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Hoboken Adds Stop Signs, Expands Traffic Enforcement to Improve Pedestrian Safety

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New Stop Signs at 15th St & Bloomfield St

The City of Hoboken is implementing a variety of engineering and enforcement measures to improve pedestrian and traffic safety. Drivers should note that the corners of 9th Street and Willow Avenue as well as 15th Street and Bloomfield Street are now all-way stop intersections.

In addition, as part of the annual complete streets resurfacing project, curb ramps and crosswalks are being upgraded to be safer and compliant with modern Americans with Disabilities Act standards. Numerous other safety improvements include curb bump-outs at intersections to improve pedestrian safety by reducing crossing distances and physically preventing illegal parking in crosswalks, bike lanes designed to reduce speeding by narrowing excessively wide travel lanes, “Don’t block the box” treatments at Jackson Street and Observer Highway and Monroe Street and Observer Highway to keep cars from blocking intersections and crosswalks, and special symbols in the street to help firefighters quickly identify the locations of fire hydrants.

“I lost my father-in-law to a hit-and-run car collision in Hoboken, so the issue of pedestrian and public safety is very personal and extremely important to me,” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer. “Hoboken is already a great walking city, and we’re focused on making sure our most vulnerable residents, including the elderly, those with disabilities, and our children, feel safe and are safe as they walk around town.”

Understanding the high importance of traffic and pedestrian safety, Police Chief Kenneth Ferrante has expanded the size and hours of operation of the Traffic and Transportation Bureau since taking over the Police Department in late 2014.

“Mayor Zimmer stepped in as mayor in 2009 with a commitment to provide better pedestrian safety for our residents and visitors, and the results speak volumes about the improved conditions” said Chief Ferrante. “I wanted to build upon that commitment, so I doubled the size of our traffic bureau and doubled their hours of operation. I commend Lieutenant Petrosino and his team who have done an exemplary job.”

The Traffic and Transportation Bureau is also conducting a traffic assessment for each elementary school and reevaluating the locations of the school crossing guards for the upcoming school year. All school crossing guards will also receive up-to-date training from the unit’s six newly trained state certified school crossing guard instructors.

Mayor Zimmer Calls on Port Authority to Reverse Hoboken PATH Service Cuts

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14% Service Reduction Without Public Process as Ridership Grows 11% in Two Years

Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer wrote to Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Chairman John Degnan to urge the organization to reverse the recent PATH service cuts for Hoboken that were implemented on April 26, 2015 with no public process. The City of Hoboken learned about the issue due to complaints from residents who noticed the change in service.

“It won’t surprise anyone who has tried to squeeze onto a rush hour PATH train to learn that ridership at Hoboken has grown 11 percent in the last two years – more than at any other station in the State,” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer. “We should be talking about adding more capacity, yet the Port Authority cut rush hour service by 14 percent overnight with no public input. It defies all logic. In Hoboken, we have created a walk-friendly, transit-friendly, mixed-use community, but our residents and our economy are completely undermined by this action. Enough with the service cuts, enough with the short-sightedness. Let’s invest in a 21st century transportation system that will truly support our growing region.”

The service change reduces peak service on the Hoboken to 33rd Street line by 14%. Between 7:30am and 9:30am, service from Hoboken to 33rd Street has been cut from 19 trains to 16 trains. From 4:30pm to 6:45pm, service from 33rd Street to Hoboken was reduced from 24 trains to 21 trains. Late evening service from 9pm to midnight was reduced from 11 trains to 9 trains.

“I would invite any of these decision makers to come along for a ride on the PATH during the morning commute from Hoboken and provide their honest assessment as to whether or not the system needs more or fewer trains,” said Hoboken Council President Ravinder Bhalla. “Residents who keep their cars off the road and use public transit are repeatedly being punished with fare hikes, overcrowded trains, and threats to their primary mode of transportation. I fail to comprehend how an increase in ridership leads to a decrease in services. I find it unacceptable that while the Port Authority spends billions on other projects, they are penny-pinching in Hoboken, punishing their most loyal customers. I hope the Port Authority will reverse this decision and invest in a transportation system that rewards riders.”

Ridership at the Hoboken PATH station has increased by 11 percent since 2012. According to publicly available Port Authority data, the Hoboken PATH station had an average of 19,890 passengers per day in 2012 and 22,078 passengers per day in 2014.

