The first success among the early-action goals for G-MAP came in March 2015, when the NYC Department of Transportation implemented a rule change sought by the air cargo industry at JFK to create a legal, highway-only route for industry-standard 53-foot trailers to carry freight to and from the airport.
Numerous industry and government studies had recommended this revision to the longstanding citywide restriction on operation of these vehicles within the five boroughs, noting its adverse impact on JFK's competitiveness with other gateway airports and the potential to reduce the total number of trucks used to transport JFK cargo. With support from NYSDOT and assistance from the NYC Economic Development Corporation and the Port Authority, City agencies documented JFK shippers' reliance on highway routes, and the City committed to enhanced monitoring of local truck movement patterns on the Van Wyck Expressway corridor.
Access to transparent, accurate and timely transportation data is critical to maintaining an efficient freight network. Accurate information— including bridge clearances, weight limits, speed limits and designated truck routes—is necessary to ensure safe and productive movement of goods throughout the region.
The NY/NJ region’s jurisdictional complexity across two states and multiple municipalities can create fragmentation of information among its various stakeholders. G-MAP is making progress towards creating a central home for transportation data for use by the freight industry that encompasses resources from NYSDOT, NJDOT, the Port Authority, and others.
The link to the Open Source Data Portal will be available to the public soon.