Mount Vernon, NY Tonight. Any Tips?

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Dennis L's Comment
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I’m driving tonight from York, PA to Mount Vernon, NY near Yonkers just north of The Bronx. About 212 miles in 4.2 hours.

I hope to get away from York before midnight EDT, which will put me at my delivery customer in NY about 04:00 EDT. My appointment is at 07:00. Customer told me I can arrive early and wait onsite for live unloading.

Any tips?

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I delivered over weekend from Eufaula, AL to Keasbey, NJ. Then from Linden, NJ to York, PA. Now from York to NY area.

My FM back from vacation today told me he thinks can get me a longer haul load out of NY back to Midwest in IL. Hope he ain’t fibbing.

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James H.'s Comment
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That time of night you shouldn't hit much traffic. Just be careful about only going where you're allowed. Calling the receiver for directions isn't a bad idea. Parkways, including the Taconic, Saw Mill, Bronx River, and Cross County, do not allow commercial vehicles. 53' trailers are only allowed on certain routes across NYC. Specifically for your purposes, they are not allowed on the Major Deegan ( the NYC part of I-87). So if you're hauling a 53-footer, going over the GWB and then up I-87 isn't legal. Whether you'd actually get pulled over for it before you get out of the Bronx is another matter. But to play it safe you can cross the Hudson further north, on I-287, and then drop down.

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Banks's Comment
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That time of night you shouldn't hit much traffic

That's a toss up. I'm not sure what the construction plans for the GWB are, but when they do construction they do it over night and that can lead to serious delays. As you get closer to NY, you can tune into 1010 AM. They give traffic updates every 10 minutes on the "1" (12:01, 12:11, 12:21 etc).

Parkways, including the Taconic, Saw Mill, Bronx River, and Cross County, do not allow commercial vehicles. 53' trailers are only allowed on certain routes across NYC

True. You're also not allowed on the Holland tunnel.

Specifically for your purposes, they are not allowed on the Major Deegan ( the NYC part of I-87).

Not true. You're allowed on I87 with a truck and I've taken that route many times. You're not allowed on the FDR drive which is the exit before the deegan.

Dennis L's Comment
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Thanks James.

Perfect to take I287 across Mario Cuomo Bridge (I’ve done that before) to I87S.

Then Exit 4 to south bound Central Park Ave frontage road to Yonkers Ave.

Yonkers Ave to N MacQuesten Pkwy (1-way street) go two blocks north then can make left turn into customer.

Our Prime directions say not to follow GPS. I know it wants to take me across the GW Bridge to I87N and then some other strange turns.

I have a fuel stop on I78E, Exit 7 at Bloomsbury, NJ. Then I’ll exit I78E to I287N.

That’ll mess with the NaviGo and Rand GPS “fembots” heads good.

The Rand is usually very fast to recalculate and catch up. The NaviGo can take minutes sometimes. Very slow and clunky.

James H.'s Comment
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Not true. You're allowed on I87 with a truck and I've taken that route many times. You're not allowed on the FDR drive which is the exit before the deegan.

You misunderstand what I wrote. I said 53' trailers aren't allowed on the Deegan. Which is true.

James H.'s Comment
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Dennis L's Comment
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I added your chart to my trucking references collection.

Frankly I’m surprised at being sent to this customer as a greenhorn solo rookie. Guess I’m being thrown into the deep end to see if I can swim.

Banks's Comment
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You can't get from 95 to 287 without taking the Sheridan or the deegan. By that map, a truck has no way to get to hunts point market from 95.

PackRat's Comment
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You can't get from 95 to 287 without taking the Sheridan or the deegan. By that map, a truck has no way to get to hunts point market from 95.

BINGO. Even I noticed that, only going to HP twice previously myself.

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Truck drivers who regularly pick up from or deliver to the shipping ports will often be required to carry a TWIC card.

Your TWIC is a tamper-resistant biometric card which acts as both your identification in secure areas, as well as an indicator of you having passed the necessary security clearance. TWIC cards are valid for five years. The issuance of TWIC cards is overseen by the Transportation Security Administration and the Department of Homeland Security.

Dennis L's Comment
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I realize that the I287N route to I87S will be a lot of extra miles, but worth it in my book.

I recall reading in Brett’s book about his experience going into NYC. I thought he said back then that bridges into NYC were closed to big rigs during the daytime hours. The bridges opened to trucks at night so they flood in to make their delivery and then get out before the morning rush hours into the city.

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