With several changes made over the years at the ports of Long Beach, trucking has made a large footprint towards improvement. As trucks higher standards, the ports of Long Beach are continuing their steps at being the greenest terminal in the world.
Diesel emissions have better by 85% since 2005, exceeding the CAAP goal for 2014. Behind this large ongoing improvement is the Clean Truck Program that was implemented back in 2008. October of 2008 any truck pre-1989 was banned from entering the ports of Long Beach. That too changed in January of 2012 when all trucks were required to meet the 2007 federal clean truck emissions standards.
In addition to the reduced diesel emissions, smog forming nitrogen oxides and sulfur oxides has dropped 50% and 97% at the ports of Long Beach.
As the ports of Long Beach continue to make improvements with truck entry, terminals have stepped in to lend a helping hand. Terminals are making plans to cut down the traffic and time spent in line waiting for containers.
As of now 5 of the 13 terminals (Pier T, APM, Eagle Marine, West Basin Container Terminal and Seaside Transportation) are appointment mandated, with traffic continuing at the ports of Long Beach it is said that by the end of 2016 10 of the 13 will be appointment required. Terminals hope to help disperse the amount of truck entry throughout the day and cut down wait times as well as long lines. This will allow truckers to utilize time on the road and reduce costly waiting fees. Truckers argue that appointment mandated terminals will make it difficult on daily route schedules. John Cushing, president of Pier Pass stated “The physical footprint of the port will not allow terminals to get larger. So we need to work smarter”.