TRAPAC WOES

November, 2016

truck-queueJust when you see a light at the end of the long congestion-tunnel, BAM, the lights go out.  This time, it is TraPac that is leading to the long truck turn times in Oakland.

TraPac’s increased volumes have had a negative impact on queues and terminal transaction times. They are working to alleviate the congestion, but it will not be an immediate fix.  As we know, there are no quick fixes to congestion.  Here are some of the initiatives and plans TraPac has in place and the timeline for implementation:

Before the end of the year:

  • Install four additional cranes to speed up the deliveries of grounded import containers.
  • Implementation of an appointment system to even out the truck flows in the import grounded stacks.

Q1 – Q4 2017:

  • Expand footprint by 57 acres, nearly doubling its size.
  • Acquire two additional vessel berths.
  • Total expansion expected to take 11-12 months.

Q2 – Q3 2017:

  • Expand the ingate facility to improve truck velocity.
  • Implement new gate and yard technology for better truck and cargo flow.

We are appreciative TraPac is taking action to correct the slow turn times, but, boy, do we wish there was a major wand because it is going to take a while.