OffPeak is the off peak hours program created by PierPASS. OffPeak provides an incentive for cargo owners to move cargo at night and on weekends, in order to reduce truck traffic and pollution during peak daytime traffic hours and to alleviate port congestion.
Why OffPeak Was Created
Rapid growth in container traffic at the two ports between 2000 and 2004 led to severe traffic congestion in and around the ports by 2004. Community and elected leaders demanded that the terminals in the ports begin operating night shifts for container pick-ups and drop-offs. The goods movement industry came together and proposed an industry-driven solution that provided a financial incentive to move cargo outside of peak hours and a funding mechanism for new shifts on weeknights and Saturdays. This solution became the OffPeak program, launched on July 23, 2005, and run by PierPass Inc., a not-for-profit company created by marine terminal operators at the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach to address multi-terminal issues such as congestion, security and air quality.
Successes of the OffPeak program
PierPass has achieved more than 35 million OffPeak truck trips since its inception in 2005. We have come a long way. In 2005, many critics thought we couldn’t get the OffPeak program off the ground. PierPass has since transformed the goods movement industry. On a typical night, OffPeak shifts handle 15,000 truck trips. In addition to reduced truck congestion on local highways and the resulting improvement in air quality, the OffPeak program provides a variety of benefits to members of the goods movement industry: spreading traffic across more hours, reducing the uncertainty of delivery times, and improving turn times for trucks and drivers.