HOBOKEN, NJ - Parking in Hoboken is getting a much-needed upgrade next week, as the City of Hoboken will begin the installation of technology in municipal garages. The new system is designed to create easier access to garages, facilitate account management for monthly users, and assist residents and visitors with live, real-time counts of available parking spaces.
Upgrades include license plate recognition cameras, a guidance system to track parking space availability in real-time, an online account portal for convenient payments, and an E-merchant validation system to streamline parking validations for their customers.
The new system will be compatibility with popular parking reservation platforms, such as ParkWhiz and Spot Hero, which will allow customers to reserve a parking space in a municipal garage before ever leaving home.
“For the first time since 2001, Hoboken is modernizing our municipal garages to improve the customer experience for both residents and patrons of businesses,” said Mayor Ravi S. Bhalla. “These upgrades will also help our local merchants as they continue their COVID-19 recovery efforts. Thank you to Director Sharp and his staff for their continued efforts at modernizing our parking facilities.”
It will take one-to-two weeks to install the new equipment in each garage, starting with Garage G (315 Hudson Street) during the week of August 10. Installation in Garage D (215 Hudson Street) is scheduled to begin the week of August 24, Garage B (28 2nd Street) for the week of September 7, and Midtown (371 4th Street) for the week of September 21.
Current permit holders will need to re-verify their license plate and contact information prior to the installation date for each garage. Automatic payments in the new system will begin on September 1 for Garage G and D parkers and on October 1 for Midtown and B parkers.
“The Hoboken Business Alliance (HBA) is excited about the new parking technology in city garages,” said Stuart Koperweis, Executive Director of the HBA. “These upgrades will enhance the ability for customers of local businesses to visit and enjoy our mile square city, and improve the parking experience for everyone.”
Andrew Impastato, CEO of Hoboken Parking Dude and a longtime critic of municipal parking policy, remains frustrated by the pace of the City's response to chronic parking concerns.
"I’m glad to see that the City of Hoboken is finally applying 10-year-old technology to our city owned garages," said Impastato. "However our parking problems extend far beyond this simple solution—whether it be our depleted on-street parking space inventory that requires a new parking garage to be built or the fact that Hoboken hands out more tickets per capita and square footage than any other city in America. Our parking problems stem from flawed programs—such our Temporary No Parking sign disaster, where thousands of residents get towed each year, or the overnight yellow curb extended parking program, where no one knows what it is because our city won’t put up signs explaining it."
Impastato says, "The capital being spent is a dollar short and ten years late. It is cosmetic and superficial at best.
For more information please visit www.hobokennj.gov/resources/garage-improvements or call the Hoboken Parking Utility garage office at (201) 653-7333.
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