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September 29, 2015 - Industry News

DOT Details New Transportation Investment Center

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The Department of Transportation has unveiled specifics about its Build America Transportation Investment Center, which aims to ease the “procedural, permitting, and financial barriers to increased infrastructure investment and development.”

Tags: DOT, Infrastructure, AASHTO, Infrastructure Funding

September 29, 2015 - Industry News

U.S.-Cross Border Freight Movements Drop 8% in Value

Percent change in value of U.S.-NAFTA freight flows by mode: July 2014 - 2015. Graphic: U.S. DOT

The value of freight moved between the U.S. and its next door neighbors Canada and Mexico totaled $93 billion in July 2015. All modes except air carried less freight than in July 2014.

Tags: Canada, Economy, Cross-Border Trucking, Mexico, Surface Trade, Freight

September 29, 2015 - Industry News

Operational Costs Rise Despite Falling Fuel Prices

Rising equipment costs and driver wages led to an increase in operational costs in 2014, according to a comprehensive report from the American Transportation Research Institute.

Tags: Operating Costs, LTL, Fuel Costs, ATRI, Truckload, Driver Pay

September 29, 2015 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Consumer Confidence, Spending Increasing

Consumers are feeling better than they were before and are spending more money because they are taking home larger paychecks, according two new reports. That bodes well for truck freight.

Tags: Economy, Consumer Confidence, Personal Income, Personal Spending

September 29, 2015 - Industry News

USPS Purchasing 9,000+ Ram ProMaster Cargo Vans

Photo of ProMaster van courtesy of FCA US.

The U.S. Postal Service is purchasing 9,113 Ram ProMaster 2500 cargo vans for daily mail delivery, FCA US has announced.

Tags: USPS, Ram ProMaster, Cargo Vans, Full-Size Vans, Delivery Fleets, Procurement

September 28, 2015 - Industry News

Driver Shortage A 'Primary Concern' to 3PLs & Shippers

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The truck driver shortage remains a "primary concern” for third-party logistics providers and the shippers they serve, per the 2016 Third-Party Logistics Study.

Tags: Driver Shortage, Logistics

September 28, 2015 - Industry News

Radiant Logistics Profit Higher, Revenue Jumps

The third party logistics and multi modal transportation services provider Radiant Logistics Inc. reported a small increase in net earnings following the purchase of three operations earlier this year.

Tags: Fleet Earnings, Radiant Logistics

September 25, 2015 - Industry News

CARB Tightens Fuel Emission Rules

Image: California State Transportation Agency

The California Air Resources Board has opted to “readopt” a Low Carbon Fuel Standard that requires a 10 percent reduction in the “carbon intensity of transportation fuels” by 2020.

Tags: GHG, Low-Carbon Fuel Standard, Biodiesel, Alternative Fuels, CARB

September 25, 2015 - Industry News

Trucking Company Settles Strength Exam Discrimination Case

Central Refrigerated Service has agreed to settle a sex and age discrimination case involving a mandatory strength exam for applicants.

Tags: Lawsuits, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Discrimination Complaint, Women Drivers

September 25, 2015 - Industry News

Volvo to Expand Assembly Plant with $38.1 M Investment

An artist's conception of Volvo's newly announced Customer Experience Center. Art via Volvo

Volvo Trucks North America announced plans to open a Customer Experience Center as part of a $38.1 million upgrade to its New River Valley truck assembly plant in Dublin, Va.

Tags: Volvo Trucks, New Facility, Assembly Plants

September 25, 2015 - Industry News

Swift Transportation Revises Profit Expectations

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Swift Transportation has lowered projections for profits for the final two quarters of the year and for the full year, due in large part to at least one accident, legal claims and expected lower freight volume.

Tags: Economy, Swift Transportation, Fleet Earnings

September 25, 2015 - Industry News

Economic Watch: GDP Revised Upward, Consumer Sentiment Declines

The U.S. economy performed better in the second quarter of the year than earlier thought, according to a new Commerce Department report Friday, leaving some wondering if this puts the Federal Reserve closer to raising interest rates.

