CITY OF HOBOKEN BEGINS ROLLOUT OF HYBRID PERMIT/METER PARKING ZONES
Revenue to be Used for Transportation Infrastructure Funding
The City of Hoboken has begun the city-wide rollout to replace “Permit Only/4 hour” (visitor side, white sign with green text) zones with hybrid Permit/Meter (4 hour) zones. Residents and all others with parking permits (including visitor tags) will be able to continue to park for free in the new zones. Vehicles without permits will still be permitted to park for 4 hours (as before) but will now be required to pay a fee at the meter or by phone using the Parkmobile application. The 4-hour time limit will remain in effect at all times for non-permit holders, however meters only need to be paid between 9am and 9pm. Enforcement of the new meters will begin on Tuesday, January 17, 2017.
The first phase includes the current “Permit Only” sides of upper Washington Street (8th Street to 14th Street), Hudson Street (1st St to 11thSt), and Castle Point Terrace.
Regulations are not changing on any existing 2-hour meter zones (including Washington Street from Observer Highway to 8th Street and 14th Street to 15th Street) where all drivers, including permit holders, must still pay the meter.
How Will This Affect Me?
I have a Resident Permit: No Change. You do not need to pay the meter in Permit Only (4 hour) zones. You must still pay the meter at 2 hour meter parking zones.
I have a Business, Temporary, Senior, or other parking permit: No Change. You do not need to pay the meter in Permit Only (4 hour) zones. You must still pay the meter at 2 hour meter parking zones.
I am a visitor and have a visitor permit or hang tag: No Change. You do not need to pay the meter in Permit Only (4 hour) zones. You must still pay the meter at 2 hour meter parking zones.
I am a visitor and do not have a visitor permit: You may still park for up to 4 hours at all times but now must pay the meter between 9am and 9pm. You must still pay the meter at 2 hour meter parking zones.
All drivers are reminded to move their vehicles for street cleaning. Additional phases will be installed on the remainder of Permit Only sides of streets throughout Hoboken, from east to west, as additional meter shipments are received in the months ahead.
Example: How parking will be affected on Washington Street
Observer Hwy to 8th St & 14th St to 15th St
2 hour meter parking.
All must pay the meter or by phone.
2 hour meter parking.
All must pay the meter or by phone.
8th St to 14th St
Permit Only. Non-permit holders may park up to four hours per day for free at all times.
Permit Only. Non-permit holders may park up to four hours per day at all times butmust pay the meter or by phone between 9am and 9pm.
Since the City has implemented a pay-by-phone payment option, the meters in residential areas will generally be located only one per block, typically at an intersection, and placed near commercial locations as much as possible.
The new regulations and meters, which were approved by the City Council, are being installed to increase parking turnover, creating more parking availability for residents, other permit holders, and visitors. Mayor Dawn Zimmer has committed to apply the additional revenue towards transportation and other infrastructure improvements (such as the $17 million Washington Street project, paving roads, and the new parking garage planned for northwest Hoboken). The City will also continue to use some parking revenue to keep municipal taxes stable.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Do I have to pay the meter at existing regular meter zones?
Yes. Regulations are only changing on existing “Permit Only” sides of streets where non-permit holders must pay the meter to park for up to 4 hours. Regulations are not changing at existing regular metered zones, most of which have a 2 hour limit and where all drivers are still required to pay. Regular meter zones include Washington Street from Observer Highway to 8th Street and 14th Street to 15th Street, among other streets (For a full list of metered parking areas and time limits see www.ecode360.com/15236967). Posted signage will indicate either standard metered parking or “Permit Only” parking where non-permit holders must pay the meter.
Q: Has the city already implemented these parking regulations anywhere?
A: Yes. These “hybrid” permit/meter parking regulations have been in place for several years in parts of northern Hoboken, including various streets in northwest Hoboken around 15th Street and along northern Hudson Street.
Q: I have a Resident/Business/Temporary permit. Will I need now to pay for parking?
A: No. All permit holders will be able to continue to park on both the “Permit Only” and “Resident Only” sides without paying the meter.
Q: Will I still be able to buy visitor hang tags for guests?
A: Yes. Visitors with a hang tag will not be required to pay at the meter.
Q: Will the signage be changed?
A: Yes - the signage on the Resident Only and Permit Only sides will be changed to make all parking regulations more clear.
Q: Where will parking meters be located?
A: On most streets, a parking meter will be located on one of the four corners of each intersection. Meters will be located to avoid conflicts with residential entrances, narrow sidewalks, etc.
Q: What if I have guests that need to park for more than 4 hours?
A: The four hour on-street time limit has not changed. Residents with guests who need to park beyond four hours may purchase visitor parking permits for their guests from the Hoboken Parking Utility. Visitors may also park at municipal or private parking garages located throughout Hoboken (for a map of garage locations, visit: http://enjoyhoboken.com/plan-your-trip/where-to-park/).
Q: How much revenue will the meters generate?
A: The City estimates that the new meters will generate approximately $1.3 million per year. The City is committed to investing those funds into infrastructure improvements.