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Transportation initiatives to improve parking

Beginning on March 4, the City will be launching several parking initiatives intended to improve the overall parking experience in Hoboken. The initiatives, which were approved by City Council late last year, aim to improve on-street parking availability in business districts. This includes the launching of a new and improved “virtual” visitor permit system that allows visitor permits to be purchased and activated online, and the reintroduction of the “Daily Debit Program” to provide cheap, daily garage parking for Hoboken business employees as opposed to taking up on street parking.  Additionally, the City is implementing dynamic, market-based pricing throughout Hoboken, decreasing short term pricing in Garage B, D and Midtown, and reinvesting revenue into New Jersey’s first Parking Benefit District to fund economic development, streetscape, and infrastructure projects.  Finally, the City will be making Hop bus service free of charge beginning March 4.

Parking Benefit District

The City is preparing to launch the first Parking Benefit District in New Jersey. A Parking Benefit District is a geographic area where parking revenues are collected and reinvested into economic development initiatives designed to attract customers to business districts. The City expects to invest approximately $250,000 into Parking Benefit District projects in Year 1 with a goal of investing a minimum of $1,000,000 to $2,000,000 over five years. Types of projects that will be eligible for Parking Benefit District funding include public transportation, parking technology and infrastructure (parking app, repairs and modernization of garages, etc.), streetscape improvements (planters, public seating, new signage, etc.), green infrastructure (street trees, rain gardens, etc.), and safety improvements to streets.  

For Year 1 of the Parking Benefit District, the City is preparing to use parking revenues for the following initiatives:  

FREE Hop bus service;
• New Hop buses;
• Mobile parking app;
• Streetscape enhancements on Washington Street.  

Free Hop bus service will begin Monday, March 4. Other target Year 1 projects will be subject to council approval.

Daily Debit Program

The Daily Debit Program, which provides $5/day parking for Hoboken business employees in Garage B (28 2nd St), Garage D (215 Hudson St), Midtown Garage (371 4th St), and Lot 3 (1301 Jefferson St), is now accepting new customers into the program on a first-come, first-serve basis until program capacity limits are reached. For more information, please contact the Hoboken Parking Utility at 201-653-1919 or visit www.hobokennj.gov/parking-center.  

Virtual Visitor Permits

The Hoboken Parking Utility is preparing to upgrade its visitor permits from scratch-off hang-tags to online "virtual permits". With the new virtual visitor permits, Hoboken residents will no longer need to physically go to the HPU Customer Service window to pick-up scratch off hang-tags; instead, residents with active HPU Online accounts will be able to purchase and activate visitor permits for their guests online from the comfort of their home, or anywhere with an internet connection. The virtual visitor permits will also include new customer-friendly features such as notification reminders before the visitor permits expire. Hang-tag permits will continue to be accepted during a transition phase. More information about the new virtual visitor permits will be announced in the coming weeks.

Dynamic Pricing

Back in November, the City Council approved a series of initiatives to address parking pricing imbalances, improve curbside parking availability, and attract more customers to the City’s business districts. The first initiative aims to achieve parking policy best practice of 85% occupancy rates on-street, which means one-to-two parking spaces should be consistently available on each block within business districts. To accomplish that, on-street parking rates will be changed to between $0.50 and $0.90 for 15 minutes, which are similar to rates in Atlantic City, New York, Philadelphia, Washington D.C., Boston, Miami, Seattle, San Francisco, and other cities. Click here for a map of the updated dynamic pricing zones.

The second initiative will decrease parking rates in Garage B, Garage D, and Midtown Garage for the first hour to encourage more short-term visitors arriving by car to park in garages. Time limits in all existing metered parking zones will also be standardized to four hours, and on some commercial or retail blocks meter hours will be extended to midnight to improve curbside parking availability near businesses open after 9:00 pm.

As is the current policy, individuals with a resident parking permit will not need to pay to park on the visitor sides of permit parking zones (white sign, green lettering). The fee of $15 per year for a residential parking permit remains unchanged.

