Hoboken has less parking than ever!
Have you noticed parking getting harder or easier in Hoboken?
Parking more scarce in the past 12 months
42 spots taken up by Hertz on Demand Cars.
City claims a similar number of “surrendered permits.” Question is – Did those cars really “free up parking?” Or how many folks gave up their cars just because of Hertz?
It’s possible all of those permits would have not been renewed regardless if the Hertz on Demand Cars were there or not. Some people give up their cars strictly for other reasons (end of lease, etc.) Many parking permits are allowed to expire each and every year – as countless new residents who come to town and commute to Manhattan do indeed relinquish their cars once they’ve settled into this walking / commuting city. To take advantage of a $100 coupon may have just been coincidental.
Additionally, those 42 spots reserved for Hertz cars, actually take up more – because when a resident uses the car to shop in Hoboken, they take up TWO spots – the one they parked at and the empty green spot they left behind.
And lastly, there are countless individuals who have street parking permits AND park in monthly garages (myself included.)
Other reasons we have less parking now
The corner bollards, while a smart thing to do (for safety) – have also eliminated many “parking spots” – whether they were legal or not. So regardless, more cars will now drive around (emitting pollutants) to search for open (legal) spots. Less resting spots for vehicles is just a byproduct of making the intersections safer.
Commercial vehicles. The city recently revised an ordinance that made it legal to park most commercial vehicles (vans, etc.) on the street overnight. Now with the loosened restrictions, countless commercial vehicles take up spots that previously resulted in ticket revenue and tows.
Parking improvements are spin
Just stand on any street corner during the evening rush hour and count how many times you see the same cars driving around and around and around!
Just build what people need (more parking garages, more affordable) instead of trying to socially condition them (into surrendering their cars).
If “freeing up parking” and “saving the environment” was truly the goal of the city, why not make garage parking more affordable? Say $99/month or even free?
- Did you know 96% of the Hertz Customers in Hoboken did not previously have cars?
- Traffic congestion may have become worse. If the city’s number of 33% usage is accurate – that means that while Hertz cars are in use, they clog Hoboken’s streets with over 300 more vehicular trips – when those without cars would have probably walked. 960 more drivers in town than before!
- If the city is so hell-bent on pedestrians and biking – then why is it so important that the cars are just “steps away” from customers? Sounds a bit contradictory, no? Make ‘em walk! Use the shuttle bus! Something! Go Green?
- And I’m still wondering why the Pedi-Cabs were nixed! Those were great ways to get around town! What buttons were pressed there? What envelopes under the table?
- I’ll repeat this each time I express concerns (or need to un-spin bogus info) about Hertz Cars in Hoboken: I have no problem with hourly rental cars. It’s a perfectly convenient way for those who need a quick ride to do so without the typical paperwork headache of longer-term rentals. Those that choose to own or lease their own vehicle need not be punished.
- An investigation into Park Ridge, NJ based Hertz Corporation should be done. See how anyone involved with City Hall is connected. The over-zealous approach they’re taking is very odd – and such enthusiasm usually involves money or special favors. Calling Arnold Diaz!
I’ll be back in a couple hours with the next 411 update. I have to help a friend find parking.