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HUDSON STREET PARKING GARAGE SCHEDULED TO START JUNE 2019

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Ridgewood NJ, The Village Council approved the funding and the proposal from Epic Management, Inc., to move forward with the Hudson Street parking garage. This will provide additional parking in the Central Business District for shoppers, diners, commuters, and employees.

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Assemblyman Rooney Bills Move to Stem Excessive E-ZPass fees

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August 11,2018

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Wyckoff NJ, Assemblyman Kevin J. Rooney moves to stem excessive fees on E-ZPass users.

Rooney commented on Facebook , “Recently, the news has highlighted the excessive and outrageous administrative fees the Turnpike Authority is charging drivers for missing an E-ZPass toll. If the system malfunctions, then drivers shouldn’t be penalized. One of the primary reasons E-ZPass was created was to offer discounted rates. Charging these fees completely contradicts this purpose.

Last year I introduced three pieces of legislation – A1002, AR34, and AR35 – to address a different “discount deception” that New Jersey E-ZPass users suffer. If you use your toll transponder out of state, you’ll often be charged the cash rate instead of the discounted E-ZPass rate. My legislation moves to fix that. Drivers need to be treated fairly no matter what the circumstances. New Jersey is already the most expensive state in the country to live in; we cannot become the most expensive state to drive in too.”

In an email Rooney went on, “If you use your NJ-issued toll transponder out of state, you’ll may be charged the cash rate instead of the discounted E-ZPass rate. Especially in New York. For example, NJ drivers using the Queens-Midtown Tunnel are charged $8.50 instead of the discounted rate of $5.76. My legislation moves to fix that.

Commuters and New Jersey drivers do not deserve the outrageous fees being charged against them. Drivers need to be treated fairly no matter what the circumstances. New Jersey is already the most expensive state in the country to live in; we cannot become the most expensive state to drive in too.”

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Some Help for Bergen County’s Terrible Roads ,Nearly $4.5M Grant for Local Road Work

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March 26, 2018

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Ridgewood NJ, Lawmakers representing New Jersey’s 40th legislative district announced nearly $4.5 million to fund 15 transportation projects in each of the towns they represent.

$4.5 million in TTF funding will support 15 road and bridge projects (SenateNJ.com)“Our local municipalities will receive over $4 million from the TTF to improve critical road and bridge projects,” said Sen. Kristin Corrado (R-40). “Funding for safe and reliable transportation will be an investment in our economy.”

Bergen County will receive more than $1.3 million to fund seven projects, including improvements to the West Allendale Avenue Streetscape in downtown Allendale Borough and roads near schools and parks in Franklin Lakes and Ho-Ho-Kus.

Passaic County will receive $2,185,000 for five projects, including Webster Drive in Wayne Township.

Two projects in Morris County will be funded with more than $547,000, including improvements to Hillview Road in Pequannock Township, a commercial area. A $402,000 grant was awarded to Essex County for Cedar Grove Township.

“This is welcome news for our region,” said Rooney (R-Bergen). “Fixing roads in residential neighborhoods makes them safer for commuters and families while protecting the value of homes in the area. Road improvements also enhance safety for children who walk to school and enjoy our parks.”

“Commuters, businesses, and families will all reap the benefits of this funding,” said DePhillips (R-Bergen). “Well paved and maintained streets are vital to our local economy. This investment in our infrastructure will pay dividends for years to come.”

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Reader asks let’s all assume they build this thing, how does that change anything in terms of the parking landscape in this town?

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Wait, so the argument now is… because a previous council approved the building of condos, in order to “save” the Village we need to appease the developers and build a garage for them given that they will obviously not have the needed parking spaces for their new tenants….and if we don’t build this thing, this town will become a glorified Rt 17 strip filled with gyms, banks and more condos? Come on people…..let’s all assume they build this thing, how does that change anything in terms of the parking landscape in this town? Yes, commuters will use it, yes shoppers will use it, but lets be realistic, probably only those looking to shop on Broad St or very close to it. We all know that everyone in this town or those that come here want to park right across the street from where they’re going, as stated in many of the posts before, if you look for parking you will find it, but you may have to walk a bit. So the taxpayers of this town should spend millions of dollars to alleviate a problem that may or may not exist for two to three hours on Friday and Saturday nights?? Do the math, it doesn’t add up and with Uber that problem is going away. Let’s spend money on updating the current run down parking lots we have or reconfigure current parking lanes and see how that goes….what’s the downside? We need to stop looking backward and look forward….Uber and Amazon to name a few are changing how we live our lives….less brick and mortar, less cars being driven for nights out….that’s the future, not building a garage that maybe in 1990 there was a solid argument for.

