Truckers have been complaining of turn times in excess of 8 hours or more and low levels of service. Delays have been worsened by a multi-year project to rebuild the New Jersey Turnpike exit to the terminal. Trucks on the busy turnpike share traffic lanes with commuters headed to and from New York City via the Holland Tunnel.
The Association of Bi-State Motor Carriers addressed these issues directly with the terminal and urged the terminal “to take immediate steps to rectify the unacceptable service levels being experienced, including but not limited to an immediate extension of weekday and Saturday hours through the end of December.”
Unfortunately, instead of seeing an improvement in queues and turn times, the situation has gotten progressively worse, seriously affecting the truckers’ ability to do business at Port Newark. Global-Bayonne received an “F” rating for October 2015 activity, and their Terminal Evaluation grade for November 2015 activity is also an “F”.
Without better terminal productivity drivers will find it impossible to pay for newer trucks that the port’s current clean-air program requires them to replace by January 1st, 2017.