Text traffic alerts

Long Beach Container Terminal Automated, electric stacking cranes load cargo containers to waiting trucks at the Long Beach Container Terminal (LBCT). Photo: DENNIS SCHROEDER / NREL via Flickr https://flic.kr/p/XoEeb3
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Traffic alerts via text message are now being offered by one US port to reduce delays and improve cargo movement.

The Port of Long Beach’s new Truck Alert programme delivers text messages with information, alerts and updates about adverse traffic conditions within the Port of Long Beach to truck drivers delivering cargo to and from the nation’s second-busiest container seaport.

“Truck Alert is designed to reduce road congestion by providing truck drivers an opportunity to improve scheduling and enhance turn times during the unprecedented cargo surge we’re experiencing,” said Mario Cordero, executive director of the Port of Long Beach. “This new program will enhance our ability to move cargo quickly, safely and efficiently through the Port.”

The Port of Long Beach has been extremely busy of late with record high volumes of cargo.

Without using spaces or hyphenation, users can text the keyword TruckAlert (not case-sensitive) to 79516 to subscribe for notifications about road closures, crashes and other conditions at the Port, along with a suggested detour. To be removed, subscribers can text STOP to 79516.

The Truck Alert service is free, but standard text messaging rates may apply.

The Port of Long Beach is the nation’s second-busiest seaport. With 175 shipping lines connecting Long Beach to 217 seaports, the port handles US$200bn in trade annually.

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