City Councilman David Greenfield is expected to introduce a bill that tracks garbage trucks on GPS navigation apps. Geenfield hopes this will improve traffic flow and help NYC drivers avoid traffic jams.(Handout)
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Tuesday, January 3, 2017, 10:18 PM
A Brooklyn pol who says he gets stuck behind a garbage truck “at least” three times a week while driving his kids to school is introducing legislation on Wednesday that he says could fix the annoying traffic jams.
The bill from City Councilman David Greenfield, whose district includes Borough Park and Midwood, would require the Department of Sanitation to publicly release its GPS data detailing exactly where its garbage trucks are in real time.
That data could then be used to create apps to warn people what streets to avoid, or by existing navigation apps like Waze, which gives traffic updates in real time.
“It’s very frustrating, obviously, for any parent who drives their kid to school in the morning, but it’s also frustrating for the (garbage truck) drivers having people honk at them,” said Greenfield.
“They’re trying to dispose of the trash.”
Sanitation already releases GPS tracking data on its trucks during snowstorms, so people can check whether their streets have been plowed.
Greenfield said they should just do that every day.
“It’s not a great leap,” he said.
The Sanitation Department declined comment.Send a Letter to the Editor
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