TRAC to add, update thousands of chassis in NY-NJ

TRAC to add, update thousands of chassis in NY-NJ

TRAC Intermodal has launched a program to add or refurbish several thousand chassis in its Metropool, the largest chassis pool in the Port of New York and New Jersey.

Within the next 12 to 18 months, TRAC expects its Metropool fleet to be updated with 4,000 to 5,000 new or refurbished chassis, CEO Keith Lovetro told the JOC. The neutral pool has more than 20,000 chassis.

TRAC is transferring 1,000 chassis from other locations as distant as the Pacific Northwest and Houston, Lovetro said. About 400 have brought in during the last three weeks, and others will be delivered as soon as flatbed transportation can be arranged, he said.

The company recently contracted to completely overhaul 1,500 existing Metropool units in the next 18 months, and is in a pilot program for a separate contract to refurbish an additional 1,000 units, Lovetro said.

The rebuilt units will be sandblasted and repainted and will have new electrical and hydraulic systems. “When you look at them, you won’t be able to tell them from a new chassis,” Lovetro said.

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