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Codified Title: 
Title 34: Department of Transportation

Adopted Rules: Closed to Comments

Adopted Rules Content: 

Statement of Basis and Purpose of Rule

 

On February 18, 2014, Mayor de Blasio launched the Vision Zero action plan – an ambitious plan to reduce traffic fatalities in New York City. Vision Zero accepts no traffic fatality as inevitable. Vision Zero allows government agencies, industry groups, key transportation stakeholders and the public to understand traffic crashes as the result of a series of actions that can be changed or prevented through enforcement, education and design.

 

The rule amends Section 4-06 of Title 34 of the Rules of the City of New York, which relates to speed limits.  The purpose of the rule is to update the speed limit rule to correspond with the change to the citywide speed limit.  Local Law 54 of 2014, which took effect on November 7, 2014, amended Section 19-177 of the New York City Administrative Code to reduce the official citywide speed limit from thirty miles per hour to twenty-five miles per hour.  This local law change was pursuant to the authority provided by Section 1642(a)(26) of the New York State Vehicle and Traffic Law, which was also recently amended.   

 

DOT’s authority for this rule is found in Sections 1043(a) and 2903(a)of the New York City Charter.

Effective Date: 
Sun, 01/25/2015

Adopted Rules: Closed to Comments

Adopted Rules Content: 

 

 

Statement of Basis and Purpose


The purpose of the rules is to provide a framework for the issuance of permits and revocable consents for the installation and maintenance of systems for flood mitigation within the City’s right of way (i.e. public streets and sidewalks). In the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy, building owners across the City have expressed an interest in flood mitigation systems such as barriers and/or walls that would protect their buildings in instances of severe weather-related events that result in significant flooding.

 Certain flood mitigation system designs may require the placement of components upon the City’s right of way.  As such, the Department is proposing a rule that will add two categories of permits for any flood mitigation system that is to be placed upon or below sidewalks, or in some unique situations, roadways. Requirements, including New York City Department of Buildings and New York City Fire Department approvals, as well as timeframes for the installation and removal of flood mitigation system components during and after severe weather-related events, are also specified.

 Flood mitigation system permits must be obtained for equipment that is placed in the City’s right of way that is intended for the protection of buildings, portions of buildings, or public service corporation facilities from flooding.  New section 2-10(e)(1) permits will be required for the placement of all above-ground components of a flood mitigation system. New section 2-10(e)(2) permits will only be required for at or below-ground flood mitigation system components that will remain in place at all times in order to expedite installation of the necessary above-ground flood mitigation system components.  New section 7-04(37) revocable consents will be required for any at or below-ground flood mitigation system components that will remain in place for longer than 365 days.

 

Additionally, provisions of the Highway Rules and Revocable Consent Rules are being reorganized and clarified to streamline the process by which the Department authorizes the installation of certain other structures throughout the City.

 The rules will achieve this goal by:

  • Renaming section 2-10 of the Highway Rules to cover two specific types of temporary structures (i.e., security structures and flood mitigation systems) while also deleting provisions that are no longer applicable.
  • Adding provisions in section 2-10 of the Highway Rules related to temporary flood mitigation systems and flood mitigation system footings.
  • Clarifying the references to the Revocable Consent Rules as they relate to temporary security structures in section 2-10 of the Highway Rules.
  • Moving the provision regarding non-electrical sidewalk sockets (i.e. flagpole sockets) to section 2-14 of the Highway Rules since these structures are not temporary and would not otherwise fit within the new framework of section 2-10.
  • Moving the provisions relating to structures, such as planters and bicycle racks, that are currently in section 2-10 of the Highway Rules to section 7-04 of the Revocable Consent Rules.
  • Adding a new paragraph in section 7-04 of the Revocable Consent Rules relating to flood mitigation system components.
Effective Date: 
Wed, 01/07/2015

Proposed Rules: Closed to Comments (View Public Comments Received:1)

Agency:
Comment By: 
Wednesday, December 10, 2014
Proposed Rules Content: 

Statement of Basis and Purpose of Proposed Rule

 

On February 18, 2014, Mayor de Blasio launched the Vision Zero action plan – an ambitious plan to reduce traffic fatalities in New York City. Vision Zero accepts no traffic fatality as inevitable. Vision Zero allows government agencies, industry groups, key transportation stakeholders and the public to understand traffic crashes as the result of a series of actions that can be changed or prevented through enforcement, education and design.

