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September 11, 2014 - Industry News

Capacity Crunch Changes Relationships Between Carriers, Shippers

Paul Newbourne of Armada, left, and Craig Brown of Maverick Transportation talk about the capacity crunch. (Photo: Deborah Lockridge)

INDIANAPOLIS -- Partnership. Collaboration. Shipper of Choice. These were the buzzwords at this week's FTR Transportation Conference as truck and rail providers, shippers and others discussed the current capacity crunch and what's ahead for the freight transportation industry.

Tags: Driver Shortage, FTR, Shippers, Capacity

September 11, 2014 - Industry News

Fleet Advantage Names New President

Fleet Advantage announced that Brian Holland has been selected to be the company’s new President and CFO.

Tags: Fleet Advantage, Promotion, People

September 11, 2014 - Industry News

Avoid Interstate 5 in Olympia the Next 2 Weekends

A bridge structural repair near Olympia, Wash. over the next two weekends is expected to cause traffic problems due to ramp and lane closures. The Washington Department of Transportation is warning drivers to avoid the Interstate 5 in Olympia if possible.

Tags: Washington, Traffic Congestion, Road Construction, Interstate 5, I-5

September 11, 2014 - Industry News

Ford Ships All Transit Van Models

Photo by Tim Crowley.

Ford has shipped all models of its 2015 Transit full-size van, including the cargo, passenger, cutaway, and chassis cab models, representatives for the automaker told Automotive Fleet.

Tags: Order-to-Delivery Times, Ford, Ford Transit, Dealers

September 11, 2014 - Industry News

House Prepares Short-Term Appropriations Bill Without 34-Hour Restart Provision

The House is working on a temporary appropriations measure that does not include a suspension of the 34-hour restart provision of the hours of service rule.

Tags: FMCSA, Congress, Hours of Service, 34-Hour Restart, Legislation

September 11, 2014 - Industry News

Truck Cargo Thefts, Average Value Fall in May Through July

Areas in red and orange indicate areas of most truck cargo thefts. Graphic: FreightWatch International

In this rolling quarter FreightWatch recorded a total of 179 thefts in the United States, with 66 thefts in May, 53 in June and 60 in July.

Tags: Security, Cargo Theft, FreightWatch

September 11, 2014 - Industry News

Section of Nevada I-15 May Reopen Friday, Possibly Not for Trucks

Nevada transportation officials are hoping to reopen sometime Friday a section of Interstate 15 between Las Vegas and the Utah that has been closed since Monday, due to flooding that resulted in damage to the route.

Tags: Nevada, I-15, Road Closure, Interstate 15

September 10, 2014 - Industry News

TCA Holds Gala for Wreaths Across America

Photo via WAA.

The Truckload Carriers Association raised $265,000 at an annual gala Tuesday night benefitting the Wreaths Across America campaign.

Tags: Veterans, TCA, Wreaths Across America, Charity Fundraiser

September 10, 2014 - Industry News

NFI Breaks Ground on Million-Square-Foot Facility

NFI announced that it has broken ground on a new build-to-suit distribution center in New Jersey for retailer Five Below.

Tags: NFI, Construction, Distribution Centers, Fleets

September 10, 2014 - Industry News

Freight Transportation Index Increases to Near All-Time High

Five years: Freight Transportation Services Index, July 2009 - July 2014. Credit: U.S. DOT

A measure of the amount of freight carried by the nation’s for hire transportation industry increased 0.9% in July following a one-month decline.

Tags: Economy, Freight Index

September 10, 2014 - Industry News

Spot Market Rates Increase Following Recent Lull

The increases happened despite a 19% drop in the total number of spot market loads available, due to an end-of-month push that coincided with Labor Day weekend.

Tags: Spot Freight, DAT Transcore, Freight Rates

September 9, 2014 - Industry News

FTR, Internet Truckstop Team up for Analysis of 'Big Data' from Load Transactions

Photo: Deborah Lockridge

FTR and Internet Truckstop announced a new strategic partnership to bring FTR's analysis and forecasting skills to bear on the "big data" collected by the freight-matching technology provider.

