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December 3, 2014 - Industry News

Major Florida Interstate Project to Begin in 2015

Artist's redition of the completed Interstate 4 Ultimate construction project: Image via Florida DOT.

Work is set to begin in early 2015 on the Florida Department of Transportation’s Interstate 4 Ultimate construction project. The project will revamp a 21 mile section of Interstate 4 in Central Florida from Orange County to Seminole County.

Tags: Florida, U.S. DOT, Road Construction

December 3, 2014 - Industry News

Trucking Industry Struggles to Replace Aging Workforce

The largest portion of the truck transportation workforce was in the 45-54 year age range in 2013. Graph via ATRI

The median driver age had risen significantly over the past two decades according to a new paper released by the American Transportation Research Institute that analyzed the demographics of driver age.

Tags: Drivers, Driver Shortage, ATRI, Recruiting, Research

December 3, 2014 - Industry News

House Pair Invoke Reagan to Promote Fuel Tax Hike

Reps. Earl Blumenauer, D-Ore., (right) and Tom Petri, R-Wis., called for passage of a bill to raise the tax and quoted from Reagan’s call to do the same.

A bipartisan pair of House Representatives invoked the spirit of conservative champion Ronald Reagan to push for a fuel tax increase to revive the Highway Trust Fund. Reps. Earl Blumenauer, D-Ore., and Tom Petri, R-Wisc., called for passage of a bill to raise the tax and quoted from Reagan’s 1982 call to do the same.

Tags: Highway Trust Fund, U.S. Congress, Legislation, taxes, Infrastructure Funding

December 3, 2014 - Industry News

Utilities Increase Commitment to Electric Vehicles

PG&E/Efficient Drivetrains Inc. Electric Hybrid bucket truck: Photo via PG&E

More than 70 investor-owned electric utilities announced they will increase investment in electric vehicles for their fleets by an estimated $50 million per year, or $250 million over five years, starting in 2015.

Tags: PG&E, Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicles, Green Vehicles, Battery-Electric Vehicles, Edison Electric Institute, EDI

December 3, 2014 - Industry News

FMCSA Declares Florida Driver an Imminent Hazard

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration ordered truck driver James H. Patterson not to operate any commercial motor vehicles in interstate commerce, declaring him an imminent hazard to public safety. Patterson was involved in an accident in November that killed the driver of a passenger vehicle.

Tags: Accidents, FMCSA, Hours of Service, Cell Phone Use, Drug Charges

December 3, 2014 - Industry News

Truck Orders Remain Strong in November

Commercial truck orders remained strong in North America in November, according to reports from two leading industry research firms, with Class 8 orders racking up the fifth-best month of all time.

Tags: Class 8, Medium-Duty Trucks, ACT Research, Truck Orders, FTR

December 3, 2014 - Industry News

Truck/Car Speed Limit Differential to Drop in Some Parts of Illinois

The Illinois Trucking Association has been successful in getting the speed limit differential between cars and trucks reduced in some rural areas near Chicago, effective Jan. 1, 2015.

Tags: Legislation, Illinois, Speed Limits, Illinois Trucking Assocation

December 3, 2014 - Industry News

Ford Transit Best-Selling Commercial Van in November

Photo courtesy of Ford.

The 2015 Ford Transit was the top-selling full-size commercial van in November and accounted for almost one in four units sold in the category, Ford announced.

Tags: Ford Transit, Full-Size Vans, Fleet Sales, Cargo Vans

December 3, 2014 - Industry News

FMCSA Will Clarify Sleep Apnea Instructions to Medical Examiners

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration will clarify its instructions to medical examiners concerning screening drivers for sleep apnea. In response to congressional concern about sleep apnea training for examiners, the agency said it will notify examiners and trainers that they should not use federal rules and advice as guidance for apnea screening and testing.

Tags: FMCSA, Sleep Apnea, Driver Health

December 3, 2014 - Global News

Westport Acquires Dutch Alternative Fuel Provider

Westport Innovations has acquired Netherlands-based Prins Autogassystemen Holding B.V. (Prins) for 12.2 million Euro (approximately $15.1 million).

Tags: Propane Autogas, Netherlands, CNG, LNG, Westport

December 2, 2014 - Industry News

East Offers Mobile-Optimized Website

East Manufacturing has launched a new interactive version of its website at www.eastmfg.com to help user select the right drop deck, dump, flatbed and refuse trailers.

Tags: Trailers, East Manufacturing, Websites

December 2, 2014 - Industry News

Michigan Senate Votes Down Plan to Cut State Truck Weight Limit

A plan in Michigan’s Senate to greatly reduce the maximum truck weight along state roadways was defeated Tuesday in a 22-15 vote.

