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Re: Favorite current downtown weirdos?
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to be fair, a preponderence of the commentary on this site is really distateful.. so, this thread is really just par for the course.

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Maybe I'm the only one who feels this way, but this thread is really distasteful. These "weirdos" - most of whom are addicts or mentally ill - are not there for your amusement. Ignore them, give them money, do whatever you want; it's creepy to treat them like some dancing monkey you look at on the way to yoga class.

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Re: Whole Foods in JC?
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anybody know if Instacart plans on expanding to Jersey City sometime soon? I know it's available in the five boros.

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Re: Best Steak Downtown JC
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I've been to Edward's on Marin. That was fantastic. I've been to Liberty Prime also, though never actually had the steak there. It's a nice space though.

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I'm having a business dinner with an old friend tomorrow evening and looking for a good steak downtown. Suggestions welcome.

Thanks

Posted on: 2014/12/11 3:00
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Re: Port Authority plans to extend PATH to Newark airport
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I think this can work. But they need to adjust the fare structure of the PATH system. The guy taking the train one stop (4 minutes) b/t Exchange and WTC shouldn't be paying the same as the guy going from Newark to 33rd.

That is probably the least popular opinion ever, but that doesn't make it irrational.

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I got the impression (maybe from another thread here, or one elsewhere?) that this is only happening at all because of a deal the Port Authority made with United Airlines -- they added flights to the Atlantic City airport, which the PA has taken over, and in exchange they get the PATH train to EWR.


Corporate cronyism is the only logical explanation for this project.

Posted on: 2014/10/2 15:29
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Re: Massive PATH and Hudson River Crossings Toll Increase
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At first glance I thought I definitely would.

But then, I realized the ferry and the train were both running this weekend. And I went with the train.

So I guess not.

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NYWaterway was conducting a survey last week to see if people would continue to pay little more at $4 a ride after the PA deal is done and WTC line is fixed.


Is this survey available online?

Posted on: 2014/10/1 12:56
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Re: Waiting for comcast - bored to death
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i can never get my smartphone to connect to xfinitywifi.. am i the only one with this problem? its super frustrating.

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I gave up calling out Comcast for internet issues. I use their OTA Xfinitywifi as a back-up, and if there's really a problem with home service, I just go buy a new modem and have them enable it remotely. I've bought 3 in about 10 years.

If there's no problem at your end of the connection, there's really no need for them to visit.

http://forums.comcast.com/t5/Basic-In ... hooting-Tips/td-p/1253575

Posted on: 2014/9/22 17:37
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Re: Connect PATH to 6 train, or $4 billion MALL?
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I think by 'connect,' people meant that there would be an underground connection between the two systems, that you could walk across. Not that the rail systems would be integrated with each other.

something akin to how there is a connection between the F train and the PATH at 23rd street

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As somewhat of a former NYC Subway enthusiast, I can pretty much tell you that connecting the PATH to the Lexington line would have not likely worked no matter who was for it.

The Lexington line (4, 5 and 6) was the first subway built in NYC and was a private business (the IRT) when it first opened. It later grew to include the what are now the 1, 2 and 3 lines as well as the 7 and Time's Square Shuttle lines.

What is now the N and R lines was also a private company (the BMT) that competed with the IRT. Later, the city got into the game and built the IND lines (A, C and E and B, D, F and Q lines).

It was not until the 1940's that the city purchased the private lines to integrate the entire subways system. Why is all this important?

Because it was never constructed as a single system, each line was built to different specifications. Pay close attention to each of these lines the next time you are on them. The tunnels, the track bases and the cars are all different sizes.

For example, the IRT cars are 8.6 ft wide. The BMT and IND cars are 9.77 ft wide. As for the PATH, their cars are 9.275 ft wide. So the PATH cars would not fit in the IRT tunnels, which is what was being proposed.

You could argue that it might be possible to run smaller cars on the PATH line, but that is assuming the track base is the same. My guess is that it is not. That would require changing all of the tracks in the PATH system, and probably all of the signaling equipment as well. Who is paying for that; especially in this political climate?

This is a pipe dream. I will admit that it is one that I personally like, but it's not a realistic probability.

Now maybe if they had designed the new 2nd Avenue line to match the specs of the PATH system they could connect them when it finally reaches that far downtown. But who can even imagine what it might take to go through all of that other infrastructure that is already in place running north and south.

We can harp, complain and blame each other's political sides all we want, but this is merely griping for griping's sake. The best we can probably ever expect out of this situation is an eventual free transfer between the two systems. But don't hold your breath for that either. My understanding is that the PA must hold on to the PATH as part of their original charter.

Like I said earlier, I wish it could all come to pass, but logistically is probably just can't.

