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Hoboken Announces Corner Cars Transition Information

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In the days ahead, the City of Hoboken will be transitioning operations of the Corner Cars on-street car sharing program from Hertz 24/7 to the new system operator, Zipcar.

Today, August 27, 2015 is the last day that members can make reservations for Hertz 24/7 vehicles located in Hoboken. All Hertz 24/7 vehicles will be off the street by August 31st.

On September 1st, Zipcar will be striping and installing signage at the on-street car sharing locations, and some Zipcar vehicles within the Corner Cars program will be available starting on September 2nd.

Zipcar currently has an additional 30 vehicles available now for reservation by community members. To join, visit www.zipcar.com.

Further details on how to transition from Hertz to Zipcar are forthcoming. However, if any Hertz members would like to change their membership to Zipcar immediately, please email NYCMarketing@Zipcar.com.

PSE&G to Continue Milling & Paving Repair Work


PSE&G will begin the second phase of milling and paving work to repair trenches created during the installation of new gas mains as part of the Energy Strong program. Work on additional streets will be announced in the near future. Parking will be prohibited on both sides of the street during milling and paving.

Milling is scheduled to take place August 26, 2015 through August 28, 2015, weather permitting, on the following streets:

• 6th St from Jackson St to Hudson St
• Willow Ave from 6th St to 11th St
• Garden St from 11th St to 14th St
• 12th St from Bloomfield St to Willow Ave
• 13th St from Bloomfield St to Garden St
• 14th St from Washington St to Willow Ave

PSE&G is working to complete repairs on these roads prior to the start of the school year. Temporary No Parking signs are posted on these streets for August 26th through August 28th. Once milling work is completed on a street, the No Parking signs on that street will be taken down and parking will be permitted on that street.

Paving of these streets is scheduled to take place the week of August 31, 2015. The schedule is weather permitting and subject to change.

Hoboken Announces Pre-Sale for Next-Generation Bike Share System

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Hudson Bike Share Sponsored by CarePoint, Suez North America, Bijou Properties, Zipcar, Investors Bank & Keller Williams City Life Realty
Early membership discount available starting today; System to Launch in September

The City of Hoboken, in partnership with Bike and Roll, nextbike, E3Think, and P3 Global Management, is announcing the pre-sale for Hudson Bike Share, a Hoboken-based regional bike share program, in advance of the planned launch in September. Beginning today, residents and visitors can immediately register for annual memberships by visiting www.hudsonbikeshare.com or through the nextbike mobile application. Annual memberships purchased before the launch will cost just $75 – a $20 discount off of the regular $95 annual fee.

The first phase of the program will feature 250 bicycles with next-generation “smart-bike” technology and 29 official stations in Hoboken. Users may ride anywhere within or outside of Hoboken during their rental. In addition to the 29 official stations within Hoboken, this first-of-its-kind program will permit riders to connect to regional transportation options and make longer visits to neighboring areas by allowing them to return and rent bikes from several locations outside of Hoboken without added fees. Thanks to on-board GPS technology and an integrated cable lock, riders will not be charged a fee for returning bikes to any legal bicycle rack within designated ‘Regional No Fee Zones’ outside of Hoboken. Bicycles that are not returned to official stations will be charged a $10 fee within Hoboken and $25 fee outside of Hoboken, with the exception of designated Regional No Fee Zones.

“We look forward to launching this cutting edge, next-generation bike share system which we believe represents the future of urban mobility,” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer. “Whether it’s part of your commute, to run errands, or just for recreation, bike sharing will provide a healthy and sustainable option to get around Hoboken and our area. Bike sharing should be accessible and affordable to everyone, and with 29 stations throughout our mile square city, no resident will be more than a 3 to 5 minute walk from a station. Thanks to the support of our sponsors, we will also be providing free and discounted memberships to residents of the Hoboken Housing Authority. And through a partnership with the Hoboken Shelter, we will be providing training and creating jobs to help some of our homeless residents gain employment and become more independent.”

