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September 18, 2014 - Industry News

ATRI Adds Resource for Sustainable Freight Practices

Graphic via ATRI.

The American Transportation Research Institute has added a compendium of sustainable freight practices on its website.

Tags: Sustainability, ATRI, Fleets, Aerodynamics

September 18, 2014 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Housing Starts Dive in August Following July Surge

Housing starts in the U.S. plunged in August from the month before but the level of activity was still higher than the same time a year earlier, according to the U.S. Commerce Department.

Tags: Economy, Home Starts, Home Building

September 18, 2014 - Industry News

Trucking Company Challenging FMCSA Out-of-Service Order

One trucking company is challenging an out-of-service order it received in August from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, following a fatal accident.

Tags: Maintenance, FMCSA, Regulations, Safety & Compliance, Enforcement

September 17, 2014 - Industry News

Agility Hires Industry Veteran Andy Douglas as Senior VP of Sales

Andy Douglas via Agility

Agility Fuel Systems has announced that Andy Douglas will be the Senior Vice President of Sales, Marketing and Customer Service.

Tags: Paccar, Natural Gas, People, Agility Fuel Systems

September 17, 2014 - Industry News

YRCW Improving, Expecting Better Profits

Photo: Evan Lockridge

YRC Freight CEO James Welch said while business in the first half of the year kept pace with its forecast, improvements are taking longer than originally anticipated at the national less-than-truckload carrier.

Tags: Fleets, Earnings, YRC Worldwide, LTL

September 17, 2014 - Industry News

Frost & Sullivan Names Cummins Best HD Engine Supplier

Cummins ISX15 Engine

Cummins received the 2014 United States Overall Best Heavy-Duty Truck Engines Product Leadership Award from Frost & Sullivan.

Tags: Cummins, Frost & Sullivan, Awards, Engines

September 17, 2014 - Industry News

House Panel Sees Important, Limited Role for Public-Private Partnerships

Private investment can work well as a funding source for some infrastructure projects, particularly those that are very expensive and complex, but it is not useful for most projects. That’s the message from a House study on the benefits and risks of using public-private partnerships to pay for highways and other transportation projects.

Tags: Highway Funding, U.S. House, Public Private Partnerships, U.S. DOT

September 17, 2014 - Industry News

Inland Kenworth Opens New Facilities

Photo: Inland Kenworth.

Inland Kenworth has opened a new full-service Kenworth dealership in Albuquerque and a parts and service location in Kelowna, British Columbia.

Tags: Kenworth, British Columbia, New Mexico, Dealers

September 17, 2014 - Industry News

CEVA Increases Pay For Independent Drivers

Photo via CEVA.

CEVA Ground announced increased rates for its owner-operator independent drivers operating in the U.S.

Tags: CEVA, Owner-Operators, Driver Pay, Fleets

September 17, 2014 - Industry News

Spot Freight Rates Gain in Latest Weekly Report

Credit: DAT

Freight rates on the spot market posted solid gains over the past week as the number of loads available has moved higher and capacity has jumped.

Tags: Spot Freight, DAT Transcore, Freight Rates

September 17, 2014 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Consumer Prices Fall, Homebuilders Most Optimistic Since 2005

The threat of inflation to the U.S. economy appears to be muted, with a report issued Wednesday showing consumer prices in August fell for the first time in 16 months.

Tags: Economy, Fuel Consumption Index, Home Building, Consumer Prices

September 17, 2014 - Industry News

Driver Shortage Leads Quality Carriers to Start Bulk Rail Intermodal Service

Quality said it completed testing of the service with its western rail partner earlier in the current quarter and has begun initial shipments with some of its largest customers.

Tags: Drivers, Driver Shortage, Intermodal, Fleets, Quality Distribution, Quality Carriers

September 17, 2014 - Industry News

FedEx Quarterly Profit Surges 24% to $606 Million

Net income totaled $606 million or $2.10 per share, up 37% from last year’s $1.53 per share. Revenue was $11.7 billion, an increase of 6% from the same time a year earlier.

