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March 7, 2014 - Industry News

February Intermodal Rail Traffic Increases

Intermodal rail traffic increased 1.1% in February compared to the same time a year ago, according to new figures released by the Association of American Railroads.

Tags: Intermodal, Freight, Association of American Railroads

March 7, 2014 - Industry News

CARB Unveils Proposed Changes to California’s Truck and Bus Regulation

The California Air Resources Board unveiled proposed amendments to its Truck and Bus Regulation. The amendments are designed to provide new flexibility to truckers working to clean up their aging diesel fleets while still protecting the important emission benefits the regulation provides. CARB members will consider the changes at the April 24 hearing.

Tags: Emissions, CARB, Regulations, DEF

March 7, 2014 - Industry News

Economic Watch: 175,000 Jobs Added in February, None for Trucking

Employers added 175,000 jobs in February, better than the previous two months, according to new U.S. Labor Department figures.

Tags: Economy, Unemployment, Employment

March 6, 2014 - Industry News

XTRA Lease Adds New Corrosion-Fighting Trailers in 2014

XTRA Lease has ordered approximately 5,000 new trailers for 2014, most of which will be built with corrosion-fighting galvanized steel components. The company is adding a mix of dry vans, liftgated vans and reefers equipped with new fuel-saving Thermo King Precedent reefer units.

Tags: Trailers, Thermo King, Xtra Lease, Aerodynamics

March 6, 2014 - Industry News

National Coalition Launches “Hardhats for Highways” Campaign

With the federal Highway Trust Fund projected to be unable to support any new highway, bridge and public transportation improvements in fiscal year 2015, a national coalition of associations and labor unions announced that it is launching a campaign to help educate Congress about the connection between local jobs and federal highway and transit investment.

Tags: Highway Trust Fund, U.S. Congress

March 6, 2014 - Industry News

Tax Committees Debate Highway Funding as Money is Running Out

Photo: Evan Lockridge

Ideas for infusions into the Highway Trust Fund got conflicting receptions before congressional tax committees this week, as Senate Finance Chairman Ron Wyden said he's looking for solutions while Ways and Means Chairman Dave Camp expressed concerns about the Obama administration's proposal.

Tags: Highway Trust Fund, FET, Taxes, Infrastructure Funding, Highways, U.S. Congress, Legislation

March 6, 2014 - Industry News

Vitran Shareholders Approve Sale to TransForce

Photo: Evan Lockridge

Shareholders of the less-than-truckload carrier Vitran have approved an earlier announced sale to fellow Canadian trucking operation TransForce.

Tags: Mergers & Acquisitions, TransForce, Vitran

March 6, 2014 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Factory Shipments, Orders Fall

New orders fell 0.7% from the month before, following a December drop of 2%, larger than first reported. Excluding transportation, new orders in January increased 0.2%.

Tags: Productivity, Economy, Factory Orders, Factory Shipments

March 6, 2014 - Industry News

Diesel Engine Group Upset Over Obama Budget Item

It calls for cutting all funding for the Diesel Emissions Reduction Act from $20 million dollars this year to zero in 2015. The cut is part of more than $6 billion in budget reductions proposed for the new fiscal year, which starts at the beginning of October.

Tags: Diesel Engines, Diesel Emissions, Budget, Barack Obama, Diesel Technology Forum

March 6, 2014 - Industry News

Intermodal Refrigerated Provider Announces Expansion

Credit: Cold Train

The new owner of a service that provides refrigerated intermodal shipping is planning an expansion.

Tags: Intermodal, Reefers, Cold Train, BNSF

March 6, 2014 - Industry News

FTR’s Trucking Conditions Index in Very Positive Territory

FTR’s Trucking Conditions Index reading of 8.82 for January reflects a very positive environment for truckers in early 2014. FTR expects the index to remain high as regulatory drag keeps capacity tight.

Tags: HOS, FTR, Trucking Conditions Index

March 6, 2014 - Industry News

Clean Energy Opens Two America’s Natural Gas Highway Stations

Clean Energy Fuels Corp. announced fueling has begun at its Valdosta, Ga., and London, Ohio, America’s Natural Gas Highway stations to serve Raven Transport and Epes’ fleets of heavy-duty liquefied natural gas trucks.