The program will be operated by Bike and Roll, the largest bike rental company in the United States, and will use bicycle technology manufactured by nextbike, which has the largest international bike sharing network with over 25,000 bicycles in more than 80 cities in 15 countries.

Surveying Work To Begin This Week As Part of Washington Street Project

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On August 5, 2015, the City of Hoboken awarded a contract to engineering firm T&M Associates to develop the final design and construction documents for the resurfacing of Washington Street. In addition to repaving the roadway, the Washington Street “complete streets” revitalization project will also include modern traffic signals, streetscape improvements, green infrastructure for stormwater management, the replacement of century-old water mains, a fiber optic spine to facilitate enhanced Internet connectivity, and electrical conduit to advance the City’s microgrid project for energy resiliency.

In the coming weeks, residents and visitors will see employees and vehicles of T&M Associates’ sub-consultant, GEOD Corporation, performing land surveying activities on Washington Street. This is the initial step in developing the engineering plans, with construction anticipated to commence in 2016. Ground penetrating radar investigations consisting of GEOD staff pushing a cart-like wheeled device up and down the sidewalks and roadways will start this week. There will be no impact to the roadway or sidewalk except that some paint marks will be made by survey staff in the coming weeks.

Aerial photography will also be conducted to obtain topographical information that will be ground proofed by survey field crews once the aerial information is fully compiled. This aerial photography will commence this week. The field survey will start in approximately 2 weeks and is expected to last up to 4 weeks along Washington Street. Some parking restrictions will be posted to assist in this effort, but there should be no other impact or disturbance to residents or businesses.

The total surveying effort including GPR, aerial photography, and field survey will be completed within 6 weeks, which is on or around the week of September 14th.

Updated Repaving Schedule for Week of August 3, 2015

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As part of the City of Hoboken’s street resurfacing program which will include more than 50 blocks of roadway in 2015, resurfacing and line striping/pavement marking installation will continue on August 3, 2015 on Bloomfield Street (Observer Highway to 14th Street), 8th Street (Castle Point Terrace to Hudson Street), 9th Street (Castle Point Terrace to Hudson Street), and Madison Street (13th Street to 15th Street).

Milling and paving operations this week are slightly ahead of schedule. The updated remaining paving and striping schedule is as follows:

Resurfacing Schedule
Aug. 3 – Bloomfield Street (12th Street to 14th Street)
Aug. 4 – 8th Street (Castle Point Terrace to Hudson Street) and 9th Street (Castle Point Terrace to Hudson Street)
Aug. 5 – Madison Street (13th Street to 15th Street)

Line Striping/Pavement Marking Installation Schedule
Aug. 3 – Bloomfield Street Installation (Observer Highway up to 4th Street)
Aug. 4 – Bloomfield Street (3rd Street to 8th Street)
Aug. 5 – Bloomfield Street (7th Street to 12th Street, Southerly half of Intersection)
Aug. 6 – Bloomfield Street (11th Street, Northerly half of intersection to 14thStreet)
Aug. 7 – 8th Street (Castle Point Terrace to Hudson Street) and 9th Street (Castle Point Terrace to Hudson Street)
Aug. 10 – Madison Street (13th Street to 15th Street)

The Hoboken Police Department will be deployed through the work zone to ensure pedestrian safety and provide traffic control. Note that roadway closures and Temporary No Parking areas will be setup as required. Motorists are advised to plan alternate routes and avoid the affected streets. (Dates and limits are subject to change depending on weather and production)

Additional Road Resurfacing & Intersection Safety Improvement Work to Begin Monday, July 27

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As part of the City of Hoboken’s street resurfacing program which will include more than 50 blocks of roadway in 2015, residents are advised that milling, resurfacing and line striping/pavement marking installation will begin on July 27, 2015 on the following streets:

  • Bloomfield Street from Observer Highway to 14th Street
  • 8th Street from Castle Point Terrace to Hudson Street
  • 9th Street from Castle Point Terrace to Hudson Street
  • Madison Street from 13th Street to 15th Street

