Public Officials must aggressively pursue State sources of funding for traffic calming and safety. We expect the following:
- A thorough review of all current state funding related to traffic and pedestrian safety, including the annual pedestrian safety grant that Hoboken receives from the NJ Division of Highway Traffic Safety, to ensure that funds are being used most effectively. Programs must be aggressively revised if they are not meeting the direct needs of greater traffic safety in Hoboken.
- Aggressively pursue all state sources of funding for infrastructure improvements related to traffic and pedestrian safety. Sources of funding include New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) Local Aid and “Safe Routes to School,” which, in 2008, granted $300k to Bayonne, $250k to Jersey City, $300k to West New York, and $0 to Hoboken.
Public Officials must implement without delay free and low-cost traffic calming and safety including
- Speed bumps on all blocks that are not preceded by a stop sign and all blocks who present a petition representing at least 30% of the property owners on that block
- Parking stanchions to enhance visibility at all intersections that do not have a four-way stop sign
Traffic law enforcement
The Hoboken Police Department must have daily assignment of police officers to traffic enforcement duties. Additional officers should be assigned until the City can prove that enforcement is acting as a deterrent to dangerous driver behavior.
Any new development that requires a zoning variance or adds additional density to the City must be required to give back to the city in the form of an infrastructure improvement proportionate to the added density.
St. Patrick’s Day Parade
Public Officials must support the recommendations of the official Public Safety Director and the Hoboken Police Department which seek to prevent damage and injury to Hoboken residents and property. The City must pass the costs – both the costs of policing and clean-up as well as the costs of losing our City for the day – onto the bars, restaurants, liquor & grocery stores, and restaurants that benefit from the day.