New York capital region seeks input on freight planning

By David Tanner, Land Line senior editor | 12/18/2014

A planning committee in New York’s capital of Albany is seeking input to improve freight movement and to minimize the effects of freight movement on local communities. OOIDA is urging its members in New York to participate in an online survey.

The New York Capital District Transportation Committee (CDTC), which is the designated metropolitan planning organization for the Albany-Schenectady-Troy metropolitan areas, is conducting the survey.

According to the organization’s website, the study will provide information and recommendations for a long-term transportation and freight plan for the region.

The survey asks participants to rank what they consider to be barriers to freight movement. Inadequate truck parking is on the list, as are truck route designations, road capacity and access to shipping lanes.

OOIDA sent the following letter to Association members in New York urging them to participate.

“The New York Capital District Transportation Committee (CDTC) is the designated Metropolitan Planning Organization for the Albany-Schenectady-Troy metropolitan area. According to their website, the purpose of the CDTC is to provide a forum for state and local officials to discuss transportation issues and reach a consensus on transportation plans and specific programs of transportation projects.

“As part of their research efforts, the CDTC Freight Advisory Committee – which brings together private freight operators and public freight planners to share information on local freight issues – is conducting a stakeholder questionnaire. The purpose is to improve the Capitol Region’s freight and goods movement system.

“Your input is very important, so please take a few minutes and fill out the questionnaire by clicking on the link (”

OOIDA Director of State Legislative Affairs Mike Matousek says the survey is an opportunity for truckers to share their knowledge and experience with the planning committee.

“It gives truckers a chance to share their views and let the planners know what’s important to them,” he said.

OOIDA Life Member Lou Esposito of Duanesburg, N.Y., is a member of the CDTC Freight Advisory Committee.

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