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Notice for Truckers:

Beginning today, Monday, June 16, The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey will close three of the four upper-level lanes on the George Washington Bridge for 12 weeks during overnight hours. This effort is part of the upper-level deck rehabilitation project, which began last summer.

The lanes mentioned will be closed from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m., Monday through Thursday, and from 10 p.m. to 10 a.m. Friday into Saturday. There will be no lane closings on Saturday or Sunday nights.

The agency advises trucks, which can only use the upper level of the George Washington Bridge, to budget extra time or take an alternate route.

Work will shift between the eastbound and westbound directions throughout the duration of the project.

On days scheduled for Yankee games or events at MetLife Stadium in the Meadowlands, the contractor will not be allowed to close lanes until one hour after the end of the game/event to mitigate traffic impact.

For up to the minute traffic and delay information, we urge you to sign up for Port Authority Bridge Alert at PAAlerts.com. You also can call 511 or visit 511NY.org or 511NJ.org for further information.

About the upper-level deck rehabilitation project:

The bridge project provides for the rehabilitation of the structural steel on the upper-level roadway deck and support structure to maintain it in a state of good repair. This work involves replacing six-foot sections of deck adjacent to the deck joints with a modified deck system that will extend the bridge deck's life by 15 to 20 years. The existing steel deck was installed in 1978.

Visit http://www.panynj.gov/bridges-tunnels/gwb-upper-deck-steel-rehab.html to view the current construction schedule and learn more about the project.


On Tuesday, May 27, the Outerbridge Crossing Paving Project will continue with the replacement of the concrete pavement in the New York Toll Plaza. Work will be staged affecting two toll lanes at a time with minimal impact to drivers. At least three lanes will remain open in the toll plaza, along with the high speed E-ZPass lanes. There will be no eastbound access to oversized and wide-load vehicles at the Outerbridge Crossing from May 27 to August 4. Wide-load and oversized vehicles should use the Goethals Bridge as an alternate route into New York. Work is scheduled to complete in 2015.


Port Authority Announces Creation of Port Performance Task Force

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Notice To Sea Link® Holders And Trucking Company Representatives

As you know, federal law requires the Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) for all workers, including drayage and truck drivers, that need access to secure or restricted areas of maritime facilities. Drivers that do not have a valid TWIC will be denied access to the marine terminals. According to our SEA LINK® records, over 10,000 of the active drivers in the Port of New York and New Jersey have a TWIC that will expire this year. Drivers will be suspended the day their TWIC expires if they do not return to the SEA LINK® and register their new TWIC with the Port Authority.

Drivers have two options. You can replace your expiring TWIC with a with a three-year extended expiration date (EED) TWIC for a reduced fee of $60. This option is available only to U.S. citizens or U.S. nationals whose TWICs will expire on or before December 31, 2014. TWIC holders who are not U.S. citizens or U.S. nationals or individuals who are eligible but do not wish to use the EED TWIC option may renew their expiring TWIC by completing the standard enrollment process for a five-year TWIC, which includes an enrollment fee of $129.75.

To obtain an EED TWIC, eligible individuals will need to call the TWIC Help Desk at 1-866-347-8942 and make one trip to an enrollment center of their choosing to pick-up and activate the card. To obtain a regular TWIC, individuals must enroll in person at an enrollment center of your choosing. You should plan to start the renewal process no less than two months before your current expiration date. Once again, you must register your new TWIC with the SEA LINK® or your privileges will be suspended the day your old TWIC expires.

For more information please contact the TWIC Help Desk at 1-866-347-8942 or reference www.tsa.gov/twic.

We invite you to regularly visit: http://www.panynj.gov/port/port-news-announcements.cfm for pertinent terminal and port information.

Port Performance Task Force

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Port of New York and New Jersey Stakeholders Release Port Performance Task Force Report as a Roadmap to Improve Customer Service

Report recommends areas to improve port productivity and service reliability to benefit customers in the East Coast's busiest port

The Port Performance Task Force today released its report, which consists of 23 recommendations that if implemented will reduce truck congestion and resulting air emissions in the Port of New York and New Jersey, improve customer service for truckers and other port stakeholders, and enhance the flow of goods from the port to the marketplace. A new group of port stakeholders - the Council on Port Performance - will be formed to immediately begin the task of implementing the recommendations.

