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Overhauled PierPass system to start in Q4

The revised OffPeak program for providing extended gate hours—informally known as PierPass 2.0—at the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach is expected to start in fourth quarter 2018, according to the members of the West Coast MTO Agreement (WCMTOA).

WCMTOA members—the 12 marine terminal operators at the two adjacent ports—met recently to address reporting requirements for the amendment to Marine Terminal Schedule #1, the document on file with the Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) under which WCMTOA operates.

In April, PierPass announced it will overhaul the system used by the OffPeak program for truck traffic mitigation at the two ports. It will replace the current congestion pricing model with an appointment-based system that uses a single 20-ton equivalent unit (TEU)-based flat fee on both daytime and nighttime container moves.

The FMC voted in May to issue a Request for Additional Information about the proposed amendment. WCMTOA members are working to gather the requested information. Once WCMTOA submits its response, the FMC will have another 45 days to analyze the amendment. The completion of this process revises WCMTOA’s projected program launch date, originally expected in August, to the fourth quarter of 2018.

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