The harbor trucking industry is a vital component to the North American supply
chain. The Waterfront Coalition is committed to ensure that harbor trucking
operates in a sustainable and environmentally friendly manner.
TRB Study on Truck Mobility
There are many challenges to improve the movement of trucks through marine
terminals. Chief among them is a lack of unbiased research and information
regarding best terminal gate practices. Beginning in 2006, the Waterfront
Coalition facilitated a number of conversations with terminals and truckers
to better understand the factors that lead to long terminal gate lines. Those
conversations culminated in 2008 with a proposal to the Transportation
Research Board of the National Academies of Science for a study of terminal
gate turn times. In 2008, a contract research firm was identified and work
began to examine business practices in terminals in the ports of Los Angeles-Long
Beach, CA; Houston, TX; and Elizabeth-Newark, NJ.
In June 2011, the Final Report was issued that includes a toolkit for marine
terminals, drayage companies, shippers and other stakeholders to use to improve
the movement of trucks through marine terminals.