Nearly 100 port partners representing all sectors of the industry - including the New York Shipping Association, International Longshoremen's Association, National Retail Federation, ocean carriers, importers and exporters, terminal operators, chassis providers and trucking companies - developed the recommendations over the past six months following extensive analysis, discussion and collaboration.

The Task Force was created by the Port Authority in conjunction with the New York Shipping Association in December 2013 to identify challenges and examine broad long-term recommendations to improve service reliability and efficiency in the port. The Task Force also explored ways to address more immediate issues.

The recommendations include:

  • Development of a model to improve the management of truck chassis in the port.
  • Development of a Truck Management System to meter truck arrival rates, which would reduce congestion and resulting air emissions, decrease truck turn times and improve terminal productivity.
  • The coordination of gate hours at all of the privately operated terminals serving the port.
  • The use of Radio-Frequency Identification, or RFID, technology to measure and report on various truck movement times, including turn times on the terminal, queue times at terminal entrance gates and traffic on port roadways.
  • Improved customer service at the terminals to assist truckers with transactions and other questions.

The Task Force was led by Port Authority Port Commerce Director Richard Larrabee and John Nardi, President of the New York Shipping Association. Five working groups were established - Intermodal Equipment, Drayage Operations, Terminal Optimization, Express Rail and Government/Community Outreach - to address a diverse set of concerns related to port productivity and performance. Senior staff members from the Port Authority facilitated each working group, which consisted of 10 to 15 industry experts from the port community.

While the report was being developed, port stakeholders began to address improvements for moving cargo on and off port terminals by hiring 274 new workers to the labor force, adding new container handling equipment, establishing longer operating hours, increasing the availability of chassis and authorized the hiring of 100 new officers in Customs and Border Protection.

The recommendations are geared toward ensuring the Port of New York and New Jersey remains the leading destination for international shippers on the East Coast. The Port Authority has invested or authorized approximately $4 billion in port infrastructure in the last 10 years, including $1.3 billion to raise the roadway of the Bayonne Bridge, which support 296,000 jobs and $12 billion in economic activity that the port generates.

All port users and stakeholders are invited to attend a town hall meeting at 10 a.m. on July 15 at the Newark Liberty Airport Marriott, 1 Hotel Road, Newark, N.J. The town hall meeting is an opportunity for Task Force members to discuss the recommendations from the five working groups and to hear the public's perspective on the report.  A similar town hall meeting also will be held on Staten Island.

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STATEMENT ON 4th PORT PERFORMANCE TASK FORCE MEETING

May 13, 2014

Members of the Port Performance Task Force met on May 13 at the Port of New York and New Jersey and are nearing completion of its final report recommendations. The task force's discussions already have yielded substantial results by providing a forum for maritime and logistics experts to identify collaborative solutions.

"The amount of collaboration and coordination that's going on right now is unprecedented," said Beth Rooney, Manager, Port Security and liaison to the Terminal Optimization Working Group.

The Task Force voted on 25 proposed recommendations submitted by five working groups to improve port efficiency and service reliability. These recommendations have been developed over the course of the past five months as a result of extensive analysis, discussion and collaboration by nearly 100 port partners representing all sectors of the industry.

The task force also discussed numerous ways to measure and report on various performance measures in order to continue to mitigate and further minimize congestion. Some of the recommendations have been sent back to the working groups for further refinement. Through survey responses, letters, and a suggestion box, more than 50 varying ideas and suggestions were submitted by vested port users and discussed within the working groups.

Ultimately, the task force's recommendations are scheduled to be made public on June 24 and will be tiered as primary, secondary and tertiary priorities.

All port users and stakeholders are invited to attend a town hall meeting July 15 at the Newark Liberty Airport Marriott that will kick off at 10 a.m. The town hall meeting is an opportunity for the PPTF to discuss the recommendations from the five working groups as well as an opportunity to share your perspective for next steps. "Your input will be integrated into the implementation plan," noted Rooney.

