Hertz cars taking parking away in Hoboken

7/1/2010:

Some Hoboken residents who drive not sold on Hertz Connect

Below is a photo that Hoboken411 reader Kimberly sent in. She has Hertz on Demand (formerly Connect by Hertz) cars in her neighborhood at 9th and Willow, as well as two assigned spots on 8th and Garden.

She said “I see these cars/reserved spot as another burden to Hoboken residents that own cars.”

The natural line of open questions that accompany this concern are:

  • Is the “750 less cars in Hoboken” promise just a pipe dream?
  • Does the Hertz Connect program only really apply to those that don’t own cars? Call it a “more convenient car rental program?”
  • The general claim is that 15 cars will be “eliminated” per Hertz Car. Do you agree with that? Or do you suggest a different number?
  • Do these cars belong on the streets? Or in their own private garage?
  • If city parking was more affordable (i.e., $100 a month) would you use it? Should the city try and build more garages?
  • Or make developers build larger garages in their massive condos and offer them to residents at sub-market pricing?

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43 Comments on "Hertz cars taking parking away in Hoboken"

GloballyRelaxed
Member
GloballyRelaxed

Looks like we have our two spaces back on Garden and 11th, no more connect cars here and the sign is down.
Checking their website confirms it as well.

lhoward222
Member
lhoward222

I still don’t understand why Hertz Connect got City promotional favor over pre-existing program from ZipCar. Who’s getting paid off? I know of 4 people (of the maybe, 10, I know in Hobo who dont’ have their own cars) who use ZipCar routinely.

Further, my company asked all staff who travel from NYC office to client in Morristown, NJ area to register for ZipCar and made special rate arrangements.

elvisroberts
Member

as a hoboken resident and taxpayer who does NOT own a car, I hereby contribute the on-street parking space (to which i am apparently entitled) to hertz. This way they can provide this sensible program to Hoboken residents and help our society reduce our unhealthy fixation and overdependence on cars.

HOB424
Member
HOB424

Well, just so you know: Hertz is not participating in this program to “help our society reduce our unhealthy fixation and overdependence on cars”. They are in this to make money, turn a profit. They’re a corporation, that’s how it works. You don’t fix the “unhealthy fixation and overdepence on cars” by giving more access to cars!!!!!!. Obviously if people are renting from them, we still have a reason to use cars.[quote comment=”194522″]as a hoboken resident and taxpayer who does NOT own a car, I hereby contribute the on-street parking space (to which i am apparently entitled) to hertz. This way they can provide this sensible program to Hoboken residents and help our society reduce our unhealthy fixation and overdependence on cars.[/quote]

homeworld
Member

But if they’re renting one they most likely do not own one. If you have 10 people give up a car and instead rent one rental car, that’s theoretically 9 cars off the street.[quote comment=”194527″]Well, just so you know: Hertz is not participating in this program to “help our society reduce our unhealthy fixation and overdependence on cars”. They are in this to make money, turn a profit. They’re a corporation, that’s how it works. You don’t fix the “unhealthy fixation and overdepence on cars” by giving more access to cars!!!!!!. Obviously if people are renting from them, we still have a reason to use cars.

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Connect_by_Hertz
Member
Connect_by_Hertz

Hey guys! We hear your concerns and we wanted to drop a line to address your questions. Connect by Hertz cars are being moved every time that there is street cleaning. Also, our team has been cleaning up around the cars when the street cleaning schedule is missed. We quality check and clean the cars once every 2 weeks.

If you get in any Connect by Hertz car and it is dirty, you should request a call back from the Member Care Center (MCC) in the car, from the screen pad) to report the problem so you don’t get fined. If the ground around the car is dirty, you can also email the MCC at connectbyhertzmembercarecenter@hertz.com email address.

We have a rep there daily who is checking on cars for you all to enjoy. Let us know how we can help.

You can also reach us on Facebook too. Search for Connect by Hertz Fan page and follow us on Twitter @ConnectbyHertz.
[quote comment=”194529″]But if they’re renting one they most likely do not own one. If you have 10 people give up a car and instead rent one rental car, that’s theoretically 9 cars off the street.

