Improvements slated for pedestrians near PATH Station

As part of a comprehensive initiative to make Hoboken more pedestrian and bicycle-friendly, the Zimmer Administration announced today that it has secured $80,000 in additional funding through the Transportation Trust Fund for improving pedestrian safety at Hudson Place.
A letter from NJDOT Local Aid and Economic Development Director Michael Russo to Mayor Dawn Zimmer stated: “On behalf of Governor Chris Christie, I am pleased to inform you that the City of Hoboken will receive an allotment of $80,000 for Hudson Place Sidewalk Improvements.”
“We are so thankful to the NJDOT and the Christie Administration for providing this important funding,” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer. “This is one of the highest pedestrian traffic areas not just in Hoboken, but in the entire state of New Jersey. It’s a critical junction in our transportation network and the first thing most visitors experience when they arrive.”
In 2008, the City was originally awarded $80,000 in funding through the NJDOT’s Safe Streets to Transit program to improve the sidewalk along Hudson Place near the PATH entrance — the highest pedestrian volume area in Hoboken. The funding went unused and was discovered by the Zimmer Administration in late 2009. Recognizing that a much better solution would be possible with additional funds, the City prepared a plan and submitted the proposal to the State of New Jersey for consideration.
An additional $80,000 was secured, and the total $160,000 in funding will be used to enhance pedestrian safety along this important segment. The plan includes wider sidewalks, shortened street crossing distances, and expanded pedestrian space adjacent to the PATH headhouses.
“Tens of thousands of residents and visitors walk along this narrow sidewalk every day,” said Transportation and Parking Director Ian Sacs. “We’re going to transform this area into a space that is safer for pedestrians, more welcoming to visitors who arrive by public transit, and more fitting of the important role it plays in the lives of the community.”
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