 

The proposed rule would amend Section 4-06 of Title 34 of the Rules of the City of New York, which relates to speed limits.  The purpose of the proposed rule is to update the speed limit rule to correspond with an expected change to the citywide speed limit.  Intro. 466 of 2014, which is expected to be enacted in October, will amend Section 19-177 of the New York City Administrative Code to reduce the official citywide speed limit from the current thirty miles per hour to twenty-five miles per hour.  This local law change is pursuant to the authority provided by section 1642(a)(26) of the New York State Vehicle and Traffic Law, which was recently amended.  If enacted, Intro. 466 will take effect on November 7, 2014.  The Department of Transportation anticipates that this reduced speed limit will result in both fewer crashes involving pedestrians, and fewer fatalities and less severe injuries if crashes involving pedestrians do occur.   

 

These rule amendments are proposed pursuant to the authority of the Commissioner of the New York City Department of Transportation to make rules under sections 1043(a) and 2903(a) of the New York City Charter.

Subject: 

DOT Amendment of Traffic Rules Governing Speed LImit

Location: 
DOT
55 Water Street The entrance is located on the south side of the building facing the Vietnam Veterans Memorial
New York, NY 10041
Download Copy of Proposed Rule (.pdf): 

Proposed Rules: Closed to Comments

Agency:
Comment By: 
Thursday, October 30, 2014
Proposed Rules Content: 

The air cargo industry at John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) is an important source of jobs and economic activity in New York City. Air cargo employment at JFK depends on safe, convenient truck access to the airport.

 

    For safety reasons, existing New York City Department of Transportation (NYC DOT) regulations have prohibited trucks with trailers longer than 55 feet in total combined length from using portions of certain highways that provide access to JFK.  However, a 2008 engineering st study conducted by NYC DOT and the New York State Department of Transportation demonstrated that trucks with trailers up to 73 ½ feet in total combined length  − including trucks with 53-foot trailers, the standard tractor trailer combination used in the air cargo industry − c  can be operated safely between the George Washington Bridge and JFK using the route described in this proposed rule. Thus, the current regulations put JFK, and New York City as a whole, at a disadvantage when competing against other airports in the area for airport-based jo  jobs and economic activity, at a time when the New York City Economic Development Corporation and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey are planning to invest in modern, on-airport cargo facilities.

 

    The proposed rule will expand the transportation network upon which trucks with 53-foot trailers can operate in New York City.  It will:

 

  • Provide a clearly defined, safe route for drivers to haul 53-foot trailers from the George Washington Bridge to JFK Airport, exclusively using designated highways instead of local streets;
  • Support the growth of air cargo jobs at JFK; and
  • Continue to prohibit trucks with 53-foot trailers from being operated on any non-designated highway or street in New York City, such as destinations off the airport property in southern Queens.
Subject: 

DOT Amendment of Routes for Operation of Large Trailers

Location: 
1400 Williamsbridge Road 1st Floor Conference Room
Bronx, NY 10461
Contact: 

No contact

Proposed Rules: Closed to Comments (View Public Comments Received:1)

Agency:
Comment By: 
Thursday, August 7, 2014
Proposed Rules Content: 

 

Statement of Basis and Purpose of Proposed Rule

 

The purpose of the proposed rules is to provide a framework for the issuance of permits and revocable consents for the installation and maintenance of systems for flood mitigation within the City’s right of way (i.e. public streets and sidewalks). In the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy, building owners across the City have expressed an interest in flood mitigation systems such as barriers and/or walls that would protect their buildings in instances of severe weather-related events that result in significant flooding.

