Hoboken parking meter overload?

Parking meter overload in Hoboken – when is enough enough?

Parking meter overload in Hoboken NJ uptownMany residents have noticed that new “muni meters” (robotic parking thieves) have been installed in various spots uptown. I call it Hoboken parking meter overload!

James noticed them “Over the past few weeks I noticed the town is transitioning parking uptown from the normal permit/visitor parking to 4 hour meter parking. This looks to be taking place on 15th street west of willow, as well as Clinton, Grand and Adams streets between 14th and 16th.”

These meters don’t appear to have gone in effect yet – but they probably will soon.

And Jennifer, who visits places like the Carpe Diem, Kolo Klub and Pilsener Haus often thought the meters were just bad news. “We already know that Hoboken’s reputation for excessive tickets and boots can deter customers. These meters will only make it worse.”

She might be right. The owner of Maxwell’s already said that the parking blitzkrieg was partly responsible for the demise of that Hoboken landmark, so why is the administration chasing business customers away in exchange for stuffing city hall coffers?

These spots in the fringe areas of town were much appreciated by local residents and visitors, who used them daily when parking was at capacity in other areas of town. The pilferage of hard earned money from people just looking to peacefully live in or enjoy Hoboken is counter-productive.

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8 Comments on "Hoboken parking meter overload?"


Member
2 years 2 months ago

These meters will allow visitors to park in that area more easily. Previously half of the street is for residents only and many cars don’t move for days at a time. Now cars will be rotating out of the spaces every few hours with more turnover.

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hoboken martello
2 years 2 months ago

ERRONEOUS!!!! The only thing the meters are going to do is fuck the residents who live near there and can’t get a spot any closer to their apartments. And what happens when the 2 new cookie cutters north of the viaduct are completed? Where are those people supposed to park?? This isn’t Washington street where the spots need to be turned over for shoppers[quote comment=”220972″]These meters will allow visitors to park in that area more easily. Previously half of the street is for residents only and many cars don’t move for days at a time. Now cars will be rotating out of the spaces every few hours with more turnover.[/quote]

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Hoboken Teach
2 years 2 months ago

It will definitely do both of the comments above. Residents will get screwed and have less places to park while visitors will have an easier time getting a spot as the residents won’t be parking in those spaces anymore. It will also give more visitor money to the city and establishments they patronize. Many visitors don’t come in at all because it’s so hard to get parking. What the city does with that extra revenue is another story, but will bring in extra none the less. [quote comment=”220973″]ERRONEOUS!!!! The only thing the meters are going to do is fuck the residents who live near there and can’t get a spot any closer to their apartments. And what happens when the 2 new cookie cutters north of the viaduct are completed? Where are those people supposed to park?? This isn’t Washington street where the spots need to be turned over for shoppers[/quote]

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squeaker
2 years 2 months ago

I’ve yet to use these new meters in town.

Can anyone tell me if they allow users who are just stopping into a store for a few moments (i.e. less than 15) to only pay for quarter/half hour increments as with the old meters or are we now supposed to pay several dollars regardless of how short the duration of parking?

Thanks.

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AM1245
2 years 2 months ago

ummm.. The signs on 15th street say Permit parking – all others meter. I forget the exact wording, but that is the gist.

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YouStayCl@ssyHoboken
2 years 2 months ago

The pay stations aren’t pretty, but all visitor parking in residential neighborhoods is probably best handled this way. Less confusion for visitors, more parking fee revenue, probably less towing/booting revenue. Hopefully would result in more visitors parking in garages rather than taking residential spots.

Member
2 years 2 months ago

Exactly. The problem is a lot of people can’t comphrehend that and the concept of induced demand. This is a great article that devles into the car problem that Hoboken faces:

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/08/15/business/economy/15view.htmlquote comment=”220980″]The pay stations aren’t pretty, but all visitor parking in residential neighborhoods is probably best handled this way. Less confusion for visitors, more parking fee revenue, probably less towing/booting revenue. Hopefully would result in more visitors parking in garages rather than taking residential spots.[/quote]

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Park Ave-----
2 years 2 months ago

My understanding is that there is a transition to many, possibly all streets in hoboken will have meters and permit holders will not have to pay, while visitors will