Office of Freight Mobility at the New York City Department of Transportation

| December 21, 2015

New York City Department of Transporation and partner Rensselaer Polytechnic InstituteNew York, NY, United States

The New York City Department of Transportation oversees one of the most complex urban transportation networks in the world.  One of our priorities is to provide a transportation system that helps foster environmental stewardship, a high quality of life while also supporting goods movement, which is necessary to support the economy. Truck deliveries Manhattan generates more truck traffic than the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. There are 104,463 commercial buildings in Manhattan and every day they generate 142,822 inbound trips and 76,766 outbound truck trips. This is an opportunity, as 9,178 locations are restaurants and commercial businesses, which could shift their deliveries to the off hours. A livable city requires that these establishment use technology, operational changes and smart freight practices to reduce their freight impact on residents. Challenges we are working on are finding the right combination of incentives/penalties, to incentivize businesses to shift to off-hour deliveries. We are committed to this program because trucks killed an average of 20 pedestrians and bicyclists in New York City between 2011 and 2013.  As the City’s population continues to grow, we need to implement proven strategies to reduce truck conflicts. Expanding off-hour deliveries will reduce conflicts with other road users, improves air quality and reduces costs for businesses. This work will be made possible by a continued team of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, the industry advisory committee established for this program and continued support from City Hall.

Category: MobiPrize 2015 Applicant, MobiPrize Applicant

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