Horrible morning commute improves in Hoboken
Nice to see one of Hoboken’s council members get action!
Traffic relief may be near for downtown Hoboken
Occhipinti: NJ Transit will shift route for #87 bus
A traffic trouble spot in the 4th Ward will see some relief when NJ Transit re-routes the #87 bus, downtown. The change comes as a result of a request from Hoboken’s 4th Ward Councilman Tim Occhipinti.
John Leon, NJ Transit’s senior director of government and community relations informed Occhipinti that, effective Monday (Jan. 31), the Jersey City to Hoboken bus (#87) will no longer make a turn onto Monroe Street at Observer Highway. The new route takes the bus through the intersection onto Newark Avenue/Newark Street, until it turns right at Willow Avenue onto Observer Highway.
“New Jersey Transit has done a great job responding to the concerns of residents,” said Occhipinti. “We promised residents that we would take this issue up with NJ Transit and we did. Transit responded quickly and got to work on a new route, relieving the logjam that resulted when the #87 blocked the box at Monroe Street.”
Residents at a public meeting Occhipinti held in October had complained that the current bus route created traffic jams and dangerous conditions for young children, on their way to school, and for elderly residents from nearby senior citizens’ buildings.
“We’re working with the county now to find other ways to alleviate traffic hazards in this area,” said Occhipinti, who chairs the city council’s economic development and planning committee. “I want to make sure that we coordinate traffic to accommodate any future economic development and open space initiatives in the southwest part of town.”
See previous updates after the jump…
At least someone cares about this mess
Here’s a video of a typically profane traffic confrontation at the Monroe/Observer intersection that is the home of so many problems that radiate throughout the area:
The video was taken outside Tim Occhipinti’s campaign headquarters. Occhipinti held an open neighborhood meeting to discuss the downtown traffic problem, and what could be done to fix it. Members of the public turned out to brainstorm with a traffic engineer. Here is a video with some highlights of the meeting.
City Hall disregards constituent suggestions
Updating this general downtown traffic post from this past spring.
We all know that Hoboken has suffered with a myriad of vehicular related woes throughout the years. Potholes (worst road conditions in NJ most likely), parking, and of course the morning commute getting out of town on the south end of the city.
Hoboken411 reader Eric adds another tidbit to the list of concerns:
“I live on the west side and it’s literally been taking me between 15-30 minutes to get from 8th and Madison to Observer Highway and Grove Street any given morning between 7am – 8:30am for the past 5 years I have been a resident. Will the city of Hoboken ever figure out a normal traffic pattern??
I myself have already came up with about 10 different ideas, however Zimmer’s office never responds to my suggestions.”
Outbound traffic from Hoboken backed up for blocks
Many Hoboken411 readers have sent in emails this week about the horrendous morning traffic getting out of Hoboken from the SW corner.
“Since Memorial Day weekend, traffic has been unbelievable on Jersey Ave. getting out of Hoboken. Some days I leave around 6:45am and even those days, traffic is backed up all the way to the train trestle! As it gets deeper into rush hour it only gets worse.”
“Over the last couple of weeks the 7am traffic leaving Hoboken via Jersey Ave. has typically been backed up nearly to the Monroe Street light. I think the problem is the timing of the stoplights – they are green for a very short period, particularly the last one before you turn right onto the turnpike extension. Has anyone else had the same experience or have an explanation for the traffic increase?”
Since Mayor Zimmer and Transportation Czar Ian Sacs refuse to answer questions about the matter with the website that most Hoboken residents read – I am taking this up with Jersey City and the Port Authority myself. I’ll let you guys know what I find out.