Seems they've figured out a way to help manage the congestion issue. On the surface it sounds great, I'm just wondering how they envision a trucks-only lane in the city.
And 4.5 hours per delivery? Something tells me it's not just traffic - that's a crap load of time! Though it may explain why we trip over crates in the feminine hygiene aisle.
“Our trucks travel 450,000 miles a year with an average round trip of 14 miles,” said Duane Reade senior vice president and CFO John Henry. “The average delivery time per store is 4.5 hours per trip.”
Addressing a conference on freight traffic held here yesterday, Henry added: “I think the statistics speak for themselves. We have a substantial crisis on our hands.”
By 2030, the city’s population is expected to grow by 1 million, and the region is expected to have an additional 4 million residents, which means a lot more goods will be hitting the roads. According to the Federal Highway Administration, the volume of cargo coming and going from the metro region will increase by 99 percent between 2002 and 2035.
Because “commercial traffic meets with commuter traffic at a limited number of access points,” Henry believes, “we need to expand deliveries into and out the city all 24 hours a day.”
Henry said that would reduce delivery times, pollution and hazards that occur during rush hours. Though he wouldn’t comment on the Bloomberg administration’s congestion pricing plan, he said he supported incentives rather than penalties to reduce traffic. For example, a truck-only lane for off-peak hours could speed up deliveries.
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