Intermodal In Houston TX

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Eko D's Comment
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I've been an OTR Driver for 3 years. Now I want to haul containers in Houston. Is there anyone that could help me with some tips?

OTR:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

PackRat's Comment
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Bump up.

Anybody?

Eko D's Comment
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Bump up.

Anybody?

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Eko D's Comment
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What do you mean.?

Old School's Comment
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Eko, he's just bumping your question back up to the top so it will be seen more. He was fishing for a response for you.

Unfortunately we don't have too many people here doing intermodal in Houston.

Intermodal:

Transporting freight using two or more transportation modes. An example would be freight that is moved by truck from the shipper's dock to the rail yard, then placed on a train to the next rail yard, and finally returned to a truck for delivery to the receiving customer.

In trucking when you hear someone refer to an intermodal job they're normally talking about hauling shipping containers to and from the shipyards and railyards.

Phishtech's Comment
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I have a good friend who does intermodal (I personally don't want any part of it) and he is doing OK in it, not great, just OK. He says there is so much freight to be moved into and out of the ports we have here in the Houston area that a whole lot of new companies are starting up to get their slice of the pie. He works out of the La Porte area and delivers to 4 different ports and 2 railroad terminals plus a large number of warehouses, all local.

It is fast paced, mostly drop and hook , and his biggest gripe is the wait times at the ports and especially at the railroad terminals. He gets paid by the load so his weekly pay can fluctuate according to his wait times and how many loads he can make while competing with hundreds of other drivers trying to drop their loads at the terminals and get out and get moving again.

I live in Deer Park, TEXAS and one of the highways near here is packed, and I mean packed !! with intermodal traffic. If this is what you're looking for, as an experienced driver you'll have no trouble at all getting hired on.

Terminal:

A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.

Intermodal:

Transporting freight using two or more transportation modes. An example would be freight that is moved by truck from the shipper's dock to the rail yard, then placed on a train to the next rail yard, and finally returned to a truck for delivery to the receiving customer.

In trucking when you hear someone refer to an intermodal job they're normally talking about hauling shipping containers to and from the shipyards and railyards.

Drop And Hook:

Drop and hook means the driver will drop one trailer and hook to another one.

In order to speed up the pickup and delivery process a driver may be instructed to drop their empty trailer and hook to one that is already loaded, or drop their loaded trailer and hook to one that is already empty. That way the driver will not have to wait for a trailer to be loaded or unloaded.

Eko D's Comment
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Eko, he's just bumping your question back up to the top so it will be seen more. He was fishing for a response for you.

Unfortunately we don't have too many people here doing intermodal in Houston.

Pardon my question.I am new to this site so pardon my mistakes.I am interested in oil or whatever that can give me some flexibility so I can go back to school finish my master.I kind of need something I Can start early in the morning and be home not to late afternoon>I am willing to buy my truck if that will make me more money working as an o/o

Intermodal:

Transporting freight using two or more transportation modes. An example would be freight that is moved by truck from the shipper's dock to the rail yard, then placed on a train to the next rail yard, and finally returned to a truck for delivery to the receiving customer.

In trucking when you hear someone refer to an intermodal job they're normally talking about hauling shipping containers to and from the shipyards and railyards.

Eko D's Comment
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I have a good friend who does intermodal (I personally don't want any part of it) and he is doing OK in it, not great, just OK. He says there is so much freight to be moved into and out of the ports we have here in the Houston area that a whole lot of new companies are starting up to get their slice of the pie. He works out of the La Porte area and delivers to 4 different ports and 2 railroad terminals plus a large number of warehouses, all local.

It is fast paced, mostly drop and hook , and his biggest gripe is the wait times at the ports and especially at the railroad terminals. He gets paid by the load so his weekly pay can fluctuate according to his wait times and how many loads he can make while competing with hundreds of other drivers trying to drop their loads at the terminals and get out and get moving again.

I live in Deer Park, TEXAS and one of the highways near here is packed, and I mean packed !! with intermodal traffic. If this is what you're looking for, as an experienced driver you'll have no trouble at all getting hired on.

Thank you for your informations.Bening honest I am trying to get back to school and finish my master .What I am looking in particular is a trucking job that I can start early in the morning and finish not too late afternoon.I have been told by some companies down there in HOuston that as an owner operator I can make around 2K to 2.5k sometimes 3k net money in a week.As you mention it all depends on the wait and traffic. That weekly income woulds be enough for me to cover all my expenses.I also been told that there are some good oil companies that I can work for.

Terminal:

A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.

Owner Operator:

An owner-operator is a driver who either owns or leases the truck they are driving. A self-employed driver.

Intermodal:

Transporting freight using two or more transportation modes. An example would be freight that is moved by truck from the shipper's dock to the rail yard, then placed on a train to the next rail yard, and finally returned to a truck for delivery to the receiving customer.

In trucking when you hear someone refer to an intermodal job they're normally talking about hauling shipping containers to and from the shipyards and railyards.

Drop And Hook:

Drop and hook means the driver will drop one trailer and hook to another one.

In order to speed up the pickup and delivery process a driver may be instructed to drop their empty trailer and hook to one that is already loaded, or drop their loaded trailer and hook to one that is already empty. That way the driver will not have to wait for a trailer to be loaded or unloaded.

Eko D's Comment
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Intermodal is one of the jobs I have been told that it start early in the morning and I can be finish working not that late afternoon.If anyone have any idea about any other trucking mode I ll welcome that info.Maybe any dedicated owner operator in oil or tank hauling

Owner Operator:

An owner-operator is a driver who either owns or leases the truck they are driving. A self-employed driver.

Intermodal:

Transporting freight using two or more transportation modes. An example would be freight that is moved by truck from the shipper's dock to the rail yard, then placed on a train to the next rail yard, and finally returned to a truck for delivery to the receiving customer.

In trucking when you hear someone refer to an intermodal job they're normally talking about hauling shipping containers to and from the shipyards and railyards.

Pete B.'s Comment
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You’ve been driving OTR for three years, so you should know the hours you want to work are not a good fit for truck driving. Too many unpredictable variables to count on being home early in the day, consistently. ESPECIALLY in Houston, where traffic is abominable most of the time. You’re only going to get in two or three loads per day, working those hours, and that’s not a good deal for anyone, your employer or you.

OTR:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
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