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Easy-E
Member

Perhaps you can clear this up for everyone since a lot of people seem to be really bothered by it.

Zipcars used to all be parked on the streets in designated areas just like the Hertz cars (with the exception of the one at Stevens, which is still on the street). Then they switched to parking them around the city in different garages.

What was the motivation for Hertz to park them on the streets instead?[quote comment=”194610″]Hey guys! We hear your concerns and we wanted to drop a line to address your questions. Connect by Hertz cars are being moved every time that there is street cleaning. Also, our team has been cleaning up around the cars when the street cleaning schedule is missed. We quality check and clean the cars once every 2 weeks. If you get in any Connect by Hertz car and it is dirty, you should request a call back from the Member Care Center (MCC) in the car, from the screen pad) to report the problem so you don’t get fined. If the ground around the car is dirty, you can also email the MCC at email address.We have a rep there daily who is checking on cars for you all to enjoy. Let us know how we can help.You can also reach us on Facebook too. Search for Connect by Hertz Fan page and follow us on Twitter @ConnectbyHertz.

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homeworld
Member

The ones at Stevens are on private property.[quote comment=”194650″]Perhaps you can clear this up for everyone since a lot of people seem to be really bothered by it.Zipcars used to all be parked on the streets in designated areas just like the Hertz cars (with the exception of the one at Stevens, which is still on the street). Then they switched to parking them around the city in different garages.What was the motivation for Hertz to park them on the streets instead?

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Easy-E
Member

What’s your point? All the others used to be parked on the streets.[quote comment=”194664″]The ones at Stevens are on private property.

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HOB424
Member
HOB424

Good that you are keeping on top of this. Just one question:

You said: “Connect by Hertz cars are being moved every time that there is street cleaning. Also, our team has been cleaning up around the cars when the street cleaning schedule is missed”

how can the “street cleaning schedule be missed”, if the cars are moved “every time” for street cleaning??? [quote comment=”194610″]Hey guys! We hear your concerns and we wanted to drop a line to address your questions. Connect by Hertz cars are being moved every time that there is street cleaning. Also, our team has been cleaning up around the cars when the street cleaning schedule is missed. We quality check and clean the cars once every 2 weeks. If you get in any Connect by Hertz car and it is dirty, you should request a call back from the Member Care Center (MCC) in the car, from the screen pad) to report the problem so you don’t get fined. If the ground around the car is dirty, you can also email the MCC at email address.We have a rep there daily who is checking on cars for you all to enjoy. Let us know how we can help.You can also reach us on Facebook too. Search for Connect by Hertz Fan page and follow us on Twitter @ConnectbyHertz.[/quote]

bradykp
Member
bradykp

sometimes the street cleaners don’t come out due to holidays, snow, other issues, etc. maybe that’s what they mean?[quote comment=”194621″]Good that you are keeping on top of this. Just one question:You said: “Connect by Hertz cars are being moved every time that there is street cleaning. Also, our team has been cleaning up around the cars when the street cleaning schedule is missed”how can the “street cleaning schedule be missed”, if the cars are moved “every time” for street cleaning???

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midlifecrisis
Member
midlifecrisis

Hi
Does anyone know if these cars will be moved for street cleaning? I’ve got two of them in front of my house and the garbage is already piling up – Used McDonald’s bags; cups of coffee; bottles of water/soda; etc…
Who’s responsible for picking up after the slobs renting these things and what about street sweeping? Or has this now become our second jobs – those of us lucky enough to have them outside of our homes?
Thanks for any info.

ShhhDontTell
Member

Get a broom and sweep it up! Geeez! I’m so tired of these mansie pansies complaining about EVERYTHING! Or…..if this is outside your home, and you see the car has been moved/rented for the day, call the damn city hall and they’ll send a can-man over for you, you crybaby. God!!

And BTW…I’m signed up, I received my Connect card, and I can’t wait to be able to jump in a Mini Cooper and head to Trader Joes on the weekends. Christmas shopping will be easier now too.