Posted on: 2014/9/16 22:08
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Re: LIGHT RAIL EXTREMELY LOUD BELL SHOULD BE STOPPED
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You should care because having brain matter and body parts scraped out of the pavement in front of where you live is likely much less appetizing than dealing with an alarm bell that is meant to avoid such an occurrence.

Sounding the caution bell consistently takes the decision out of the hands of a train operator, thus providing some liability protection.

someone else mentioned raising the rails off the roadway. Raising the railbed through the middle of a historic neighborhood is madness.. It would enable shelter for some (and not in a great way) reduce exposure to the sun, and.. suck for everyone who lives around it. also it would be comically expensive.

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Just this week, i have seen 3(one guy escaped injury by 2 or 3 feet) near misses. Also, many people are glued to their cell phones or headphones or other devices.......that NJ Transit needs those loud horns.



Now, if someone has his headphones on and doesn't care about trains passing around him, why would I and thousands of sleeping residents along the tracks have to suffer for this ??? The trains already HAVE a pretty loud horn that they can use when needed, and I'm not talking about that, but about the bells that keep on ringing and you can hear from few blocks away, what purpose does that serve ??

If this train is on some sort of a parade and needs to ring the LOUD bell constantly so that everyone turns a head then fine, but if it's just doing its regular run, sound the horn only when there is a danger, it's basic common sense to me...

Posted on: 2014/9/11 14:54
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Re: Bloomberg: path 3x less efficient than NYC subway
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Part of this may be inefficiencies in operations, but I think the largest issue that contributes to cost is that it is an extremely small system. And yet, despite this it still requires quite a lot of capital investment and equipment to support it.

The IT required to run a fare system for a system of 1/4 million riders is only slightly less expensive to run than the IT required for a system of 10million riders, for example.

So yeah, a solution would be integrating with a subway system already in place. In fact, it may even contribute to improving service for MTA riders, in some ways.

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The more scrutiny, the better. The Port Authority is ridiculous. Although, I argue that a merger with NJtransit would be a good thing. A merger with MTA would make a lot more sense. NJtransit, while better than the other suburban commuter rails (LIRR and Metro North) in terms of delays, is a provincial railroad that stops all outbound service at like 1:00am. That is absolutely terrible.

At least MTA understands 24/7 transit and subway systems.


Posted on: 2014/8/22 14:44
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Re: Mapping Jersey City's Tower-Tastic Residential Building Boom
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Isn't the alternate that if all of this additional capacity didn't come online, then prices would be even higher? Why shouldn't the theory be that prices are increasing at a lower rate because of the new construction?

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Why would it push prices and rents higher? Wouldn't it be lower? Increasing supply would put downward pressure on price.



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If half of these projects are completed it will push RE prices and rents much higher.


As others have already indicated, and explained, this is simply a misunderstanding of supply/demand economics. You should only expect lower prices if demand remained constant, or if it increased at a rate below that of supply.

The historical evidence from the past 10 years is quite clear. Prices in downtown continue to rise despite the many, many buildings that have gone up. In fact, rental rate increases have accelerated over the past two years. New construction in downtown JC is now commanding similar rates as some of the desirable areas in Brooklyn. I have been looking at the market a lot lately, and DTJC is NOT cheap. Not as it used to be when compared to Manhattan, or the popular areas in BK.

Check out the Telco Lofts rental rates. Or, 18 Park. None of the available "large" units in 18 Park exceed 1000 sf, and they go for ~$3,500. Warren at York was similarly priced, or even higher.

Posted on: 2014/8/4 13:51
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Re: Mapping Jersey City's Tower-Tastic Residential Building Boom
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Why would it push prices and rents higher? Wouldn't it be lower? Increasing supply would put downward pressure on price.



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If half of these projects are completed it will push RE prices and rents much higher.

Posted on: 2014/8/1 17:57
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Re: Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop names new police chief - Philip Zacche
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well, he might be, but I doubt getting reinstated would be in anyone's best interest. Worst case, the city has to back up a Brink's truck to settle, or upon court order, I would think.

That's just me pontificating. I really know less about this than I should.

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Do we know what happened with the old chief? I thought he was contesting his firing.

Posted on: 2014/7/23 13:23
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Re: Liberty Prime Steakhouse Deal on Living Social
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I did this deal the last time they had it. Brunch was fantastic. I'm not going to sign up for another Living Social deal (it just kills the economics from the restaurant's perspective, and for some reason there's a guilt that I associate with using it at places that I know I like. hah.) But this place is definitely in the rotation.