 

Certain flood mitigation system designs may require the placement of components upon the City’s right of way.  As such, the Department is proposing a rule that will add two categories of permits for any flood mitigation system that is to be placed upon or below sidewalks, or in some unique situations, roadways. Requirements, including New York City Department of Buildings and New York City Fire Department approvals, as well as timeframes for the installation and removal of flood mitigation system components during and after severe weather-related events, are also specified.

 

Flood mitigation system permits must be obtained for equipment that is placed in the City’s right of way that is intended for the protection of buildings, areas of buildings, public service corporation facilities, or transit facilities from flooding.  New section 2-10(e)(1) permits will be required for the placement of all above-ground components of a flood mitigation system. New section 2-10(e)(2) permits will only be required for at or below-ground flood mitigation system components that will remain in place at all times in order to expedite installation of the necessary above-ground flood mitigation system components.  New section 7-04(37) revocable consents will be required for any at or below-ground flood mitigation system components that will remain in place for longer than 365 days.

 

Additionally, provisions of the Highway Rules and Revocable Consent Rules are being reorganized and clarified to streamline the process by which the Department authorizes the installation of certain other structures throughout the City.

 

The proposed rule will achieve this goal by:

  • Renaming section 2-10 of the Highway Rules to cover two specific types of temporary structures (i.e., security structures and flood mitigation systems) while also deleting provisions that are no longer applicable.
  • Adding provisions in section 2-10 of the Highway Rules related to temporary flood mitigation systems and flood mitigation system footings.
  • Clarifying the references to the Revocable Consent Rules as they relate to temporary security structures in section 2-10 of the Highway Rules.
  • Moving the provision regarding non-electrical sidewalk sockets (i.e. flagpole sockets) to section 2-14 of the Highway Rules since these structures are not temporary and would not otherwise fit within the new framework of section 2-10.
  • Moving the provisions relating to structures, such as planters and bicycle racks, that are currently in section 2-10 of the Highway Rules to section 7-04 of the Revocable Consent Rules.
  • Adding a new paragraph in section 7-04 of the Revocable Consent Rules relating to flood mitigation system components.

 

DOT’s authority for these rules is found in sections 364 and 2903(b)of the New York City Charter and Title 19of the New York City Administrative Code.

Subject: 

Flood mitigation rules

Location: 
NYC DOT
55 Water Street, Bid Room A The entrance is located on the south side of the building facing the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.
New York , NY 10041
Contact: 

Michelle Craven

Proposed Rules: Closed to Comments

Agency:
Comment By: 
Tuesday, June 3, 2014
Proposed Rules Content: 

 

Statement of Basis and Purpose of Proposed Rule

The rules related to the Intercity Bus Permit System went into effect on July 25, 2013. The rules require intercity bus operators to apply for a permit from DOT in order to be assigned on-street bus stops in the City. The rules require applicants to pay a fee for each permit issued. The rules also require permit holders to mark their buses in accordance with specific guidelines so that customers and enforcement officers can readily identify them. Due to concerns raised by some bus operators, this rule will cap the permit fee to a maximum of $275 for each bus that is operated during the permit term and expand the methods by which intercity bus permit system permit holders may mark their buses for identification.

 

 

Subject: 

DOT Intercity Bus Permits

Location: 
NYCDOT
55 Water Street, Bid Room
New York, NY 10041
Contact: 

Thomas Maguire

Download Copy of Proposed Rule (.pdf): 

Adopted Rules: Closed to Comments

Adopted Rules Content: 

Effective July 1, 2013, a construction or demolition project requiring a New York City Department of Buildings permit and whose site is enclosed with a fence or contains a sidewalk shed must comply with the signage requirements of Local Law 47 for the year 2013. The purpose of this rule is to clarify existing New York City Department of Transportation (DOT) signage requirements for its permittees so that these requirements do not conflict with the new local law. The rule will achieve this goal by: • Distinguishing between two different signs currently required by DOT: (1) signage along a series of excavations or street openings, and (2) signage for any project with a projected completion time of three months or more; and • Listing the various content requirements for each type of required sign.

