The Hoboken Police Department is engaged in a comprehensive pedestrian safety education and enforcement initiative throughout November that will include motorists, bicyclists, and pedestrians.
The highlight of the initiative is a series of pedestrian decoy operations which are taking place at multiple locations in Hoboken throughout the month. Decoy operations involve police officers in civilian clothes who pose as pedestrians crossing the street while a team of other officers observe and stop motorists who fail to stop for pedestrians or violate other laws.
During pedestrian decoy operations in the past two weeks, police issued 41 summons for failure to stop for pedestrians, 3 summons for driving while on a mobile phone, 1 summons for disregarding a crossing guard/traffic control officer, and 9 warnings. Additional decoy operations are also scheduled.
Officers will also stop motorists who fail to stop at stop signs and will be on the lookout for other dangerous violations such as distracted driving. Enforcement and education efforts will also focus on pedestrians who fail to use a crosswalk and bicyclists who fail to stop at red lights, ride recklessly on sidewalks, and other violations. Officers will also enforce violations against those who fail to obey crossing guards and traffic control officers.
The Hoboken Police Department has received a $16,000 grant from the N.J. Division of Highway Traffic Safety aimed at enhancing pedestrian safety in Hoboken.
The grant will fund the 2017 Pedestrian Safety Program – Walk Safe Hoboken, a program aimed at reducing the number of traffic collisions involving pedestrians. The grant provides funding for traffic enforcement and educational material to be utilized during the police department’s school and community presentations.
The police department’s Traffic and Transportation Bureau has recognized the need for increased enforcement and awareness regarding pedestrian safety. “Walk Safe Hoboken” will begin this month and culminate in May 2017. The program will provide educational presentations to local schools and the enforcement of motor vehicle laws throughout the city. Officers will stop motorists who fail to stop for pedestrians in crosswalks, and in addition will be on the lookout for other dangerous violations such as distracted driving.
As pedestrian safety is a shared responsibility, pedestrians who fail to use a crosswalk when crossing the street also will be stopped as part of the program. Urging pedestrians and drivers alike to be aware of their surroundings can save lives.
Hoboken Police Officers will focus their enforcement efforts at commonly used crosswalks as well as school zones. For information regarding “Walk Safe Hoboken,” the public is advised to contact Lieutenant John Petrosino or Sergeant William Montanez of the Hoboken Police Department’s Traffic and Transportation Bureau at (201) 420-5109.
The City of Hoboken is working with NJ Transit to facilitate increased pedestrian traffic and new pedestrian routes through the Hoboken Terminal area in anticipation of the partial restoration of rail service to the terminal on Monday, October 10th. The southern sidewalk along Hudson Place will serve as a primary route to access the terminal via the Ferry Terminal entrance.
To safely accommodate the anticipated pedestrian volumes, prevent overcrowding, and ensure the public can safely access the PATH and heavy rail, the sidewalk along Hudson Place has been reconfigured to widen the walking area. The anticipated increased pedestrian volumes will be accommodated by shifting the bike parking and temporarily relocating the taxi stand to the west side of Hudson Street until full access to the terminal is restored. Bicycle parking will be prohibited along the south side of the Hudson Place sidewalk.
The Hop shuttle pickup and dropoff location remains on River Street between Hudson Place and Newark Street. The resident shuttle pickup location is on the east side of Hudson Street south of Hudson Place and dropoff is permitted on Hudson Place. These changes will remain in effect until full access is restored to Hoboken Terminal.
Please see the full announcement below from NJ Transit regarding partial service restoration.
PARTIAL RAIL SERVICE SCHEDULED TO RESUME MONDAY AT HOBOKEN TERMINAL
Main/Bergen County, Pascack Valley and Port Jervis Lines to return to Hoboken on weekday schedule with adjustments
NEWARK, NJ — NJ TRANSIT will reopen a portion of Hoboken Terminal to commuter rail service for the start of service on Monday, October 10, 2016.
Cross-honoring will continue on Hudson-Bergen Light Rail, NJ TRANSIT bus and private carriers ONLY.
A section of the terminal suffered extensive damage following a train accident September 29. Due to the ongoing National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) investigation, debris removal and safety concerns, the entire Hoboken Terminal was placed out of service.
Beginning with the first train Monday morning, NJ TRANSIT will reopen Tracks 10-17 for rail service. Tracks 1-9 will remain out of service until further notice as repair work in that section of the terminal continues.
When the partial reopening occurs, Main/Bergen County, Pascack Valley and Port Jervis Line trains will return to a weekday schedule, with some adjustments, to and from Hoboken. Select express trains will be eliminated and certain other trains will be combined. Customers are urged to go to njtransit.com for more specific information after 10 p.m. tonight.