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BrightGirl wrote:
Deal for weekend brunch at Liberty Prime Steakhouse on Living Social today:

https://www.livingsocial.com/deals/121 ... ui=17768316&rpi=167950522

Posted on: 2014/7/23 13:14
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Re: Taxi Stand on Columbus Drive
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To be fair, I called IZOD the Brendan Byrne for a little too long.

Also, I'm just now starting to call it Citi Field, instead of Shea.

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Yvonne wrote:
Henderson Street is the true name of what is now sectionally known as Marin Blvd. Downtown Jersey City is a historic zone where historic accuracy and restoration is encouraged so using the name Henderson is a tribute to the man whose nurseries supplied the gardens in the early years of Van Vorst Park in the 1860's on.
Yep I follow this naming convention myself. Sometimes people get confused when I tell them I'll be grabbing sushi at Ox Restaurant. This is also why I love visiting New Amsterdam, and I'm proud to live in the Town of Bergen, as citizen of New Netherlands. Hup Holland Hup!



It's a tradition in Rhode Island, where things change somewhat slowly and residents have a long memory, to refer to things by what they used to be. E.g.:

"Take a left where the bank used to be, then a right at the Old South Park that's condos now, and then the place you're looking for is in the old mill building where they used to make rubber nipples."

Posted on: 2014/7/21 19:10
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Re: BIG Fireworks - BIG Festival - Liberty State Park on July 4th!
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were there a ton of people at morris canal park?

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ahal wrote:
wow, that came out great! congratulations!

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I did a time lapse of the fireworks from Morris Canal part of LSP
https://vimeo.com/99961545

Posted on: 2014/7/7 21:13
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Re: BIG Fireworks - BIG Festival - Liberty State Park on July 4th!
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wow, that came out great! congratulations!

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I did a time lapse of the fireworks from Morris Canal part of LSP
https://vimeo.com/99961545

Posted on: 2014/7/7 21:03
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Re: World Cup in JC...
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so.... aside from Zeppelin Hall, where else would be choice? I'm guessing HopScotch, White Star / Harbor Casino, and... er... is that it?

Maybe Surf City?

Posted on: 2014/6/11 20:06
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Re: PATH Survey dudes
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yeah, its legit.

PATH Rail System ?@PATHTrain Mar 24
Origins & Destinations survey under way. If asked, participate! You could be entered into drawing to win $300 prize!

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WhoElseCouldIBe wrote:
Has anyone noticed these guys with orange vests and tablets walking around the PATH stations asking people about their travel routes in regards to a PATH survey? Just wondering if these guys are actually working for the PATH or not.

Posted on: 2014/3/26 15:57
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Re: Internet service providers
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One thing to keep in mind is that Comcast and a couple of other cable providers teamed up to provide access to literally 1000s of hotspots in NY and NJ. It is actually a pretty nice feature, which helps with minimizing how much bandwidth you end up using on your cell phone plan.



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Im downtown, an currently Fios is your best bet for high speed internet. Good luck.

Posted on: 2014/2/5 1:06
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Re: Internet service providers
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I think you need to call 1-800-COMCAST. I don't think there's a Jersey City specific office number to call.

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thor800 wrote:
Are comcast and Verizon the only options in JC ?

Comcast's JC office has had a busy signal for 2 straight days now

Posted on: 2014/2/4 19:38
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Re: Military Helicopters
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I think aside from the low incremental spend associated with these flights, I think there is considerable value that comes from a recruiting and troop morale perspective.

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If the flyovers are training missions which don't cost money not otherwise spent, then they could be done over charity or humanitarian events instead of profitable sporting franchises. The flyovers could also invoice the NFL for the service they provide, the same way that police charge film shoots for traffic detail. Also, all of the land vehicle convoys and uniformed detail are certainly not training enterprises.

I would love to see a real report on how much hosting this event is a net revenue loss for the cities, county, and state.

Posted on: 2014/2/2 21:21
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Re: Military Helicopters
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Typically, military flyovers fall under training hours for these pilots/crews/squadrons. If they weren't doing these hours in a public forum like Superbowl pre-game, they'd be doing it in a less public forum over some random unpopulated area. So, depending on your frame of mind about it, you get more bang for your buck, not less... at least for the flyover aspect.

Also, in terms of taxes, the NFL doesn't pay, but the individual teams do. Also, out of state players pay a specific 8% tax on their proportioned earnings for the week. So, something like .16% of their annual salaries. Which isn't nothing, especially when talking about the dollars involved.

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I've seen a bunch of military helicopter convoys and all of Newport is practically on security lockdown. I can't believe so many agencies are spending so much money on this event. The NFL doesn't even pay taxes. Local restaurants and other venues seem emptier than usual. When I lived in the Heights the North Ward of JCPD informed me regularly they simply didn't have manpower to respond to street violence and gang issues. What a waste of resources.

