Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Breaking: TransponderGate - Only 9 of 160 unapproved

Update: The internal review of the transponders saw a simple process of identifying legitimate use among the vast majority of the 160 devices initially turned off.  In an interview with Hoboken.patch.com Director of Transportation and Parking Ian Sacs stated there were only nine of the originally 160 not reactivated after the holders of those 151 units were able to show they were being used properly.  

Although there were far less being used improperly than originally thought, the City's press release didn't provide that detail giving the public the impression of far more unapproved use.

There is a question remaining on how many traceable units have been shut down after the internal audit was completed and reviewed.  Word is there are some unhappy city employees as a result.

The figures on misuse are far lower and disappointing in the sense the public was given the wrong impression, but MSV is happy the transponder auditing was carried out.  

Let's see more of this in the future: a lot more.

May 26, 2010


MILE SQUARE VIEW EXCLUSIVE

The initial city press release about the 160 transponders being shut down after an internal audit by Director of Parking and Transportation Ian Sacs now shows a final count of those not accounted for doesn't even remotely approach that figure. Based on information from the Mayor's office, only nine of the 160 were not matched to legitimate official city vehicles.

The initial audit conducted by Director Sacs began in October.  The timeline of the audit is thought to have concluded early this year.  The reason for the initial press release referencing the 160 units used outside of the appropriate city controls now scaled back to a much more reasonable nine is not clear.  An update on this story will be forthcoming.

Da Horsey, SmartyJones


2nd Street revamped now two way street, new bike lane

City of Hoboken announces:


SECOND STREET SEGMENT CONVERTED TO 2-WAY, BIKE LANES ADDED

The last block of Second Street before the waterfront was converted recently from a one-way street to two-way operation to improve circulation and reduce unnecessary traffic on Sinatra Drive along the waterfront. The conversion, paid for entirely by an adjacent property owner, also accommodates loading and parking activities associated with the J.Wiley buildings.

As part of the project, Transportation and Parking Department Director Ian Sacs asked the property owner to upgrade pedestrian crossing signals at the River Street intersection to the newer count-down system in accordance with current standards and required bicycle lanes to be included in the new configuration.

“The bike lanes and narrow travel lanes communicate to drivers that they should drive slowly in this busy area filled with pedestrians and bicyclists,” said Director Sacs. “It also activates this street segment as part of the waterfront rather than feeling like a high-speed back alley.”



Photo: Second Street between River Street and Sinatra Drive. Courtesy Jerry Lore.


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