The Department of Transportation (DOT) recently created five new loading zones, doubling the number of loading zones in the area.
DOT worked worked with local business owners, Councilman Peter Koo’s office and Community Board 7 to identify the best locations for the loading zones.
The issue, say local business leaders, is that they are being underutilized.
“The loading zones decrease double-parking, increase bus travel times and improve the quality of life,” said Koo. “The problem is that they are not being used. It’s our hope that delivery companies just don’t know about them.”
So last week, Koo joined DOT officials and business owners to highlight the loading zones and encourage their use.
Dian Yu, executive director of the Downtown Flushing Transit Hub Business Improvement District, noted that when delivery trucks are ticketed for double-parking, the company often passes that cost on to the small business owner receiving the delivery.
“Additional loading and unloading zones are extremely crucial to the success of our local businesses,” he said.
There are more than 200 supermarkets and restaurants in Downtown Flushing requiring near-daily deliveries. The popular New World Mall food court alone receives upwards of 100 deliveries per day.
“It’s important to alleviate traffic,” said CB7 district manager Marilyn McAndrews. “But we also need to help our small businesses by getting the trucks in and out of here as quickly as possible.”
Five New Loading Zones
• Main Street, west side, between 37th and 38th avenues - All Days
• Part of Roosevelt Avenue, north side, between Main and Prince streets - 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., All days
• 40th Road, north side, between Main and Prince streets - 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Except Sunday
• Part of 41st Avenue, north side, between Main Street and College Point Boulevard - 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m., Except Sunday
• Part of 41st Avenue, south side, between Main Street and College Point Boulevard - 8 a.m. to noon, Except Sunday
Five Existing Loading Zones
• 39th Avenue, south side, between Main Street and 138th Street
• Roosevelt Avenue, north side, near the corner of Union Street
• Part of 40th Road, south side, near the corner at Main Street
• Part of 41st Road, north side, near the corner at Main Street
• Part of Barclay Avenue, north side, between Kissena Boulevard and Union Street