Double Parking Dilemma
But some of most notorious areas are Willow Ave. from 7th St. to 11th St and various spots on Clinton St., since they are part of the NJ transit bus routes. It can get really bad, especially during morning and evening rush hours.
How can our new and improved City Council introduce ways to prevent this from happening all-year round? How about a new City Ordinance that issues $1000 fines for this? Shit, we have dog poop up to $2000, public drinking up to $1000, why not do the same for these REALLY aggravating disturbances? Won’t that help put an end to it?
I’ve had some ideas in the past about “temporary parking zones” for deliveries/drop-offs on each street (that are only valid during the day/evening – not overnight), but I had a tough time figuring out how to actually implement them and enforce it (ideas from “swipe” systems, to ez-pass type tags – just too complicated and progressive for Hoboken).
Bottom line is we need more garages / spots and stiffer fines and tougher enforcement. But that’ll never happen.
Here a 411 reader (who emailed me two months ago) chimes in with his gripes about it.
“I am writing this email to bring attention to a really annoying problem in Hoboken that I’m sure your other readers are aware of. When is the Hoboken Parking Authority or Hoboken Police Department going to start cracking down on people who double park along Willow and Clinton every day and block the NJ Transit buses, fire trucks and ambulances during rush hour?
The worst spot is during the evening rush on Willow just south of 9th Street. (I believe between 8th & 9th) There’s a dry cleaner there on the east side of the street and there is always cars double parked outside. Not sure if its people using the dry cleaner or maybe the owner but no one ever comes out when the bus honks so its hard to tell. This is by far the worst spot. I have definitely walked home from there several times in the past few weeks. Another car, a big car, always pulls onto the sidewalk right outside of Rogo’s on Willow and leaves the tail end of the car in the street. Cars can get by but not buses or emergency vehicles. And its always the same car. A Cadillac or something of that size.
This happens at least twice a week and always in front of the same buildings and with the same cars. The buses sit there and beep the horn until eventually everyone gets off the bus and walks the rest of the route. I have also seen several occasions where fire trucks and ambulances responding to rescue calls are now stuck behind this mess because people are too lazy to look for a parking space and decide to double park like a jackass on two of Hoboken’s narrowest and busiest streets. How about they start using all the money they make on parking tickets to start booting and towing these people? Again, this happens at least twice a week, sometimes more.”