Hey Bobcat. OD Questions.

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Auggie69's Comment
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My run right now is technically a 2 part run, I'm supposed to leave my yard by 1:45 am go meet another driver from my yard in Remington IN come back to my yard then go to Indy. All total that takes about 13 hours but is over 600 miles of driving and a bunch of drop and hooks.

Unfortunately my meet guy left for the new terminal so I haven't done that for a month now, instead I go straight to Indy and then where ever they send me usually either straight back to my terminal or to Chicago. Usually I get to the yard around 1 am and done by 11 am on those day.

Bud are typically once a year last year was a bit unusual as we had 3 or 4 due to people quitting or getting fired as well as one of our teams splitting up and them dropping our triples run. In fact we just started our bid for this year this week I should be picking either tomorrow or next week. I'll probably be keeping my current run since I like the 1 am start or if its available I might take the 10 am again.

I've had 6 different runs since I've started with gate times ranging from 10pm to 10 am.

Just to put some perspective on this - did you get hired into Linehaul?

I know FXF hires into Linehaul but not much. One is more likely to get hired into the driver program, work the dock and then apply to either City or Linehaul depending on the needs. And if you're new to the company and go to the Road, you will be low man on the totem pole working the Extra Board.

And our Extra Board this Winter has been awful. Senior guys above you will get the runs while you may sit at home with no income.

If it happens a few weeks in a row the company will give you the opportunity to work the dock in order to get some income.

Not sure how OD does it but it's pretty standard in the LTL industry that if there is no freight you may not work.

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.

LTL:

Less Than Truckload

Refers to carriers that make a lot of smaller pickups and deliveries for multiple customers as opposed to hauling one big load of freight for one customer. This type of hauling is normally done by companies with terminals scattered throughout the country where freight is sorted before being moved on to its destination.

LTL carriers include:

  • FedEx Freight
  • Con-way
  • YRC Freight
  • UPS
  • Old Dominion
  • Estes
  • Yellow-Roadway
  • ABF Freight
  • R+L Carrier

Linehaul:

Linehaul drivers will normally run loads from terminal to terminal for LTL (Less than Truckload) companies.

LTL (Less Than Truckload) carriers will have Linehaul drivers and P&D drivers. The P&D drivers will deliver loads locally from the terminal and pick up loads returning them to the terminal. Linehaul drivers will then run truckloads from terminal to terminal.

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Bobcat_Bob's Comment
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I did get an email a few weeks back from the Crest Hill terminal for hiring.

That's my terminal we where hiring to replace the drivers who left for the new terminal in University Park.

Definitely a tough place your in through no fault of your own. If you have any more questions I'll be more than happy to assist.

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.

Bobcat_Bob's Comment
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Just to put some perspective on this - did you get hired into Linehaul?

Yes, OD hires for linehaul and for P&D each one is done separately.

They rotate the days off if it is slow, so you shouldn't have more than one or two at the most off. We really didn't slow down too much this winter I was only called off twice.

We dont work the dock unless you have a run to a certain terminal that offers it of which in my region there is only 2. Also if you are hired has a linehaul driver and not as a combo driver they can't make you work the dock from what I am told. Even if your bid run offers it.

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.

P&D:

Pickup & Delivery

Local drivers that stay around their area, usually within 100 mile radius of a terminal, picking up and delivering loads.

LTL (Less Than Truckload) carriers for instance will have Linehaul drivers and P&D drivers. The P&D drivers will deliver loads locally from the terminal and pick up loads returning to the terminal. Linehaul drivers will then run truckloads from terminal to terminal.

Linehaul:

Linehaul drivers will normally run loads from terminal to terminal for LTL (Less than Truckload) companies.

LTL (Less Than Truckload) carriers will have Linehaul drivers and P&D drivers. The P&D drivers will deliver loads locally from the terminal and pick up loads returning them to the terminal. Linehaul drivers will then run truckloads from terminal to terminal.

TWIC:

Transportation Worker Identification Credential

Truck drivers who regularly pick up from or deliver to the shipping ports will often be required to carry a TWIC card.

Your TWIC is a tamper-resistant biometric card which acts as both your identification in secure areas, as well as an indicator of you having passed the necessary security clearance. TWIC cards are valid for five years. The issuance of TWIC cards is overseen by the Transportation Security Administration and the Department of Homeland Security.

Auggie69's Comment
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Just to put some perspective on this - did you get hired into Linehaul?

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Yes, OD hires for linehaul and for P&D each one is done separately.

They rotate the days off if it is slow, so you shouldn't have more than one or two at the most off. We really didn't slow down too much this winter I was only called off twice.

