Horrible morning commute improves in Hoboken

1/26/2011 Update:

Nice to see one of Hoboken’s council members get action!

Traffic relief may be near for downtown Hoboken

Occhipinti: NJ Transit will shift route for #87 bus

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A traffic trouble spot in the 4th Ward will see some relief when NJ Transit re-routes the #87 bus, downtown. The change comes as a result of a request from Hoboken’s 4th Ward Councilman Tim Occhipinti.

John Leon, NJ Transit’s senior director of government and community relations informed Occhipinti that, effective Monday (Jan. 31), the Jersey City to Hoboken bus (#87) will no longer make a turn onto Monroe Street at Observer Highway. The new route takes the bus through the intersection onto Newark Avenue/Newark Street, until it turns right at Willow Avenue onto Observer Highway.

“New Jersey Transit has done a great job responding to the concerns of residents,” said Occhipinti. “We promised residents that we would take this issue up with NJ Transit and we did. Transit responded quickly and got to work on a new route, relieving the logjam that resulted when the #87 blocked the box at Monroe Street.”

Residents at a public meeting Occhipinti held in October had complained that the current bus route created traffic jams and dangerous conditions for young children, on their way to school, and for elderly residents from nearby senior citizens’ buildings.

“We’re working with the county now to find other ways to alleviate traffic hazards in this area,” said Occhipinti, who chairs the city council’s economic development and planning committee. “I want to make sure that we coordinate traffic to accommodate any future economic development and open space initiatives in the southwest part of town.”

See previous updates after the jump…

10/27/2010 Update:

At least someone cares about this mess

Here’s a video of a typically profane traffic confrontation at the Monroe/Observer intersection that is the home of so many problems that radiate throughout the area:

The video was taken outside Tim Occhipinti’s campaign headquarters. Occhipinti held an open neighborhood meeting to discuss the downtown traffic problem, and what could be done to fix it. Members of the public turned out to brainstorm with a traffic engineer. Here is a video with some highlights of the meeting.

10/25/2010 Update:

City Hall disregards constituent suggestions

Updating this general downtown traffic post from this past spring.

We all know that Hoboken has suffered with a myriad of vehicular related woes throughout the years. Potholes (worst road conditions in NJ most likely), parking, and of course the morning commute getting out of town on the south end of the city.

Hoboken411 reader Eric adds another tidbit to the list of concerns:

“I live on the west side and it’s literally been taking me between 15-30 minutes to get from 8th and Madison to Observer Highway and Grove Street any given morning between 7am – 8:30am for the past 5 years I have been a resident. Will the city of Hoboken ever figure out a normal traffic pattern??

I myself have already came up with about 10 different ideas, however Zimmer’s office never responds to my suggestions.”

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Outbound traffic from Hoboken backed up for blocks

Many Hoboken411 readers have sent in emails this week about the horrendous morning traffic getting out of Hoboken from the SW corner.

“Since Memorial Day weekend, traffic has been unbelievable on Jersey Ave. getting out of Hoboken. Some days I leave around 6:45am and even those days, traffic is backed up all the way to the train trestle! As it gets deeper into rush hour it only gets worse.”

“Over the last couple of weeks the 7am traffic leaving Hoboken via Jersey Ave. has typically been backed up nearly to the Monroe Street light. I think the problem is the timing of the stoplights – they are green for a very short period, particularly the last one before you turn right onto the turnpike extension. Has anyone else had the same experience or have an explanation for the traffic increase?”

Since Mayor Zimmer and Transportation Czar Ian Sacs refuse to answer questions about the matter with the website that most Hoboken residents read – I am taking this up with Jersey City and the Port Authority myself. I’ll let you guys know what I find out.

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Thursday, February 3, 2011 12:29 pm

The official announcement of route change is on NJT’s website: http://www.njtransit.com/sa/sa_servlet.srv?hdnPageAction=ServiceAdjustmentTo&AdjustmentId=7308

In addition to changing the #87 bus, could the #85 and #22x (Academy) also be re-routed in this manner? It would speed up the bus ride and reduce traffic for even more commuters, both bus and car.

Monday, January 31, 2011 5:04 pm

I felt compelled to register with Hoboken 411 once I read some other Hoboken residents comments regarding the commute in Hoboken. I only have to commute out of Hoboken once in a while when I am not working out of my offices in NYC. I have also noticed that it is getting worse. I agree that changing the bus route on Monroe and Observer Highway will make a little bit of a difference, but I see some other issues. One of the other problems I have found are the crossing guards and the fact that everyone has to drive their kids to school. Now I understand that with the snow parents are worried about kids walking, but this goes on year round. Between the school on 7th & Madison, 2nd & Monroe and the HS the morning and/or evening commutes are just horrible in Hoboken. Here are some possible solutions. 1) Hire crossing guards that know what they are doing. I know this is not a coveted position, but they have no regard for traffic. Further more they should be there for kids and/or elderly walking across the streets. Not every single person who is coming to the intersection. 2) Restrict closing of streets around the schools. I have also noticed in some areas the crossing guards or schools put up cones and just close the whole street off so no cars can come in. 3) Parents reading this … have you ever heard of a car-pool? I am sure… Read more »

Saturday, January 29, 2011 9:22 am

I am truly amazed someone actually took action here! This should help a lot…I was wondering why they were not ticketing those buses for blocking the box, but I guess this is even better.

Next up is to have police there a couple times a week for residents who still insist on blocking the box, but I doubt that will happen.

Friday, January 28, 2011 8:42 am

Can’t wait to see if this works and alleviates just some of the congestion.

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Wednesday, January 26, 2011 9:51 pm

The do not block the box was a good call, 411! Glad the administration reads your site. Getting NJ Transit to change this bus route was a great move and should alleviate some of the congestion. Thanks Councilman Occhipinti. The do not block the box needs to be enforced. Hope the administration is still reading.[quote comment=”199249″]Maybe a “do not block the box” system like in NYC?[/quote]

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