Mayor Zimmer’s letter to the Port Authority can be found at: www.hobokennj.org/docs/mayor/5-18-15-Letter-Zimmer-Degnan.pdf

PATH Service Schedules
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April 26, 2015

PATH Ridership Reports
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Hoboken Repaving Construction Schedule


As part of the City of Hoboken’s street resurfacing program which will include more than 50 blocks of roadway in 2015, milling work will take place on the following dates:

Wednesday, May 13, 2015:
– Jackson St from Newark Ave. to 6th St.

Thursday, May 14, 2015:
– Monroe St. from Paterson Ave. to 3rd St.
– 4th St. from Monroe St. to Jackson St.
– 5th St. from Jackson St. to Madison St.

Additional updates will be provided in the days ahead.

Construction to Begin on Complete Streets Redesign of Observer Highway

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UPDATE: The contractor has advised that the revised start date for the project will be postponed one week to Monday, May 4, 2015.

Beginning on or about Monday, April 27, 2015, construction will begin on the Observer Highway complete streets redesign project. The improvements along Observer Highway will include new synchronized traffic signals and dedicated left turn lanes that will create a more organized, efficient, and safer driving experience. Between 2010 and 2012, there were an average of 37 crashes per year along Observer Highway. The new design will reduce traffic delays and prevent collisions. Along with these essential changes, the Observer Highway and Vezzetti Way corridor will be converted to a more pedestrian-friendly street with new, redesigned crosswalk signals and other pedestrian safety improvements as well as a two-way protected bike lane.

“I am very proud that this project, fully-funded through grants, will create an attractive and safe gateway into Hoboken for drivers, pedestrians, bicyclists, and public transit riders of all ages and abilities,” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer. “While the main purpose of this project is to make the street safer, it will also have the benefit of reducing traffic delays along one of our busiest corridors.”

The project, which will also include a redesign of a portion of Newark Street later this year, costs $2.7 million and is completely funded by grants. The majority of the funding was secured by Senator Robert Menendez through a $2 million Congressional earmark for Observer Highway and a $240,000 earmark for Newark Street. Hoboken was fortunate to have access to these funds as cities across the United States are now no longer afforded Congressional earmarks.

Hoboken to Enhance Bicycle Network with $530,000 NJDOT Grant

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The New Jersey Department of Transportation has awarded the City of Hoboken a $530,000 Transportation Alternatives Grant for the City’s bicycle network. The grant will allow the City to stripe nearly 15 miles of dedicated bike lanes and shared bike lanes in long-lasting thermoplastic paint.

“With the launch of our bike share program and significant pedestrian safety improvements coming this spring, the relaunch of our Hop system with new buses, and the expansion and improvement of our bicycle network thanks to this grant, Hoboken is providing a variety of safer, healthier, and greener transportation options for our community,” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer. “Bike lanes don’t just benefit bikes – they have traffic calming benefits that make streets safer for everyone and are one part of an overall transportation approach to make getting around Hoboken safer and more convenient for those who walk, bike, take public transportation, and drive.”

Once implemented, 75% of municipal roadways in Hoboken will have either bike lanes or shared lane markings. Most Hoboken bike lanes are currently striped in standard traffic marking paint, which requires frequent re-painting. Thermoplastic is much more reflective than paint, so bike lanes will be more visible at night. The City will also realize cost savings on maintenance since thermoplastic has a life expectancy up to 8 times longer than paint.

“Hoboken continues to be the example all other municipalities should follow in its efforts to reduce congestion, decrease carbon emissions and improve connectivity with alternate modes of transportation,” said Jay DiDomenico, Director of the Hudson Transportation Management Association. “Hoboken’s continuing dedication to expanding bike lanes improves mobility and furthers its reputation as a healthy and progressive community.”

Reminder: Street Cleaning Enforcement in Effect

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Drivers are reminded that street cleaning enforcement will be in effect on Monday, February 9, 2015 and throughout the week so that crews can continue to clear snow from parking lanes.

Due to a series of weekend snow storms, the Monday side of roads have not been cleared of snow in several weeks, so it is important that residents move their vehicles during posted street cleaning hours.

The National Weather Service is predicting up to 1 to 3 inches of snow and ice from Sunday into Tuesday morning. Crews will be plowing and salting roads as needed, and additional crews will use payloader tractors to clear snow and ice from parking lanes.

Street Cleaning Enforcement Resumes Tuesday; Recycling Pickup on Schedule


Alternate side parking (street cleaning) regulations will resume on Tuesday, February 3, 2015 so that crews can clear snow from parking lanes.

