LONG BEACH, Calif., June 26, 2018—The members of the West Coast MTO Agreement (WCMTOA) today said the revised OffPeak program for providing extended gate hours—informally known as PierPass 2.0—is expected to start in the fourth quarter of this year.
WCMTOA members—the 12 marine terminal operators at the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach—met on June 21 to address reporting requirements for the amendment to Marine Terminal Schedule No. 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 adjacent ports, replacing the current congestion pricing model with an appointment-based system that uses a single TEU-based flat fee on both daytime and nighttime container moves.
On May 24, the FMC voted to issue a Request for Additional Information about the proposed amendment. WCMTOA members are currently 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.
A Q&A about the revised OffPeak program is available at www.pierpass.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/QA-on-New-OffPeak-Program_4-16-18.pdf. The West Coast MTO Agreement is a discussion agreement filed with the FMC. For more information and to track continuing developments, please go to https://www.pierpass.org/about/extended-gates-review-process/.