Good for Business and the Environment
Global Container Terminals (GCT) has implemented an advanced truck appointment system at its GCT Bayonne facility at the Port of New York and New Jersey that has realized benefits in terms of cost savings, turn times, the environment, and congestion.
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Truck arrivals were unpredictable, causing commuter congestion and excessive air emissions from idling. GCT rolled out their truck appointment system in January 2017 and introduced the system in phases with the current reservation hours being 06:00 to 13:00 hours.
- Priority scheduling benefiting customers;
- The ability to meter traffic to manage traffic within the terminal;
- Drayage truck turn times during appointment hours have improved more than 40%, while simultaneously improving the turn times of trucks outside of the mandatory reservation window;
- Reduction in emissions including reductions of 21,000 tons of carbon dioxide/year, and 61,000 kg/year of other overall pollutants;and
- Fuel cost savings of $5.3 million/year.
- The phased approach to implementation gave each party time to learn the system and participate in shaping its structure.
- With a strong outreach program in place, stakeholders were listened to and engaged, allowing GCT USA to learn and incorporate feedback, introduce enhancements, and improve the flexibility of the system.
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