Reevaluate the Truck Route
Move and improve the truck routes running through Hudson
October 14, 2020
There are two New York State-designated truck routes through the city of Hudson and Hudson’s 3rd Ward. Given Hudson’s population density, underground infrastructure, proximity of houses to the road, commercial activity, and volume of pedestrians, there are likely better routes for trucks to travel from their non-Hudson origin to their non-Hudson destination.
New York State Authority
As per New York State law, the City of Hudson does not have the authority to change where the State Truck Routes enter and exit the City of Hudson. Hudson could change the route within Hudson, so long as the entry and exit points stay the same. New York State is the only authority that can change the route entirely so that it would avoid Hudson altogether.
Make the Case for a Better Route
To convince New York State to change the route, we need to do the following:
- Propose alternate routes that meet truck route guidelines
- Demonstrate that those alternate routes are better than the existing routes
- Build a broad coalition that includes our neighbors outside of Hudson to support alternate routes
With the help of Assemblymember Didi Barrett, the City of Hudson is undergoing an origin and destination truck study. This study is a key step to addressing this longstanding issue. The study will collect data and propose alternative truck routes. It will provide a data-informed plan, that we can use to advocate for better infrastructure, safety, and economy. Using that study, we can work together to build support for a better route. I am helping to coordinate the study and facilitate feedback from residents of the neighboring towns.
My advocacy for improving the truck route is part of my priority to improve our roads and transportation including securing funding for crosswalks, bike equipment, and complete streets training as well as improving public transportation.
Have ideas on how to improve the truck route? Contact me.