Even with an impressive year-to-date push to 167 minutes, Salt Lake City, Utah falls short of taking away the time suck crown from Shreveport, Louisiana.
Hell, even Billings, Montana fell short and they managed to push a 67% increase!
Record highs in wait times are occurring around the nation as seen in the SONAR dashboard below.
The map on the left side has wait time changes in blue. A deeper color blue means a lower wait time number. This is the opposite of many indices in a heat map.
I find it interesting how it appears that the overall trend is decreasing as evidenced by the national average is 122 minutes. However, the worst offenders just keep on getting worse. The treemap in the middle is filtered to display only those markets above 120 minutes. Notice the red-colored markets all over this chart?
The chart to the right tells me that in Salt Lake City, I could get some lunch, take a nap, get a workout in, and possibly catch a quick flick before I need to back up to the dock!
I get that people are lazy and if you give them an inch they’ll take a yard.
“Give them a yard they take a mile.” – Bob Marley
But this just seems like a very, very poor business practice and a total lack of respect for drivers.
Sure, you don’t have to pay for it. So, who cares? Right?
Besides putting drivers in financial distress, it destroys service and eats up a major percentage of the nation’s truckload capacity. Seems to me a business would want to eliminate driver waiting.
Peace and love