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Fifty Years in Idle Time Seen for Trucks at Two Major U.S. Ports

  • More trips are taking place as ports handle more cargo
  • Telematic firm Lytx compiles data through vehicle monitoring
Cargo trucks at the Port of Los Angeles in California, U.S.

Cargo trucks at the Port of Los Angeles in California, U.S.

Photographer: Kyle Grillot/Bloomberg

Trucking trips originating around the U.S.’s busiest ports are showing massive increases in idle time, another sign of the supply-chain logjams plaguing American transport hubs. 

From the start of 2018 through October this year, idle time per vehicle has increased by 50%, according to data compiled by Lytx Inc., a San Diego, California-based company whose telematics that monitor vehicles are used by 1.4 million drivers worldwide.