Anyone interested in attending the town hall should register by visiting: PANYNJ.gov/portevents

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April 2014

Download the Port Performance Task Force Progress Report

The full membership of the Port of New York and New Jersey Port Performance Task Force met on April 9, 2014 at Elizabeth-Port Authority Marine Terminal with the chairpersons and facilitators of the five working groups for a status update on each of the working groups' goals and accomplishments.

The specific working groups are:

  • Terminal Optimization
  • Drayage Operations
  • Intermodal Equipment
  • Express Rail
  • Government and Community Outreach

The groups presented their interim reports that included deliverables, challenges as well as long and short-term solutions or suggestions. Developing key performance indicators for their respective areas is a common task and all groups continue their work to develop their long term recommendations to improve port performance. "After today's meeting I walked away with a feeling of optimism. The level of dialogue, information sharing, and collaboration amongst all of the task force members and the working groups is unprecedented," said Rick Larrabee, Director of The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey's Port Commerce Department.

The entire port community is working together to alleviate the challenges faced over the winter months and, where appropriate, will implement immediate mitigation measures.

"The interim reports of the Port Performance working groups clearly reveal the commitment of all stakeholders within the port community to be part of the solution towards improving current and future operations in the Port of NY&NJ," said John Nardi, President of New York Shipping Association.

This six-month effort is positively engaging the port community in a conversation about port performance. Over the next three months, working groups will also discuss feasibility and which recommendations will benefit the full spectrum of the port's stakeholders. The content and outcomes of the final recommendations are expected to have measurable, long-term positive results, which will impact the port's sustainability and future business growth. A final report of the Task Force's work will be published in late June.

To view the progress report click on the link at the top.


March 2014

The Port Performance Task Force met February 20 at Port Newark. While the Task Force was commissioned to examine broad long term recommendations to improve port efficiency and service reliability, extraordinary congestion and delays in the past several weeks warrant a closer look at more immediate solutions.

Everyone in the port community from the terminal operators and ocean carriers to truckers and beneficial cargo owners has been impacted by the current conditions. Extreme weather has exacerbated the problems. The entire port community is working together to try and mitigate the situation. Among those activities are:

  • Discussions among the NYSA, WFC and ILA regarding the labor shortages, portwide checker lists and impending retirement of over 200 longshoremen and checkers.
  • Review of the feasibility of uniformly extending gates for a period of time to clear the backlogs.
  • Examining the potential for relief associated with per diem and demurrage charges.
  • Publishing the traffic control measures managed by the Port Authority Police.
  • Streamline communications about terminal conditions to facilitate better planning.

As there are developments in each of these areas, we will share them with you.

The Task Force also received updates from the Work Groups on their progress toward long-term recommendations including the following:

  • The Terminal Optimization Work Group has an effort under way to map the import and export processes. The group is itemizing issues that negatively affect terminal optimization and in the coming weeks, this working group will strive to document the current conditions and potential solutions for each of those issues.
  • The Intermodal Equipment Work Group will be communicating with the marine terminal operators in an effort to establish fact based benchmarks of port chassis usage and land requirements. That data will be used to develop suggested port chassis models that will include land requirements, labor (M&R) needs, gate processes and management.
  • The ExpressRail Work Group will work with container terminal operators to obtain summaries of their procedures for getting containers from vessels to rail. This work group will also review “best in class “practices at other ports, particularly on the West Coast, for moving containers from ship to rail.
  • The Government and Community Outreach Work Group plans to conduct a communications survey and will be benchmarking industry best practices for effective communications.
  • The Drayage Operations Work Group is working on recommendations to improve turn times and reduce delays at all waypoints so drayage operators can make multiple trips a day.

