the staff of the Ridgewood blog
Ridgewood NJ, when it come to parking its all about the data . Recently the council has once again moved to reconfigure the parking in the Central Business District .
The Council has altered rates, times , who can park where and for how long. Yet with each change comes a whole new set of problems . We went from too much employee parking to not enough, too little commuter parking to too much back to too little then too much again. Every change seems to present itself with a whole new set of issues .
Parking has become an even bigger issue . Its gone from too long, too many , too far, not far enough ,never used ,cant use ,might use and really just don’t care.
The issue is and always has been reliable data . Not the silly ,we are gonna add 350 plus units to down town Ridgewood and its not going to add any new school kids , use water, parking etc… or the even more ridiculous the Valley expansion was going to cure the congestion problems in town. That’s not data ,that’s self promotion by special interest groups and their well paid supporters.
Data is how many commuters use the Ridgewood Train station everyday , How many use the Bus station ? How many employees park in the CBD , how full is street parking at 7am ,9am , 3 pm , 6pm on weekdays and then weekends , By data we mean numbers , raw numbers , real counted numbers ,actual numbers not promotional fantasies by people looking to play Ridgewood taxpayers for fools.
It seems to us despite as some would say there has been a parking problem in Ridgewood for over 100 years , there is sill no reliable data on parking that can be used to craft serious parking solutions.