On the Montclair-Boonton Line, trains originating west of Montclair State University (MSU), including from Denville will operate into Hoboken, with additional stops east of MSU.
Most Gladstone Branch trains to Hoboken will be restored.
North Jersey Coast Line and Raritan Valley Line trains scheduled to terminate in Hoboken will continue to terminate at Newark Penn Station.
Because rail service will be modified in and out of the terminal, other NJ TRANSIT bus, rail and light rail services may experience crowding conditions and delays.
As repair work continues at the terminal, customers are advised to stay clear of all work areas.
The Hoboken Terminal waiting room, Customer Service office and restrooms will be open. In addition, there will be limited Ticket Vending Machines located in the waiting room. Customers are urged to download the NJ TRANSIT App and sign up for MyTix to purchase their tickets.
NJ TRANSIT bus, Hudson-Bergen Light Rail, PATH and NY Waterway also continue to operate in and out of Hoboken on their regular routes and schedules.
NJ TRANSIT would like to thank its customers for their continued patience and support.
The City of Hoboken invites all members of the public to a second community meeting to discuss the Southwest Area Redevelopment Plan on Thursday, October 13th at 7:00pm at the Multi Service Center, located at 124 Grand Street. The meeting will begin with a presentation of several proposed concept plans, which incorporate feedback from an online survey, a prior community meeting, and a workshop with property owners.
The Redevelopment Plan concepts are based on the expansion of the Southwest Park as a centerpiece, preservation of urban manufacturing and commercial uses, creation of new neighborhood retail and a hotel, establishment of mixed use neighborhoods, and construction of a parking garage.
The Hoboken Police Department invites the community to the fourth “coffee with a cop” meeting on Wednesday, October 5th from 9:00am to 10:30am at La Isla Uptown, located at 25 12th Street at the corner of Maxwell Lane.
Coffee with a Cop brings police officers and the community members they serve together – over coffee – to discuss issues, learn more about each other, and strengthen community ties.
In attendance at the meeting will be Chief Ken Ferrante, Captain Tory Pasculli, Lieutenant Scott Hochstadter, Sergeant Steve Kranz, and Detective Ed Lepre, along with Mayor Dawn Zimmer and Councilwoman Tiffanie Fisher.
Residents are invited to discuss any law enforcement or policing issues at the local, regional or national level in an informal setting. The Hoboken Police Department will provide coffee and pastries.
The City of Hoboken is in the final stages of negotiations to acquire the BASF property, a 6-acre property in northwest Hoboken on which the City seeks to create a 5-acre ‘resiliency park’ and a parking garage. The total cost to acquire the property would be $30 million, which the City intends to fund through a low-interest loan from the New Jersey Environmental Infrastructure Fund Program (NJEIFP) for the park portion and with a bond from the Hoboken Parking Utility (HPU) for the parking garage portion. The debt service will be financed through the Hoboken Open Space Trust Fund for the parkland acquisition and with revenue from the parking facility for the HPU bond.
“After years of work, we are near the finish line on this rare opportunity to acquire a large contiguous property and preserve it for open space,” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer. “In addition to providing the growing northwest neighborhood with much-needed park space, the park’s underground detention system, combined with the separation of the sewer system in the surrounding neighborhood, will play an important role in alleviating flooding in the area.”
If negotiations conclude successfully, the City Council will be asked at the October 5, 2016 meeting to introduce multiple ordinances to authorize the agreement to purchase the property, a bond for the NJEIFP, and an HPU bond.
A design has not yet been determined for the park. A full community-based public planning process will take place to develop plans for the park once the property has been acquired. The intent is to design a park with a mix of active and passive recreational space with green infrastructure and an underground detention system to hold at least 1 million gallons of stormwater to help reduce localized flooding. The City is also partnering with North Hudson Sewerage Authority to separate the sewer system in the area around the park and to channel stormwater runoff to the new underground detention system.
As part of securing a low-interest loan from the State, the City will hold a public hearing on Thursday, October 6, 2016 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm at the Multi Service Center (124 Grand Street), to hear the community’s input on the land acquisition.
The City’s NJEIFP low-interest loan application includes $26,633,416.50 for acquisition of the 5-acre property, $2,530,000 for planning, engineering, and permitting for the park design, and $2,130,673.23 for NJDEP administrative fees and a contingency. The HPU bond will be for $3,366,583.50 for land acquisition and $650,000 for soft costs including planning and design for a parking garage.
The largest portion of the BASF property is Block 107, a 4-acre property bounded by Madison Street, Adams Street, 12th Street, and 13th Street. Additional space for the park is south of 12th Street between Madison Street and Jefferson Street. The parking garage is proposed for the property north of 13th Street between Jefferson Street and Adams Street.
