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Notice to Truckers Transporting Over-sized and
Over-dimensional Loads

Over-sized and over-dimensional vehicle/load combinations (“Specials”) are now permitted to cross the Outerbridge Crossing.

Notice for Truckers

The New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) would like to remind you that school is open, so expect greater volume of vehicles on roadways, especially the Newark Bay-Hudson County Extension of the NJ Turnpike (I-78/NB-HCE), Route 1&9 Truck (Route 1&9T), Route 7, the NJ Turnpike Eastern Spur, and Route 3. These roadways are used as alternate routes during the Pulaski Skyway Rehabilitation Project.

For trucks heading to New Jersey Marine Terminals, the Port Authority urges drivers to:

  • check on both chassis and container availability before dispatching to the port;
  • ensure all charges have been paid;
  • ensure releases are in place;
  • confirm export receiving and cut-off times by checking the terminal websites.

For information, including travel options, visit NJDOT's website at www.pulaskiskyway.com, or call their project hotline at 973-776-7400. Call 511 or visit www.511NY.org or www.511NJ.org for the latest regional traffic conditions. Follow on Twitter @skywayrehab and http://www.youtube.com/user/NJDeptTransportation

For real-time travel information, register for Port Authority Bridge & Tunnel Alerts at BridgeAndTunnelAlerts.com.

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.

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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.

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November 4, 2014

Within the past 6-8 weeks all four of the Council on Port Performance (CPP) Implementation Teams met and began working on the 23 recommendations and associated deliverables that came out of the PPTF Final Report. These are all complex issues and as with anything worth doing - it takes time to get it right. The teams are working diligently to address the highest priorities, which are also some of the more challenging issues to tackle. Following is a breakdown of the groups and a quick overview of their work:

  • Equipment: John Nardi is serving as Chairman of the Equipment Implementation Team. The participants of this team are comprised of Leasing Companies, Terminal Operators, The Port Authority, Trucker Associations, Labor, Ocean Carriers, Shippers, and Labor Associations. The group has narrowed down the pool operating models to two options. Discussions are also under way concerning the pool manager options. The group is working together in a collaborative manner and expects to conclude these two major decisions by the end of the year.
  • Rail: The Rail Implementation Team (RIT) met recently and established guidelines for the group and is nominating a Chair and Vice Chair.  The RIT discussed and prioritized the four recommendations from the PPTF Report that have been assigned to them. A group of SMEs (Subject Matter Experts) in the area of Block Stowage will be enlisted for the next meeting.
  • Gate Operations: This team's initial focus is on the development of a Port Community System; a "one-stop shopping" community website, where information on all the terminals will be available in a single website. The team will meet again on November 19 to develop the scope and functional requirements of the system.
  • Customer Care: After prioritizing the eight recommendations that are assigned to their team, the Customer Care Team, chaired by Lori Smith of Johnson & Johnson Sales and Logistics Company, LLC. , went to work creating a trucker guidebook for the port. The table of contents has been developed and SME's have been invited to join the next meeting with the goal of finalizing the document by first quarter 2015. Customer Care has also begun work on the Key Performance Indicators.

While we work to address these challenges in the Port of New York and New Jersey, there has been a great deal of attention focused on the causes of congestion, not only here, but nationwide and abroad. Recently the Federal Maritime Commission, in response to concerns voiced by some in the intermodal trucking community, commenced a series of regional public forums on the subject of port congestion. Council on Port Performance leadership and members participated in the discussion in Baltimore, Maryland last month. They spoke of the broad coalition of port stakeholders who produced the Port Performance Task Force report and of the formation of the Council on Port Performance to oversee implementation of the 23 recommendations. They spoke to the particular problems relating to chassis management and the troubles faced by the trucking community and the drivers as well as the day-to-day challenges on the terminals.

The FMC has limited jurisdiction, and there was the general recognition that the solutions were to be found in the individual ports and with maximum stakeholder involvement. There also seemed to be consensus that while there are many contributing factors to port congestion, chassis management and the difficulties in the trucking community were universal issues among US ports. So we are not alone with these issues being felt nationwide, but we are clearly ahead of the curve in addressing them.

Port Industry Day in the Port of New York and New Jersey was another forum where the CPP was a focal point. Held on Tuesday, October 7, 2014 at 4 World Trade Center, New York City, the day's agenda was focused on A Stronger Region...A Stronger Port. The speakers and presentations focused squarely on the issues of capacity, the Panama Canal, cargo handling, the environment, logistics, port congestion, and partnerships in Port Performance.

The CPP continues to work collaboratively for collective change and to stay ahead, identifying solutions sooner rather than later. Thank you for your continued interest and involvement. Keep up the good work!

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In the weeks since the release of the Port Performance Task Force (PPTF) final report on June 24, 2014, over 500 port stakeholders have participated in a series of Town Hall meetings or a webinar to discuss the reports' 23 recommendations to increase performance, measurement, communication, and transparency. Members of the port community have consistently been encouraged by the collaboration that has taken place and the plans for the future, but all agree that swift action is needed to make the port more efficient and reliable.

The Port Performance Task Force has officially completed the planning work that it set out to accomplish and has been disbanded. The process of carrying out the recommendations will be overseen by the new Council on Port Performance (CPP). A governance structure for the Council has been established with members of the Task Force serving as the initial Council members. The Council will be supported by a series of Implementation Teams focused on Equipment, Gate Operations, ExpressRail, and Customer Care. There will also be a standing committee on Government and Community Outreach. Implementation teams will meet in August to establish a logical sequence to tackle the recommendations, timelines, and deliverables. For those interested in helping to enact the recommendations by serving as a subject matter expert on an Implementation Team, please email Beth Rooney at berooney@panynj.gov and indicate the project(s) you are interested in working on.

Download the Port Performance Task Force Final Report

Download PPTF Final Report Summary Fact Sheet

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