Blast from the past: Banning Commuters
For all the recent residents, I wanted to revive this ridiculous story from over seven years ago, back when Anthony Russo was Mayor.
For those that were here in 2001: Remember that crazy political stunt?
Looking back, if any of the current politicos had any “vision” whatsoever, they’d manage the congestion from within, by preventing all the high-rise towers from being built!
From the NY Times:
Hoboken’s Plan to Ban Commuters Stalls
“It was a simple idea: there’s too much traffic in Hoboken, N.J., so keep drivers who don’t belong in the city off the streets.
That was the plan as of yesterday, when Mayor Anthony Russo issued a warning about his proposed new rule: no more driving across Hoboken to get to New York City.
But as news of the plan spread yesterday, opposition came from many directions, including neighboring cities. And by the end of the day, the plan was ”temporarily on hold,” a Hoboken official said.
But it might be gone for good.
”It was just an insane, insane plan,” said State Senator Bernard F. Kenny, who represents the area, last night after spending much of his day trying to fight the measure.
Later in the story:
”Commuter traffic has increased significantly in the past few months due to construction in lower Jersey City,” Mr. Russo said in the release. ”To alleviate congestion at the southern end of Hoboken, we plan to restrict vehicular access in Hoboken. The negative effect of commuter traffic has become a burden to Hoboken residents.”
Nevertheless, the “plan” never panned out. You can read the rest of the story here.