And for all you snivlers…when I get back to my parking spot, if I see a paper cup in the street, I’ll pick it up and put it in a nearby garbage can. Which in your case will be YOUR garbage can. Then you’ll have another reason to complain. 🙄 [quote comment=”194464″]HiDoes anyone know if these cars will be moved for street cleaning? I’ve got two of them in front of my house and the garbage is already piling up – Used McDonald’s bags; cups of coffee; bottles of water/soda; etc…Who’s responsible for picking up after the slobs renting these things and what about street sweeping? Or has this now become our second jobs – those of us lucky enough to have them outside of our homes?Thanks for any info.[/quote]

HOB424
Member
HOB424
The deal is supposed to be that Hertz will clean the area where their cars are, since they are exempt from street cleaning rules. So no, city hall isn’t going to send someone over to clean, since it is Hertz’s responsibility. Garbage is a problem and attracts unwanted pests. So, yes, those who have these cars in front of their house, have the right to not like the situation. Just because someone raises a concern or asks a very valid question, don’t be so quit with the name calling. Adults should be able to voice their concerns without being called “crybabies”! [quote comment=”194475″]Get a broom and sweep it up! Geeez! I’m so tired of these mansie pansies complaining about EVERYTHING! Or…..if this is outside your home, and you see the car has been moved/rented for the day, call the damn city hall and they’ll send a can-man over for you, you crybaby. God!!And BTW…I’m signed up, I received my Connect card, and I can’t wait to be able to jump in a Mini Cooper and head to Trader Joes on the weekends. Christmas shopping will be easier now too.And for all you snivlers…when I get back to my parking spot, if I see a paper cup in the street, I’ll pick it up and put it in a nearby garbage can. Which in your case will be YOUR garbage can. Then you’ll have another reason to complain. [/quote]
getz76
Member
getz76

I’m with HOB424 on this. The guy has a valid point. Hertz should be sending someone to clean on the same schedule as the street cleaning.

Garbage in the street is a concern. Go to Newark and Camden and take a look at all the garbage in the streets. It is not only disgusting, but you can see vermin in broad daylight. [quote comment=”194503″]The deal is supposed to be that Hertz will clean the area where their cars are, since they are exempt from street cleaning rules. So no, city hall isn’t going to send someone over to clean, since it is Hertz’s responsibility.Garbage is a problem and attracts unwanted pests. So, yes, those who have these cars in front of their house, have the right to not like the situation. Just because someone raises a concern or asks a very valid question, don’t be so quit with the name calling. Adults should be able to voice their concerns without being called “crybabies”!

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bradykp
Member
bradykp

yeah – at least this guy has a valid complaint. but go to the root of why the garbage is there – all the people in town that litter. it’s quite pathetic.

but yes, hertz should clean the spaces if they are exempt from street cleaning. [quote comment=”194506″]I’m with HOB424 on this. The guy has a valid point. Hertz should be sending someone to clean on the same schedule as the street cleaning.Garbage in the street is a concern. Go to Newark and Camden and take a look at all the garbage in the streets. It is not only disgusting, but you can see vermin in broad daylight.

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getz76
Member
getz76

bradykp, I could not agree with you any more. Makes me sick. Watching punks walking down the street and just tossing their trash in the street.

Also, why is it socially acceptable that cigarette butts get tossed on the ground?[quote comment=”194622″]yeah – at least this guy has a valid complaint. but go to the root of why the garbage is there – all the people in town that litter. it’s quite pathetic. but yes, hertz should clean the spaces if they are exempt from street cleaning.

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Easy-E
Member

My old garage had a bunch of zipcars parked in there and I would see some guys in there cleaning them and checking them out pretty frequently. I don’t doubt they will have someone responsible for doing a maintenance check on them at least once per week.[quote comment=”194506″]I’m with HOB424 on this. The guy has a valid point. Hertz should be sending someone to clean on the same schedule as the street cleaning.Garbage in the street is a concern. Go to Newark and Camden and take a look at all the garbage in the streets. It is not only disgusting, but you can see vermin in broad daylight.

