Reader Mail: Municipal parking rate increases

2/26/2008:

Parking rates go up, but the municipal garages in town are in horrible shape. Broken equipment, human waste, and so on..

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Another Hoboken411 reader states:

“Just to prove that all the ranting about the deplorable condition of the garage isn’t baseless, here’s the obligatory ‘Elevator Out Of Order’ sign. And yes, the paper it’s taped on top of is the one informing the poor souls who can’t use this elevator that by the way, their rates are going up.

I didn’t take a picture of the brand-new ‘self-service payment’ machine (already taped up with ‘out of order’ signs), or the human waste at the bottom of the center staircase…

Keep up the good work!”

Read on for the rest.

2/18/2008:

Effective March 1, 2008, parking in city lots will increase for all drivers, including residents.

Here’s what one Hoboken411 reader had to say about it:

“The monthly rates are going up in the municipal garages. Since they don’t send out an invoices, they don’t inform you that the rate increased. Last time they raised the rates, I only found out when the gate wouldn’t lift and the attendant told me that my account was probably frozen because of the price increase. I had to pay them $25 (the increase as the time) on the spot in order to be able to leave the garage. I called the Midtown Garage (St. Mary’s) and they confirmed the $10 increase is effective in March so it now costs $185 each month for a resident to park there.

Don’t even get me started on the reason Terry LaBruno gives for supporting the increase, “Because some people are paying more in private garages” – absolutely ridiculous! I should be punished because people spend $300 a month to park in a private garage? Maybe I wouldn’t mind if there was some benefit for the people who park in the garages. All this does is give the city more money to waste away.

The site is great – keep up the great work.”

Hoboken Municipal parking
(municipal garage on Hudson Street)

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72 Comments on "Reader Mail: Municipal parking rate increases"

Katie_Scarlett
Member

And, given that it’s probable that most of the members of these clubs live in Hoboken, why the hell are these people driving there in the first place? 🙄

plaintruthiness
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plaintruthiness

[quote comment=”70225″]what is the problem with these idiot double parkers on Washington? better yet WHY does the HPD refuse to assign officers to issues tickets for double parking? ONE motorcycle cop can cover ALL of Washington and generate probably $300 per hour…and also allow a smooth flow of traffic, which is the real value here. he more than covers his salary for the shift and makes more coin for the city, but he also keeps the main thorofare in town more safe because people don’t have to snake around double parked cars and the busses can move freely and pull over at the stops and, and…i think you get the picture.[/quote]
While you’re ranting about double parkers on Washington not being ticketed, I may be stepping on sacred ground here and riling up Old Old Hoboken, but why don’t the cops ticket all the double parked cars going up and down the block of the “social” clubs? It’s so dangerous trying to drive down those streets. People aren’t even sitting in those cars. They’re not in church.

strand tramp
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strand tramp

the elevators should be closed for good. usually they are used as urinals by the drunks that park there when bar hopping. there are public restrooms on the ground floor for pete’s sakes! and i know that the lots are never full, but that is so that if/when the HPD would ever focus on keeping the double parkers off Washington that the shoppers always have a convenient place to park. LOOK, it is 1 stinking block off Washington. it cost a couple bucks for a few hours but your car won’t get towed or ticketed and it’s covered and the lots themselves are perfectly clean and safe for parking in. what is the problem with these idiot double parkers on Washington? better yet WHY does the HPD refuse to assign officers to issues tickets for double parking? ONE motorcycle cop can cover ALL of Washington and generate probably $300 per hour…and also allow a smooth flow of traffic, which is the real value here. he more than covers his salary for the shift and makes more coin for the city, but he also keeps the main thorofare in town more safe because people don’t have to snake around double parked cars and the busses can move freely and pull over at the stops and, and…i think you get the picture. the delivery trucks? well that’s another story. every block needs a full sized loading zone for the trucks and we may never get that smart.

personalt
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personalt
Matt, I wasnt saying that people that have parking spaces now should have them taken away. What I am saying is that when you have a building that only has 100 feet of frontage(enough for about 8 cars) you cant have 20 residents at the building parking on the street withtout the spaces coming from somewhere. If a developer gets a varance to build extra apartments on a property I see no reason why he shouldnt be required to be able to stick all the cars under the building. I know of a few big buildings that went up in the last 5 years that dont have enough parking for all the units. And I do know for a fact that people who live in building that have parking choose not to use them. if they get a spot out front rather then parking on the garage on the side. I know because some of them are my lazy friends.. [quote comment=”70143″][quote comment=”70140″]Here is a simple fix to help keep the parking problem from getting worse. When Joe developer gets a variance to go bigger his property should get deeded with special restricted parking passes. No overight street parking for the residents, everyone gets and must use a garage spot. If all residents fom that building get a special restricted parking pass where they can not park overnight on the street it will free up spaces. …..[/quote] Just because you walk past buildings with empty spots in their garages, it… Read more »
MidnightRacer
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[quote comment=”69105″]To have street parking be resident-only is ridiculous. I’d say okay, but only if there’s a parking deck on every corner and the trains run all night long. Let’s say I’ve got friends coming in on a Friday night. If the parking decks are full they have to turn around and go home?[/quote]
They could take the train into Hoboken and crash at your place in town.

You can’t argue that there aren’t any spots, there are, just not enough to keep up with demand and popularity. So your idea is to take away spots designated for the residents, far away from the businesses. You argue that if you live in town and have a visitor, the city should provide a close spot for your visitor. Maybe in Montana, but not in a concentrated square mile.

Why you think that the solution to provide more spots for out of towners is by taking more of that for residents is purely the opposite of who a town serves. Again, take the train and let your buds crash at your place. That’s what everyone else does.

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