Please visit http://www.panynj.gov/port/port-news-announcements.cfm and select the Port Performance Task Force tab to track Task Force progress. A PPTF suggestion box is available, and the team will share feedback with the relevant working group(s). Each work group will ensure that industry stakeholders have an opportunity to voice their suggestions related to critical long-term issues facing the port. You may also continue to directly share your concerns with Port Authority staff assigned to support the work groups:

Terminal Optimization:
Dennis Lombardi - dlombard@panynj.gov
Beth Rooney - berooney@panynj.gov

Drayage Operations: 
Dan Pastore - dpastore@panynj.gov 
William Nurthen - wnurthen@panynj.gov

Intermodal Equipment: 
Robert LaMura - rlamura@panynj.gov 
Aaron Sherburne - asherbur@panynj.gov

ExpressRail: 
Fernando Martinez - famartin@panynj.gov 
Tom Hannan - thannan@panynj.gov 

Government and Community Outreach: 
Hilary McCarron - hmccarro@panynj.gov 
Amanda Valdes - avaldes@panynj.gov

The mission of the PPTF is to "provide a framework for constituents in the Port of New York and New Jersey to discuss areas of common interest; identify challenges to port efficiency and service reliability and recommend potential solutions and Key Performance Indicators (KPI) in order to maintain the Port's position as a preeminent Port of the United States". The group agreed to the creation of five Working Groups addressing specific issues related to port productivity.


January 2014

The Port Performance Task Force (PPTF) held its second meeting on January 9 to review and finalize Work Group memberships. The Task Force identified representatives from 40 companies and organizations across 10 industry sectors to participate on the five work groups. Statements of work as well as goals and objectives have been set by the PPTF. Work Groups started to meet this week to address mission critical areas and establish timelines for deliverables.
 
We are working with a sense of urgency and now that the Work Groups are formed, we will get down to business.
 
Work Groups will discuss the following areas of concern along with other issues critical to port productivity: 

  • Terminal Optimization: Improve turn times and reduce delays at all waypoints so drayage tuck operators can make multiple turns a day. Ensure that timely and accurate information is available to facilitate routing decisions and stage arrivals and provide an adequate work force and fleet to meet both the demand and local requirements.
  • Drayage Operations: Formulate process improvements that attempt to limit the number of transactions that need to be made by/on behalf of BCO's and will expedite cargo movement through the port. These enhancements should enable the port to efficiently handle surges in volume and expedite the flow of Drayage operators to/from Marine Terminals.
  • Intermodal Equipment: Examine the changing state of ownership and use of intermodal equipment, propose a more efficient and environmentally friendly operating model for chassis, container and genset supply, storage, and repair within the Port of New York and New Jersey.  
  • ExpressRail: Maximize efficiency, capability, and capacity of intermodal and non-intermodal rail operations at the Port of NY/NJ for customers and key operational stakeholders (e.g. marine and ExpressRail terminal operators, and rail operators).
  • Government and Community Outreach: Gain support of government agencies, community leaders and decision makers by developing a communication plan and brand to deliver a common, positive message on the port's commitment to excellence, progress of the PPTF and the importance of the Port of New York and New Jersey.   Work to reinforce the importance of the port and align regulatory objectives with operational and commercial realities.  

 
Each Work Group will ensure that industry stakeholders have an opportunity to voice their suggestions related to critical issues facing the port. The Task Force will strive to make this process transparent and inclusive to the entire port community.   
 
 We expect and want our business partners at the Port of NY & NJ to provide input and have the ability to consider recommendations in accordance with their own needs. Please contact Port Authority staff assigned to support the Work Groups, and they will relay your comments and input.
 
Terminal Optimization:
Dennis Lombardi - dlombard@panynj.gov
Beth Rooney - berooney@panynj.gov
 
Drayage Operations:
Dan Pastore - dpastore@panynj.gov
William Nurthen - wnurthen@panynj.gov
 
Intermodal Equipment:
Robert LaMura - rlamura@panynj.gov
Aaron Sherburne - asherbur@panynj.gov
 
ExpressRail:
Fernando Martinez - famartin@panynj.gov
Tom Hannan - thannan@panynj.gov
 
Government and Community Outreach:
Hilary McCarron - hmccarro@panynj.gov
Amanda Valdes - avaldes@panynj.gov
 
 
The mission of the PPTF is to "provide a framework for constituents in the Port of New York and New Jersey to discuss areas of common interest; identify challenges to port efficiency and service reliability and recommend potential solutions and Key Performance Indicators (KPI) in order to maintain the Port's position as a preeminent Port of the United States". The group agreed to the creation of five Working Groups addressing specific issues related to port productivity.

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