The City of Hoboken is preparing a $14 million grant application to rehabilitate and resurface Washington Street through the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grant program.
Award Winning Street; Award-Winning Plan
Washington Street is Hoboken's historic and vibrant "Main Street," full of unique shops and world-class restaurants, delis, bakeries, bars, and outdoor cafés. The street and the plan to reimagine it as a complete, green, smart street have received various awards and recognitions.
- 2015 Smart Growth Award by New Jersey Future
- 2014 Best Downtown in Northern New Jersey by the American Planning Association, NJ Chapter
- 2010 Top 10 Greet Streets by the American Planning Association
The City of Hoboken has also been recognized as a leader in transportation, sustainability, and resiliency:
- Gold Walk-Friendly Community by the Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center/U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration
- Bronze Bike-Friendly Community by the League of American Bicyclists
- Role Model City for resiliency by the United Nations
- Sustainable Jersey Bronze Level by Sustainable Jersey
A Multi-Modal Corridor
72% use Washington Street to Access Public Transportation
Washington Street is a hub of commercial activity and a true multi-modal corridor for the region. More than 18,000 pedestrians, 14,000 bus riders, and 9,000 personal vehicles use the corridor each day.
According to a recent community survey, 72% of respondents reported using Washington Street to access public transportation.
Three NJ Transit bus routes use the corridor, which has 14 bus stops, to connect passengers between Hoboken and New York City and other regional destinations.
Thousands of pedestrians, bicyclists, and bus passengers also use Washington Street every day as part of their commute to Hoboken Terminal, a regional transportation hub with ferry, regional commuter rail, light rail, and subway connections to destinations including New York City, Hudson County, and throughout New Jersey.
Highest Public Transportation Commuting Rate
From 2000 to 2010, Hoboken's population grew by nearly 30%, and the city remains the fastest-growing city in the State of New Jersey. Hoboken is the fourth most-densely populated city in the country also has the distinction of a 56% public transportation commuting rate - the highest rate of any city in the country.
As Hoboken continues to grow, the complete streets redesign will accommodate the increasing multi-modal activity and enhance Washington Street as an economic engine that supports local business and attracts visitors and residents.
Letters of Support
Letters of Support
- State Senator Brian P. Stack (NJ 33rd District)
- State Assemblyman Raj Mukherji (NJ 33rd District)
- Hudson County Executive Thomas A. DeGise
- Hudson County Freeholder Anthony L. Romano
- NJ TRANSIT
- North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority
- Sandia National Laboratories
- Carepoint Health
- Hoboken Family Alliance
- Bike Hoboken
- Tri-State Transportation Campaign
- Rebuild by Design
- NJ Future
- Together North Jersey
- Hudson County Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy Group
- United Water
- re:focus partners & RE.invest Initiative
- More coming soon...
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Plan & Supporting Documents
- Washington Street Final Plan [22.5 MB]
- Washington Street plan bird's eye view rendering [2.5 MB]
- Washington Street plan street view rendering [1.9 MB]
- Washington Street Existing Conditions Report [9.2 MB] & Map [43.6 MB]
- Washington Street Technical Memo - Traffic Count Results & Traffic Analysis Summary [1.1 MB]
- Washington Street Technical Memo - Parking Analysis Summary [828 KB]
- Study Area Boundary Map [2.2 MB]
- Washington Street & First Street time-lapse footage [181.3 MB]
- Washington Street Historic Photos [1.8 MB]
- Hoboken Complete Streets Policy [1.2 MB]
- Hoboken Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan [13.3 MB]
- Rebuild by Design - Resist, Delay, Store, Discharge comprehensive urban water management strategy [39.9 MB] & RBD Competition Boards [78.4 MB]
- Hoboken Green Infrastructure Strategic Plan [42.1 MB] & Appendices [21.1 MB]
- Hoboken Microgrid Plan [9.4 MB]
- Hoboken Master Plan (2004) [4.0 MB] & Reexamination Report (2010) [7.3 MB]
- The Economic Benefits of Sustainable Streets (NYC DOT) [15.0 MB]
Making Washington Street complete green smart multimodal safe resilient livable
Washington Street is Hoboken's historic "Main Street" and Central Business District. It was recently designated as a Great Street by the American Planning Association. However, like all great places, it needs upkeep to properly address safety and accommodate the recent and welcome increase in multimodal activity and use.
Bolstered by the principles of its "Complete Streets" policy and its Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan, the City of Hoboken completed an extensive community-based planning process to redesign Washington Street and enhance and improve safety, comfort, enjoyment, and function for all users.
The project will also replace century-old water mains and add a fiber optic spine and electrical conduit to advance the City's microgrid project for energy resiliency and facilitate enhanced Internet connectivity.
A True Multi-Modal Corridor
18,000 pedestrians 14,000 bus riders 9,000 personal vehicles
Improved pedestrian safety
Curb extensions, ADA ramps, high visibility crosswalks, and pedestrian countdown timers
Enhanced mass transit
Redesigned bus shelters and bus stops and improved traffic signal timing to enhance access to and efficiency of public transportation
Dedicated bicycle facilities
Protected bicycle lanes and new bicycle parking facilities for safe bicycle access and to take bikes off of sidewalks
Dedicated commercial loading zones for improved operations and circulation.
Supports economic vitality
"Better streets mean better business." Improved lighting, street furniture, and wayfinding. Safer streets attract more people and activity and boost retail sales.
Safer parking & loading
Back-in angle parking, designated loading spaces, and short-term (30 min) parking spaces on each block to address double parking by delivery vehicles and those running quick errands
Tree pits, permeable materials, and rain garden curb extensions to mitigate flooding as part of a city-wide integrated water management strategy
Accessible to everyone
Safer, more accessible street designed for all ages and abilities
Infrastructure for the future
New water mains, a fiber optic spine, and electrical conduit to advance the microgrid project for energy resiliency and enhanced Internet connectivity