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September 5, 2014 - Industry News

Cable Provider Orders 800 Ford Transit Vans

Low-roof, regular wheelbase 2015 Transit Photo: Ford.

Charter Communications has ordered more than 800 low-roof, regular-wheelbase 2015 Ford Transit vans for its technicians in 29 states, the automaker has announced.

Tags: Cargo Vans, Ford, Ford Transit, Full-Size Vans, Charter Communications, Fleets, Private Fleets

September 5, 2014 - Industry News

PrePass Plus Allows Customers to View Transactions Any Time

Help Inc.'s PrePass Plus electronic toll payment service will now allow customers daily access to E-ZPass toll transactions.

Tags: Tolls, E-ZPass, PrePass

September 5, 2014 - Industry News

Anheuser-Busch Houston Fleet Goes CNG

Photo via Anheuser-Busch.

Anheuser-Busch is converting its 66-tractor fleet in Houston from diesel to compressed natural gas to help it meet new sustainability goals.

Tags: Ryder, CNG Conversions, CNG, Anheuser-Busch, Private Fleets, Natural Gas Vehicles, Texas, Alternative Fuels

September 5, 2014 - Industry News

Rail Intermodal Traffic at or Near Record Highs

Photo: Jim Park

Intermodal rail traffic levels remained strong in August, hitting new highs or coming close to it, according to the Association of American Railroads.

Tags: Economy, Railroads, Intermodal, Association of American Railroads

September 5, 2014 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Unemployment Falls, Trucking Sheds Jobs

New U.S. Labor Department figures released Friday show more jobs were added in August, but the increase failed to continue the pace of more than 200,000 jobs that had been added each of the previous six months.

Tags: Economy, Unemployment, Employment

September 4, 2014 - Industry News

ASF Intermodal Hits 300 Truck Milestone

ASF president Michael Smith.

ASF Intermodal announced that it has exceeded 300 trucks on the road which it is calling a significant milestone in the intermodal drayage industry.

Tags: Intermodal, Fleets, ASF Intermodal

September 4, 2014 - Industry News

Two LTLs Report Tonnage Gains

The less-than-truckload carrier ABF Freight saw its August billed revenue per day increase by approximately 10% above last year's level, according to a disclosure it filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Tags: Fleets, Freight, Tonnage, ABF, Saia

September 4, 2014 - Industry News

Report Highlights Problem of Illinois Truck Cargo Thefts

New report says Chicago remains a hot spot for cargo thefts in Illinois.

Illinois, and more specifically, the Chicago area, just won’t turn loose of its reputation for being one of the truck cargo theft crime capitals in the U.S., according to a new report.

Tags: Security, Illinois, Cargo Theft, FreightWatch, Chicago

September 4, 2014 - Industry News

Class 8 Orders Stay Strong in August

Photo via International.

Preliminary numbers show that orders for Class 8 trucks were strong in August, according to reports from American Commercial Transportation Research and FTR Transportation Intelligence.

Tags: Class 8, ACT Research, Truck Orders, FTR

September 4, 2014 - Industry News

Florida Woman Indicted Over Trucking Tax Fraud Charges

The owner of a company that provided assistance to truck owners in filing their paperwork and paying taxes has been indicted on several charges, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Florida.

Tags: Florida, Crime & Fraud, Heavy Vehicle Use Tax

September 4, 2014 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Employment Posts Solid Gain, Service Sector Grows

Private sector employment increased in August from July by 204,000 jobs, according to the August National Employment Report from ADP released on Thursday. This marks the fifth straight month of employment gains above the 200,000 mark.

Tags: Economy, Non-Manufacturing, Employment

September 3, 2014 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Factory Shipments, Orders Hit Record Highs

Photo: Evan Lockridge

Shipments of U.S. manufactured goods increased again in July, while new orders for them skyrocketed, with both hitting record high levels going back to 1992.

Tags: Economy, Factory Orders, Factory Shipments, Manufacturing, Durable Goods

September 3, 2014 - Industry News

Central Freight Lines Expands LTL Service In Georgia

Central Freight lines has purchased the LTL assets of Georgia based company Drug Transport, Inc. expanding its business into the state.

