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October 21, 2014 - Industry News

Miami Port, Railway Offering New Service for Faster Shipments

Photo: FECR Twitter page

Called the Sunshine Gateway service, this ship to rail transfer allows the port to handle additional volumes and ensures that shipments move more quickly with the potential to reach 70% of the United States population in four days or less

Tags: Railroads, Intermodal, Ports, PortMiami

October 21, 2014 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Existing Home Sale Hit Highest Level in a Year

Photo: Evan Lockridge

The bottom lines is the housing market continues to move in the right direction, finally recapturing 2013 levels after a weak start to the year, said Sterne Agee Chief Economist Lindsey Piegza.

Tags: Economy, Home Sales

October 21, 2014 - Industry News

FMCSA Awards $1 Million in Grants for Training Veterans as Drivers

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration on Tuesday said it awarded $1 million in grants to nine technical and community colleges across the country to help train nearly 400 returning military veterans for jobs as commercial bus and truck drivers.

Tags: FMCSA, Drivers, Driver Training, Veterans

October 21, 2014 - Industry News

Record Truck Tonnage Remains Steady in September, Up from Year Earlier

The amount of truck tonnage hauled in the U.S. during September was unchanged from the month before remaining at a record high level, according to new American Trucking Associations figures.

Tags: Economy, ATA, American Trucking Associations, Freight, Truck Tonnage Index

October 21, 2014 - Industry News

FMCSA Clarifies Home Heating Emergency Rule

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration clarified its rule for tank carriers providing service in a home heating emergency.

Tags: FMCSA, Tankers, Hours of Service

October 21, 2014 - Industry News

UPS Follows FedEx with Rate Hike, Includes Freight Services

They will increase an average of 4.9% for UPS Freight along with the company’s ground, air and international operations for shipments within and between the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico.

Tags: UPS, Fleets, UPS Freight, Freight Rates, FedEx, FedEx Freight

October 21, 2014 - Industry News

Werner Enterprises Reports 22% Net Income Increase

Photo: Evan Lockridge

According to Werner, freight market dynamics began showing year-over-year improvement for the company in mid-November 2013, and that trend has continued for the last eleven months, including the first three weeks of October.

Tags: Werner Enterprises, Fleets, Earnings

October 20, 2014 - Industry News

September Trailer Orders Exceed Predictions

Photo via Antares

Trailer orders in September were 32% better than August with net number of 32,111 units ordered for the month, according to a new report by FTR. When compared with September of last year, orders are up 80%.

Tags: Trailers, Truck Orders, FTR, Dry Van

October 20, 2014 - Industry News

Diesel Costs Continue Falling as Oil Prices Keep Sliding

On Monday the U.S. Energy Department reported the sixth consecutive drop in the average price of diesel, down 4.2 cents from last week to $3.656.

Tags: Oil Prices, Diesel Prices, Gasoline Prices

October 20, 2014 - Industry News

Finalists Selected for America’s Road Team

America's Road Team Truck: Photo by Volvo.

American Trucking Associations named 32 professional truck drivers as finalists for the 2015 America’s Road Team captains. America’s Road Team is a group of drivers with good safety records picked to represent the trucking industry.

Tags: Driver Safety, ATA, America's Road Team

October 20, 2014 - Industry News

Trucking Research Group Names New Chairman

Judy McReynolds is ATRI's new chairperson. Photo:  ATRI.

The American Transportation Research Institute named Judy McReynolds as its new chairman of the board, succeeding Steve Williams, CEO of Maverick Transportation.

Tags: ATRI, People, ArcBest Corp., Fleets

October 20, 2014 - Product News

Teletrac Partners With Samsung for Drive App

Teletrac is partnering with Samsung Electronics America to host its fleet tracking and telematics software on the Samsung Galaxy Tab tablet.

Tags: Information Technology, Fleet Management Software, Android, Teletrac, Samsung

October 20, 2014 - Industry News

Railway Giants End Merger Talks

Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd. announced Monday that exploratory conversations held with CSX Corp. about a possible merger between the two railroads have ended. No further talks are planned.

