New Jersey Owner Operator Jobs
Thanks to its ports and location near New York City and Philadelphia, the movement of freight is a big part of New Jersey’s economy. An estimated $850 billion of freight moves through and around the state every year. Three-quarters of this freight moves by truck.
Traffic congestion is a huge problem in the state, especially in the northern region. Because there are many commuters to New York City and Philadelphia, the traffic is intense most hours of the day. The state’s location along major interstates such as I-95 adds to the traffic load. Interstate 80, which connects the East and West Coasts, ends in New Jersey.
New Jersey is the most densely populated state and has the most heavily-used roadways in the Northeast. About one million hours of delay are experienced every day due to traffic congestion. An estimated $345 million in fuel is spent annually idling in traffic. This wasted fuel contributes to air pollution which is a major problem in the state.
New Jersey has laws that limit idling to three minutes, but there are a few exceptions. Some truck stops in the state are equipped with electrical systems to which trucks can be connected so that engines can be shut off during down times. There are charges for using them, and the truck may need special equipment installed to access the systems.
The owner operator in New Jersey must contend not only with heavy traffic, but also a diverse collection of toll roads, parkways, jug handle intersections and traffic circles. There are toll roads as well as toll bridges and tunnels connecting the state to its neighbors. The tunnels and bridges connecting New Jersey to New York City have varying height restrictions.
Tolls charged by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey are much cheaper if the driver uses electronic E-Z Pass payment rather than paying cash. The tolls are also less expensive during certain times of the day.
Trucks that regularly use toll bridges administered by the Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge commission receive discounts for using E-Z Pass during off-peak hours. The fares are discounted on the New Jersey Turnpike for truck drivers who use E-Z Pass and travel on the road during less congested times.