For more information about the launch of dynamic metered pricing and the City’s new Parking Benefit District, see the FAQ section.  

Lot 3 Transient Parking  

Starting in March, the City will begin allowing hourly parking in the surface parking lot at 1301 Jefferson Street (aka "Lot 3"). Drivers will be able to enter the lot and pay for parking in 15-minute increments using ParkMobile or one of two parking pay stations located at either end of the lot. This will add approximately 30 short-term parking spaces in northwest Hoboken for residents or visitors traveling to the NW Pop-Up Park, movie theater, visiting friends and family, eating out at a nearby restaurant, going rock climbing, etc. More information will be announced in the coming weeks.  

Lot 3 Reduced Monthly Parking Fees

Monthly rates have recently been reduced from $195/month to $175/month at the surface parking at 1301 Jefferson Street (aka "Lot 3"). Monthly parking in Lot 3 is currently open to both residents and non-residents. Please contact the Hoboken Parking Utility at 201-653-1919 to inquire about availability.

Transportation initiatives to improve parking

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Transportation initiatives to improve parking

Beginning on March 4, the City will be launching several parking initiatives intended to improve the overall parking experience in Hoboken. The initiatives, which were approved by City Council late last year, aim to improve on-street parking availability in business districts. This includes the launching of a new and improved “virtual” visitor permit system that allows visitor permits to be purchased and activated online, and the reintroduction of the “Daily Debit Program” to provide cheap, daily garage parking for Hoboken business employees as opposed to taking up on street parking.  Additionally, the City is implementing dynamic, market-based pricing throughout Hoboken, decreasing short term pricing in Garage B, D and Midtown, and reinvesting revenue into New Jersey’s first Parking Benefit District to fund economic development, streetscape, and infrastructure projects.  Finally, the City will be making Hop bus service free of charge beginning March 4.

Parking Benefit District

The City is preparing to launch the first Parking Benefit District in New Jersey. A Parking Benefit District is a geographic area where parking revenues are collected and reinvested into economic development initiatives designed to attract customers to business districts. The City expects to invest approximately $250,000 into Parking Benefit District projects in Year 1 with a goal of investing a minimum of $1,000,000 to $2,000,000 over five years. Types of projects that will be eligible for Parking Benefit District funding include public transportation, parking technology and infrastructure (parking app, repairs and modernization of garages, etc.), streetscape improvements (planters, public seating, new signage, etc.), green infrastructure (street trees, rain gardens, etc.), and safety improvements to streets.  

For Year 1 of the Parking Benefit District, the City is preparing to use parking revenues for the following initiatives:  

FREE Hop bus service;
• New Hop buses;
• Mobile parking app;
• Streetscape enhancements on Washington Street.  

Free Hop bus service will begin Monday, March 4. Other target Year 1 projects will be subject to council approval.

Daily Debit Program

The Daily Debit Program, which provides $5/day parking for Hoboken business employees in Garage B (28 2nd St), Garage D (215 Hudson St), Midtown Garage (371 4th St), and Lot 3 (1301 Jefferson St), is now accepting new customers into the program on a first-come, first-serve basis until program capacity limits are reached. For more information, please contact the Hoboken Parking Utility at 201-653-1919 or visit www.hobokennj.gov/parking-center.  

Virtual Visitor Permits

The Hoboken Parking Utility is preparing to upgrade its visitor permits from scratch-off hang-tags to online "virtual permits". With the new virtual visitor permits, Hoboken residents will no longer need to physically go to the HPU Customer Service window to pick-up scratch off hang-tags; instead, residents with active HPU Online accounts will be able to purchase and activate visitor permits for their guests online from the comfort of their home, or anywhere with an internet connection. The virtual visitor permits will also include new customer-friendly features such as notification reminders before the visitor permits expire. Hang-tag permits will continue to be accepted during a transition phase. More information about the new virtual visitor permits will be announced in the coming weeks.

