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Update on Park Avenue Bridge Construction & Weekend PATH Service Suspension

Friday, Jul 29, 2016

Park Ave Bridge Construction:
Construction on the Park Avenue bridge is currently suspended due to an executive order from Governor Christie. Once the shutdown related to the Transportation Trust Fund is lifted, construction is expected to resume within 24 hours. Work is planned to take place Sunday to Thursday nights from 8pm to 6am and Friday nights from 10pm to 8am to allow for the later traffic flow out of the City of Hoboken. The Park Avenue bridge will be closed to traffic in both directions during construction hours. Work will not be done on Saturday night, and the bridge will be re-opened to two-way traffic during daytime hours.

Weekend PATH Service Suspension on 33rd St Line:
Weekend PATH service on the 33rd Street line in Manhattan will be suspended starting in early August as part of a comprehensive, federally-mandated safety initiative to install a new computerized signal system designed to improve passenger service and safety.

Service on the 33rd Street line will be suspended from approximately 12:01 a.m. on Saturdays until 5 a.m. on Mondays, a schedule that is set to continue most weekends through December 2016, with the exception of major holidays. Regular weekend service will continue on the Newark-World Trade Center (WTC) line and between Journal Square and Hoboken.

Direct service between Hoboken and WTC, normally not available on weekends, also will be introduced.

PATH riders affected by the closures may travel to the WTC station, which offers easy and accessible New York City subway service to uptown destinations. While service is suspended, shuttle buses will be provided, making stops between the WTC and 29th Street along 6th and 7th avenues. The weekend closures will impact the Christopher, 9th,14th, 23rd and 33rd street stations.

Further updates, bus maps and details will be provided as available through the Port Authority’s website, www.panynj.gov/PATH.

The 33rd Street PATH line upgrade is part of a multi-phased plan to improve the system and provide riders more frequent rush hour service. Additional weekend closures on the system will be necessary next year on a schedule to be announced.

At the center of the project is installation of Positive Train Control (PTC), an updated safety-enhanced system that the federal government has mandated be completed by the end of 2018.

Allotting this work time is vital to upgrading PATH to improve current and future service. In addition to safety enhancements, this work will provide PATH riders increased reliability in the future, as well as lay the groundwork for increased passenger capacity.

As part of the Port Authority’s 10-Year Capital Plan, PATH also will upgrade the signal system with Communications Based Train Control (CBTC), which continuously calculates and communicates a train’s exact position, speed, travel direction and safe braking distance. Trains then will be capable of running more frequently and closer together, leading to a projected increase in rush-hour service on PATH lines of up to 20 percent. Additionally, the CBTC system also will allow for further enhancements such as real time information in PATH stations.

A video explaining PATH’s PTC/CBTC system is now available at http://www.panynj.gov/path/cbtc-ptc-video.html

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Public Meeting to be held for Playground Improvements to Maxwell Park

Tuesday, Jul 26, 2016

maxwell park
Members of the public are invited to attend a public meeting to discuss planned improvements to Maxwell Park, including the addition of toddler equipment adjacent to the existing playground. The meeting will be held on Monday, August 1, 2016 from 7:00pm to 9:00pm at the Hoboken Historical Museum, located at 1301 Hudson Street in Hoboken.

The Seth Morris 9/11 Heroes Foundation and Apple Montessori School has donated funding for a survey and rendering for the project. If the project is approved, they will also be providing the funding for design and construction.

A family member of the owners of the Apple Montessori School in Hoboken, Lynn Morris-Piccolo, lost her husband and father of three on 9/11. She created the Seth Morris 9/11 Heroes Foundation to honor the memory of her husband and the others that perished on that day.

Seth Allan Morris was 35 years old, one of the youngest Partners at Cantor Fitzgerald. He believed strongly in giving back to the community through his tireless volunteer efforts working with youth through local athletic and recreation programs.

