken Advisory: Park Avenue Closed to Traffic at 16th St Due to Potential Building Collapse

Hello Hoboken Citizen -

Due to demolition work which was deemed to have the potential to collapse onto the roadway, Park Avenue between 15th Street and 16th Street has been closed on an emergency basis. Plan on alternate routes and provide extra travel time. The roadway may be reopened as early as 7pm this evening.

Demolition work will resume on Monday, November 19. During demolition, which may last for up to 2 weeks, the southbound lane of Park Avenue will be closed while the northbound lane will be open. Police officers will be stationed in the area to direct traffic. Expect traffic delays in the area and plan accordingly.

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August 15, 2012

City of Hoboken to Re-open Madison Street in SW to Alleviate Traffic

The latest proposed pilot plan to address traffic in the Southwest…

SOUTHWEST ACCESS PLAN ANNOUNCED TO ALLEVIATE TRAFFIC CONGESTION

Madison Street to be Reopened as Three-Phase Pilot Program

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Following the community meeting held on August 14 to discuss traffic and pedestrian safety issues in Southwest Hoboken, the City of Hoboken will proceed with plans to reopen Madison Street to vehicular traffic as part of a Southwest Hoboken Access Improvement Plan. The plan was first publicly announced and presented at the community meeting.

“Thank you to all the residents who came out for a very productive meeting,” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer. “Based on the positive feedback we received, we will be moving ahead with a pilot plan to reopen Madison Street to help alleviate the pressure at Jackson Street and ease traffic congestion getting into Hoboken overall.”

The City is in the final stages of coordinating with Hudson County and the Hoboken Fire and Police Departments to reopen Madison Street behind the firehouse on Observer Highway as part of an access improvement plan for Southwest Hoboken. Although the street was closed to traffic with barriers several decades ago, it legally remains a through-street. The City is finalizing plans to conditionally open the street within a month and to monitor changes to traffic patterns.

The principle challenge with opening Madison Street is the short block length which provides minimal capacity for queued vehicles, which could back up onto Newark Street. As a result, the City is planning a three-phase pilot in order to evaluate resulting traffic conditions at each step before considering additional changes.

In all phases, only right hand turns from Newark Street would be permitted onto Madison Street. Drivers would proceed from Marin Boulevard, turn left on Newark Street, and then right onto Madison Street. Left turns will not be permitted onto Madison Street in order to avoid eastbound traffic backups on Newark Street. Large trucks and buses will be prohibited at all times.

Due to the limited queuing capacity on Madison Street, it is critical to maintain a constant flow of vehicles to prevent backups onto Newark Street. Because Observer Highway is a two-way street with moderate traffic volumes, initially only right hand turns will be permitted onto Observer Highway to minimize traffic conflicts and increase traffic throughput.

Pending an analysis of traffic conditions, additional phases would gradually loosen restrictions on turning movements at Madison Street and Observer Highway:

Phase I: Only right hand turns will be permitted from Madison Street onto Observer Highway. Left turns and northbound through movements will be prohibited.

Phase 2: Left turns and northbound through movements will be permitted during off-peak hours (Right turn only on weekdays, 7am-9am and 4pm-7pm). (Pending analysis)

Phase 3: All turning movements permitted at all times. (Pending analysis)

A draft illustration of the three-phase pilot plan is available for download.

 

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July 27, 2012

14th Street Viaduct Detour for Westbound Traffic Starting Around August 13th 9am -3pm for Ten Weeks!

First the Good news, the 14th Strete Viaduct is being rebuilt, The bad news is you will have a detour coming soon to Hoboken uptown. Below is some important information for those who drive in the Northern section of town. This detour is set to take place near August 13th , 2012 and will effect the area around the 14th Street Viaduct which is being rebuilt due to previous structural deficiencies……

WESTBOUND DETOUR FOR 14th STREET VIADUCT

DURING DAYTIME CONSTRUCTION

On or about August 13, 2012 and lasting for approximately 10 weeks, traffic on the 14th Street Viaduct will be closed in the west-bound direction from 9am to 3pm. East-bound traffic will remain open.

The contract for construction of the viaduct called for the complete closure of the viaduct at night to install 50 beams that average 120 feet long. This work is not noise-free, but was expected to be done at night in August and September to reduce daytime traffic delays.

After further consideration, the contractor indicated that they can leave one lane open on the viaduct if they were permitted to work during the day. The hours of lane closure would be from 9am to 3pm to avoid peak period traffic. Traffic congestion is still expected, but the benefit of the daytime detour is to not disturb area residents at night from the noise. Mayor Zimmer is thankful to Hudson County for working to find an alternative to nighttime construction.

There is no additional cost or time involved with the detour change. Sheriffs will be stationed at each end of the viaduct and would, as necessary, allow emergency vehicles through. The century-old Viaduct will be completely replaced as part of a $45 million dollar infrastructure upgrade of this section of Northwest Hoboken overseen by the County.