Tags: Earnings, FedEx, Equity Markets

September 17, 2014 - Industry News

Natural Gas Adoption Increases Slowly, ACT Reports

A natural gas fueling station getting ready to open. Photo: Evan Lockridge

ACT Research published a new report that shows natural gas adoption in the heavy-duty truck market has grown, but at a slower rate than predicted.

Tags: Truck Sales, ACT Research, Natural Gas Vehicles, CNG, LNG, Alternative Fuels

September 17, 2014 - Industry News

Pilot Flying J Opens New Illinois Travel Center

Photo via Pilot Flying J.

Pilot Flying J has opened a Pilot Travel Center location off of Interstate 80 in Morris, Illinois.

Tags: Pilot Flying J, Truckstops, Pilot Travel Centers

September 17, 2014 - Industry News

Joint Venture Provides Natural Gas Fueling to Bulk Fuel Haulers

Photo: Clean Energy Fuels.

Clean Energy Fuels has partnered with Mansfield Energy to form a joint venture which will provide natural gas fueling to bulk fuel haulers in the U.S.

Tags: Alternative Fuels, Joint Venture, Clean Energy Fuels Corp., CNG Fueling Stations, CNG, Mansfield Energy Corp., Bulk Tank Trailers

September 16, 2014 - Industry News

Peterbilt Offers Right-Hand Stand-Up Model 320

Model 320 interior with right-hand stand-up drive. Image via Peterbilt.

Peterbilt is offering a new right-hand stand-up configuration of its cab forward Model 320 truck.

Tags: Peterbilt, Model 320, Low Cab Forward, Right-Hand Drive

September 16, 2014 - Industry News

Volvo Launches Premium Certified Used Truck Program

The Volvo Used Truck Search: via Volvo Trucks.

The new Volvo Premium Certified truck program inspects and reconditions used Volvo trucks for resale.

Tags: Information Technology, Volvo Trucks, Used Trucks, Truck Warranty

September 16, 2014 - Industry News

Transport Interests Attack Conservatives’ Highway Bill

A bid by conservatives in the House and Senate to effectively eliminate the federal highway program is drawing fire from American Trucking Associations and other transportation interests.

Tags: Congress, Fuel Tax, Highway Funding, Legislation, Highway Trust Fund, Gasoline Tax, American Trucking Associations, ATA

September 16, 2014 - Industry News

Obama Administration, Suppliers Agree to Phase Out HFC Refrigerants

The Obama administration and refrigeration suppliers have joined in an effort to reduce greenhouse gases, a move that will affect use of refrigerants in trucks.

Tags: EPA, Refrigerant, Greenhouse Gas, GHG, Regulations, President Obama, Carrier Transicold, Thermo King

September 16, 2014 - Industry News

DAT: August Spot Rates, Freight Volume Higher Than Year Earlier

UPDATED -- Spot market freight volume continued to achieve record-setting levels in August, increasing 32% compared to the same month in 2013, while freight availability remained constant.

Tags: Spot Freight, DAT Transcore, Freight Rates

September 16, 2014 - Industry News

Cargo Container Volume Mixed at Ports of Los Angeles, Long Beach

The Port of Los Angeles.

The Port of Los Angeles in August saw overall volume increase 6.7% compared to the same time last year, but it fell at the nearby Port of Long Beach.

Tags: Port of Los Angeles, Port of Long Beach, Ports, Port Trucking

September 16, 2014 - Industry News

DAT White Paper Examines Causes, Results of Freight Capacity Crunch

Freight transportation capacity has been subject to enormous pressure from a number of sources for a little more than a year, leading to higher rates and even jeopardizing some long-standing business relationships

Tags: Research, Spot Freight, DAT Transcore, Freight Rates

September 16, 2014 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Producer Prices Unchanged in August

The Producer Price Index was unchanged, following a 0.1% gain in July and a 0.4% jump during June.

Tags: Economy, Producer Prices

September 16, 2014 - Industry News

Survey Ranks the States with the Rudest Drivers

Graphic via Insure.com.

A survey asking drivers to rank the states with the rudest drivers found that the worst offenders were from Idaho.

Tags: Cell Phone Use, Speeding, Driving Safety, Road Safety, Road Rage

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