Reader Mail: Privileged Parking Uptown
Here we have Hoboken411 reader James, who is frustrated with the lack of parking caused by illegally parked buses uptown, and also sees a way for the city to generate some extra revenue.
He notified 5th Ward Councilman Peter Cunningham, who quickly responded to his concerns.
Over the past year, I have noticed on numerous occasions, that the double decker tour buses of the Grey Line Bus Company are routinely parked overnight on grand street between 15th and 16th in the north western section of Hoboken. Typically the buses are parked on both sides of the street and are occasionally even doubled parked on the western side of the road. I understand that this portion of town isn’t as residential as the remainder of Hoboken, but have found the situation frustrating none the less.
As development continues to flood the Fifth Ward with more housing and residents, parking has become a premium. Only a few years ago residents on Hoboken’s fringe enjoyed easy street parking and didn’t have a need to park on this block. However, I now find my self routinely annoyed that late at night I must spend time circling Hoboken looking for parking while illegally parked buses continue to occupy this block. It is my understanding, according to Hoboken City Code (§ 190-5), that overnight parking of commercial vehicles is prohibited on Hoboken streets from 8pm to 8am and the fine for this infraction is $50. Does Grey Line have an agreement with the city to exempt them from this law? If not, are these buses ticked on a regular basis?
If an agreement is not in effect between Hoboken and Grey Line, it would be prudent for the city to enforce the law. In my estimation about ten buses are parked on this block every night. If the ordinance was enforced, and each bus received a $50 summons for parking illegally, the city would collect $182,000 over the course of the year and possibly more if additional infractions were observed. This money could be used to lower the proposed 2008 increase for resident parking permits or to repave and improve the roads in the vicinity. The Hoboken Parking Authority is extremely efficient at enforcing parking regulations throughout the central residential core of Hoboken, the business at the periphery of our community should not get a free ride and exemption from these same regulations.
Peter responded by saying:
“James, good call.
I spoke to John Corea of the Parking Utility and he’s looking into it – now. They certainly do not belong on the street as there’s no special arrangement (thankfully). I should have an answer later tonight!!