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Councilwoman Tiffanie Fisher: Your summer commute starting July 10th…

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Dear Hoboken friends and neighbors:
By now everyone should be aware that this Monday we
will be seeing a significant increase in NJ Transit commuters going through the
Hoboken Terminal due to the Amtrak repairs taking place for the rest of the
summer. 
Here is an article that gives some color on what to
expect.
Different than when the tracks were closed in April,
NJ Transit, PATH and NY Waterways will be adding capacity to help absorb the
additional commuters.  I spoke with our
Assemblywoman Annette Chaparro, who is on the Transportation committee of our
State Assembly, and she indicated that all agencies will have staff on site
Monday to monitor the situation to ensure the least amount of disruption.   That being said, my guess is, at least in
the first few days, that all commuters in Hoboken will be affected, not just
those who commute through our Hoboken Terminal. 
People wanting to avoid the terminal may now decide to take a bus, or take
a ferry from the north end.  So if at all
possible as you plan for your commute this week, until things settle, please
consider:
– leaving earlier or later than traditional commuting
hours – before 7:00 and after 8:30
– taking the light rail from the back of Hoboken to
Weekawken and take the ferry to midtown from there
– staying or working from home or take vacation during
this time.  Avoid commuting altogether.
– taking an alternative route to avoid leaving out of
downtown – here I have mixed feelings because uptown bus riders already have
long lines and often wait for multiple full buses to go by before there is
room.
– believe it or not, carpooling into the city – three
or more people would let you reduce costs and allow you a comfortable commute
during the hot mornings (assuming there is A/C!)
If none of these options are possible, then please
make sure you stay hydrated, dress comfortably, and do whatever you can to ease
anxiety that this potential overcrowding and delays may cause.
You may have heard, but NJ Transit riders who normally
go directly into Penn Station, but now will need to take an additional line
into the City will not have to pay for this step.  NJ Transit is compensating NY Waterway and
PATH for them to cross honor NJ train tickets. 
Right now it does not feel fair as we all feel the “deja vu”
effect of April’s commuting nightmares. 
I am hopeful that with the focus of both agencies, the attention being
given to this by our state representatives, and then in particular the
additional capacity being provided during commuting hours, that the impact will
to Hoboken residents will not be significant. 

Please do send emails, FB messages, twitter notes or
texts – or just call – and share any experiences – good or bad – that you have
or any recommendations.  Assemblywoman
Chaparro has indicated that all those involved are focused on making the pain
of this project be as little as possible for everyone.



Tiffanie Fisher
Hoboken 2nd Ward City Councilwoman
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