Effective Date: 
Wed, 04/16/2014

Adopted Rules: Closed to Comments

Adopted Rules Content: 

   

STATEMENT OF BASIS AND PURPOSE

                       

Pursuant to §1043 and §2903 (b) of the New York City Charter, the Commissioner of Transportation is authorized to promulgate rules regarding maintenance of public roads, streets, highways, parkways, bridges and tunnels.

 

Chapter 2 of Title 34 of the Rules of the City of New York is being amended to allow for the utilization of a microtrenching for the installation of fiber-optic telecommunications conduit.  Through a pilot program conducted by the New York City Department of Transportation (DOT) and the New York City Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications (DOITT), DOT has determined that microtrenching is less disruptive to traffic and requires less extensive restoration work than installation of conduit utilizing conventional trenching.These rules authorize telecommunications franchisees to obtain permits to install conduit via microtrenching in compliance with certifications issued by DOITT.  DOITT is separately proposing companion rules to authorize telecommunications franchisees to perform microtrenching in compliance with DOT permits.

                    

 

Effective Date: 
Sat, 01/18/2014

Proposed Rules: Closed to Comments

Agency:
Comment By: 
Wednesday, February 19, 2014
Proposed Rules Content: 

 

Statement of Basis and Purpose of Proposed Rule

Effective July 1, 2013, a construction or demolition project requiring a New York City Department of Buildings permit and whose site is enclosed with a fence or contains a sidewalk shed must comply with the signage requirements of Local Law 47 for the year 2013.

The purpose of this proposed rule is to clarify existing New York City Department of Transportation (DOT) signage requirements for its permittees so that these requirements do not conflict with the new local law. The proposed rule will achieve this goal by:

·        Distinguishing between two different signs currently required by DOT: (1) signage along a series of excavations or street openings, and (2) signage for any project with a projected completion time of three months or more; and

·        Listing the various content requirements for each type of required sign.

DOT’s authority for these rules is found in sections 2903(b)(1) and (5)of the New York City Charter.

 

Subject: 

DOT rule proposing to clarify signage requirments for DOT permittees

Location: 
BID Room A
55 Water Street, Ground Floor Entrance is located on the south side of the building facing the Vietnam Veterans Memorial
New York, NY 10041
Contact: 

Joseph P. Noto

Adopted Rules: Closed to Comments

Adopted Rules Content: 

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN PURSUANT TO THE AUTHORITY VESTED IN THE Commissioner of Transportation by Section 1043 of the New York City Charter and subdivision (a) of Section 2903 of the New York City Charter, and in accordance with the requirements of Section 1043 of the New York City Charter, the Department of Transportation hereby adopts amendments to subdivision (b) of Section 4-13 of Chapter 4 of Title 34 of the Official Compilation of the Rules of the City of New York, the Traffic Rules related to truck routes for the Borough of Queens. This rule was first published on October 18, 2013, and a public hearing was held on November 19, 2013. This rule shall take effect 30 days from the date hereof.

 

 

STATEMENT OF BASIS AND PURPOSE

 

 

 

Pursuant to §§ 1043 and 2903 (a) of the New York City Charter, the Commissioner of Transportation is authorized to promulgate rules regarding the conduct of vehicular and pedestrian traffic in the streets, squares, avenues, highways and parkways of the City as may be necessary.

 

 

 

Background 

 

 

 

Based upon recommendations from a truck study conducted in 2007 and the Maspeth Bypass Study, which included truck origin and destination data, community meetings and local business and trucking industry requests for truck route changes, the Department of Transportation is amending provisions of Title 34, Section 4-13 of the Rules of the City of New York in order to establish a more consistent designation of truck routes in the Borough of Queens. Specifically, the amendments:

 

  • Change the designation of portions of: Maspeth Avenue, Page Place, 55th Drive, and 56th Terrace to Local Truck Routes.
  • Dedesignates portions of Flushing Avenue, Fresh Pond Road and Grand Avenue as Local Truck Routes.

 

 

Effective Date: 
Sat, 01/18/2014

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