Transit advocates fight against ‘outdated’ trucking routes that steal parking spots

Advocates say their goal is to provide a solution for city planning and transportation that would provide easier use of local streets by local New Yorkers while still making sure delivery needs are met.

News 12 Staff

Apr 10, 2023, 11:46 PM

Updated 466 days ago

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Transit advocates spoke up outside of City Hall on Monday about what they call outdated trucking routes and their impact on parking spots for New Yorkers.
They were joined by Councilwoman Alexa Aviles and other local leaders, calling on the city to revamp the truck route network to accommodate the city's increasing commercial vehicle traffic.
"We cannot claim to be a green city without seriously taking stock of this issue from all sides," said Aviles.
A hearing on the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure weighed Intro 908 - a proposed redesign that would require the Department of Transportation to improve safety, visibility, traffic congestion and emissions.
Another key part of the legislation would add off-street tractor-trailer parking in all five boroughs to open more spaces for residents to park and decrease local street traffic.
One DOT spokesperson provided the following response:
“We can't control if a truck is going to enter the city, but we can provide the right rules and incentives to make sure that the trucks that do come in are doing it in the most safe and sustainable way possible."
Advocates say their goal is to provide a solution for city planning and transportation that would provide easier use of local streets by local New Yorkers while still making sure delivery needs are met.
The re-route has not been designed yet, and the bill would require the DOT to consult with city agencies and residents while conducting traffic studies.


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