NEW YORK (WPIX)—As the 'Smokey And The Bandit' theme song goes, "eastbound and down, loaded up and truckin," so goes the crowded Long Island Expressway.
According to the New York Metropolitan Transportation Council, some 20,000 trucks rock and roll through the jammed main road each day, meaning for every nine vehicles traveling on Route 495, one of them is a truck.
The stress is unbearable, said Chris Jones of the Regional Plan Association.
He argues that too many trucks in the area increases pollution and number of crashes. The percentage of truck crashes on the LIE have nearly doubled from 5.9 in 2002 to 10.8 in 2008, according to the State Department Of Transportation.
Congressman Jerrold Nadler is also concerned that since 90 percent of goods delivered to Long Island come by truck the "hypercongested" roads are only getting worse.
Nadler has long called for a rail tunnel between New Jersey and Brooklyn to offer another way to move the goods off the roadways and onto the rails.