Tags: Economy, GDP, Consumer Confidence, Federal Reserve, Gross Domestic Product

September 25, 2015 - Industry News

House Speaker Boehner to Step Down Next Month

Speaker of the House John Boehner will resign from Congress effective October 30, according to published news reports.

Tags: U.S. House of Representatives, Highway Bill

September 24, 2015 - Industry News

Proposed 'Mattress Tag Rule' Angers ATA's Engineering VP

Ted Scott, vice president of engineering for the American Trucking Associations, had a succinct assessment of a recent federal regulatory proposal: “FMCSA has finally gone crazy.”

Tags: ATA, American Trucking Associations, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Safety & Compliance, FMCSA, Vehicle Safety, Regulations, Technology & Maintenance Council

September 24, 2015 - Industry News

Chevrolet Updates Silverado HD Trucks for 2016

Photo of 2016 Chevrolet Silverado 3500HD chassis cab courtesy of GM.

The Chevrolet Silverado HD trucks will add new features for the 2016 model year, including integrated cruise control, powertrain grade braking, and diesel exhaust braking to enhance control, General Motors has announced.

Tags: Chevrolet, Chevrolet Silverado, Silverado HD, General Motors, Class 3, 2016-MY

September 24, 2015 - Industry News

PeopleNet Renews School Grant Sponsorship

Photo via Trucker Buddy

PeopleNet has agreed to renew its sponsorship of the School Supply Program that gives out grants to classrooms for needed supplies, announced Trucker Buddy International.

Tags: PeopleNet, Grants, Trucker Buddy

September 24, 2015 - Industry News

Obama Administration Moves to Speed Up Infrastructure Projects

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The White House has issued new guidelines to Federal agencies to help accelerate the review and approval of infrastructure projects.

Tags: Infrastructure, U.S. House of Representatives, White House, Highway Construction

September 24, 2015 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Manufacturing Cools, New Homes Soar

Economic watchers got a mixed bag of reports on Thursday. One showed an easing in part of the manufacturing sector, including a measure of business investment. However, two others were upbeat regarding housing and the upcoming holiday sales season.

Tags: Economy, Retail Sales, Durable Goods, Manufacturing, Home Sales

September 23, 2015 - Industry News

Spot Freight Rates Show Little Post Labor Day Week Jump

Rates on the spot market showed little to no improvement over the past week, with little of the usual after-Labor-Day jump in available freight .

Tags: Spot Freight, Freight Rates, DAT Solutions

September 22, 2015 - Industry News

Truck Driver Work-Related Fatalities at Six-Year High

Chart: Bureau of Labor Statistics

Fatal work-related injuries to commercial truck drivers last year reached their highest level in six years, per a summary of preliminary results from the Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries for 2014 just released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Tags: Truck Drivers, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Truck Driver Safety

September 22, 2015 - Industry News

Truck Tonnage Index Dips Slightly in August

The American Trucking Associations’ For-Hire Truck Tonnage Index fell by 0.9% in August when compared to strong July numbers.

Tags: ATA, Freight, Truck Tonnage Index

September 21, 2015 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Existing Home Sales Slow

Following three straight months of gains, existing–home sales dipped in August, according to a new report from the National Association of Realtors.

Tags: Economy, Fuel Prices, Diesel Prices, Crude Oil Prices, Home Sales

September 21, 2015 - Product News

Aljex Adds HubTran Back Office Management Features

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Aljex Software has partnered with HubTran to offer back office document management for its transportation management software.

Tags: Fleet Management Software, Aljex Software, Document Management, Integration, Information Technology

September 18, 2015 - Industry News

Schneider Names New Top Executive

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Mark Rourke has been named the company’s executive vice president and chief operating officer. He has been with Scneider since 1987.

Tags: Leadership, People, Schneider

September 18, 2015 - Industry News

Norfolk Southern Restructures Triple Crown Services

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Norfolk Southern Corp is restructuring its Triple Crown Services subsidiary to focus on the transportation of automobile parts, the company has announced.

Tags: Railroads, Intermodal, Norfolk Southern


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