Mitigating Urban Freight through Effective Management of Truck Chassis

This research project assesses the potential benefits of shared chassis management at the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach as well as the jurisdictional and institutional issues surrounding coordinated equipment management. Chassis facilitate the movement of intermodal cargo from the ocean vessel to truck and freight rail. Chassis storage has typically occurred at maritime terminals and rail yards. Ocean carriers operating in the US have traditionally owned the chassis and provided it to truckers for their use in transferring containers between the ports and distribution and intermodal facilities as part of local trips (drays). Truckers are then required to reposition the chassis back to the terminal. Carriers are realizing that the current model is not sustainable and are establishing different equipment management procedures that may involve transferring chassis ownership to a subsidiary, which rents the chassis to motor carriers on a daily basis, or requiring motor carriers to provide their own rented/leased chassis. A number of carriers are also pooling their chassis, permitting truckers to use the equipment for multiple trips without repositioning it first. Ocean shippers at the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach currently operate terminal-wide chassis pools, i.e. pools of chassis belonging to different ocean carriers calling at the same terminal. While these changes are being driven by the industry, the responsibility for providing facilities to manage pooled or gray equipment falls into a jurisdictional "no man's land." This research project assesses the impacts of changing equipment management practices at the national level and the unique challenges in implementing similar changes in Southern California. The project builds upon National Center for Metropolitan Transportation Research (METRANS) funded research done on in-terminal chassis management practices at Southern California ports. The model for institutional analysis of port-related policy is similar to work done by the principal investigator (PI) on off-peak operations at the ports and on environmental policy.


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  • Status: Completed
  • Funding: $100,000
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  • Sponsor Organizations:

    California Department of Transportation

    1227 O Street
    Sacramento, CA  United States  95843
  • Project Managers:

    Valentine Deguzman, Victoria

  • Performing Organizations:

    California State University, Long Beach

    1250 Bellflower Boulevard
    Long Beach, CA  United States  90840
  • Principal Investigators:

    O'Brien, Tom

  • Start Date: 20140825
  • Expected Completion Date: 20150824
  • Actual Completion Date: 20151231
  • Source Data: RiP Project 37138

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01541718
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: National Center for Metropolitan Transportation Research
  • Contract Numbers: 65A0533
  • Files: UTC, RIP
  • Created Date: Oct 23 2014 1:00AM