Milling operations will begin on Monday, July 27th, resurfacing operations will begin on Wednesday, July 29th, and line striping/pavement marking installations will begin on Monday, August 3rd. All of these road resurfacing and intersection safety improvements will start on Bloomfield Street at the intersection of Observer Highway and proceed north. The contractor anticipates being able to do each of these steps at a rate of about four blocks per day. The Hoboken Police Department will be deployed through the work zone to ensure pedestrian safety and provide traffic control. Note that roadway closures and Temporary No Parking areas will be setup as required. Motorists are advised to plan alternate routes and avoid the affected streets.

(Dates and limits are subject to change depending on weather and production)

Milling Schedule
July 27 – Bloomfield Street (Observer Highway up to 4th Street)
July 28 – Bloomfield Street (3rd Street to 8th Street)
July 29 – Bloomfield Street (7th Street to 12th Street, Southerly half of Intersection)
July 30 – Bloomfield Street (11th Street, Northerly half of intersection to 14th Street)
July 31 – 8th Street (Castle Point Terrace to Hudson Street) and 9th Street (Castle Point Terrace to Hudson Street)
Aug. 3 – Madison Street (13th Street to 15th Street)

Resurfacing Schedule
July 29 – Bloomfield Street (Observer Highway up to 4th Street)
July 30 – Bloomfield Street (3rd Street to 8th Street)
July 31 – Bloomfield Street (7th Street to 12th Street, Southerly half of Intersection)
Aug. 3 – Bloomfield Street (11th Street, Northerly half of intersection to 14th Street)
Aug. 4 – 8th Street (Castle Point Terrace to Hudson Street) and 9th Street (Castle Point Terrace to Hudson Street)
Aug. 5 – Madison Street (13th Street to 15th Street)

Line Striping/Pavement Marking Installation Schedule
Aug. 3 – Bloomfield Street Installation (Observer Highway up to 4th Street)
Aug. 4 – Bloomfield Street (3rd Street to 8th Street)
Aug. 5 – Bloomfield Street (7th Street to 12th Street, Southerly half of Intersection)
Aug. 6 – Bloomfield Street (11th Street, Northerly half of intersection to 14th Street)
Aug. 7 – 8th Street (Castle Point Terrace to Hudson Street) and 9th Street (Castle Point Terrace to Hudson Street)
Aug. 10 – Madison Street (13th Street to 15th Street)

PSE&G To Begin Milling & Paving Repair Work


PSE&G will begin the first phase of milling and paving work to repair trenches created during the installation of new gas mains as part of the Energy Strong program. The project is replacing 31,000 linear feet of low pressure old cast iron mains in or near flood areas with new plastic pipe which operate at a higher pressure that prevents water from entering mains, increasing the reliability of gas service.

Parking will be prohibited on both sides of the street during milling and paving. Work on additional streets will be announced in the near future.

Milling is scheduled to take place July 15th through July 17th, weather permitting, on the following streets:

Wednesday, July 15th
Newark St (Washington St to Grand St)
Willow Ave (1st St to 3rd St)

Thursday, July 16th & Friday, July 17th
1st St (Bloomfield St to Washington St)
Grand St (1st St to 2nd St)
Park Ave (Newark St to 4th St)
Adams St (1st St to 6th St)

Paving is scheduled to take place from July 20th to July 23rd, weather permitting, on the following streets:

Monday, July 20th
Newark St (Washington St to Grand St)
Willow Ave (1st St to 3rd St)
1st St (Bloomfield St to Washington St)

Tuesday, July 21st
Grand St (1st St to 2nd St)
Park Ave (Newark St to 4th St)
Adams St (1st St to 3rd St)

Thursday, July 23rd
Adams St (3rd St to 6th St)

Please note that the schedule is tentative and subject to change.

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
February 8, 2015
April 26, 2015

PATH Ridership Reports
2012
2013
2014

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.