Councilman Peter Cunningham: “Immediate Meterless Parking and Pop Up Park Meeting Updates”

Official release:

Dear neighbors and friends,

Hope everyone enjoyed the summer and welcome to the fall.  Today is our annual fall Arts and Music Festival so plan accordingly.  I also have two very important updates.

Effective this Monday, October 1st, metered parking will start in the neighborhood on the visitor’s side of the street.  See press release from the Mayor’s Office below.  I support this effort as up until now, visitors parked for free.  We all know parking is a precious resource and is not free to the residents, and should not be free to visitors.  As many of you know, I fiercely objected to large bulky “physical” meters placed in our brownstone neighborhood having cited progressive measures in other cities using smartphones for meterless parking payments.  However, we need to more effectively notice our community as we bridge existing policy with new technologies.
I serve on the parking and transportation subcommittee of the council and we met on Wednesday.  The Director said nothing about this “roll out.”  The communication misses an opportunity to inform our residents on what we are to do if your visitor does not have a smart phone.  Yes, hang tags and visitor parking placards will be honored.  It is my guess that they will continue indefinitely.  But, this communication misses that point. 
Secondly, we had a development this past week where BASF (former owners of the NW “pop up” Park property) conducted remediation efforts and distributed a flier to all residents causing environmental concern for the residents in the neighborhood.  No notice from the Administration or oversight on this BASF announcement which had misstated facts.  There’s an important community meeting on this matter tomorrow night at the Wallace School. 

BASF/Pop Up Park Community Meeting

Wallace School (1100 Willow) @ 7pm

Monday, October 1, 2018
NB: If you can’t make it, calls will be taken at the following number, Ed Vayo @ 215-740-0886.
I urge you all to attend to learn more about BASF’s remediation efforts at the NW “pop up park.” 
Please circulate to your friends and neighbors, and let me know if you have any questions.
My next communication will address development and other parking issues in Hoboken.
Thanks, Peter



On Monday, October 1st, the City of Hoboken will restart the rollout out of its visitor side metered parking zone expansion to convert the 4-hour “visitor sides” of permit zones (white sign with green text) into 4-hour metered parking zones. Residents and all others with valid parking permits (including visitor hang tags) will be able to continue to park for free for an unlimited amount of time 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. 

As part of the rollout, the City will be piloting the use of mobile payment zones in lieu of having physical parking meters. Mobile payment zones, which will be identified by Parkmobile signage, have been used with great success in other cities and offer many advantages over conventional parking meters. Advantages include: 
  • Parking session expiration reminders via text message, email, or push notification; 
  • Ability to remotely add more time to a parking session without having to walk back to a meter; 
  • Ability to pay for parking from the comfort of your vehicle on a cold, hot, or rainy day; 
  • Ability to store up to five license plates in the Parkmobile app, so you never have to worry about memorizing your license plate again; 
  • A record of your parking session transaction history is kept, which is good for record keeping and also helpful in the event of a parking ticket dispute; 
  • Promo codes for discounted parking can be offered during special events and holiday seasons; 
Mobile payment zones have the potential to save millions of taxpayer dollars by allowing meters originally purchased for the visitor side metered parking zone expansion to instead be used to replace existing meters throughout the city that are nearing the end of their useful lives.  

How Will This Affect Me? 

I have a Resident Permit: No change. You do not need to pay for parking in the visitor side metered parking (4 hour) zones. You must still pay for parking at 2-hour meter parking zones. 
I have a Business, Temporary, Senior, or other parking permit: You do not need to pay for parking in the visitor side metered parking (4 hour) zones. You must still pay for parking at 2-hour meter parking zones. 
I am a visitor and have a visitor permit or hangtag: You do not need to pay for parking in the visitor side metered parking (4 hour) zones. You must still pay for parking 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 through Parkmobile between 9am and 9pm. You must still pay the meter at 2-hour meter parking zones as well. 

For more information, visit our FAQ page.

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