Friday, May 6, 2016

City of Elmira, N.Y., solves truck parking problem

While some cities are resisting truck parking areas with the not-in-my-backward mentality, other municipalities have found a solution to keeping commercial vehicles out of their literal backyards: Give them their own lot. The city of Elmira, N.Y., has done just that.

Less than 10 miles north of Pennsylvania on New York State Route 14 lies Elmira, a city of approximately 29,000 people. We first heard about Elmira from Senior Member Terry Button, an owner-operator from Rushville, N.Y. and had to check it out.

At one point, the city had an issue with trucks parking along the streets, according to one city official. Additionally, trucks starting up their engines early in the morning were causing a bit of noise pollution.

Did the city say, “Enough is enough! Not in my back yard!”? You bet, but not in the way you think.
They moved trucks away from the literal backyards and gave truckers their own lot.

For $5 overnight, $30 weekly or $50 monthly, truckers can park their vehicles in Elmira without worrying about citizen pushback. In fact, Mayor Daniel Mandell told me the city was “very” accepting and welcoming of the truck lot.

The mayor’s response to citizens complaining about trucks: “That went away when we built the parking area.”

And Mayor Mandell’s response when asked if the city decided to help truckers rather than reject them: “You hit the nail on the head. It’s been a great thing for the truck drivers and a great thing for the city.”

With approximately 30 spaces available, it is not a lot of space, but it’s better than chasing trucks out of town.

8 comments:

  1. That is so.etching that could be done a lot more I am an over the road driver Canada and USA. I see a lot of empty lots that could accommodate us ,but when we leave a mess of garbage behind we are our own worst enemy

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    1. That's the problem with the rude drivers leaving their damn trash behind and it's pathetic just take it with you there's always a place to dump it

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    2. That's the problem with the rude drivers leaving their damn trash behind and it's pathetic just take it with you there's always a place to dump it

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  2. Kudos to the City of Elmira & the citizens there. We need a lot more understanding & a whole lot less NIMBY. How many of the larger cities have huge lots going to waste, when for relatively little money, they could be repurposed into something useful like this. I see so many empty lots fenced off and here in Ontario, one of our truck stop chains closed their doors. Parking seems to be shrinking North America wide, and with new rules & the upcoming ELD regs, we're going to be parking in the travel lanes because we have nowhere else to park.

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  3. I just read of Vista Ridge Mall going into foreclosure. Seems as though the major malls are going to be closing at an accellerated rate in areas that are over stored. Malls represent ample parking that could be better used for truck parking. Seems that trucking companies, truck stop operators local governments could start a conversation to fund the truck parking and services for trucks where infrastructure is available due to changing of shoppers preference as to where they shop. Think truckload sales, just kidding. Spaces that can handle large trucks should have priorities to areas in densely populated zones that have access to major highways. Surely by starting the conversation solutions to the supply chain could offer better than currently exist

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  4. This is a great idea as long as they don't raise it and see it as a way make money. I realize they have to pay someone to clean it cause let's face it, some people are just nasty. Leaving pee bottles on the ground is just one on the discussing things that we see out there.
    The percentage is small, but it just takes a few to make all look bad.

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  5. This is a great idea as long as they don't raise it and see it as a way make money. I realize they have to pay someone to clean it cause let's face it, some people are just nasty. Leaving pee bottles on the ground is just one on the discussing things that we see out there.
    The percentage is small, but it just takes a few to make all look bad.

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  6. It has been a long time since I delivered anywhere in Elmira, but back then it was darn near next to impossible to drive in Elmira with all the "restricted" roads!

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