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September 5, 2014 - Industry News

Cable Provider Orders 800 Ford Transit Vans

Low-roof, regular wheelbase 2015 Transit Photo: Ford.

Charter Communications has ordered more than 800 low-roof, regular-wheelbase 2015 Ford Transit vans for its technicians in 29 states, the automaker has announced.

Tags: Cargo Vans, Ford, Ford Transit, Full-Size Vans, Charter Communications, Fleets, Private Fleets

September 5, 2014 - Industry News

PrePass Plus Allows Customers to View Transactions Any Time

Help Inc.'s PrePass Plus electronic toll payment service will now allow customers daily access to E-ZPass toll transactions.

Tags: Tolls, E-ZPass, PrePass

September 5, 2014 - Industry News

Michigan Adds Truck Parking System to I-94

Map of Interstate 94 in southwest Michigan.

The Michigan Department of Transportation has activated the Truck Parking Information and Management System on a section of Interstate 94 in southwest Michigan.

Tags: Michigan, HOS, Truck Parking, Interstate 94, Highways

September 5, 2014 - Industry News

Anheuser-Busch Houston Fleet Goes CNG

Photo via Anheuser-Busch.

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

September 5, 2014 - Industry News

EPA Signs Off on Oberon’s DME as Alternative Fuel

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has approved Oberon Fuel’s biogas-based dimethyl ether as meeting the agency’s Renewable Fuel Standard, helping clear the way for it to be an alternative fuel for trucking.

Tags: Volvo Trucks, Alternative Fuels, DME, Oberon Fuels

September 5, 2014 - Industry News

Rail Intermodal Traffic at or Near Record Highs

Photo: Jim Park

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

September 5, 2014 - Industry News

Eaton Stirs up Medium-Duty Market with Dual-Clutch Transmission

The Procision transmission was unveiled at Eaton's Marshall, Mich., proving grounds on Sept. 4. Photo: Jim Park

A new medium-duty, dual-clutch transmission from Eaton, called Procision, promises automatic-like driver feel and interface with the performance attributes of a manual transmission, plus fuel and maintenance savings. Equipment Editor Jim Park has the story.

Tags: Eaton, Transmissions, Medium-Duty Trucks, Fuel Efficiency

September 5, 2014 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Unemployment Falls, Trucking Sheds Jobs

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

"World's Largest Truck Convoy" to Raise Funds For Special Olympics

The World’s Largest Truck Convoy is set to take place on September 20 to raise funds for Special Olympics athletes.

Tags: Wisconsin, Events, Special Olympics, World's Largest Truck Convoy

September 4, 2014 - Industry News

ASF Intermodal Hits 300 Truck Milestone

ASF president Michael Smith.

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

September 4, 2014 - Industry News

Two LTLs Report Tonnage Gains

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

September 4, 2014 - Industry News

Report Highlights Problem of Illinois Truck Cargo Thefts

New report says Chicago remains a hot spot for cargo thefts in Illinois.

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

September 4, 2014 - Industry News

Class 8 Orders Stay Strong in August

Photo via International.

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

September 4, 2014 - Industry News

Florida Woman Indicted Over Trucking Tax Fraud Charges

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

September 4, 2014 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Employment Posts Solid Gain, Service Sector Grows

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 4, 2014 - Industry News

Covenant Hit With Huge Judgement

Trucking holding company Covenant Transportation Group announced this week it was hit with a sizeable judgement regarding a 2008 cargo claim while it is raising driver pay for one one of its operations.

Tags: Covenant Transport, Fleets, Litigation, Driver Pay

September 3, 2014 - Industry News

Eaton Discontinues Diesel-Electric Hybrid Trucks

Utilities were a popular application for the Eaton diesel-electric hybrid.

Eaton has confirmed that it's out of the diesel-electric hybrid business in North America, after government incentives and stabilizing diesel prices contributed to a market largely drying up.

Tags: Eaton Corp., Diesel-Electric Hybrids, Vehicle Discontinuation

September 3, 2014 - Industry News

I-64 Closures Expected to Affect St. Louis Drivers

Several lane closures on Interstate 64 in St. Louis are expected to impact drivers heading downtown from Sept. 4-10.

Tags: Traffic Congestion, Missouri Department of Transportation, I-70, I-64, St. Louis, Missouri, Highway Construction

September 3, 2014 - Industry News

Big Judgement Against Carrier Over Deadly 2011 Nevada Train Crash

A jury decided a civil case on Friday that pitted the nation’s passenger rail service against one trucking company, with the fleet having to pay more than $4.5 million in damages, according to Courthouse News Service.

Tags: Accidents, Drivers, NTSB, Nevada, Railroads, Safety & Compliance, Litigation

September 3, 2014 - Industry News

Quantum Sells CNG Systems to Bulk Carrier

Quantum Fuel Systems announced that it received orders for its CNG storage modules from Time Transport Inc.

Tags: Quantum Fuel Systems, CNG, CNG Tanks, Fleets

September 3, 2014 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Factory Shipments, Orders Hit Record Highs

Photo: Evan Lockridge

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

September 3, 2014 - Industry News

Report: New Truck Technologies Can Dramatically Cut Fuel Bills

Inside of an automated transmission, one of several technolgies helping fleets reduce their fuel bills, according to NACFE. Photo: Evan Lockridge

Fleets operating 41,000 tractors and 130,000 trailers achieved fuel savings of $7,200 per year per truck by adopting a variety of new technologies, according to a new study released Wednesday by the North American Council for Freight Efficiency.

Tags: Technology, Research, Fuel Efficiency, Fuel Economy, North American Council for Freight Efficiency

September 3, 2014 - Industry News

Central Freight Lines Expands LTL Service In Georgia

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

September 3, 2014 - Industry News

Bridge Repair on I-5 to Cause Traffic Delays in Washington

Map of the affected areas. Graphic via WSDOT.

The Washington State Department of Transportation expects a bridge expansion joint repair project to cause lengthy traffic backups and delays in Olympia Washington in mid-September.

Tags: Washington, Traffic Congestion, Department of Transportation, Interstate 5, Road Construction

September 3, 2014 - Industry News

Quality Carriers Continues Expansion

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

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