Hoboken Parking Fallacy

Hoboken parking fallacy frustrates drivers

Hoboken Parking FallacyAnytime that any organization or government entity tries to sell a complicated and ineffective idea as “better for the public,” it usually ends up failing miserably some time down the road. In our case its the Hoboken parking fallacy.

Good old fashioned parking meters next to each parking spot did the job just fine, and were built like tanks (that is until they became more computerized).

And as you know – our city recently tried selling the idea of these automated parking robots as being good for everyone. You can pay by credit card, use the time bought at multiple spots (if you can even find one), “creating more spots,” and so on. However, these overly-complicated muni-meters came with several downsides as well:

Now – the remaining parking meters that are left – don’t even take credit cards! WTF is that all about? How much will that cost property taxpayers to fix? Does adding layers of complication really work out well? Or just leave more ways to fail down the line?

As you can see from the photo above – residents are pissed off, and wonder how long it will take to get something as simple as this rectified.

If the Zimmer administration can’t keep our own house in order, you think we can trust them to successfully manage a massive project like the proposed Hoboken sea walls?

Hoboken parking meters do not accept credit cards

7 Responses

  1. chrisjur says:

    I don’t think there’s any company that is going to warrantee anything caused by flood damage, however, the city should have insurance or relief funds to cover the cost of these so not sure what the hold up is. Overall, I think the general idea of these machines is a good one – the credit card feature is great, they help control loss/theft of coins (which we have plenty of experience with) and they don’t require as much manpower to collect the coins. However, to your point, if the credit card feature isn’t going to work or they’re not working at all, they turn out to be nothing but an inconvenience. One other downside I notice is that these encourage people to take up enough space to fit an aircraft carrier because there is no clear demarcation as to where the spaces are, so I’m sure we are losing 1-2 spots per block vs. the old meters. This could be fixed by implementing street or curb markings.

  2. bryan999 says:

    Agreed, these things being broken constantly is a total outrage.

    What is the Zimmer Admin’s excuse? Does this issue not come up in any of the big meetings they must constantly be having?

  3. bryan999 says:

    And exactly what does calling the phone number do…? What, can you pay for you spot over the phone?

  4. hc0713 says:

    dont get me wrong i dont like zimmer, but i drive and work in the city every day..and its the same… its not that hard… and makes life simpler than always looking for quarters…. so quit your crying

    • bryan999 says:

      Hey hc0713… the machines would be great if they worked correctly.

      The point of the story is that they don’t work correctly… and what the cost is on taxpayers… I think since they’re always broken and have problems accepting people’s debit cards – as they’re designed to do – people have a legitimate complaint and a right to sound off. We may as well have the old fashioned meters back if the city is THAT uninterested in fixing these things.[quote comment=”219511″]dont get me wrong i dont like zimmer, but i drive and work in the city every day..and its the same… its not that hard… and makes life simpler than always looking for quarters…. so quit your crying[/quote]

      • joey maxim says:

        These machines were the brain child of one who is residing across the atlantic in europe according to the pkg authority.This idea was implemented in Europe years ago.Not a new
        idea..In one way if it succeeds guess it serves the purpose.Somehow from the complaints about this topic,it comes down to maintainence,and know how in order to serve the public the way it was ment to be..Too many vehicles in a small town is the core of the problem.[quote comment=”219516″]Hey hc0713… the machines would be great if they worked correctly.The point of the story is that they don’t work correctly… and what the cost is on taxpayers… I think since they’re always broken and have problems accepting people’s debit cards – as they’re designed to do – people have a legitimate complaint and a right to sound off. We may as well have the old fashioned meters back if the city is THAT uninterested in fixing these things.[/quote]

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