On a daily basis, approximately 10,000 pedestrians walk or bicycle from the City of Hoboken to the Hoboken Terminal, with many people heading to the PATH Station and others headed to the trains, buses, light rail or ferry. The pedestrians, cyclists and motorists (including private autos, taxis, transportation network company vehicles like Uber and Lyft, trucks and buses) make the area around the Hoboken Terminal very congested and challenging to navigate safely.
The purpose of this project is to gather data on activity during the AM and PM peak periods into and around Hoboken Terminal particularly on Observer Highway, Hudson Place, Hudson Street, and River Street and identify cost-effective multi-modal improvements for accessing Hoboken Terminal.
Initial research will be conducted to determine how access to and circulation within Hoboken Terminal has changed over time particularly with increased residential and commercial development and with the introduction of new services like Transportation Network Companies (TNCs) and potentially electrical scooters. Research will also be conducted on innovative access improvements that have been implemented at other major transit terminal to improve safety and may be appropriate at Hoboken Terminal.
Specifically, AM and PM peak period counts, and observations of pedestrian and bicycle movements will be conducted of
bicycle and pedestrians traveling through the area. Brief interview surveys shall be conducted of a representative sample of pedestrians and cyclists during the AM and PM peak periods to better understand where in Hoboken people are walking and cycling to/from, whether they reside in Hoboken or have driven to Hoboken and parked or come via transit, and which transit mode they are using at Hoboken Terminal.
Observations and counts shall also be conducted at key locations inside the terminal during the AM and PM peak hours to better understand the major pedestrian flows.
In addition, AM and PM peak period turning movement counts shall be conducted at the intersections of Hudson Street and
Hudson Place, Hudson Place and River Street, and at the entrance/exit to the SP Parking lot at the corner of Hudson Street and Hudson Place. In addition, peak period observations shall be conducted of pickup and drop off activity of private autos, taxis, and TNCs along Hudson Place. The Researcher shall also obtain three to five years of crash data on the streets around the terminal and identify the top crash types and potential counter measures using NJDOT's Plan4Safety tool.
Working with NJ TRANSIT and the City of Hoboken, the selected Researcher shall use the data and observations to identify cost-effective pedestrian and bicycle safety improvements for accessing the Terminal, overall circulation improvements for all people, bicycle and vehicles around the Terminal, and improvements inside Hoboken Terminal to improve pedestrian flows and safety.