NYC asks truckers what they think as part of truck route project

| Tuesday, September 30, 2003

The New York City Department of Transportation is seeking truckers’ opinions as part of its study of truck routes in the city.

The department announced recently it was studying the existing truck route network in all five of the city’s boroughs with a goal of making sure trucks stay on designated routes and do not improperly use residential streets. News 12 The Bronx said the study would also determine whether additional streets in the city should be off-limits to tractor-trailers.

The department conducted a series of public meetings during July, and indicated local businesses also would be consulted regarding how the truck routes affect their operations.

Now, through an online survey on its Web site, the department is asking truckers what they think.

“The participation and input from the individuals who drive these trucks and facilitate the movement of goods throughout the city is critical in understanding the system and beginning to formulate solutions,” the department said on its Web site. “This survey has been distributed to local trucking companies, as well as state and national trucking industry associations.”

The survey is available at http://www.nyc.gov/html/dot/html/motorist/truckintro.html#truckind. It can be downloaded, printed out and mailed in, or filled out online.

The survey asks truckers for some factual information about their operations and where they go in the city, and also asks about what sorts of conditions in the city adversely affect their operations.

The current effort to review the truck routes really started five years ago, according to Keith Kalb, a public information officer with the New York City DOT.

At that time, the city’s effort to look at truck routes generated considerable criticism from members of the public and elected officials. The controversy was further inflamed after a young girl was run over by a truck in the Hunts Point area.

The city recently restarted the process, this time with an eye toward greater public involvement.

“The study was done in response to elected officials and community groups showing interest in truck issues and congestion in the city,” Kalb said. “Clearly, this is a major quality-of-life issue for many New Yorkers.

“The department realizes the importance of trucking in the city and the dependence upon it to move the goods in and out of the city,” he added. “Hopefully we can benefit all parties involved.”

Truckers who have questions about the survey should contact Cheryl D'Alessio, the truck study's Outreach Coordinator, by phone at (212) 944-2000, ext. 6168, by fax at (212) 302-4645, or by e-mail at cdalessio@ekmail.com. She can also be contacted through regular mail at Edwards and Kelcey Inc., 1501 Broadway, Suite 606, New York, NY 10036.

Surveys will be accepted through October 24.

--by Mark H. Reddig, associate editor

Mark Reddig can be reached at mreddig@landlinemag.com.

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