Project Overview

Making Washington Street complete green smart multimodal safe resilient livable

A True Multi-Modal Corridor

18,000 pedestrians 14,000 bus riders 9,000 personal vehicles

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Project Benefits

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

Facilitates commerce

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

Green infrastructure

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

A critical regional corridor

Connects 14,000 bus riders per day between NJ & NY

Brings thousands of commuters to Hoboken Terminal regional transit hub

Building Ladders of Opportunity

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Increasing Access to Economic Opportunities

More than 35% of households in Hoboken do not own a private vehicle and nearly 12% of residents live below the poverty level. The Washington Street plan will make the corridor safer for users of all abilities and modes of transportation, including those without the means to afford a private vehicle. As a major regional center of employment and commerce, the Washington Street redesign will increase access for low-income groups, persons with disabilities, and the elderly to jobs, economic opportunities, and a variety of public transportation options.

Creating New Jobs & Transportation Options

The City of Hoboken is launching a city-wide bike sharing program, with stations distributed within a 3 minute walk of nearly every resident, including four along Washington Street (at 1st, 4th, 11th and 14th Streets). The program will seek to work with the Hoboken Shelter to train and employ local homeless residents. Free memberships will be provided to at least 100 residents of the Hoboken Housing Authority (HHA), and additional corporate sponsorships will be sought to provide more free memberships. Discounted memberships will be available to all other HHA residents. By providing safe bicycling facilities along Washington Street, free or inexpensive bike share memberships, and bike share stations along Washington Street and throughout the entire city, low-income groups will have access to a safe, healthy, and lower-cost transportation option.

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Enhancing Resiliency

Community-Based Planning

A crucial component of the Washington Street redesign was to solicit public feedback and gain consensus on the final preferred alternative for Washington Street. The RBA Group along with the City of Hoboken conducted several stakeholder interviews, surveys and public meetings/workshops to help develop the conceptual design. The following meetings were held as part of the outreach process:

Community Meeting #1 - Project Introduction & Vision (December 16th, 2013)
Community Meeting #2 - Design Alternatives (May 5th, 2014)
Historic Preservation Committee Meeting (June 2nd, 2014)
Seniors meeting (June 3rd, 2014)
NJ TRANSIT Meeting (September 23rd, 2014)
Community Meeting #3 - Final Design Concept (September 23, 2014)

Community consensus built through extensive public outreach

Stakeholder interviews, community surveys, visioning workshops, and public meetings

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