If the project is approved, the Seth Morris Foundation, together in partnership with Apple Montessori School, will donate the cost of installing a toddler appropriate playground as part of a public-private partnership with the City of Hoboken.

Those who cannot attend the meeting can also provide written comments to the Director of Human Services, Leo Pellegrini via mail at 94 Washington Street, Hoboken, NJ 07030 or email: lpellegrini@hobokennj.gov.

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Stevens to Provide Tennis Court Access for Hoboken Residents

Monday, Jul 25, 2016
Stevens Tennis Courts
(Photo credit: Stevens Institute of Technology)

The Stevens Institute of Technology and City of Hoboken announce a pilot program granting access to four tennis courts for use by Hoboken residents through August 21st. Hoboken residents above the age of 18 will have access to the tennis courts on the northern end of the campus between the hours of 8:00 am and 8:30 pm. All interested residents will need to sign up at the Stevens Athletic Center for a swipe card which will grant access to the courts for the designated times.

“I’m thrilled that the City, in partnership with Stevens, is able to provide additional tennis court access for Hoboken residents,” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer. “This is just the latest example of the City, with the assistance of Stevens, facilitating additional recreation opportunities for residents. Thank you very much to the Stevens Institute of Technology, President Farvardin, and the Athletic Department for allowing residents to access the tennis courts.”

Additional information about pilot tennis court access for Hoboken residents:

Location
Hoboken residents age 18 and over may use the set of four tennis courts located just off of Ninth Street on the north end of the Stevens campus. The set of two courts on the south side of campus are not available for use and are restricted to the Stevens community.

Requirements
All Hoboken residents age 18 and over interested in using the courts must first obtain a Stevens visitor ID card. The first step is to complete the Athletics Facilities Use and Release form which can be picked up at the Schaefer Athletic Center’s reception desk Monday-Friday between 8am and 8:30pm. The reception desk is temporarily located in the northwest lobby of the building and can be accessed through an entrance across from the baseball field. An ID card will be provided upon completion of registration.

All individuals must present valid proof of Hoboken residence. Upon completion of the form, a Stevens visitor ID will be created for each person. This ID must be present with the individual at all times while on the Stevens campus and a second form of photo ID must be available as well. No guests are allowed; only those people with a valid Stevens ID are allowed to use the courts.

Hours
The courts are available for use Monday-Sunday from 8:00am to 8:30pm from Monday, July 25th through Monday, August 21st, 2016, when the Stevens tennis teams will resume practicing and preparation for the fall seasons. Please note that the courts are going to be resurfaced during this time frame and will be unavailable for up to one week.

Parking
No parking is available on campus for those individuals using the tennis courts.

Future Use
Use of tennis courts is being provided on a pilot basis for the remaining open period during Summer 2016 (until Aug. 21, 2016), after which time swipe cards will no longer provide access to the courts. If is determined that the program will be made available again (at a later time), participants will be asked to re-register and IDs will be re-programmed to provide access.

Questions?
Please contact the Stevens Office of Campus Recreation:
Director-John Maurizi, jmaurizi@stevens.edu, 201-216-8111
Assistant Director-Will Emanuele, wemanuel@stevens.edu, 201-216-8554
In addition, the phone number for the reception desk is 201-216-8040 and questions may be answered there as well.

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Rebuild by Design Community Meeting – Thursday, July 28

Friday, Jul 22, 2016

Alternative Analysis Presentation and Workshop
Burchard Hall – Stevens Institute of Technology (Corner of 6th Street and River Terrace, Hoboken, NJ)
Thursday July 28, 6:30pm-8:30pm

Please join the NJ Department of Environmental Protection next Thursday, July 28th from 6:30pm-8:30pm for a presentation to share the preliminary results of the project alternatives analysis.

**Note: due to demand we have recently updated the meeting location to Stevens Institute of Technology, Burchard Hall, located at the corner of 6th Street and River Terrace, Hoboken

For the latest updates on the Rebuild by Design Hudson River Project please visit: www.rbd-hudsonriver.nj.gov

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