One Thing I'm Both Mystified And Amused About: Why The AVERSION To NYC Runs?

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LadyDee's Comment
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While reading the information on this website about Company-sponsored truck driving schools, I noticed that quite a few people were asking about "forced dispatch" to New York City? Why are so many drivers reluctant (for lack of a better word) to NYC? I was born and raised there (Brooklyn), and I completely understand as far as traffic, but there has to more to it as far as trucking is concerned, so what is it exactly? Tolls?

Jopa's Comment
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While reading the information on this website about Company-sponsored truck driving schools, I noticed that quite a few people were asking about "forced dispatch" to New York City? Why are so many drivers reluctant (for lack of a better word) to NYC? I was born and raised there (Brooklyn), and I completely understand as far as traffic, but there has to more to it as far as trucking is concerned, so what is it exactly? Tolls?

Two words ... New Yorkers ...

Jopa

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Brett Aquila's Comment
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It's everything. Super heavy traffic, low bridges, tons of restricted routes, restricted bridges, restricted tunnels, high tolls, narrow streets, impossibly tight docks to back into, no parking anywhere to be found, and more. It's one of the oldest, largest, most densely populated cities in the country. I literally can't think of a single feature that any other city in the county has which makes it more difficult to navigate safely than New York.

LadyDee's Comment
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I understand. Thanks!

LadyDee's Comment
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Why did I get stuck on TOLLS in your response, Mr. Aquila? Doesn't the trucking company provide their drivers with toll money or EZ Passes or something? Drivers are expected to pay tolls? Hell, in NYC you need a job JUST for that.

Robert B. (The Dragon) ye's Comment
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Depends on the company, some will give toll fees in advance and you turn in the receipts and others you pay and get reimbursed. I ran a load out there one time and the fees in and out were around $50 if I remember correctly. Even in a straight truck NYC sucks to navigate, especially sitting on the George Washington bridge for an hour. Don't get me wrong, the scenery in town helped make up for the frustration but I'd rather be a tourist lol.

Stevo Reno's Comment
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I have NO inclination to EVER go to NY, lol as a tourist or otherwise.....

Brett Aquila's Comment
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I have NO inclination to EVER go to NY, lol as a tourist or otherwise.....

I've taken a few trips to Manhattan on vacation, including once just before Christmas and once on the 4th of July. Manhattan is a great place to run around as a tourist. Just make sure you fly into New York and take cabs, the subway, or walk everywhere you go. Driving in, trying to find parking, and then trying to drive yourself around will quickly reveal itself to be a terrible mistake.

But it's a ton of fun being in Manhattan. Amazing place.

Rolling Thunder's Comment
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We took 7 trucks to Madison Square Garden for a show around the first of March. I honestly think some of the people driving (taxis) are suicidal. We had a street blocked off for us to pull into and these fools kept shooting up our right side (we were turning right) and going down the "blocked" road. We even staggered to try to clear a lane but no, they literally dared us to hit them. My position will have me going there over and over and I will dread it every time. Just horrible.

Ray F. (aka. Mongo)'s Comment
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Because it is in the northeast. Too much traffic and too few places to park trucks.

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