In an attempt to thin out local port traffic throughout the workday, the Harbor Trucking Association proposed opening terminals 24 hours a day instead of the constrained schedules in place. Currently, terminals are open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and again from 6 p.m. to 3 a.m., five days a week. Operating the terminals around the clock would dissuade trucks from blocking access roads at particular times, according to the HTA. However, terminal operators shot down the proposal citing the prohibitive expense of 24-hour operations and the perceived overabundance of trucks already accessing the terminals. Failing that, increased cargo traffic would be necessary to make such operations viable. Considering recent news revealing a drop in exports, 24-hour operations may not happen for a good while.