Little attention paid to truck traffic study in New York City

| 2/15/2006

Although a report on revamping truck traffic in New York City is more than two years late, officials say that’s the least of the city department of transportation’s problems.

On Tuesday, Feb. 14, the New York City Council’s Transportation Committee met with the New York Department of Transportation, asking for answers on the progress of a $1.3 million study that was supposed to provide solutions to truck traffic problems.

However, Iris Weinshall, NYDOT transportation commissioner, was only able to present the committee with a 14-page summary on the study. Specifically, the department suggested incentives that could be given to keep heavy-duty truck traffic off major routes during peak hours, The New York Times reported.

Additional strategies included uniform designs for truck sign, laminated maps of truck routes for police officers and more clearly labeled truck routes, according to The Times.

But members of the transportation committee said the report was eclipsed by bigger problems, such as out-of-control traffic, a lack of truck citations, and officers who were not trained to handle commercial vehicle laws and regulations.

“If we have a lack of agents out in the streets, how are we ever going to have adequate enforcement?” Councilwoman Diana Reyna, D-Brooklyn, asked the committee.