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January 24, 2017 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Manufacturing Starts Year Strong, Housing Best in Years

The U.S. manufacturing sector had a solid start to 2017, with overall operating conditions improving at the quickest pace for nearly two years, according to a preliminary report from IHS Markit.

Tags: Economy, Manufacturing, Home Starts, Home Sales, Home Building

January 24, 2017 - Industry News

Economic Outlook for 2017: More of the Same?

The outlook for the U.S. economy is expansion at a pace around trend through 2019, according to Bill Strauss, senior economist and economic advisor, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, speaking at Heavy Duty Aftermarket Dialogue.

Tags: Economy, HDAD

January 23, 2017 - Industry News

Three States Agree to Collaborate on Autonomous Vehicles

Photo: Deborah Lockridge

Transportation agencies in Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Michigan have formed the Smart Belt Coalition that will focus on automated and connected vehicle initiatives.

Tags: Autonomous Vehicles, Connected Vehicle Technology, Pennsylvania DOT, Ohio DOT, Michigan DOT, University of Michigan

January 23, 2017 - Product News

Drivewyze Bypass Now at 2 Busy Ohio Weigh Stations

Image via Drivewyze

Drivewyze weigh station bypass service is now offered at two busy permanent weigh stations in Ohio, located on U.S. Interstates 70 and 71.

Tags: Ohio, Drivewyze, Weigh Stations, Weigh-Station Bypass

January 20, 2017 - Industry News

Landstar Opens Large Facility to Support U.S./Mexico Services

Photo: Landstar System

Landstar System has opened a new, larger U.S./Mexico logistics service center in Laredo, Texas.

Tags: Cross-Border Trucking, New Facility, Landstar

January 20, 2017 - Industry News

Trailer Orders Finish Strong in December

Photo: Tom Berg

The trailer industry closed 2016 on a high note, with increases in dry van and reefer orders yet was down compared to November, according to ACT Research.

Tags: Trailers, ACT Research, Trailer Orders

January 20, 2017 - Industry News

Tesla AutoPilot Crash Investigation Yields Autonomous Tech Insights

Still from a YouTube video of a Tesla S model owner using the vehicle's autopilot mode.

The government has closed its investigation into a fatal crash between a Tesla on AutoPilot and a tractor-trailer that raised questions about the safety of autonomous vehicles, and the report offers a number of insights into the advanced driver assist technologies on the path to “self-driving” vehicles.

Tags: Tesla, NHTSA, Autonomous Vehicles, Tesla Model S

January 19, 2017 - Industry News

Outlook for Freight Activity Seen as Improved

Graphic: Cass Information Systems

Three measures of freight activity and spending were mixed, according to new figures, but the outlook for their performances has improved, according to Cass Information Systems.

Tags: Economy, Railroads, Intermodal, Cass Intermodal Linehaul Index, Cass Truckload Linehaul Index, Freight Rates, Cass Freight Index

January 19, 2017 - Industry News

NAFTA Freight Value Up for Only Second Time in Nearly 2 Years

Percent change in value of U.S.-NAFA freight flows by mode in November 2016 compared to November 2015. Graphic: U.S. DOT

Newly released figures show the value of cross-border freight moved between the U.S. and its neighbors directly to the north and south increased in November for the only the second time in nearly two years, but trucking had the smallest gain.

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

January 19, 2017 - Industry News

J.B. Hunt Reports Higher Earnings, Revenue

J.B. Hunt Thursday reported higher profits for the final quarter of 2016 and for all of last year, driven by growth in its brokerage and dedicated segments.

Tags: Economy, J.B. Hunt, Fleet Earnings

January 18, 2017 - Industry News

Capitol Hill Veteran Added to ATA Legislative Affairs Team

Transportation veteran John Drake is the American Trucking Associations' newest senior vice president of legislative affairs.

Tags: Legislation, ATA, Leadership, People, Capitol Hill

January 18, 2017 - Industry News

Spot Market Freight Rates Retreat as Truck Capacity Jumps

While truckload volumes increased 18% on the spot freight market a 34% hike in available truck capacity sent both rates and load-to-truck ratios lower for the week ending Jan. 14, according to DAT Solutions and its network of load boards.

Tags: Spot Freight, Freight Rates, DAT Solutions

January 17, 2017 - Industry News

Diesel Prices Fall After Six Weeks of Hikes

Diesel prices finally dropped after a month and half straight of weekly increases, according to the latest numbers from the Energy Department.