Tags: Clean Energy Fuels, Expansion, CNG, LNG

March 5, 2014 - Industry News

Work Truck Magazine Names International TerraStar 4x4 2014 Work Truck of the Year

WORK TRUCK SHOW -- The International TerraStar 4x4 was named Work Truck magazine’s 2014 Work Truck of the Year at the NTEA Work Truck Show in Indianapolis.

Tags: NTEA, Work Truck Show, International, Navistar

March 5, 2014 - Industry News

2013 Cargo Thefts Tie Record High, Average Loss Falls

Credit: FreightWatch International

The number of cargo thefts in the United States last year remained the same as it was in 2013, tying the highest level on record, according to a newly released report.

Tags: Freight, Cargo Theft, FreightWatch, Crime

March 5, 2014 - Industry News

Mack Updates 'Brand Identity' With Modernized Logo, New Tagline

The new modernized logo is unveiled.

It takes guts to tinker with a brand identity as iconic as that of Mack Trucks, but leaders at the 114-year-old company felt it was time to make a bold move to reflect how Mack has evolved. Tuesday Mack unveiled a sleeker, more modern logo and a new tagline, "Born Ready."

Tags: Mack Trucks, Branding

March 5, 2014 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Job Creation, Non-Manufacturing Employment Lose Steam

UPDATED -- Private sector employment increased by 139,000 jobs from January to February, according to the National Employment Report released Wednesday by the payroll management services provider ADP.

Tags: Economy, Non-Manufacturing, Employment, Federal Reserve

March 5, 2014 - Industry News

Spot Freight Rates Gain from a Year Ago, Mixed Compared to Last Week

While the amount of freight that’s available on the spot market has increased over the past week rates are mixed, according to the freight matching service provider DAT.

Tags: Freight, Spot Freight, DAT Transcore

March 5, 2014 - Industry News

YRC Freight Restructures, Board Member Resigns from YRC Worldwide

New YRC Freight president Darren Hawkins is shaking up things with the less-than-truckload carrier by reorganizing its management.

Tags: Leadership, People, YRC Worldwide, YRC Freight

March 5, 2014 - Industry News

ABF Increasing Rates Later This Month

Less-than-truckload carrier ABF Freight System will increase general rates and charges effective March 24.

Tags: ABF, Freight Rates, FedEx

March 5, 2014 - Industry News

Solid February Class 8 Order Activity Reported

ACT Research and FTR have released preliminary expected Class 8 orders that are solid for the month of February.

Tags: Class 8, ACT Research, FTR

March 5, 2014 - Industry News

Navistar Quarterly Loss Grows to $248 Million

Truck and engine maker Navistar International reported a wider first quarter loss than expected on Wednesday amid slower sales.

Tags: Navistar, OEM, Earnings

March 5, 2014 - Industry News

UPS Investing $70 Million in Propane Delivery Trucks

UPS invested $70 million in 1,000 propane delivery trucks.

WORK TRUCK SHOW -- United Parcel Service will buy 1,000 propane-fueled "package cars" for use in rural areas following successful test in Georgia.

Tags: UPS, Propane Autogas, Alternative Fuels & Hybrids, Work Truck Show, NTEA

March 5, 2014 - Industry News

Velvac Acquires ViewMaster Product Line

Velvac Inc., a manufacturer of components to the truck, bus, recreational and specialty vehicle industries, has acquired the ViewMaster Product Line of mirrors used on vehicles in the refuse market as well as on other heavy- and medium-duty trucks.

March 4, 2014 - Industry News

2016-Model F-650/750 to Get Fresh Styling, More Ford Components

Like trucks, a dedicated tractor model will have a mesh grille and sculpted fender lines as part of new styling. New USA-built models are due out in spring of 2015.

WORK TRUCK SHOW -- Ford Commercial Truck is extensively redesigning its F-650 and F-750 medium-duty trucks to use more of its own components as it prepares to move production from Mexico to the state of Ohio in about a year.

Tags: Work Truck Show, NTEA, Cummins, Ford

March 4, 2014 - Industry News

DOT Budget Includes Freight, Infrastructure

President Obama’s budget for the Department of Transportation calls for new performance measures and a $10 billion freight program as well as his four-year, $302 billion infrastructure program.

Tags: Budget, U.S. DOT, Highway Funding, Legislation, ATA, Infrastructure, Highways

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