Tags: Railroads, Intermodal, CSX

October 20, 2014 - Industry News

U.S., Mexico Sign Agreement Streamlining Freight Movements

A new agreement between the U.S. and Mexico allows stronger collaboration between CBP's Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism program, commonly known as C-TPAT, and Mexico’s equivalent, to streamline the flow of goods between the two countries.

Tags: Security, Cross-Border Trucking, Mexico, Free Trade Agreement, Surface Trade

October 20, 2014 - Industry News

ODFL Opening New Memphis Terminal

Memphis serves as one of the company’s busiest freight hubs due to its proximity to Interstate 40, Interstate 55, three major rail heads, the largest American cargo airport and the nation’s second largest inland port.

Tags: LTL, Tennessee, Old Dominion Freight Line, Fleets

October 20, 2014 - Industry News

Cargo Volume at Port of Los Angeles Highest Since 2008

The Port of Los Angeles

The increased volume reflects peak season volumes and larger vessels calling at the facility, according to port officials.

Tags: Economy, Port of Los Angeles, Ports, Port Trucking, Intermodal, California

October 17, 2014 - Product News

Kenworth System Coaches Driver Performance

Kenworth T680 Day Cab: Photo via Kenworth.

Kenworth added the Driver Performance Assistant option for new T680 and T880 models with Paccar MX-13 engines and automated transmissions. The system is part of the Driver Performance Center which tracks vehicle efficiency statistics.

Tags: Kenworth, Fuel Efficiency, Driver Assistance Systems, Kenworth T680, Kenworth T880

October 17, 2014 - Industry News

Agreement Gives Carrier Service Customers Fuel Discounts

Photo via Pilot.

Pilot Flying J and RTS Carrier Services entered into a long-term agreement making the truckstop chain the exclusive fuel partner for customers of the services company.

Tags: Fuel Savings, Discount, Partnership, Pilot Flying J

October 17, 2014 - Industry News

Hendrickson Schedules Suspension Training for November

The Hendrickson Vehicle Suspension Institute scheduled the next date for its heavy duty suspension training program on Nov. 18 -20.

Tags: Technician Training, Technicians, Suspensions, Hendrickson, Trailer Suspensions

October 17, 2014 - Industry News

Nominate HDT's 2015 Truck Fleet Innovators

We are now accepting nominations for Heavy Duty Trucking’s 2015 Truck Fleet Innovators which honors the most innovative leaders in the industry.

Tags: Awards, Fleets, People, HDT Truck Fleet Innovators

October 17, 2014 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Home Construction Rises, Consumer Sentiment Hits Seven-Year High

Residential construction in the U.S. has rebounded but remains volatile, hitting an annual rate of just more than 1 million units for only the third time this year in September, according to the U.S. Commerce Department.

Tags: Housing Starts, Economy, Consumer Sentiment, Home Building

October 17, 2014 - Industry News

Driver Turnover Increases, Recruiting Expected to Remain Tough

Photo: Con-way

Driver turnover in the truckload sector continues to get worse, according to recently released figures, while a study of hard-to-fill occupations emphasizes the growing driver shortage.

Tags: Drivers, Driver Turnover, Fleets, Driver Recruitment

October 17, 2014 - Industry News

Advocates Poll Rekindles Restart Fight

One trucking group says the way to end the controversy is to go ahead and end the use of paper logbooks. Photo: Jim Park

The fight over the 34-hour restart broke out again Thursday. A safety advocacy group released research indicating that the public does not want truck drivers to work longer hours, and trucking groups jumped in.

Tags: Congress, Hours of Service, 34-Hour Restart, Electronic Logging Devices, The Trucking Alliance, American Trucking Associations

October 17, 2014 - Press Release

HELP Inc. Names New Regional Director

HELP Inc., which provides PrePass weigh station bypass and other truck safety and efficiency services, announced the appointment of Terry Maple as the new regional director who will cover several northern and Midwestern states.

Tags: Help Inc., PrePass

October 16, 2014 - Product News

Noregon Co-Develops Diagnostic Tool for Alternative Fuel Vehicles

Photo via Power Solutions International.

Jointly developed by Noregon Systems and Power Solutions International, the PSI PowerLink is a diagnostic software program designed for PSI’s alternative-fuel power systems.

Tags: Vehicle Diagnostics, Alternative Fuels, Noregon Systems, Power Solutions International

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