New York Port Begins Truck Appointments to Combat Congestion

In order to reduce congestion and improve efficiency, a container terminal in New York Harbor has started to accept appointments for trucks to pick up or drop off cargo according to a report in the Journal of Commerce.

Starting on January 15th , truck drivers headed for the Bayonne, N.J., terminal operated by GCT USA LP must be registered on the website run by Port Authority and must schedule in advance if they want to enter the port in the first few hours after it opens.  Appointments must be made on the website before 3 pm the day before the appointment.

The goal is to eliminate the long lines of trucks that often line  up outside the terminal’s gates, clogging traffic in surrounding neighborhoods, slowing operations and raising costs for drivers.

Initial analysis shows that the appointment system helped to reduce the turn times by 40 per cent.

The Truck Management System most likely will be implemented at other NY Port terminals if it works well at Global Container Terminal.

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