Reader Mail: Light Rail conditions

Here’s an interesting viewpoint from Hoboken411 reader Amanda. She details the crappy conditions in the area around the 9th Street Light Rail station.

This sounds like something the 5th Ward Councilman Michael Cricco should address. If you feel the same way, and want to email him, please do so.

Hoboken Light Rail 9th street

Dear Hoboken 411,

I’d like to discuss the current conditions at the 9th Street Light Rail station. I used to use this station to commute and thankfully don’t have to anymore, but last night I took the Light Rail downtown and was extremely surprised at how difficult the walk to this station has become.

First of all, the actual entrance to the station from 9th street has been closed for several months due to construction on another condo building. This is a huge inconvenience for anyone who lives north of 8th street as everyone has to walk around the construction and use the 8th street entrance. This wouldn’t be so bad, except all of the trains still pull all the way up to 9th Street as opposed to stopping closer to 8th Street. This means that you have to walk from the platform on 9th street, down to 8th street and then back to 9th to get home.

Even more disturbing is the condition of the sidewalk and street on both the 8th Street and 9th Street approach. There is a vacant lot, which right now is an inactive construction site that stretches the entire block from 8th to 9th, Madison to Monroe. The owners of this lot do not keep the sidewalks free of snow or ice and there is also a tremendous amount of trash and broken glass all over. Since the 9th street approach is useless, I was on 8th street last night. The side walk is complete cracked and dangerous to walk on. There was a 6 inch path where someone had cleared some snow away. There was a broken street sign and other large construction materials strewn across the cleared part of the sidewalk, and a metal post where the street sign used to be. The metal post is un-marked and sticks up about 6 inches right in the middle of the side walk. This metal post is extremely dangerous because it is not visible at night and there is nothing preventing anyone from tripping on it or accidentally falling on it. Further adding to the situation is the fact that the street lights are out on this side of the block. I can honestly say that I felt nervous not only about the dangerous conditions of this area, but also about the fact that there was limited light on the block.

I would like to know when the 9th street side is supposed to be open again and also know if anyone knows who to contact about the current conditions of both 8th and 9th street west of Madison.

Hoboken light rail 9th street construction area

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7 Comments on "Reader Mail: Light Rail conditions"


amanda
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amanda
9 years 6 months ago

I walked by the area this morning around 8 am. No one has cleared the sidewalks of snow and all of the people walking to the station were walking in the street to get to the train.

spoon
Member
spoon
9 years 7 months ago

hahah tour de JC Heights. My first experience of the 9th street light rail were two teenage kids coming out of the elevator with 2 pitbulls on chains. Scared the Shiz out of me.

mtvhobo
Member
9 years 7 months ago

Its been a real inconvenience, seems closer to a 3 block detour for north enders (down monroe, one block west, back up north parallel to monroe once inside the station).

Its a downright ugly walk – cones, blockades and trenches all compounded with a mixture of fresh blacktop, mud and unshoveled sleet. Not to mention having to navigate the daily “Tour De JC heights” participants barreling to/from the elevator on huffy mountain bikes.

fmn
Member
fmn
9 years 7 months ago

its just like.. 1 small lot across from a parking garage. its really not a big deal.

spoon
Member
spoon
9 years 7 months ago

Yeah I don’t live by that light rail station but I took the light rail there one day and was shocked that that entrance was closed and it was super annoying to have to walk to the othe entrance and around the whole construction site. I would be really mad to see my train speeding away b/c of the dumb construction.

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