September 5, 2014 - Industry News
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
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
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 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
August 28, 2014 - Industry News
U.S.-NAFTA freight totaled $103 billion in June as all five major transportation modes carried more cargo by value than during June 2013, according to new U.S. Transportation Department figures.
Tags: Canada, Economy, Cross-Border Trucking, Mexico, Surface Trade
UPDATED -- The U.S. gross domestic product increased at an annual rate of 4.2% in the second quarter of the year, according to a second estimate released Thursday by the U.S. Commerce Department -- its best pace since the third quarter of last year.
Tags: Economy, GDP, Auto Sales
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