We dont work the dock unless you have a run to a certain terminal that offers it of which in my region there is only 2. Also if you are hired has a linehaul driver and not as a combo driver they can't make you work the dock from what I am told. Even if your bid run offers it.

Our Road drivers don't work the dock either unless it's part of their bid. Our Extra Board works the dock if there are no runs.

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.

P&D:

Pickup & Delivery

Local drivers that stay around their area, usually within 100 mile radius of a terminal, picking up and delivering loads.

LTL (Less Than Truckload) carriers for instance will have Linehaul drivers and P&D drivers. The P&D drivers will deliver loads locally from the terminal and pick up loads returning to the terminal. Linehaul drivers will then run truckloads from terminal to terminal.

Linehaul:

Linehaul drivers will normally run loads from terminal to terminal for LTL (Less than Truckload) companies.

LTL (Less Than Truckload) carriers will have Linehaul drivers and P&D drivers. The P&D drivers will deliver loads locally from the terminal and pick up loads returning them to the terminal. Linehaul drivers will then run truckloads from terminal to terminal.

TWIC:

Transportation Worker Identification Credential

Truck drivers who regularly pick up from or deliver to the shipping ports will often be required to carry a TWIC card.

Your TWIC is a tamper-resistant biometric card which acts as both your identification in secure areas, as well as an indicator of you having passed the necessary security clearance. TWIC cards are valid for five years. The issuance of TWIC cards is overseen by the Transportation Security Administration and the Department of Homeland Security.

Bobcat_Bob's Comment
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Ours dont ( at least around me) if theres no run you get a day off.

OD seems to like drivers driving and dock workers dock working. It could be different in other regions however.

Auggie69's Comment
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Ours dont ( at least around me) if theres no run you get a day off.

OD seems to like drivers driving and dock workers dock working. It could be different in other regions however.

The problem is when freight is light a day off could become a week off.

I'd rather have the opportunity to work the dock if no runs are available.

Banks's Comment
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If I weren't at FedEx, I'd go to OD. Linehaul pays great and it's predictable. That's what I like about it.

Like Auggie said, at FedEx if an extra board driver gets cancelled they can work the dock. They also have the option to stay home and they can volunteer for weekend runs. Different strokes for different folks.

Linehaul:

Linehaul drivers will normally run loads from terminal to terminal for LTL (Less than Truckload) companies.

LTL (Less Than Truckload) carriers will have Linehaul drivers and P&D drivers. The P&D drivers will deliver loads locally from the terminal and pick up loads returning them to the terminal. Linehaul drivers will then run truckloads from terminal to terminal.
Noob_Driver's Comment
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If I ever decide to leave OTR and go local linehaul seems to be one of the only options in the south Chicagoland. That or drive a dump truck. Either way i regret not getting hazmat and tanker as well as doubles and triples endorsements when i tested. Might want to brush up on the high road training section.

HAZMAT:

Hazardous Materials

Explosive, flammable, poisonous or otherwise potentially dangerous cargo. Large amounts of especially hazardous cargo are required to be placarded under HAZMAT regulations

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.

Linehaul:

Linehaul drivers will normally run loads from terminal to terminal for LTL (Less than Truckload) companies.

LTL (Less Than Truckload) carriers will have Linehaul drivers and P&D drivers. The P&D drivers will deliver loads locally from the terminal and pick up loads returning them to the terminal. Linehaul drivers will then run truckloads from terminal to terminal.

Doubles:

Refers to pulling two trailers at the same time, otherwise known as "pups" or "pup trailers" because they're only about 28 feet long. However there are some states that allow doubles that are each 48 feet in length.

Bobcat_Bob's Comment
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Forget the Dump truck come do linehaul and not have to deal with rocks and mud.

If you have to go to the DMV anytime soon it would be a good time to add them to your license.

Linehaul:

Linehaul drivers will normally run loads from terminal to terminal for LTL (Less than Truckload) companies.

LTL (Less Than Truckload) carriers will have Linehaul drivers and P&D drivers. The P&D drivers will deliver loads locally from the terminal and pick up loads returning them to the terminal. Linehaul drivers will then run truckloads from terminal to terminal.

Dm:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.

DMV:

Department of Motor Vehicles, Bureau of Motor Vehicles

The state agency that handles everything related to your driver's licences, including testing, issuance, transfers, and revocation.

Bird-one's Comment
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As you can probably imagine I'm busier than ever. Gonna hold off on any decision for now. Curious though Bobcat how have you been effected by all this?

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