Posted on: 2014/2/2 15:37
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Re: NJ Transit: Don't let Super Bowl visitors make you late
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Not a typo, the only thing going to the actual station is the stumpy orange thing coming out of Secaucus Junction.

http://www.njtransit.com/pdf/regional_transit_diagram.PDF

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Those traveling to the Super Bowl from Hoboken can't take the Meadowlands Rail Line service directly to MetLife Stadium. Instead, riders will have to transfer at Secaucus Junction, according to NJ Transit.


Is this a typo? The Meadowlands Rail Line is on a branch off of the Pascack Valley Line, which runs out of Hoboken. Why would they make people transfer?

Posted on: 2014/1/9 3:17
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Re: Low water pressure 8th & Erie?
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I think its pretty much the same as how asphalt breaks.. the ground expands and contracts with changes in temperature. Eventually the pipe is exhausted of the capability to handle the stress.

Generally, water mains tend to be quite old, as they are a foundational component of a water system, and not wholly replaced with any ease whatsoever.

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Does anybody know how exactly a water main breaks? This has happened a few times before in the past couple of years, right?

Posted on: 2013/12/18 14:51
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Re: Low water pressure 8th & Erie?
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Hm, wonder if the no pressure in Paulus Hook is a seperate issue. Doesn't sound like its in the scope of this, per the below.

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From Jersey City Homepage:

UPDATE 2013 12 18 7:57am: United Water is reporting problems with their low-pressure water system in the Downtown area with water service interruptions. Preliminary reports indicate the affected area is the Hoboken border south to Newark Avenue and Marin Boulevard west to Jersey Avenue. United Water crews are assessing the system now and will provide more information once available.

Posted on: 2013/12/18 14:10
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Re: Favorite Take-Out & Delivery
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Rumi's Turkish Grill, on Sussex and Greene. It's absolutely fantastic. I usually walk in, but I know they deliver.

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diamat wrote:
Curious to know everyone's go-to take-out and delivery spots in JC. I hadn't known about Buon Appetito and look forward to trying it when they're back in business.
A few of our standbys are Kraverie, Nicole's, and Shadman (and we miss the mole enchiladas from Ginfi), (and the Taco truck, when we can find it) but we're looking to try new things...

Posted on: 2013/12/1 5:09
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Re: Can we keep Manila unpaved?
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Probably because the only time you notice there's a car parked there is when there's a car that you can't see past being park there. Humans don't do a great job of noticing things that are not exceptions to what they're expecting.

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redefinitions wrote:
totally agree with this...Erie is almost worse though because it's so narrow and people are always parked right up to the corners on every block. so as a pedestrian, you have to step off the curb and then like peek around the parked cars, vans, etc


side note: why does it always seem like it's a van or SUV parked right on the corner so you can't see anything?

Posted on: 2013/11/18 22:10
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Re: Zipcar in Jersey City
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Not a huge fan of the Hertz offering. It certainly works as advertised, but there's a few too many extras that require up-charges (including using their EZ Pass, which is standard part of the Zipcar package).
Also, Zipcar has much more interesting and MUCH cleaner cars in their fleet (although I'd love to roll with a Fiat sometime). Their iPhone app is so much more functional, and customer service is definitely better (though that's usually one of the first things to go).
Also, its in Hoboken, which isn't a deal-breaker. But it is extra overhead on your overall trip.

That said, Hertz is cheaper. But for a reason, right?
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I wanted to bump this topic up... what's the verdict on ZipCar these days in Jersey City? Has it improved any?

I know Hertz 24/7 or Connect by Hertz, whatever they call it, is also a formidable competitor to them (they actually look like a better deal) but they only appear to have locations in Hoboken.

Posted on: 2013/10/28 22:35
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Re: PATH (pathetic attempt at transporting humans)
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They actually already have this sign at the WTC, though I don't recall seeing them having used it since the storm. Also, with all the construction on the mezzanine level, it isn't in a very visually advantageous location.

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heights wrote:
I would like a way to see when the next weekday train is leaving out of the WTC station. Especially if you have to go to Exchange Place, either train will stop there whether it is going to Hoboken or Newark.

Posted on: 2013/10/24 15:24
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Re: PATH (pathetic attempt at transporting humans)
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They should be able to provide much more advanced notice of planned weekend track maintenance (the 20 minute schedule messages). Given this work is planned out, they should be able to give us much more advanced notice. And make this notice much more apparent via signage, displays, tweets, or a mobile friendly web page that gets updated.

This seems like a quick and easy win.

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Just write up whatever questions/complaints you have for them on this thread here. I am going to present them with any feedback......and also let them know about this forum........so if they want they can come and see for themselves.

Posted on: 2013/10/23 12:31
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