Dynamic Pricing

Back in November, the City Council approved a series of initiatives to address parking pricing imbalances, improve curbside parking availability, and attract more customers to the City’s business districts. The first initiative aims to achieve parking policy best practice of 85% occupancy rates on-street, which means one-to-two parking spaces should be consistently available on each block within business districts. To accomplish that, on-street parking rates will be changed to between $0.50 and $0.90 for 15 minutes, which are similar to rates in Atlantic City, New York, Philadelphia, Washington D.C., Boston, Miami, Seattle, San Francisco, and other cities. Click here for a map of the updated dynamic pricing zones.

The second initiative will decrease parking rates in Garage B, Garage D, and Midtown Garage for the first hour to encourage more short-term visitors arriving by car to park in garages. Time limits in all existing metered parking zones will also be standardized to four hours, and on some commercial or retail blocks meter hours will be extended to midnight to improve curbside parking availability near businesses open after 9:00 pm.

As is the current policy, individuals with a resident parking permit will not need to pay to park on the visitor sides of permit parking zones (white sign, green lettering). The fee of $15 per year for a residential parking permit remains unchanged.

For more information about the launch of dynamic metered pricing and the City’s new Parking Benefit District, see the FAQ section.  

Lot 3 Transient Parking  

Starting in March, the City will begin allowing hourly parking in the surface parking lot at 1301 Jefferson Street (aka "Lot 3"). Drivers will be able to enter the lot and pay for parking in 15-minute increments using ParkMobile or one of two parking pay stations located at either end of the lot. This will add approximately 30 short-term parking spaces in northwest Hoboken for residents or visitors traveling to the NW Pop-Up Park, movie theater, visiting friends and family, eating out at a nearby restaurant, going rock climbing, etc. More information will be announced in the coming weeks.  

Lot 3 Reduced Monthly Parking Fees

Monthly rates have recently been reduced from $195/month to $175/month at the surface parking at 1301 Jefferson Street (aka "Lot 3"). Monthly parking in Lot 3 is currently open to both residents and non-residents. Please contact the Hoboken Parking Utility at 201-653-1919 to inquire about availability.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is “dynamic pricing”?
Dynamic pricing means that on-street metered parking rates are market-based and vary from block to block depending on either demand, time of day, or day of the week. Dynamic pricing is emerging as a best practice in transportation and parking policy and is used by many cities around the world.
In Hoboken, dynamic pricing will result in four tiers of rates based on curbside parking demand. In general, metered rates will be higher ($0.75/15 minutes or $0.90/15 minutes) in commercial and retail destinations and lower ($0.60/15 minutes or $0.50/15 minutes) in areas further removed from commercial/retail destinations.

What is the purpose of dynamic pricing?
The purpose of dynamic pricing is to “rightsize” the price of metered parking to encourage enough turnover so that there are consistently one-to-two spaces available per block (approximately 85% occupancy) in business districts. At 85% occupancy, curbside management in Hoboken’s business districts should improve since there will be less pressure for drivers to park illegally. The whole system should work better, resulting in less pressure to double park, fewer parking tickets, reduced conflicts with pedestrians, cyclists, and buses, more orderly loading and deliveries, etc.

How will I know what the price of metered parking is now?
Click here to view a map of the new rate zones.

Do you offer discounted parking on the “visitor side” of permit parking zones for guests of Hoboken residents?
Yes, the Hoboken Parking Utility offers Visitor Permits at a discount of just $5/day. Hoboken residents can purchase visitor permits (aka “visitor hang tags”) from the Hoboken Parking Utility and provide them to their visitors, which allows them to park on the visitor side of permit parking zones (white signs, green lettering) without having to pay a meter or ParkMobile. In the coming weeks, the Parking Utility will be transitioning to Virtual Visitor Permits, which residents will be able to conveniently purchase and activate online.

