Old Greenwich gridlock? Let’s start with UPS, Fed Ex trucks

The Greenwich Time spent a great deal of its pages Sunday reporting on the four-year project soon to come to re-build the rail bridges in Old Greenwich. It raises the specter of tremendous traffic problems in the village.

But there are simple things the town can do to improve OG traffic … like cracking down on the UPS and Fed Ex delivery trucks which park anywhere they please at any time, often in full sight of the Greenwich police.

Here are photos that capture the violations, including one UPS truck that stopped right on West End avenue to deliver his packages with full impunity and total disregard of our traffic rules:

Last may, my car while parked was hit by a Fed Ex truck in front of Arcadia Cafe in Old Greenwich. I had two witnesses. A nice Greenwich officer named Michael Vangrowski attempted to track down the hit and run truck driver. But Fed Ex has a remarkably effective system to complicate such an investigation, They have many divisions – Fed Ex Air, Fed Ex Express, Fed Ex Ground. And they all point fingers at each other. Suffice it to say, the drivers was never found and I had to eat the deductible.

With Dunkin Donuts coming and with the bridge project looming, can’t we do ourselves a favor and crack down on the Fed Ex and UPS thugs?

Categories: General
Lincoln Millstein

2 Responses

  1. Nancy Burke says:

    Dear Mr. Millstein:
    For some time I have followed your blog – especially when you took a stand on the
    Greenwich Board of Ed – and have checked into Lincoln Log from time to time to see
    what your thoughts are and have been wondering where you have been the past month.
    Today in the Greenwich Time I read that you have been promoted to EVP of Hearst online Publications. CONGRATULATIONS!!! Now I know where you have gone. You have many fans who have followed your blog and will be delighted to know of your promotion.
    All Best Wishes,
    Nancy Burke
    (Member Greenwich RTM, frustrated-with-politics-and-past-and current local budget, once columnist for The Greenwich Citizen, and aspiring writer)

  2. Dave says:

    The driver that hit your car may be a thug, but to label all delivery drivers thugs is a little much, don’t you think?

    I imagine most people have been inconvenienced at one time or another by a delivery truck around town, but to some degree it’s a trade off. What is faster for the delivery truck is also faster for their customers, so while they can be a hindrance to traffic they are acting on behalf of those they serve, which is everyone.

    I’m not advocating free reign, and safe traffic patterns and lines of sight must be protected, but your characterization is excessive.