New traffic signal – Newark & Hudson
It’s OFFICIAL! The light is now in full service. I guess that accident yesterday made them finally pull the switch. Come back here later to discuss how it’s affected traffic downtown.
“We have ignition!”
A reader send this blurry clip in of the freshly powered up traffic signal at the intersection of Newark & Hudson. It’s just “blinking” red & yellow now (I guess to acclimate drivers of the pending signal.. like they didn’t know it was sitting there for months already).
See previous updates and reader mail below…
10/11/2007 Reader Mail:
Can someone explain how hard it is to switch on the signal? I do know there is some amount of programming to sync the light with other signals in the area, but what is the hold up? Who manages our traffic signals? What software do they use? SYNCHRO? BiTrans? Streetwise? MATS? Is this person on vacation? Do we outsource the signal maintenance?
After yet another near-miss with several cars this morning at the crosswalk at Hudson and Newark, I’m writing to ask WHY after MONTHS of those traffic lights being installed are they NOT turned on?!!
If you ask the Mayor’s office, he blames the City Council. If you ask the City Council, they blame the county. If you ask Hoboken’s representative on the County Board of Freeholders, Maurice Fitzgibbons, he says he doesn’t know and ask the city.
Perhaps if 411 asks the question, someone will take action and do their jobs and TURN ON THE TRAFFIC LIGHT!
– One of the thousands of daily PATH Commuters
Took these pictures Friday of a whole “crew” installing “Do Not Enter” signs. I’m surprised they didn’t bring in a crane & a pile-driver and shut the road down for a week.
Mentioned this new traffic signal back in April. They’ve installed the fixtures and are about ready to ramp it up. They’ll start with some blinking lights in the next few days(may be problematic for epileptics, fyi) and will start the normal signals soon thereafter.
Traffic backups will be worse than ever in my opinion. Additionally, savvy and impatient pedestrians will find other crosswalks to bombard while on their cell phones and fiddling with their iPods. Joy to the world.
See the original post below.. plus all the previous comments.
In the long run, we should just install 2,000 stop lights in Hoboken. Soon to be the #1 road rage capital of the world (overtaking L.A. by 217%).
A new traffic light is going up at Newark and Hudson. It’s a heavily trafficked area for both vehicles and especially pedestrians during the morning and evening rush hours.
I believe this is sorely needed, but how will the mobs of commuters be able to stand still for 45 seconds? Will they find some other intersection to cross at? What about traffic? Will it back up somehow and cause problems elsewhere?
While costly (and probably ugly), a pedestrian bridge might be a better idea.