TRAC Intermodal fleet modernization presses on

Written by William C. Vantuono, Editor-in-Chief
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Trac Intermodal, North America’s largest provider of intermodal marine equipment and biggest chassis pool manager, is adding more than 16,000 new and fully refurbished chassis to its various regional fleets, continuing a major modernization program that began in 2015 “to provide the intermodal industry with ease of access to high-quality equipment.”

The company is continuing investment in its fleet by adding 8,000 new and 8,000 fully refurbished chassis throughout 2018. These units feature LED lights, OEM tires, new brake systems and all-new wiring harnesses.

TRAC began its fleet modernization program in 2015. Since then, more than 40% of its Metro Pool, 25% of its Gulf Regional Pool and 15% of its Marine East Pool fleets have been upgraded with premium chassis “to support the industry’s need for safety, performance and operational flexibility.”

“We’re on track to meet the ambitious plans we set for ourselves to modernize our marine chassis fleet and provide our customers with the most reliable equipment available in the industry,” said Keith Lovetro, President and CEO. “As the industry leader, TRAC is committed to meeting our customers’ requirements for chassis that are safe, high-quality and always available through the TRAC chassis pools across the country.”

To support an expected surge in U.S. resin exports and increased volume in the Gulf region, TRAC is adding more than 2,000 new and fully refurbished premium chassis to its Gulf Regional Pool (TGRP), with more equipment additions planned for later this year.

The TGRP, with more than 20,000 chassis, “offers the largest and most modern fleet of equipment serving the Houston, Dallas, Mobile, New Orleans and El Paso markets,” the company said. “More than 25% of these chassis have been upgraded to new or fully refurbished premium equipment.

“We are continuing our investments in the Gulf by adding premium quality chassis that meet the rigorous and specialized needs of our customers in this region,” said Lovetro. “We have expanded our TGRP fleet by more than 10% in just the first half of 2018 and are planning to add more equipment during the balance of this year.”

TRAC has invested in specialized equipment to support the particular chassis needs for customers in the Gulf region. Its 40-foot lightweight marine chassis, introduced in Houston last year, are 22% lighter than standard 40-foot gooseneck chassis. They were designed to enable motor carriers to transport heavier container loads in the Gulf port region, such as resin, while still complying with DOT weight limits.

TRAC Intermodal has nine pools under management across the U.S. The company operates an extensive network of facilities comprised of more than 600 marine locations, 60 depots and 8 TRAC Service Centers.

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