[UPDATE] After posting this, I received a call from the manager of the Port Authority. The update appears below the post
Last month, I was frustrated by the fact that carpools are limited to “Cash-Only” lanes at PA bridges and tunnels and I fired off a tweet to the Port Authority and my elected reps. Shortly after, I got a letter from Diannae C. Ehler, Director of the Tunnels, Bridges and Terminals at the Port Authority, who is responsible for operations and maintenance at the PA.
If you are tasked with making sure that people can efficiently move between NYC and NJ, there are several things you want to do. Among them is to
Reduce the number of cars on the road and
Have the remaining cars move as quickly as possible.
At some point in the past, the township passed a rule to prohibit businesses from operating on the first floor of buildings. Not only could they not operate, say, in a basement — but they had to be seen from the street.
Maybe this provision made sense at some point in time. It has become pointless today.
Whether or not it made sense when the provision was last tinkered with (in 1951) is debatable, but it appears that I’m not the first person to think this is pointless and counter-productive. Teaneck also considered it pointless in 1973.
That’s the year that the Teaneck Council passed ordinance 1568, which reads in relevant part:
Section 3. That Sec. 5-14 entitled “Buildings to be open to public view” and Sec. 5-15 entitled “Business to be conducted at street level; exception as to bowling alleys” of said Chapter 5 entitled “Amusements” be deleted in their entirety“. (emphasis added)
On Wednesday, September 12, 2018, Lieutenant Christopher Kurschner forwarded a speeding complaint he received via Facebook. The complainant, Philip Moell, complained about speeding on Larch Avenue in the area of Terhune Street. Mr. Moell wrote that he had observed a D&M school bus speeding every morning at 8:35 AM. Mr. Moell provided a picture of the bus and what appeared to be a handheld radar gun style device.