Tags: Georgia, LTL, Central Freight Lines, Mergers & Acquisitions, Fleets

September 3, 2014 - Industry News

Quality Carriers Continues Expansion

Bulk chemical hauler Quality Carriers Inc. has expanded into the Charleston, South Carolina market in partnership with its sister company Boasso America Corporation.

Tags: Fleets, Quality Distribution, Quality Carriers, Boasso America

September 3, 2014 - Industry News

ODFL Raises Third Quarter Expectations

The North Carolina-based operation also affirmed its previously announced expectations for growth in its LTL revenue per hundredweight.

Tags: Old Dominion Freight Line, Fleets, Freight, Earnings

September 3, 2014 - Industry News

Spot Market Freight Availability Increases, Rates Move Little

The number of posted loads on the spot-freight market outpaced available truckload capacity across all three major equipment types Aug. 24 through Aug. 30 compared to the previous seven days, however, rates generally remained in a holding pattern.

Tags: Spot Freight, DAT Transcore, Freight Rates

September 2, 2014 - Industry News

Celadon Invests in New Flatbed Business

Photo via Celadon.

Celadon Trucking Services has ordered tractors for its new flatbed fleet which it acquired earlier this summer.

Tags: Celadon Trucking Services, Flatbeds, Fleets, Owner-Operators, Indiana

September 2, 2014 - Industry News

Truck Cargo Theft Incidents Decline, Average Value Increases

Map of cargo theft activity hubs during the second quarter of the year. Credit: FreightWatch International

Logistics security services provider FreightWatch International said in the second quarter of 2014, it recorded 185 truck cargo thefts in the U.S., down 4.9% from the same time a year earlier.

Tags: Security, Cargo Theft, FreightWatch, Crime

September 2, 2014 - Industry News

U.S. Driving Level Highest in Six Years

Photo: Evan Lockridge

New estimates released by the U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Highway Administration show that American driving between July 2013 and June 2014 is at levels not seen since 2008.

Tags: Economy, Federal Highway Administration, Highway Funding, Highways, VMT, Anthony Foxx

September 2, 2014 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Manufacturing, Construction at Highest Level in Years

Photo: Evan Lockridge

U.S. Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in August for the 15th consecutive month, hitting its highest level since March 2011, according to the nation's supply executives.

Tags: Economy, Manufacturing, Construction Spending

September 2, 2014 - Industry News

Omnitracs to Acquire XRS in $178 Million Deal

XRS allows users to operate the system on a wide variety of mobile devices, such as this Motorola smartphone.

Omnitracs, the original pioneer of tracking and communications in the trucking industry, announced it's buying XRS Corp., which led the industry in going to a mobile platform using the bring-your-own-device strategy.

Tags: Telematics, Information Technology, Vehicle Tracking, XRS, Smartphones, Mergers & Acquisitions, Omnitracs

September 2, 2014 - Industry News

PierPass Diverts 30 Millionth Truck from So Cal Ports

Photo: Wikipedia Commons.

PierPass announced that its OffPeak program reached a major milestone, diverting its 30 millionth truck trip at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach.

Tags: Port of Los Angeles, Port of Long Beach, Ports, Intermodal, California, Congestion

August 29, 2014 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Consumer Spending Posts First Decline Since January

Consumers unexpectedly backed off on personal spending in July by just a bit, while income moved slightly higher, according to a new U.S. Commerce Department report, raising concerns that wages are not keeping up with household needs.

Tags: Economy, Consumer Spending, Personal Income

August 29, 2014 - Industry News

FMCSA Will Study Driver Pay Impact on Safety

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has begun a study of the relationship between safety and driver pay. The agency is asking for comments on a plan to see if there is a connection between industry pay practices and safe driving.

Tags: FMCSA, Driver Safety, Driver Pay, Drivers

August 29, 2014 - Industry News

Maryland Pulls Out of Baltimore Intermodal Project Development

The Maryland Department of Transportation has terminated its agreement with railroad operator CSX to locate a new Baltimore Rail Intermodal Facility in the western part of the city and has pulled all state funding from the project.

Tags: Maryland, Intermodal, Ports, Port Trucking, Port of Baltimore, CSX

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