Tags: Diesel Prices, Crude Oil Prices, Gasoline Prices

January 17, 2017 - Industry News

Volvo Awarded Chassis Contract by Public Cooperative Agency

The Volvo VHD is among the Volvo truck models now available to NJPA members in the U.S. and Canada. Photo: Volvo Trucks

Volvo Trucks North America has been awarded a contract by the National Joint Powers Alliance to offer Class 8 chassis to over 50,000 NJPA members.

Tags: Volvo Trucks, Chassis, Purchasing Contract

January 13, 2017 - Industry News

DOT Report Reveals $926 Billion Infrastructure Need

Photo: Evan Lockridge

The nation’s highway and transit systems need to overcome a nearly trillion-dollar investment backlog, according to a new report on the state of America’s transportation infrastructure commissioned by the Department of Transportation.

Tags: Infrastructure, U.S. DOT, Infrastructure Funding

January 13, 2017 - Industry News

XPO Scores Cummins Supply Chain Contract

Transportation and logistics solutions provider XPO Logistics has been awarded a supply chain contract from Cummins to support its global customer base with parts distribution.

Tags: Cummins, Logistics, XPO Logistics, Distribution

January 13, 2017 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Retail Spending Helps Support Growth

Retail sales in the U.S. finished 2016 on a somewhat positive note, posting the fourth straight monthly gain, according to a new Commerce Department numbers released Friday. Separate reports show improvements in other key indicators important to trucking.

Tags: Economy, Retail Sales, Consumer Sentiment, Business Inventories

January 12, 2017 - Industry News

Love’s Opens Stores in Nebraska and Texas

Photo: Love's

Love’s Travel Stops has increased its network of over 410 locations in 40 states, adding new travel stops in Syracuse, Neb., and Angelton, Texas.

Tags: New Facility, Love's Travel Stops, Truck Stops

January 12, 2017 - Industry News

Driver Detention Rule Shelved For Now

A federal rule regulating driver detention may be shelved for the foreseeable future.

Tags: FMCSA, Regulations, Hours of Service, Detention Pay, Delivery Delays

January 11, 2017 - Industry News

Chao Pitches Private Infrastructure Investment in Confirmation Hearing

Elaine Chao at her Jan. 11 confirmation hearing. Looking on is her husband, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. Screenshot via Senate Commerce Committee

During her Senate confirmation hearing on Jan. 11, Elaine Chao unequivocally signaled her willingness to cooperate with Congress to enact the trillion-dollar infrastructure investment plan floated by President-elect Trump if she is indeed confirmed as the next secretary of transportation.

Tags: Infrastructure Funding, Donald Trump, Elaine Chao, U.S. DOT

January 11, 2017 - Industry News

ATA’s Chris Spear Named to DOT Automation Committee

ATA president Chris Spear fielding reporters' queries on autonomous policymaking at last year's Managment Conference and Exhibition. Photo: Evan Lockridge

American Trucking Associations President and CEO Chris Spear, who has emphasized the need for trucking to have a seat at the table when it comes to autonomous vehicle technology, has been named to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s automation advisory committee.

Tags: Regulations, ATA, U.S. DOT, Autonomous Vehicles

January 11, 2017 - Industry News

ATA Announces 2017-2018 America’s Road Team

Photo: ATA

After a final round of selections, American Trucking Associations has named 20 professional drivers to the 2017-2018 America’s Road Team, a group of elite truck drivers that will serve as trucking industry ambassadors.

Tags: ATA, Truck Drivers, America's Road Team, Public Relations

January 11, 2017 - Industry News

New Group Advocates for Modern Transportation Infrastructure Solutions

A group of American shippers, carriers and retailers have launched the Americans for Modern Transportation coalition, advocating for improved transportation infrastructure and policy that will reflect the needs of modern businesses and consumers.

Tags: Infrastructure, E-commerce, Infrastructure Funding

January 11, 2017 - Industry News

Court Finds Swift Contract Workers Were Employees

Photo by Evan Lockridge

An Arizona court has ruled that independent-contractor drivers were effectively and legally employees in the latest update of a class-action lawsuit against Swift Transportation.

Tags: Lawsuits, Arizona, Swift Transportation, Independent Contractors

January 11, 2017 - Industry News

For-Hire Freight Volume Rises to Second Highest Level in 2 Years

Graphic: U.S. DOT

The amount of freight moved by the nation’s for-hire transportation sector rose 0.5% in November from the month before, according to new Transportation Department figures.

Tags: Economy, Freight Index

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