Recycling pickup will take place tonight as scheduled.

Discounted rate parking in municipal garages is extended until Tuesday, February 3, 2015 at 8:00pm for vehicles currently in the garage at the reduced rate.

Drivers Reminded to Move Vehicles from Snow Emergency Routes

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** Discounted Garage Parking Available; Street Cleaning Suspended Monday, in Effect Tuesday **

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning for our area from Sunday evening into Monday evening with a forecast for snow accumulations of 4 to 8 inches and a quarter inch of ice.

Snow Emergency Routes
Residents are reminded that parking is prohibited on all snow emergency routes when they are snow-covered. Vehicles parked on snow routes will be towed once the snow begins this evening. This is necessary to move police, fire and ambulances for the safety and welfare of all our citizens.

Hoboken Street Cleaning Enforcement to Resume Wednesday, January 28 for Snow Clearing Operations

UPDATE (Jan 27, 2:00pm): Parking is permitted on all snow emergency roads. Parking is also permitted on the eastern half of Vezetti Way (from Willow Ave to Washington St).

Enforcement of alternate side parking (street cleaning) regulations is suspended today, January 27, 2015 but will resume on Wednesday, January 28, 2015 in order for plows to clear snow from parking lanes. It is critical that vehicles be removed in order to effectively clear snow.

The travel ban in Hoboken and the State of New Jersey has been lifted as of 7:30am. If driving, please exercise caution. Crews continue to spread salt, but roads may remain icy due to low temperatures.

Hoboken City Hall is open on Tuesday, January 27, 2015.

Parking remains prohibited on snow emergency routes and Vezzetti Way until further notice. Discounted rate parking in municipal garages is extended until Wednesday, January 28 at 8:00pm for vehicles currently in the garage in order to keep as many cars off the road as possible. Garbage pickup will resume on a normal schedule effective Tuesday, January 27, 2015.

Property owners/occupants are reminded that they have six hours after the completion of a storm to remove snow and ice from sidewalks adjacent to their property, along with adjoining wheelchair ramps or curb cuts. Inspectors will be issuing fines to violators this afternoon. Snow and ice must be cleared from gutters a width of 2 feet into the street. It is illegal to shovel snow back into the street or on a fire hydrant. Residents in multi-unit buildings with management companies should ensure that they are aware of City regulations in order to avoid fines. Residents are encouraged to assist elderly or disabled neighbors and to clear snow from fire hydrants. Additional details on city code regarding snow removal for property owners can be found at www.hobokennj.org/snow.

PATH Service will be restored at 9:30am on a weekend schedule, Newark – WTC & JSQ – 33 via Hoboken, operating every 15 minutes. Port Authority Bridges and Tunnels have reopened.

NJ Transit Hudson-Bergen Light Rail has resumed service and is running on a weekend schedule. NJ Transit buses in North Jersey will resume by 11:00am. NJ Transit rail service will resume later this afternoon after mandatory federal inspections are complete.

Travel Ban Lifted; No Parking on Snow Routes


The travel ban in Hoboken and the State of New Jersey has been lifted as of 7:30am. If driving, please exercise caution. Crews continue to spread salt, but roads may remain icy due to low temperatures.

Parking remains prohibited on snow emergency routes until further notice. Alternate side parking (street cleaning) regulations are suspended today, January 27, 2015. All other parking rules remain in effect.

PATH Service will be restored at 9:30am on a weekend schedule, Newark – WTC & JSQ – 33 via Hoboken, operating every 15 minutes. Port Authority Bridges and Tunnels have reopened.

NJ Transit Hudson-Bergen Light Rail is running on a weekend schedule. NJ Transit buses in North Jersey will resume by 11:00am. NJ Transit rail service will resume later this afternoon after mandatory federal inspections are complete.

Garbage pickup will resume on a normal schedule.

Property owners/occupants are reminded that they have six hours after the completion of a storm to remove snow and ice from sidewalks adjacent to their property, along with adjoining wheelchair ramps or curb cuts. Snow and ice must be cleared from gutters a width of 2 feet into the street. It is illegal to shovel snow back into the street or on a fire hydrant. Residents in multi-unit buildings with management companies should ensure that they are aware of City regulations in order to avoid fines. Residents are encouraged to assist elderly or disabled neighbors and to clear snow from fire hydrants. Additional details on city code regarding snow removal for property owners can be found at www.hobokennj.org/snow. Inspectors will be checking for uncleared sidewalks as of noon.