Mayor Dawn Zimmer joined representatives from the New York Red Bulls, the U.S. Soccer Foundation, County Executive Tom DeGise, other elected officials, and members of the community for the unveiling of two new mini-pitches underneath the 14th Street Viaduct. Special guests included General Manager of the New York Red Bulls Marc de Grandpre, Red Bulls players Aurélien Collin and Felipe, and Shep Messing, Red Bulls Analyst for MSG Networks.
“These soccer pitches are the latest new recreation facilities in our city and will support over 1,000 children in our soccer programs and our active adult community,” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer. “I thank the U.S. Soccer Foundation, New York Red Bulls, and Hudson County for their partnership on this project.”
The pitches are located under the 14th Street Viaduct between Adams Street and Jefferson Street and will be open to the public for pickup games 8am to 10pm every day, year-round on a first-come, first-served basis. At times, they can be reserved for organized activities such as futsal tournaments.
The pitches are part of the New York Red Bulls’ and U.S. Soccer Foundation’s commitment to offer safe places to play in communities across the New York/New Jersey area and to provide a soccer environment that encourages unstructured play within local communities in order to support the continued growth of the game in North America.
Drivers are advised that enforcement of permit and street cleaning regulations will resume on Observer Highway starting Friday, August 12, 2016. New parking regulation signage has been posted on the north and south sides of Observer Highway between Hudson Street and Henderson Street.
Both sides of the street are Resident Only parking, which prohibits parking at all times by anyone without a Hoboken Resident parking permit. Street cleaning on both sides of the street takes place on Fridays.
Observer Hwy (Hudson Street to Henderson Street) Parking Regulations
Permit: Resident Parking Only (both sides)
Street Cleaning (North): Friday, 11am-12pm
Street cleaning (South): Friday, 1pm-2pm
The Hoboken City Council voted unanimously yesterday to support a $5.2 million bond ordinance to fund priority upgrades to the city’s water mains.
“We are taking a proactive approach to repairing our century-old water system to make it more reliable and save money in the long run,” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer. “These priority upgrades are in addition to the replacement of the water mains along all of Washington Street and build upon our commitment to improve all aspects of our city’s infrastructure.”
Suez Water conducted an evaluation to identify 50 pipe segments with a total length of 32,200 linear feet (6.34 miles) as the highest priority areas for refurbishment. The analysis considered historical main breaks, conducted a hydraulic evaluation, and included a risk-based prioritization.
The $5.2 million bond would fund the replacement of approximately a third of the highest priority water mains in the first year of the upgrade process. The segments to be upgraded in 2016-2017 include:
• Park Avenue (6th St to 8th St)
• Garden Street (Observer Hwy to 2nd St)
• Garden Street (12th St to 14th St)
• Madison Street (4th St to 6th St)
• River Street (1st St to 4th St)
• Clinton Street (6th St to 7th St)
• Jefferson Street (Newark St to 1st St)
• Grand Street (6th St to 8th St)
• 7th Street (Adams St to Grand St)
Starting today, drivers who park at all on-street metered spaces throughout Hoboken will be able to use their mobile phone to easily pay for parking using the Parkmobile application. The first 1,000 customers to use the app in August can receive up to 2 hours of free parking using the code 2FREEHOB.
“We are excited to partner with Parkmobile to provide Hoboken residents and visitors with an easy and convenient parking option,” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer. “The app makes it easy to pay for parking, know how much time you have left, and add more time directly from your phone without going back to your car or the meter.”
The Parkmobile application is available for the iPhone, Android, Windows 7, and Blackberry smartphones. Drivers can also call 877-PARK304 and will continue to have the option to pay at meters with credit card, debit card, smart card, coins, and bills where available.
To use the new Parkmobile system, customers register free at www.parkmobile.com. Once registered, they can use a mobile app, internet, or call toll free to pay for parking. After setting up their account, customers can immediately begin using the system with their registered mobile device. Signage on parking meters will indicate the zone number, which in Hoboken range from 4710 to 4722. Enforcement officers will be able to see that a motorist has paid with Parkmobile using a wireless handheld device. Mobile app users may also choose to receive alerts and reminders prior to expiration of their parking session. Time limits on meters still apply and the app will not allow users to purchase more time than allotted by the meters. A 35 cent fee will be charged for each transaction.
Parkmobile is in use in communities throughout the region including Newark, Union City, West New York, Bloomfield, Montclair, Summit, Chatham, Ridgewood, Glen Rock, New Brunswick, and other major cities including Pittsburgh and Washington, DC. In February, New York City DOT awarded a contract to Parkmobile to allow mobile payment at all metered spaces across all five boroughs.