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Off-Hour Deliveries Program

The Off-Hour Deliveries (OHD) Program encourages goods delivery during the off-peak hours of 7 pm to 6 am in efforts to decrease congestion and truck emission

Due to the success of the OHD pilot program, NYCDOT is now seeking additional carriers and receivers to rethink their delivery schedule and shift to off-hour deliveries. The Off-Hour Deliveries Program is intended to increase the number of deliveries between 7 pm and 6 am in areas with high pedestrian volumes and limited curb space.

Delivery trucks and commercial vehicles are critical to the economic vitality of New York City (NYC), a population of 8.5 million. Without efficient freight transportation, retail stores would not have goods to sell, restaurants would have nothing to serve, offices would have no supplies, contractors would have difficulty building, and waste would remain on the sidewalk. Between 2010 and 2015, NYC added more than 370,000 residents and 520,000 jobs. Approximately 97,000 trucks and commercial vehicles cross NYC boundaries each day, 25,000 moving to and from Manhattan. That’s a lot of traffic during the busiest parts of the day. As NYC’s population continues to grow, the demand for freight transportation will also increase, resulting in more trucks on the road.

Off Hour Delivery Pilot

In 2009 and 2010, DOT worked with Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI), and a group of stakeholders and research partners to implement the Off-Hour Truck Delivery Pilot program, funded by USDOT. Participants agreed to shift their delivery windows to between 7 pm and 6 am. 

Businesses listed the following benefits from the Off Hour Delivery program:

  • More time to focus on customers clients
  • Fewer nnormal business hours deliveries
  • Staff is more productive
  • No waiting for deliveries during a 4-6 hour delivery window

 Off Hours Delivery Pilot Report

Get Involved

NYC DOT is looking for additional partners for increased Off-Hour Deliveries (OHD) throughout NYC. We are ready to provide support and assistance to companies and organizations transitioning to OHD. We would also like to hear from truck and delivery equipment providers and manufacturers who have equipment that could reduce noise during the delivery process.

Please visit the program website to sign up.

If you have additional questions, email or call the Office of Freight Mobility. Someone from their team will be in touch with you shortly. 

E-Mail: ohdnyc@dot.nyc.gov
Phone: (212) 839-6670
Website: http://www.ohdnyc.com

 

 Photo via NYC DOT