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April 9, 2014 - Industry News

DOT Freight Index Hits Third Highest Level on Record

Credit: U.S. DOT

The amount of freight carried by the nation’s for-hire transportation industry rose 1.2% in February from January, rising after two consecutive monthly declines.

Tags: Economy, U.S. Department of Transportation, U.S. DOT, Freight, Freight Index

April 9, 2014 - Industry News

Transportation Legislators Study Public Private Partnerships

Public Private Partnerships will be part of the funding mix in the next highway program but the precise role they will play is not clear. Transportation legislators got a range of views from partnership experts in a Tuesday session before members of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.

Tags: Public-private partnership, Infrastructure Funding, House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, Highway Funding, Congress

April 9, 2014 - Industry News

CEVA Logistics Opens New Foreign Trade Zone in Miami

The new facility joins Ceva’s existing network of foreign trade zone operations in Los Angeles, Dallas/Fort Worth and Chicago.

Tags: CEVA Logistics, Fleets

April 8, 2014 - Industry News

Strong Volume Reflected in Cass Freight Index

March freight shipment volume in the U.S. increased 6.6% over the prior month, on top of the 7.3% rise seen in February, according to the just released Cass Freight Index.

Tags: Economy, Freight, Cass Freight Index

April 8, 2014 - Industry News

Will ODFL Underprice its LTL Rivals Once Again?

Photo: Deborah Lockridge

The less-than-truckload industry is watching to see what move Old Dominion Freight Lines makes in the annual spring tariff-hike season.

Tags: Old Dominion Freight Line, LTL, Freight Rates

April 8, 2014 - Industry News

Truckers Can Now Use Drivewyze Weigh Station Bypass at 20 Florida Sites

Drivewyze announced that Florida has become the 21st state to offer the Drivewyze PreClear bypass service. Drivewyze PreClear uses electronic on-board devices, including Electronic Logging Devices, tablets and smartphones, to provide commercial vehicles with inspection site bypass opportunities.

Tags: Florida, Drivewyze, Drivewyze PreClear

April 8, 2014 - Industry News

Winter’s Toll Felt by Swift Transportation

Photo: Evan Lockridge

Trucking company giant Swift Transportation is warning its first quarter earnings will be lower than it previously expected, between 11 cents and 13 cents per share.

Tags: Fleets, Earnings, Swift Transportation

April 7, 2014 - Industry News

ATRI Seeks Driver Input on Two Industry Studies

The American Transportation Research Institute launched two separate online surveys targeting commercial driver input on critical operational issues – impacts from the new hours-of-service rules and detention time impacts on safety and productivity.

Tags: Hours of Service, ATRI

April 7, 2014 - Industry News

Food Safety Rules Could Create Headaches for Carriers

Fleets that haul food products should take a proactive approach with their food service clients to ensure a smooth implementation of rules governing the transport of foods under the Food Safety Modernization Act, signed into law in 2011.

Tags: Telematics, Regulations, FDA, Reefers, Truckload Carriers Association

April 7, 2014 - Industry News

Southeastern Freight Lines Opens New Service Center in Orange, Texas

Southeastern Freight Lines announced the opening of a service center in Orange, Texas. The new Orange service center, located at 12532 Farm-to-Market 1442, features 4,000 square feet of space and 49 dock doors.

Tags: Southeastern Freight Lines, Expansion

April 7, 2014 - Industry News

NationaLease Appoints Joe Puff VP of Truck Technology and Maintenance

NationaLease, the North American organization of full service truck leasing companies, has named Joe Puff as vice president of truck technology and maintenance, reporting to Dean Vicha, president of NationaLease.

Tags: NationaLease, People

April 4, 2014 - Industry News

Pre-Employment Screening Program Website Updated

NIC Technologies, in partnership with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration have released an enhanced version of the Pre-Employment Screening Program website.

