NJT Light Rail Traffic Nightmare

Why the NJT Light Rail Traffic Nightmare in Hoboken?

NJT Light Rail Traffic Nightmare in Hoboken NJHave you ever gotten stuck in this ridiculous NJT Light Rail traffic nightmare downtown? I cannot understand why this happens.

For at least 15 minutes – the signals were going off at the downtown NJ Transit Light Rail crossing. “Train coming” signs would blink, a few trains would pass, then the “train coming” signs would stop. But the traffic signal for Paterson Ave. would remain RED. Then the cycle repeated several times. Cars were at a standstill. Some folks got frustrated and did K-turns to remove themselves from the situation.

Look at how this “progress” just stifles the population in place. Who coordinates this? Chimpanzees?

Anyway – I shot video of me sitting in traffic (the sacrifices you make for the purpose of historical documentation). I added a very fantastic tune to the boring video to make it worth your while in case you’re insane enough to watch a traffic jam. And if you stick around to the end – you will get a happy ending!

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rich k
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rich k

Perry,
Please forward this video to the HBLR. I’ve asked them several times to look into the same problem, and the response varies between ‘we see nothing wrong here’ and a complete misunderstanding of what the problem is. There are several causes at play – the gates and lights at the crossing trigger too far ahead of the HBLR cars’ approach, the current rush hour schedule has north and south bound trains crossing out of sync so that there is almost always one approaching the intersection, and the lights on Patterson on either side are not sync’ed with the crossing lights. End result? At times traffic into Hoboken on Patterson Plank can be backed up all the way back to Congress St. Out of Hoboken? Your pictures are worth a thousand words.

squeaker
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squeaker

I’ve been caught in this insanity on a regular basis. It’s true that traffic is backed up from Congress Street to the light rail crossing with many drivers turning their cars around to escape the never-changing red signal.

Someone from the city should be looking into this mess. It’s there every day. I now avoid Paterson Plank Road at all costs.

I’ve even been caught in this at the Weehawken crossing about a week ago. Drivers were getting extremely hostile with those who were at the front of the crossing, sounding their horns to run the light as we were stuck for about 8+ minutes with no green signal.[quote comment=”221307″]Perry, Please forward this video to the HBLR. I’ve asked them several times to look into the same problem, and the response varies between ‘we see nothing wrong here’ and a complete misunderstanding of what the problem is. There are several causes at play – the gates and lights at the crossing trigger too far ahead of the HBLR cars’ approach, the current rush hour schedule has north and south bound trains crossing out of sync so that there is almost always one approaching the intersection, and the lights on Patterson on either side are not sync’ed with the crossing lights. End result? At times traffic into Hoboken on Patterson Plank can be backed up all the way back to Congress St. Out of Hoboken? Your pictures are worth a thousand words.[/quote]

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