JB HUNT - Chicago Intermodal

Discussion in 'Intermodal Trucking Forum' started by RERM, Jan 7, 2016.

  1. HalpinUout

    HalpinUout Road Train Member

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    BS. The low bridge is on you to figure out if you can clear it or not. No company is going to intentionally send a driver on a route with a Low Bridge considering the amount of money it will cost them for damages to the structure, truck, and product on the trailer if in fact it does get hit by the incompetent driver.
     
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  3. BigSexy53

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    I am speaking from experience and yes they do. I hear it every week and they never state where this happens. New drivers get this as well as older drivers unfamiliar with the area. Some have no clearance signs.
     
  4. HalpinUout

    HalpinUout Road Train Member

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    Well if a bridge has no clearance sign then that's on the driver to see if they can go under it without hitting not the company.
     
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  5. ChicagoJohn

    ChicagoJohn Road Train Member

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    Any driver who's been driving in Chicago should know what bridges they can get under. If not sure, ask another driver what route he takes. Every rail yard in Chicago has truck access, you just have to learn the routes. Except for NS63rd (it's certainly easier now then it was in the 90's), every rail is easy to get into and out of.
    I have no idea what your talking about, except that maybe you don't work in Chicago.
     
  6. ChicagoJohn

    ChicagoJohn Road Train Member

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    I'm bored and just read through the thread and wanted to clear a couple things up. JB IC's are paid zone rates. So a corwith- 47th pays less then corwith-harvey (best paying) the rates are between $18-$80. They also get the same money for a box or chassis. A decent x-town driver should get 10-15 moves a day, more on weekends or nights.
     
  7. JJKid

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    I have several friends at jbhunt, close friends. They said they hired so many ICs that they barly have any xtown to spread around anymore. They uses to get 10-15!xtown in the good days, now sometimes just 6-9 and they call it a day because their fleet managers dont have anything else. And when they do ask, managers response "wanna go regional?". One friend been there 5 years and is about to bounce because of whats going on.
     
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  8. BigSexy53

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    This company is full of crazy FMS. The pay is higher than most, but if you have a stupid FM don't be shocked if your runs are less. They hire and have classes every Monday of new hires. Every week there are people hitting low bridges and every week they never tell drivers what area to avoid. Every week there are accidents where trucks are damaged. Maybe you are from the area, but so am I and your experience may be different than mine. Yes, some things are on the driver, but a company who talks on safety should help drivers avoid such issues if it's a regular occurrence. I know drivers who started and only use their navigation because they can't afford their own GPS and we're intentionally sent to restricted areas, empty lots and home addresses so call it what you will but it's shady.
     
  9. HalpinUout

    HalpinUout Road Train Member

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    Cant afford a map book either? Just about everyone has a smart phone, cant check on google maps? How did the old timers make it without GPS?

    Truck driving is a independent job, that's why a lot of people get into it because we don't need our hand held or someone over our shoulder all day long. You need to be able to think on your own and be a big boy.

    Anytime I've ever come up on a bridge that wasn't marked indicating the height I always thrown on my flashers and slow down/stop to make sure I'm going to be able to clear it.
     
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  10. Anthony Ruther

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    Does anyone have a good break down of all bridges in CHI that are relevant to us container guys? I'd like to put together a red/green list based on height of container/chassis
     
  11. stevep1977

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    This is the dumbest #### I've ever heard that they intentionally send drivers to low bridges so you the driver destroy THEIR equipment. It's actually a totally moronic claim to be honest.

    There's hundreds of low bridges in Chicago. How are they ever going to tell you every single bridge to avoid. And even if they do you're going to remember every single bridge they tell you about? God people are dumb.
     
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