Tags: FMCSA, Drivers, Fleets

April 4, 2014 - Industry News

Three Texas Oilfield Trucking Fleets Merge

Three trucking companies have reached a merger agreement, creating what it says is one of the largest hydraulic fracturing proppant logistics companies for the oil field industry in North America.

Tags: Fleets, Fracking, Mergers & Acquisitions

April 4, 2014 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Unemployment Rate Unchanged, Trucking Adds Jobs

The nation overall and the trucking industry both added jobs in March, according to new U.S. Labor Department figures released Friday.

April 3, 2014 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Non-Manufacturing Activity Increased During March

A measure of the health of the nation’s non-manufacturing sector shows it grew in March for the 50th consecutive month, according to the nation's purchasing and supply executives.

Tags: Economy, Non-Manufacturing

April 3, 2014 - Industry News

Hazmat Carriers Seek Improvements in Regulations

Hazardous materials carriers want Congress to change several regulations when it writes the next highway law. William Downey, executive vice president for Kenan Advantage Group, told legislators at a Wednesday hearing that Congress should tell the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Administration to withdraw its proposed wetlines rule.

Tags: Safety, Hazmat, Tankers, Congress, GAO, NHTSA, ATA

April 2, 2014 - Industry News

FMCSA Shuts Down Carrier Following Driver Ban over Fatal Illinois Crash

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has ordered DND International to immediately shut down, after declaring the Naperville, Illinois-based trucking company to be an imminent hazard to public safety.

Tags: FMCSA, Drivers, Regulations, Hours of Service, Safety & Compliance, Enforcement

April 2, 2014 - Industry News

GAO to Analyze Hours of Service Studies

Transportation leaders in the House are asking the Government Accountability Office to review two studies used by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration in its hours of service rule.

Tags: FMCSA, HOS, House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, 34 Hour Restart, Hours of Service, Commercial Driver's License, CDL

April 2, 2014 - Industry News

Hudson Insurance Purchases Motor Transport Underwriters

Hudson Insurance Group has acquired Motor Transport Underwriters an underwriting, claims and risk management specialist in the long-haul trucking arena.

Tags: Insurance, Mergers & Acquisitions

April 2, 2014 - Industry News

New Intermodal Terminal Opens in Florida

Evansville Western Railway, an affiliate of CSX, has started operations at a new intermodal terminal located in Winter Haven, Fla.

Tags: Florida, Intermodal, CSX

April 2, 2014 - Industry News

Flatbed Spot Market Rates Soar; Vans, Reefers Also Gain

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Rates on the spot market keep heading higher, with all three major sectors posting increases, according to the freight matching service provider DAT.

Tags: Spot Freight, DAT Transcore, Freight

April 2, 2014 - Industry News

FedEx Freight Opens New Container Freight Station

Transportation provider FedEx Freight has opened a new container freight station in its Chicago Summit, Ill. facility to consolidate and sort freight bound for Puerto Rico.

Tags: Fleets, FedEx

April 2, 2014 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Employment, Factory Shipments and Orders Post Gains

Private sector employment in the U.S. increased by 191,000 jobs from February to March, according to the March ADP National Employment Report released Wednesday.

Tags: Economy, Consumer Spending, Factory Orders, Employment, Factory Shipments

April 2, 2014 - Industry News

Trucking Conditions Index Reflects Unprecedented Capacity Constraints

A new report shows business conditions in the trucking industry remain positive, despite a slight downturn, amid warnings of a possible capacity shortage.

Tags: Economy, Fleets, Freight, FTR, Capacity, Spot Freight, Manufacturing, Freight Rates, Freight Volume

April 1, 2014 - Industry News

By the Numbers: Mid-America Trucking Show 2014

Photo: Evan Lockridge

MATS, LOUISVILLE -- Official numbers show this year’s Mid-America Trucking Show, held last week in Louisville at the Kentucky Fair and Expo Center, was the biggest ever, according to show officials.

Tags: Mid-America Trucking Show, Events

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