More affordable parking may be a solution?

Hoboken had lots of street parking after the big storm

Normally, after midnight on a Sunday night in Hoboken – most parking spots are LONG GONE.

But even though the big rain storm that blew by this past weekend had dried up in the morning yesterday, there were STILL tons of spots available on streets across town the next morning.

That makes you wonder, because hundred of residents most certainly moved their cars to parking garages temporarily (at a cost of around $30 a day in some instances at private garages).

Finding an immediate (logical) solution for Hoboken parking?

Here are some scattered bullet points to absorb:

  • The Mayor has long clamored for residents to “surrender” their cars even back when she was a councilperson (Does she not realize people actually work outside of Hoboken? Does she not understand the pleasure and personal freedom for owning your own set of wheels?)
  • We have a free-market capitalistic economy. Most garage owners can charge what they want. The current average price-point doesn’t necessarily have people lining up. Plus, we do not have enough parking garages.
  • People park in garages when they absolutely *need* to.
  • Many residents think walking 4 blocks is too far, especially for a $300 a month parking spot.

Question – is there a missing piece?

While some people left town this past weekend, and roads were light because of the state-wide traffic disruptions, it definitely made me wonder if we’re just one logical decision away from having wide-spread parking garage adoption. How can we bridge the gap in a traditional, not social-conditioning way?

  • We need more garages in Hoboken. Find a way to make it a requirement by ordinance or master plan – instead of trying to trick people into thinking about alternative modes of transportation.
  • Find a way to come to an agreement with a Real Estate developer who runs and manages a public parking garage – in order to provide ridiculously affordable parking (without negatively affecting property taxpayers). Any city-owned parcels should go out for bid, with requirements that monthly spots are around $100 a month. I bet anything that the “4 block radius syndrome” will long be cured if affordable parking like that can be offered.
  • It’s my belief, “The missing piece” is a combination of the relatively high cost – limited availability – and lack of convenience – and is what prevents more residents from just parking in a garage. A cheap, safe spot almost anywhere in town will quickly be bought up.

So how can we find an immediate solution to this problem, and why isn’t it happening faster? It’s one of the top priorities and problems in Hoboken.

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I feel like a broken record:

Induced Demand:

The High Cost of Free Parkin:


I doubt if more garages would solve the problem even if they were more affordable. There would be those taking their cars off the street and into the garage, and those taking them out of the garage and into the now available spots to save the $100 per month. Sort of like a musical chair game with cars instead.


While I don’t know the economics of parking garages I would think that if it was reasonably profitable it would be done already.

Whenever I hear someone express a desire for something affordable that’s usually expensive it usually strikes me as a desire to have society pick up the tab rather than the costs borne by the direct users.

Can garages be constructed so that the ventures are reasonably profitable without socializing the costs? If you think it can happen show us.


Many of those who left town for the storm did not return until yesterday. More parking does not necessarily solve the problem. As more street spaces get freed up more people decide to keep a car. Also what space is available in this town for more car parks? Around the edges maybe but I cannot see any large spaces available in the center areas, which brings us back to the question of distance between home and parking. Are you suggesting housing stock be removed and turned into parkng?
I have heard complaints from residents that when parking has been provided under new condos those who live in the houses around then suffer from the noise of cars and fumes in their backyards.
If more large car parks are built on the edges of town then some sort of shuttle bus has to be available so people do not have long walks. Also there would need to be ‘loading spaces’ on every block so residents can park for say 20 mintes only to load/unload their cars. Now that could be a nice little earner for HPU…….


When I had a car, I just worked a weekly street cleaning ticket into my monthly budget. It was actually cheaper than renting a parking space.