Tags: Information Technology, Internet Truckstop, FTR, Spot Freight, Big Data

September 9, 2014 - Industry News

Carrier, Shipper Interests Push Federal Freight Policy

Photo: Evan Lockridge

Freight interests are staking ground for the next highway program, asserting the need for sustainable funding, systematic planning and improved efficiency. The Freight Stakeholders Coalition, representing 18 carrier and shipper organizations including American Trucking Associations, published a 9-point platform for the upcoming debate over reauthorization of the program.

Tags: DOT, Congress, Highways, Freight, Legislation, Highway Funding, ATA, IANA, NITL

September 9, 2014 - Industry News

Manitoulin Buys Westcan’s LTL, Van Business

Manitoulin Transport has announced a deal to buy the less-than-truckload and van freight business of fellow Canada-based Westcan Freight Systems.

Tags: Canada, Fleets, Manitoulin

September 9, 2014 - Industry News

Cass Freight Index Advances, Freight Spending Slips

North American freight volumes bounced back in August from a normal July dip, but it did not lead to a similar increase in freight spending, according to the Cass Freight Index.

Tags: Economy, Freight, Freight Rates, Cass Freight Index

September 9, 2014 - Industry News

Lawsuit Against New York Truck Taxes Given Class Action Status

The case was filed nearly a year ago by the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association and four of its members against the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance.

Tags: New York, Taxes, OOIDA, Litigation

September 9, 2014 - Industry News

Freight Broker Pleading Guilty to Bribery Over Military Contracts

Federal prosecutors have charged an Alabama freight broker with bribing two National Guard officials to steer military transport contracts totaling more than $440,000 to the two Alabama companies he represented.

September 9, 2014 - Industry News

Section of I-15 Closed for Several Days Following Nevada Flooding

A big portion of Interstate 15 Nevada is closed following flooding on Monday that caused parts of the route to be washed away.

Tags: Nevada, I-15, Road Closure, Interstate 15

September 9, 2014 - Industry News

Hub Converting California O-Os to Company Drivers Following Lawsuits

Photo: Evan Lockridge

UPDATED -- Due to litigation and upcoming settlements, one trucking operation is abandoning its owner-operator business model in California.

Tags: Drivers, California, Intermodal, Fleets, Ports, Owner-Operators, Litigation, Hub Group

September 8, 2014 - Industry News

2015 Ram Chassis Cab Adds Max Speed Limiter

Photo of Ram 5500 Chassis Cab courtesy of Chrysler.

The Ram 3500, 4500, and 5500 Chassis Cab trucks add several fleet-friendly options for the 2015 model-year, including a maximum speed limiter to help fleet managers reduce excessive speeding, according to Ram Truck.

Tags: Ram Truck, Speed Limiter, Ram Chassis Cab, Medium-Duty Trucks, Class 4, Class 5, Ambulances

September 8, 2014 - Industry News

Driver Shortage Moves Beyond Truckload; Worst Yet to Come

Stifel's John Larkin says that the driver shortage is now affecting less-than-truckload, private fleets and other industry sectors. Photo: Southeastern Freight Lines.

Driver turnover, a problem that has traditionally plagued longhaul, irregular-route truckload fleets, is now affecting every type of fleet in the industry – and it's only going to get worse, according to industry analysts at investment advisory firm Stifel.

Tags: Regulations, Driver Shortage, Capacity, Stifel Nicolaus, Drivers

September 8, 2014 - Industry News

Trucking Conditions Index Indicates Extreme Pressure on Available Capacity

FTR’s Trucking Conditions Index increased to a reading of 8.49 for July, one of the highest points this year. The high values reflect rising prices and service lapses caused by the current capacity crisis. FTR says the TCI could go even higher this fall if the economy accelerates as expected.

Tags: Driver Shortage, FTR, Trucking Conditions Index, Capacity, Spot Freight

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

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