New York City Department of Transportation is seeking truckers’
opinions as part of its study of truck routes in the city.
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.
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.
through an online survey on its Web site, the department is asking
truckers what they think.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
city recently restarted the process, this time with an eye toward
greater public involvement.
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
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.”
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. She can also be contacted
through regular mail at Edwards and Kelcey Inc., 1501 Broadway,
Suite 606, New York, NY 10036.
will be accepted through October 24.
Mark H. Reddig, associate editor
Reddig can be reached at email@example.com.