2/26/2009:

Darwin’s Law interrupted

Recently, NJ Transit installed what they call a “dynamic sign” above the light rail crossing at Paterson Plank Road downtown. This sign, in addition to the red stop lights – say “TRAIN COMING” – to give further incentive for dopey drivers to stop.

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In a press release sent out today, 4th Ward Councilwoman Dawn Zimmer thanked NJ Transit for the installation. Zimmer said she called NJT after several accidents had taken place there (Hoboken411 has brought them to the public’s attention for years here, here, here and other idiotic light rail debacles here).

Zimmer said, “These improvements are a step forward in making Hoboken a safer place to walk, bike and drive.” I think she forgot to add “and ride the light rail,” because these accidents only really effect the morons that crash into the trains (and probably deserve it), and maybe some passengers that might bump into one another if the train screeches to a halt.

She also mentioned the Downtown Traffic Study Project that students at Stevens Institute are working on, as well as the nuisance 15 minute traffic light that Hoboken411 and a reader brought to the city’s attention back in September of 2008. I’m not sure about you, but FIVE MONTHS to fix one single traffic light is just a sign of government bloat, no?

Other improvements mentioned by Zimmer were more effective lighting near the crime-riddled 2nd Street Light Rail station, and parking bollards at dangerous intersections in the 4th Ward (both already mentioned many times on Hoboken411 since 2006). At the very least, it’s nice something is done about these “super-critical” issues Hoboken has – regardless of how long it takes.

Morning Project: Fun With Signs!

Let’s have some fun with this “revolutionary” TRAIN COMING sign. I personally feel it’s too politically correct. If a red light isn’t enough to stop bone-heads, a polite “train coming” sign probably won’t help.

I suggest something a bit more harsh, such as “STOP OR DIE,” or “KEEP DRIVING AND YOUR SPINNING RIMS WILL GET BUSTED UP,” or “EL TREN GRANDE ROMPERÁ SU COCHE.”

And what was the reason they didn’t put simple gates up?