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ENFORCEMENT ON GLENWOOD ROAD HILL TO/FROM HO-HO-KUS TRAIN STATION

Ridgewood's Glenwood Road to become one way street east of Upper Boulevard

file photo by Boyd Loving

January 24,2018
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Ho Ho Kus NJ, The New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) and NJ Transit (NJT) have concerns about the large trucks trying to maneuver up and down the Glenwood Road hill, as well as motorists who come down the hill, stop in the middle of the train tracks to drop someone off at the train station, and then make a U-turn on the tracks to go back up the hill. Due to these occurrences, NJDOT and NJT considered either closing down the Glenwood Road hill completely or making Glenwood Road one-way, going down the hill.

This was met by the Village Council adopting a resolution, and comments from many Ridgewood residents, and the Ho-Ho-Kus Chamber of Commerce urging that the Glenwood Road hill remain open in both directions. NJDOT and NJT have agreed to a six-month enforcement period, from January 1, 2018 through June 30, 2018 and then a three-month quiet period, from July 1, 2018 through September 30, 2018 with no enforcement. NJDOT and NJT will be closely monitoring the activities at the Ho-Ho-Kus train station during the entire nine-month period, and then will make their final decision. The Village Council has adopted an ordinance prohibiting oversized or overweight vehicles from traveling on this road, and signs are being posted.

Village Manager Heather A. Mailander , “We urge all Ridgewood residents using the Glenwood Road hill to and from the Ho-Ho-Kus train station, to obey all regulations while using this route so that the decision will be to allow the Glenwood Road hill to remain open in both directions.”

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REMINDER 2018 VILLAGE OF RIDGEWOOD PARKING PERMITS ARE ON SALE NOW!

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January – December 2018

Ridgewood Parking Permits – RPP

Hourly meter rates in all Village lots and streets are $.50 per hour from 10AM to 6PM, Monday through Saturday. 3 hour meters on streets & in all lots, except the Cottage Place Lot which has 8 hour meters.

RPP – (Ridgewood Parking Permit) provides ‘coinless’ convenience and can be used for unlimited parking in specified lots.  $750 Annual permits are issued for a calendar year to residents for parking in Chestnut St., N. Walnut St., Cottage Pl., Route 17 Park & Ride Lots. $1,000 Annual Premium RPP will be issued for parking at the Train Station, and all other Ridgewood Lots. A maximum of 210 Annual Premium RPP will be issued.

$1,500 Non-Resident Permit allows parking in Cottage Place Lot; $750 Permit allows parking in the Rt. 17 Park & Ride Lot.

Payment may be made by check or cash. We accept credit cards that will have a 3% convenience fee charged to the purchaser.

If the Resident RPP is purchased later in the year, fees are prorated as follows:

RESIDENT Purchase Month  

FEE

 

Purchase Month

 

FEE

RESIDENT Purchase Month  

FEE

 

Purchase Month

 

FEE

January $ 750 July $ 370 January $1,000 July $ 496
February $ 690 August $ 300 February $ 916 August $ 412
March $ 625 September $ 245 March $ 832 September $ 328
April $ 560 October $ 185 April $ 748 October $ 244
May $ 500 November $ 120 May $ 664 November $ 160
June $ 435 December $ 65 June $ 580 December $ 76

Applications are available at the Village Hall Reception Desk Monday through Friday, 8:30AM to 4:30PM. All Applicants – residents and non-residents – must show current Driver’s License and valid Vehicle Registration(s) for up to three vehicles. For flexibility, you can list 3 vehicles on a permit, but the permit can only be used by 1 car for 1 parking space at a time.

