September 15, 2014 - Industry News
PierPass Inc. has launched a new test program called the Free-Flow Program to reduce the time trucks spend picking up containers at marine terminals.
Tags: Port of Long Beach, Intermodal, Shipping Ports, Port of Los Angeles
The American Trucking Association’s Technology & Maintenance Council will hold its Fall Meeting Sept. 22-25 at the Walt Disney Swan and Dolphin Resort in Orlando, Fla.
Tags: ATA, TMC, Events, TMCSuperTech, Technicians
September 12, 2014 - Industry News
Bimbo Bakeries USA is leasing 16 natural gas trucks for its California trucking fleet. Bimbo has a fueling agreement in place with Clean Energy Fuels to fuel the fleet of Class 8, heavy-duty trucks using Clean Energy's network of public-access CNG stations throughout Northern California.
Tags: Alternative Fuels, Bimbo Bakeries, Clean Energy Fuels Corp., CNG trucks, Natural Gas Vehicles, Private Fleets
The Department of Transportation announced $600 million in federal grants under the Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) program. The money is being awarded to 72 projects out of 797 applications in a competitive process designed to focus resources where they are most needed.
Tags: DOT, Highway Funding
The U.S. Commerce Department on Friday reported August retail sales were up 0.6% from the month before and 5% higher than the same time a year ago.
Tags: Economy, Retail Sales
Nevada transportation officials hope to reopen sometime Friday a section of Interstate 15 between Las Vegas and the Utah border that has been closed since Monday -- however, trucks heading in one direction will continue to have to take a long and painful detour.
Tags: I-15, Nevada, Highways, Detours
The Truckload Carriers Association is recognizing Mark Olsen and Brad Wenneberg, as Highway Angels for attempting to rescue a couple from an RV fire.
Tags: Utah, People, TCA, TCA Highway Angel, Interstate 15, Image
September 11, 2014 - Industry News
Western Star has broken the aerodynamic truck mold with a new angular, edgy and very slippery version of its classic configuration. The 5700XE boasts a very fuel efficient powertrain as well as some groundbreaking aero treatment that Western Star says will give any aero truck on the road today a real run for its money. Three years in the making, Western Star launched the 5700XE in Las Vegas.
Tags: DD15, Western Star, Daimler Trucks North America, Detroit DT12, Aerodynamics, Class 8, Fuel Efficiency
INDIANAPOLIS -- Partnership. Collaboration. Shipper of Choice. These were the buzzwords at this week's FTR Transportation Conference as truck and rail providers, shippers and others discussed the current capacity crunch and what's ahead for the freight transportation industry.
Tags: Driver Shortage, FTR, Shippers, Capacity
Fleet Advantage announced that Brian Holland has been selected to be the company’s new President and CFO.
Tags: Fleet Advantage, Promotion, People
A bridge structural repair near Olympia, Wash. over the next two weekends is expected to cause traffic problems due to ramp and lane closures. The Washington Department of Transportation is warning drivers to avoid the Interstate 5 in Olympia if possible.
Tags: Washington, Traffic Congestion, Road Construction, Interstate 5, I-5
The trucking company Central Transport has been cited for five workplace violations by the Occupational Safety Health Administration at its trucking terminal in Rock Island, Illinois following a formal complaint.
Tags: Regulations, OSHA, Safety, Fleets, Enforcement, Central Transport
Ford has shipped all models of its 2015 Transit full-size van, including the cargo, passenger, cutaway, and chassis cab models, representatives for the automaker told Automotive Fleet.
Tags: Order-to-Delivery Times, Ford, Ford Transit, Dealers
The House is working on a temporary appropriations measure that does not include a suspension of the 34-hour restart provision of the hours of service rule.
Tags: FMCSA, Congress, Hours of Service, 34-Hour Restart, Legislation
New U.S. Labor Department figures show the number of deaths in trucking last year accounted for about 10% of all fatal work injuries.
Tags: Safety, Fatal Accidents, Highway Fatalities
Rush Enterprises announced that its Orlando Light and Medium Duty Truck Center has been moved to a new location.
Tags: Rush Truck Centers, Rush Enterprises, Florida, Parts, Aftermarket
Omnitek Engineering has received approval from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for diesel-to-natural gas engine conversions of Detroit Diesel Series 60 engine families for model years 1988 to 2009.
Tags: Detroit Diesel, Natural Gas Vehicles, Engines, Natural Gas Conversions, Omnitek Engineering
In this rolling quarter FreightWatch recorded a total of 179 thefts in the United States, with 66 thefts in May, 53 in June and 60 in July.
Tags: Security, Cargo Theft, FreightWatch
Nevada transportation officials are hoping to reopen sometime Friday a section of Interstate 15 between Las Vegas and the Utah that has been closed since Monday, due to flooding that resulted in damage to the route.
Tags: Nevada, I-15, Road Closure, Interstate 15
September 10, 2014 - Industry News
Annette Sandberg, a former FMCSA Administrator turned consultant, on what will happen with pending safety rules and some troubling tactics the administration is using.
Papé Kenworth has opened two new parts and service locations along Interstate 5 in Oregon.
Tags: Kenworth, Oregon, I-5, Dealers, Interstate 5
Love’s Truck Tire Care is now available at more than 200 of the company’s travel stops across the U.S.
Tags: Love's Travel Stops, Maintenance, Truckstops, Tires, Aftermarket
The Truckload Carriers Association raised $265,000 at an annual gala Tuesday night benefitting the Wreaths Across America campaign.
Tags: Veterans, TCA, Wreaths Across America, Charity Fundraiser
NFI announced that it has broken ground on a new build-to-suit distribution center in New Jersey for retailer Five Below.
Tags: NFI, Construction, Distribution Centers, Fleets
Truck Smart Parking Services Inc. and the infrastructure firm HNTB have struck a deal to take the Truck Parking Information and Management System nationwide.
Tags: HOS, Truck Parking, Drivers, Hours of Service, Safety & Compliance, Truckstops
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