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Take II for NWSA mobile application to improve truck traffic

July 27, 2017

The Northwest Seaport Alliance (NWSA) relaunched a mobile application to help speed the flow of cargo traffic along local freight corridors, reduce idling-related air emissions, and save fuel.

DrayQTM is designed to give truck drivers real-time information about wait times in and around marine cargo terminals and traffic camera views at the touch of a fingertip.

Drivers can use the app to determine the best time to enter a terminal in order to reduce the time spent in traffic, which helps reduce air emissions from idling and saves fuel. For dispatchers or shippers, it helps to optimize schedules and improve customer expectations.

When DrayQ was first launched a year ago, drivers expressed concerns that the wait times listed weren’t sufficiently accurate. Wait times are determined when a driver’s smartphone reporting GPS data passes readers set in the streets leading to the terminal entry and within the terminal boundaries so that specific times within areas of a terminal yard can be monitored and recorded. To address the accuracy concerns, NWSA added more readers. As more truck drivers use the app, the data will become even more reliable.

This is one of several tools in the NWSA’s truck management program to support the goals of the Northwest Ports Clean Air Strategy and its Clean Truck Program.