All lots, including the Train Station Lot, will require a free Ridgewood Resident Parking Sticker in addition to the purchased RPP.  Resident parking stickers are issued annually for free to residents only at the Village Hall Reception Desk.  This sticker confirms you are a resident.

RPPs can be used in any metered space in the lots designated for that particular permit and provides unlimited parking from the hours of 6AM to 2AM. On Saturday, RPPs may be used in any lot, but not in the CBD Employee Spaces. They are not valid for street parking. The hangtag permit must be displayed on the rearview mirror when the vehicle is parked. RPP does not guarantee availability of a parking space.

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Rooney Introduces E-ZPass Bills to Protect New Jersey Drivers

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TRENTON, NJ. – Assemblyman Kevin J. Rooney (R) has introduced a package of pro-commuter bills protecting New Jersey’s E-ZPass customers who use New York’s bridges and tunnels from being overcharged.

The legislation is in response to a recent AAA study that found drivers who purchased E-ZPass tags from out of state agencies are being charged the cash rate instead of the discount rate at New York bridges and tunnels operated by the Metropolitan Transit Authority. Between 2012 and 2016, of the 92 million out-of-towners who didn’t receive the discount rate, 70 million were New Jersey drivers.

“One of the primary reasons E-ZPass was created was to offer drivers discounted rates,” said Rooney (R-Bergen). “We now find that certain drivers are given preferential treatment – the only reason for which is that their E-ZPass was issued by a New York agency. These bills are an effort to level the playing field for our commuters and ensure the integrity of the E-ZPass system.”

https://www.tapinto.net/towns/passaic-valley/articles/rooney-introduces-e-zpass-bills-to-protect-new-je

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New Jersey DOT Examines Glenwood Road Rail Road Crossing

Ridgewood's Glenwood Road to become one way street east of Upper Boulevard

file photos by Boyd Loving

June 9,2017

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Ridgewood  NJ,  the New Jersey Department of Transportation will again weigh options on the Glenwood Road Rail Road Crossing at the Ho Ho Kus Train Station .

MEMORANDUM OF RECORD

Click Here for Memorandum of Record DOT Docket No. 06-2017CM;  Ho-Ho-Kus Train Station Pedestrian Crossing DOT Docket No 1702016 CM

Click Here for Memorandum of Record DOT Docket No. 06-2017CM  Warren Ave (Brookside Avenue)

Click Here for Memorandum of Record Ho-Ho-Kus Train Station Pedestrian Crossing

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Ridgewood council weighs changes to train station lot

Mark Krulish , Staff Writer, @Mark_Krulish2:57 p.m. ET April 27, 2017

RIDGEWOOD — In an effort to add parking spaces at the train station, the council is weighing a plan to reduce the size of a grass median and create new spots for compact cars.

The design, presented by Village Engineer Chris Rutishauser to the council Wednesday, calls for narrowing the island on the western side of the train tracks by 4.5 feet to accomodate parking for compact cars on both sides of the median. The new layout would add 41 spots.

http://www.northjersey.com/story/news/bergen/ridgewood/2017/04/27/ridgewood-council-weighs-changes-train-station-lot/100970076/

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Angry NJ Transit riders urge ‘NoPayMay’ protest for shoddy service

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By Jeff Goldman | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com
on April 28, 2017 at 9:59 AM, updated April 28, 2017 at 4:33 PM

Frustrated NJ Transit commuters have been circulating fliers on trains and waging a nascent social media campaign dubbed “NoPayMay” to encourage rail riders to attempt to use April monthly passes next month as a form of protest.

A flier left on a New Jersey Transit train on Friday morning, imploring customers not to pay for their May monthly pass.Larry Higgs/NJ Advance Media for NJ.com

The #NoPayMay movement comes after weeks of delayed trains, two derailments and other mishaps that have left commuters at their breaking point.

Though hundreds of tweets on Twitter implore riders not to purchase a new monthly rail passes for May, one commuter noted that a conductor said that anyone who tries to use an old ticket will face arrest.

http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2017/04/angry_nj_transit_commuters_pushing_for_nopaymay.html#incart_river_index