Tags: Legislation, Michigan, Truck Weights

December 2, 2014 - Industry News

Obama Immigration Action Could Increase Pool of Truck Drivers

President Obama’s move to let some undocumented immigrants stay in the country clears the way for them to become professional truck drivers, but that path is neither simple nor quick.

Tags: ATA, Driver Shortage, TCA, Immigration, Drivers, Barack Obama

December 2, 2014 - Industry News

ATA Commits to Hiring 100,000 Veterans

Photo: U.S. Chamber of Commerce

The American Trucking Associations announced on Tuesday it is committing on behalf of the trucking industry and its members to hire 100,000 veterans as part of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation's Hiring 500,000 Heroes campaign.

Tags: Drivers, ATA, Driver Shortage, Veterans

December 2, 2014 - Industry News

Eaton Names President of North American Truck Business

Photo: Eaton Corp.

Truck component manufacturer Eaton Corp. announced on Tuesday Pavan Pattada has been named president of the company’s North American truck business beginning the first of next year.

Tags: Eaton Corp., People

December 2, 2014 - Industry News

Ruan CEO Chapman Retiring, McLean Appointed to Position

Incoming Ruan CEO Ben McLean. Photo: Ruan

Ruan Transportation Management Systems CEO Steve Chapman is retiring from the company on Dec. 31 and will be replaced by current President and Chief Operating Officer Ben McLean.

Tags: People, Ruan

December 2, 2014 - Industry News

ATRI Names Research Advisory Committee Members

Among other activities, the committee is responsible for annually identifying the top research priorities for the trucking industry.

Tags: ATA, Research, ATRI, People

December 2, 2014 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Construction Spending Up, Holiday Sales Start Off Slow

Construction spending in the U.S. posted its biggest increase in five months during October, according to a new Commerce Department report released Tuesday.

Tags: Economy, Retail Sales, Construction

December 2, 2014 - Industry News

Wisconsin DOT Testing Orange Lane Markings in Construction Zone

Many years ago, Schneider founder Don Schneider decided on bright orange paint for his trucks to make them more visible. So it's only fitting that the home state of the megafleet is testing orange highway markings for the same reason.

Tags: Wisconsin, I-94

December 2, 2014 - Industry News

USA Truck Hires Director of Engineering, Network Strategy

He will be responsible for refining and enhancing the Arkansas-based company’s route network as it continues with its growth strategy, according to a news release.

Tags: People, USA Truck

December 1, 2014 - Industry News

ASF Intermodal Adds Third Texas Facility

ASF Intermodal opened an intermodal drayage facility in Fort Worth, Texas. It's the firm's third such facility in the state, joining locations in Houston and Dallas.

Tags: Intermodal, ASF Intermodal, Texas

December 1, 2014 - Industry News

C.H. Robinson Purchasing Freightquote.com for $365 Million

Photo: C.H. Robinson Worldwide Facebook page.

The third-party logistics provider C.H. Robinson Worldwide Inc. has reached an agreement to acquire Freightquote.com Inc. for $365 million in cash.

Tags: Intermodal, LTL, Truckload, C.H. Robinson, 3PL, Freightquote.com, Mergers & Acquisitions, Brokers

December 1, 2014 - Industry News

Interstate 94 in St. Paul Closing for Bridge Work

The Lafayette Bridge via Minnesota DOT.

Westbound Interstate 94 in St. Paul, Minn., between Highway 61 and Interstate 35 East will be closed from Dec. 5 through Dec. 8 for bridge work. The road will close at 10 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 5th and reopens on Monday, Dec. 8th at 5 a.m.

Tags: Bridges, Road Closure, St. Paul, Interstate 94, Minnesota DOT, Highways, Minnesota, I-94

December 1, 2014 - Industry News

Diesel Prices Continue Decline as Oil Sinks

Fuel prices started off the final month of 2014 in the same fashion they have been during much of the second half of the year, according to new U.S. Energy Department figures.

Tags: Oil Prices, Diesel Prices, Gasoline Prices

December 1, 2014 - Industry News

Golden State Foods Opens 'Green' Distribution Center

The SafeConnect electric standby connection system: Photo via Golden State Foods.

Golden State Foods opened a new 158,000-square-foot Chicago distribution center that is LEED Gold Certified for environmental efficiency and sustainability, a first for Golden State Foods and McDonald’s distribution.

Tags: Chicago, McDonald's, Distribution, Food and Beverage Fleets, Sustainability, Trailers

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