14th Street Viaduct Traffic Detour– Daytime (9AM to 3PM) – Eastbound open/Westbound closed

Westbound Traffic Detour Description:

Southern Detour:

  • From Viaduct to Willow Avenue (South)
  • Right to Newark Street
  • Right to Observer Highway
  • Right to Paterson Avenue
  • Straight to Paterson Plank Road
  • Straight to Viaduct approach

Northern Detour:

  • From Viaduct to Willow Avenue (North)
  • Left to 19th Street
  • Right to Hackensack Plank Road
  • Left to Palisade Avenue
  • Left to Paterson Plank Road
  • Left to Viaduct approach

 

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July 16, 2012

City of Hoboken Advisory: Street Closures for Tuesday, July 17

Due to the fact that there will be a 5K race by Party With Purpose in Hoboken tomorrow, drivers can expect some real “Scott Deleas” (race organizer) while driving along Sinatra Drive or Hudson Street from 6:15pm to 8:30pm…

City of Hoboken Advisory: Street Closures for Tuesday, July 17

Dear Hoboken Resident or Visitor:

Several streets near the waterfront will be temporarily closed due to a 5k race scheduled for Tuesday, July 17 at 7:00pm. The following roads will be closed between approximately 6:15pm and 8:30pm.

  • Sinatra Drive from 1st Street to 15th Street
  • Hudson Street from 12th Street to 15th Street
  • 11th Street from Sinatra Drive to Hudson Street
  • 12th Street from Sinatra Drive to Hudson Street
  • 15th Street from Sinatra Drive to Hudson Street
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May 23, 2012

Safer Roads Report Concludes Highest Red Light Running Rate on Memorial Day Weekend

Filed under: traffic — Tags: , , — TheBoken @ 2:35 PM

A new study out today about red-light running trends finds that more than 2.3 million drivers in 18 states ran a red light in 2011.

The study, by The National Coalition for Safer Roads (NCSR) also found that Memorial Day weekend is the top holiday weekend for reckless driving behavior in intersections with the highest number of red-light violations.

TheBoken.com thought this would be a useful public service announcement to help remind motorists to drive safely this holiday season. The summary and details of the report are below:

NATIONAL COALITION FOR SAFER ROADS RELEASES

FIRST-EVER REPORT REVEALING RED-LIGHT RUNNING DATA

AND TRENDS ACROSS THE U.S.

Memorial Day Weekend has highest rate of red-light running

More than 2.3 million drivers in 18 states ran a red light in 2011, according to the first-ever Safer Roads Report 2012: Trends in Red-Light Running from the National Coalition for Safer Roads (NCSR).

The report released today examines red-light running trends across 18 states and is designed to help raise driver awareness of the dangers of red-light running. The risks of red-light running are clear: Intersection-related vehicle accidents caused more than 8,500 causalities in 2001, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

NCSR’s report analyzed red-light running data collected from 1,240 red-light safety cameras across 142 areas in 18 states.

Report Highlights:

  • Memorial Day weekend was the highest ranked holiday travel period, with 26,787 red-light running violations in 2011 — a more than 27 percent increase in violations than the average weekend
  • Christmas Day had the lowest number of red-light running violations in 2011, with 3,859 total — nearly 40 percent less than the average daily violation total
  • Friday proved to be the worst day for intersection safety in 2011 — safety cameras caught 378,122 total red-light running violations — while Sunday saw the fewest violations, with 289,603 total
  • Drivers most frequently ran red lights in the afternoon, with 30.7 percent (719,702) of all red-light running violations in 2011 occurring from 1 p.m.– 5 p.m.

“This report shines a light on the life-threatening epidemic of red-light running on our nation’s roads,” said David Kelly, President and Executive Director, NCSR, and Former Acting Administrator of NHTSA. “This new information reveals when we are most vulnerable on the road. We’re arming drivers, cyclists and pedestrians with knowledge they can use to keep themselves and their families safer on the road. Drivers everywhere need to make a more conscious effort to be aware on the roadways —no matter the time or the place.”

For more information on Safer Roads Report 2012: Trends in Red-Light Running, please visit http://www.NCSRsafety.org/ . Also view the associated infographic.

The National Coalition for Safer Roads helps save lives and protect communities by demonstrating how red-light safety cameras can improve driver behavior. NCSR brings together policymakers, community leaders and concerned citizens in support of red-light safety cameras, advocating for their use in cities and communities across the country. The National Coalition for Safer Roads is a 501 (c)(6) industry trade association. To learn more, please visit www.NCSRsafety.org follow @SaferRoadsUSA on Twitter and on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/SaferRoadsUSA.

Below is the report embedded for your reading convenience:

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May 9, 2012

New Traffic Signal and Traffic Pattern at Newark Street and Monroe Street in Hoboken

The latest update from the City of Hoboken on pedestrian and traffic safety……

New Traffic Signal and Traffic Pattern at Newark Street and Monroe Street

Residents are advised that on Monday, May 14th, new traffic signals will be turned on at Newark Street and Monroe Street/Grove Street. The existing traffic signals at this location were retrofitted by Hudson County with new equipment, including a modernized controller, countdown pedestrian signals, and improved visibility vehicle and pedestrian crossing faces.

The City of Hoboken coordinated with Hudson County engineering to improve signal coordination with adjacent intersections, reconfigure lane utilization to better manage turning movements, and address pedestrian crossing/safety concerns at this location. Hudson County Engineering prepared the plans and implemented the improvements as part of its annual roadway improvement program. The City would like to thank Hudson County for its continued efforts to improve safety and traffic flow in Hoboken.

Previously, Monroe Street was configured with two right turn lanes and one left turn lane. The street has been reconfigured with two left turn lanes and one right turn lane, with the middle “left” turn lane designated for the dogleg turn onto Grove Street.

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