DOT Staten Island Container Truck Rule

Adopted Rules: Closed to Comments

Effective Date: 
Saturday, January 20, 2018

The use of sealed shipping containers for the transportation of goods has led to a global transformation of maritime shipping operations. The efficiency and security afforded by sealed shipping containers has remained an important factor in choice of seaports and the availability of container servicing facilities and jobs. Access to the port facilities is a major determinant of the sustainable growth and development of port regions and the roadway transportation systems leading to the ports must be adequate to accommodate the container loads. Trucks hauling sealed shipping containers from New Jersey across the Goethals Bridge to the Howland Hook Global Container Terminal (GCT) in Staten Island require a route that can safely accommodate this sealed shipping container cargo without adversely impacting roadways and neighborhoods that are not designed for this cargo. The Howland Hook GCT supports approximately 300 well-paid jobs, moves 150,000 containers each year, and is the City and State’s largest international cargo gateway. Due to roadway design and geometric constraints, existing New York City Department of Transportation (NYCDOT) regulations prohibit trucks weighing more than 80,000 pounds and trucks that are longer than 55 feet in total length from using portions of certain highways, except when they receive appropriate permit(s). The current regulations put the Howland Hook GCT and the greater New York City area at a disadvantage when competing against other seaports in the area for maritime-based jobs and economic activity even as investments in modern crane lifts and container handling equipment are being made, and channel dredging for improved access to the port is underway. This rule supports the growth of maritime cargo jobs in New York City. This rule expands the transportation network through designated routes in Staten Island to permit trucks hauling sealed shipping containers to operate safely and legally on New York City streets. It provides a clearly defined, safe route for drivers to haul sealed containers to and from Howland Hook GCT, exclusively using specified highways and streets. Additionally, it permits trucks that are up to 73-1/2 feet in length that are carrying sealed shipping containers to weigh up to 90,000 pounds to utilize the specified route DOT’s rules are not affected by these amendments with respect to the existing prohibition on trucks with overweight and oversized trailers from being operated on any non-designated highway or street in New York City, such as destinations off the designated routes in Staten Island. Moreover, loads transported across streets and structures not regulated by New York City may still require additional authorization. The Department of Transportation’s authority for these rules is found in section 2903(a) of the New York City Charter and sections 385 and 1642 of the New York State Vehicle & Traffic Law. In response to comments received by DOT, the added subparagraphs (ix) and (xv) of paragraph 1 of subdivision (j) have been revised to provide more particularity in describing the routes designated in such subparagraphs, i.e., “Western Avenue” and “Gulf Avenue”, respectively. These changes are reflected in the adopted rules.