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homeworld
Member

Imagine their anger if you pooped in that cup?[quote comment=”194475″]Get a broom and sweep it up! Geeez! I’m so tired of these mansie pansies complaining about EVERYTHING! Or…..if this is outside your home, and you see the car has been moved/rented for the day, call the damn city hall and they’ll send a can-man over for you, you crybaby. God!!And BTW…I’m signed up, I received my Connect card, and I can’t wait to be able to jump in a Mini Cooper and head to Trader Joes on the weekends. Christmas shopping will be easier now too.And for all you snivlers…when I get back to my parking spot, if I see a paper cup in the street, I’ll pick it up and put it in a nearby garbage can. Which in your case will be YOUR garbage can. Then you’ll have another reason to complain.

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ScottyBeamed
Member
ScottyBeamed

Affordable, secure and plentiful long term garage parking would solve many of the problems in Hoboken today.

plywood
Member
plywood

I’m not even so sure “affordable” should be on the short list. Market rates should prevail, otherwise no one will ever give up a spot for generations, whether they need it for daily use or not. I’m down with secure and plentiful though.[quote comment=”194178″]Affordable, secure and plentiful long term garage parking would solve many of the problems in Hoboken today.[/quote]

ScottyBeamed
Member
ScottyBeamed

Why can’t city garages be lowered to $100 a month for residents? It can easily be a break-even operation. I think improving the parking situation is of utmost importance, and should be done by any means necessary.[quote comment=”194180″]I’m not even so sure “affordable” should be on the short list. Market rates should prevail, otherwise no one will ever give up a spot for generations, whether they need it for daily use or not. I’m down with secure and plentiful though.

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Easy-E
Member

A lousy 50 spaces is causing this much controversy? Really? 50 out of an estimated 7,000 spaces?

They could build more garages, but it’ll never be enough so why add more crap the city has to manage, leave it to some enterprising individual to address the need, or maybe just make garages a standard part of any new housing development.[quote comment=”194181″]Why can’t city garages be lowered to $100 a month for residents? It can easily be a break-even operation. I think improving the parking situation is of utmost importance, and should be done by any means necessary.

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HOB424
Member
HOB424

Yes, losing 50 spaces is alot!. The controversy is arising because, their are very good questions being asked and the answers have not been forthcoming. You said “but it” never be enough so why add more crap the city has to manage” – Well, then wouldn’t this car program be included under the crap caterogry that the city should not be adding more?[quote comment=”194196″]A lousy 50 spaces is causing this much controversy? Really? 50 out of an estimated 7,000 spaces?They could build more garages, but it’ll never be enough so why add more crap the city has to manage, leave it to some enterprising individual to address the need, or maybe just make garages a standard part of any new housing development.[/quote]

Easy-E
Member

What does the city have to “manage”?

If you’re concerned, send an email to Ian at city hall, find out what the deal is.
[quote comment=”194198″]Yes, losing 50 spaces is alot!. The controversy is arising because, their are very good questions being asked and the answers have not been forthcoming. You said “but it” never be enough so why add more crap the city has to manage” – Well, then wouldn’t this car program be included under the crap caterogry that the city should not be adding more?

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Easy-E
Member
What does the city have to manage? Exactly what did they do other than provide a space to park them? Will the city be fixing the cars? Taking reservations? Providing customer service? Insuring the vehicles? Managing the website? Any of the long list of things you would have to do to maintain a fleet of cars and members? Seriously, I just don’t get it. Half the time people are on here arguing how government does nothing right. So they decided to bring a private company in to set everything up from a-z and all they had to do is pick a spot, paint the sidewalk designating it as a parking space. If you have proof to the contrary, that they are more involved, I might agree with you, but I highly doubt that they did much more than that. I should mention here, that I don’t really care if they do, more reason for me to get rid of the car. I think this is a very proactive approach to providing residents with easy access cars all over the city. If they built another damned garage on the taxpayer dime you’d hear people bitching about that too. If they reduced the price of parking in muni lots to $100 then couldn’t break even, someone would complain about that too (and rightly so). Instead of speculating, if you’re so concerned send an email to Ian and ask him what the deal is. Regarding my “but it’ll never be enough” comment, I… Read more »
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