Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Lakewood Traffic Relief Workshop tomorrow

Maser Consulting will hold a meeting for the public in Lakewood to discuss solutions for traffic. 
 "Please join us on Wednesday, March 15th, at 7 pm in the municipal building for a Traffic Relief Workshop. At this Workshop, you will meet our team of traffic engineers, and you will have the opportunity to collaborate with them on solutions, ideas, and opportunities to help alleviate our traffic problems."

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  1. Pirush Rashi: Please join us on Wednesday, March 15th, ... for a sneeky way to make money Workshop. At this Workshop, you will meet our team of people who will be giving kickbacks, and you will have the opportunity to watch government in its finest form of corruption collaborate with people in power figuring out ways to become rich with your tax dollars while they talk and talk and talk about "solutions, ideas...etc.". The longer there are traffic problems the more time we have to set up more of these money making traffic problem meetings. Please join us!

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    1. LOL!!! Oy es iz gut!

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  2. If you read any legitimate traffic studies from other towns,one thing is abundantly clear. Adding more roads and widening roads while continuing to add sprawling development does not solve a traffic problem. It can be compared to trying to solve obesity by letting out your belt.

    Changes in how and where we build, how we drive, and scheduling schools and yeshivas can be a big help if done collectively, but only once we resolve to fix zoning and planning issues that make traffic worse.

    Ironically one of the things that makes traffic worse is driver distraction. The fact that our committee allowed to have 5 electronic billboards installed on congested roads is an outrage. Our committee says they want to solve our problems, yet they continue to make them worse? I will ask the experts tomorrow night if billboards will help traffic, if more duplexes with driveway after driveway on congested streets is normal in other towns or cities, if strip malls on a two lane street with no traffic lights is suggested, if we should continue to build a large shopping attraction that can only be accessed by driving on busy streets that can't even handle the developments they currently serve. Let's see if they answer honestly. I have a feeling they were already told what to say.

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  3. If building a mall diverts traffic from rt 9 then it may HELP the situation. Then vine st / pine river area wont gave to drive into 'town' for shopping.

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    1. Harold HerskowitzMarch 15, 2017 at 7:55 AM

      If it was something meant to attract local shoppers only, you would be correct, but this would be the largest shopping area in town, it would attract shoppers from all over lakewood and beyond. Most daily shopping needs are currently being met with two large markets that straddle both sides of development between route 9 and cedarbridge. The idea is to put a MEGA market in that area and to create a new central shopping district. It would have been a great idea had it been done as part of an overall growth plan but since we changed zoning and allowed cluster housing and numerous strip malls,this plan as it stands would not benefit anybody. In a town like Lakewood the idea of putting shopping next to housing developments does not alleviate traffic. Not all people off of county line only shop at Kosher village and not all people in 14th street area only shop at Gourmet Glatt. Shopping is also not the main cause of traffic. Work and school are. So if Cedarbridge were to become a Yeshiva campus with kollel housing, schools and dormitories, traffic would be alleviated tremendously. We would also generate the same amount of taxes and job creation as the proposed mall. I'm just not so sure how that would get certain people the money they were looking to make.

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    2. What stores do you think people south of the lake travel into town for now?

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  4. No. most people shop where its closest to them. Your premise is wrong. Focus should be on widening all roads.

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    1. I hate to tell you that you are wrong , but you are wrong. Go online read traffic studies, learn before you talk. Widening roads just brings more traffic, but wider. Shopping where you live is not true in a suburban setting such as lakewood, and not the cause of traffic. Read studies online. Use Google. Google Causes of traffic. Traffic congestion solutions. Read before you ploppel. Don't think you know more than experts. There are studies, case studies and there are real people that know much more than you, and I am referring to their work when I write something. So please know what you are talking about and don't spread misinformation please.

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    2. The road that was widened on the north side of Route nine from the lake to county line has numerous accidents daily because the lanes are too narrow. So much for widening roads. You will just have more accidents as cars try to pass each other in the inevitable traffic. And it's all a moot discussion because widening Rte 9 is not even an option now that all the development was done close to the road. The apologists for irresponsible development should give it up already.

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    3. The idea of putting shopping and businesses, doctors etc., close to housing developments is called New Urbanism. This type of Urbanism was created as a solution for developments in rural areas where a person would have to drive a half hour away from their development to do basic shopping. But in a suburban area where there are numerous choices of places to shop all throughout our town, to build a development with shopping and say that nobody will shop elsewhere is a fallacy. If New Urbanism works in Lakewood, why was Kosher West going out of business? Because many Westgate shoppers still drive to NPGS, some prefer Gourmet Glatt. New Urbanism and fake Smart Growth do not apply in a town like Lakewood or in any Town in New Jersey that has the highest density of any other state.
      We know that no other town anywhere allowed itself to build as much and as fast as lakewood did, and now we are suffering the consequences in higher property taxes, lack of services, challenges in educational needs, infrastructure not maintained and of course that good old traffic.

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  5. I agree with Harold. The naysayers here should be forced to publish his occupation before commenting. If you're so certain that what you are saying is the view of the vast majority... than you should have no problem writing your name so people can confirm your occupation.
    Anybody who claims that traffic has nothing to do with housing is making money off houses.

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  6. Look. If no new housing or commercial soace is built and no roads are widened then our traffic issues stay the same. The township must widen their roads and the county and state as well there is no other solution.

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  7. Very interesting indeed. An anonymous blogger saying that if you disagree with him then you have to state who you are,while he can remain anonymous. Very logical.

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