City Council Bill Seeks To Tackle Congestion With Off-Hours Deliveries

Mike Smeltz
September 25, 2019 - 7:10 pm
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NEW YORK (WCBS 880) -- The city is looking to do its part to declog busy NYC roads.

A bill passed by the city council Wednesday would have certain city facilities receive deliveries in off-peak traffic hours.

Before he became a councilmember, Costa Constantinides was a manager at toy store in Queens and even then he pushed to have trucks deliver toys before the sun came up, WCBS 880's Mike Smeltz reported.

He saw the backups and heard the honking when delivery trucks would make their drop offs during busy parts of the day, Smeltz reported.

"That was not something we wanted to do so I would schedule my neighborhood deliveries at 3 a.m. or 5 a.m. so we could get off the street and make sure we weren't causing a backup," Constantinides said.

The Queens councilmember has carried that experience with him and his bill is aimed at getting trucks off the road during high traffic times.

The bill forces city government buildings -- located in congested areas south of 60th Street in Manhattan and possibly places like downtown Brooklyn and Long Island City - to assess whether they can move truck delivery times to either early mornings or evenings.

Constantinedes said it would lead to less congested roads and cleaner air.