To the surprise of some residents, parking spots on West End Avenue between 79th and 96th Street were turned into loading zones for taxis and delivery trucks over the past week and a half. The spots now prohibit parking from 8 am. until 6 p.m. to make room for truck parking and drop-offs by cabs and ride-hailing vehicles like Ubers and Lyfts.
The city Department of Transportation tells us that the change is part of a citywide program to “more efficiently utilize curb space and reduce the number of double parked cars.”
“The new parking regulations along portions of West End Avenue are part of a citywide residential loading zone program. The loading zones will work to provide curb space during daytime and evening hours to allow for the pick-up and drop-off of passengers as well as loading and unloading of goods – helping to more efficiently utilize curb space and reduce the number of double parked cars. DOT notified all affected Community Boards and elected officials before implementation and we will evaluate the effectiveness of the program over the next year.”
Commercial vehicle drivers are prohibited from traveling on West End, but can drive on the avenue to make drop-offs.
David Goldstick, who sent the photo above, said he was surprised by the sudden appearance of the signs, and the fact that the signs don’t indicate that they are loading zones.
“I spoke to a traffic cop on West End Ave he too was surprised to find the signs,” he wrote. “The DMV website that has a map of street signs in NYC does not show the signs on the map.”