PierPASS — Case Study


OffPeak is the off-peak hours program created by PierPASS, a not-for-profit company created by marine terminal operators at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, California. Created in 2005 to address congestion, security, and air quality around the ports, OffPeak established five new shifts per week during off-peak hours.

As an incentive to use these off-peak shifts and to cover the added cost of the shifts, a Traffic Mitigation Fee (TMF) was enacted for most cargo movement during peak hours (Monday through Friday, 3:00AM to 6:00PM). Thus, the OffPeak program provides an incentive for cargo owners to move cargo at night and on weekends, which reduces truck traffic, pollution, and port congestion during peak daytime traffic hours.

In 2005, PierPASS awarded the initial contract for this program to a large toll collection system provider. However, the provider had a narrow focus on toll collection, and was unable to understand the nuanced requirements of trading EDI with 13 marine terminals.

In 2008, PierPASS realized the weakness in their existing solution architecture and posted requirements for a replacement solution. In May 2008, PierPASS awarded Advent Intermodal Solutions a three-year operations and system replacement contract.

Advent’s Port Community System (PCS) provided PierPASS the solution they were looking for. The Advent PCS’s interface incorporated an extensive knowledge of container terminal and shipping operations, which proved critical to enable OffPeak’s long-term success.

Today, the OffPeak program continues to be achieve its primary goals. Over the past eight years, PierPASS off-peak gates have grown to handle approximately 55% of all container traffic at the Los Angeles and Long Beach ports, and accommodates more than 23 million truck transactions annually. The OffPeak program has greatly eased congestion on city streets and nearby freeways during daytime business hours, and has reduced emissions from trucks idling outside of terminals and in traffic. By spreading traffic across more hours, the OffPeak program also makes better use of valuable port assets, reduces the uncertainty of delivery times, and improves turn times for trucks and drivers.

For more information, please visit: www.PierPASS.org