Are there options available for local Hoboken employees to improve their parking experience?
Employees (or anyone else) in Hoboken have never been permitted to park on-street for longer than the posted time limit in metered parking zones, which also takes away parking spaces that are intended for use by customers of local businesses. Hoboken is one of the most transit-rich communities in all of North America, and it is recommended that employees commute to work using transit whenever possible. However, for employees of Hoboken businesses that do commute by car, the City has two programs that aim to help assist employees of Hoboken businesses with parking:
1. Daily Debit Program; the Hoboken Parking Utility is currently accepting new customers into its Daily Debit Program on a first-come, first-serve basis. The Daily Debit program offers $5/day discounted parking in municipal garages B, D, and Midtown.

2. Business Permits; employees of Hoboken-based businesses may be eligible to purchase business permits for $200/year (about $0.80/day), which allows on-street parking on the visitor side of permit parking zones (i.e. white signs, green lettering) during the scheduled work hours of the business permit holder.
For more information about the Daily Debit Program and Business Permits, please visit www.hobokennj.gov/parking-center or call the Hoboken Parking Utility at 201-653-1919.

Why are the time limits in metered parking zones being extended from two hours to four hours?
Time limits in metered parking zones are being simplified to four hours citywide to reduce confusion in areas where four-hour zones border two-hour zones. All pay parking zones in Hoboken will now have four-hour time limits.

Won’t four-hour time limits result in less turnover, not more?
Strict time limits in metered parking zones, such as two hours, are necessary when the price of metered parking is too low to effectively generate turnover on its own. However, when metered parking rates are close to market-rate, they are generally very effective at generating parking turnover without the need for strict time limits. The City will be closely monitoring parking turnover rates and is prepared to make future adjustments to time limits as necessary to ensure that the desired level of turnover is occurring.

Why are meters staying on past 9:00pm in some areas?
In some areas of Hoboken (generally in business districts), businesses such as restaurants, pubs, etc. remain open late into the evening. However, parking turnover rates decrease substantially after 9:00pm when meters turn off and parking becomes free, in turn making it very difficult for customers to find parking near these businesses. Some meters will now remain on until midnight to help improve parking availability in areas with businesses open late.

What are you doing with the additional revenue?
A share of the additional revenue generated through dynamic pricing is earmarked for projects within the City’s new “Parking Benefit District”.

What is a Parking Benefit District?
A Parking Benefit District is a geographic area where parking revenues are collected and reinvested into economic development initiatives designed to attract customers to business districts. Parking Benefit Districts are used in several cities across the country, including Pasadena, CA, Austin, TX, and the Boston metropolitan area.

What are the boundaries of Hoboken’s Parking Benefit District?
Since Hoboken is only one square mile with multiple business districts, the Parking Benefit District will be citywide.

What kind of projects are eligible for funding through the Parking Benefit District?
Hoboken’s Parking Benefit District will help fund initiatives and projects designed to attract more customers to the City’s business districts. These initiatives and projects include streetscape enhancements (planters, public seating, new signage, etc.), infrastructure projects (repairs and modernization of parking garages, street safety improvements, etc.), parking system upgrades (mobile apps, parking guidance systems, etc.), public transportation improvements, and public art.  
In Hoboken, the City has committed to reinvesting approximately $250,000 in parking revenues in 2019, with a goal of investing between $1,000,000 - $2,000,000 over five years. For Year One of the Parking Benefit District, the City is preparing to use parking revenues for the following initiatives:  
FREE Hop service;
• New Hop buses;
• Mobile parking app;
• Streetscape enhancements on Washington Street.  

Free Hop Service will begin Monday, March 4. Other target Year 1 projects will be subject to council approval.

Is a Parking Benefit District the same as a Special Improvement District?
A Special Improvement District (SID) is a separate entity from a Parking Benefit District but shares a similar mission to raise funds for economic development initiatives that attract customers to commercial and retail destinations. However, unlike a Parking Benefit District, which generates funds through parking revenues, a SID generates funds through a special assessment on the commercial and retail destinations. A Special Improvement District and Parking Benefit District can work collaboratively in driving investment toward enhancing the vitality of business districts in different, but complementary ways.

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