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July 31, 2013 - Industry News

U.S. Biodiesel Production Reached Record Level in May

U.S. biodiesel production in May 2013 reached a record level of 111 million gallons, according to data released by the U.S. Energy Information Administration on July 30.

Tags: biodiesel

July 31, 2013 - Industry News

Cascadia Evolution, M2 Models Leading Freightliner to “Best Year Ever"

Lampert attributes Freightliner’s market-leading position with a product lineup that is address customers key concerns: fuel economy and the cost of operation.

Tags: DTNA, Freightliner, Cascadia

July 31, 2013 - Industry News

Ford to Offer CNG/LPG Capability on 2014 F-150 Pickups

2014 F-150’s 3.7-liter V-6 ordered with a gaseous preparation package can burn compressed natural gas or propane after upfitting by a Ford-approved modifier.

Ford Motor Co. says it will offer its 2014-model F-150 half-ton pickup with the ability to run on low-cost compressed natural gas or liquefied petroleum gas. The option will be available on the 3.7-liter V-6 engine with a factory-installed gaseous-fuel preparation package.

Tags: Alternative-fuel vehicles, Natural Gas Vehicles, Propane Autogas, Ford

July 30, 2013 - Industry News

Professional Truck Driver Helps Stranded Motorist Get Back on the Road

The Truckload Carriers Association has named Albert Wallace of Hartsville, N.C., a Highway Angel. Wallace drives for Epes Transport System Inc., of Greensboro, N.C..

Tags: TCA Highway Angel

July 30, 2013 - Industry News

Obama Proposes Tax Reform to Raise Money for Highway and Other Investments

President Obama proposed a tax reform deal that would include a big, one-time investment in infrastructure. In remarks Tuesday at an Amazon Fulfillment Center in Chattanooga, Tenn., Obama said he would support lowering the corporate tax rate from 35% to 28%, and to 25% for manufacturers.

Tags: Infrastructure, Barack Obama, White House, Infrastructure Funding

July 30, 2013 - Industry News

$7 Million in Emergency Relief Funds for New Hampshire, Vermont, New York

U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx announced that the U.S. Department of Transportation is immediately making available $2 million in emergency relief funds to help New Hampshire and Vermont cover the costs of repairing roads and bridges damaged by flooding from May through July. Each state will receive $1 million.

Tags: New York, U.S. DOT, New Hampshire, FHWA

July 30, 2013 - Industry News

Overnight Closure Set Aug. 1 for Highway 52 Lafayette Bridge in St. Paul

Drivers in St. Paul, Minn,, will encounter an overnight closure and detour on southbound Highway 52 as crews close the roadway for patching.

Tags: Minnesota, Road Construction

July 30, 2013 - Industry News

Road Fix: Mobile Phone App Opens Direct Digital Complaint Line to Congress

Stuck in traffic? Have a cell phone? Here’s your chance to turn your wasted breath into a digital complaint that could actually get something done. Building America’s Future, a bipartisan coalition dedicated to reinvestment in infrastructure, today introduced a new mobile phone app that gives motorists a direct link to their elected representatives.

Tags: Information Technology, Traffic Congestion, Highway Trust Fund, White House, Building America's Future, U.S. Congress

July 29, 2013 - Industry News

Gasoline Slips, Diesel Prices Increase

While gasoline prices continued to decline this week, diesel prices continued on its journey upward.

Tags: Fuel and Oil

July 29, 2013 - Industry News

Two More Guilty Pleas in Pilot Flying J Fraud Case

Two employees of Pilot Flying J pled guilty to charges of fraud in the ongoing investigation of the fuel company’s treatment of its customers.

Tags: Pilot Flying J

July 29, 2013 - Industry News

Keynote Announced for HTUF National Meeting

The High-Efficiency Truck Users Forum announced that Christopher Grundler, director of the Office of Transportation and Air Quality, U.S. EPA will give a keynote address at the upcoming HTUF National Meeting, October 7-9 in Chicago, Ill.

Tags: HTUF, Events

July 29, 2013 - Industry News

Utility Tri-State Opens a New Location In Oklahoma City

Utility Trailer Manufacturing Co. announced the opening of Utility Tri-State, Inc.’s new Oklahoma City, Okla., location.

Tags: Utility, Expansion, Dealer

July 29, 2013 - Industry News

PeopleNet Releases Analysis on Mobile Devices in Trucking

Saying they wanted to clarify some misconceptions in the marketplace regarding mobile devices, PeopleNet, Minnetonka, Minn., released an analysis comparing the mobile options of BYOD (bring your own device) and COPE (company-owned, personally enabled).

Tags: Technology, PeopleNet

July 29, 2013 - Industry News

I-5 Whilamut Passage Bridge Opens

The I-5 Whilamut Passage Bridge over the Willamette River was recently completed, and will reduce congestion and improve freight movement through the critical corridor.

Tags: Road Construction

July 29, 2013 - Industry News

Driver Error Key in Fatal School Bus Crash, NTSB Finds

A fatal collision between a school bus and a truck probably was caused by the bus driver’s mistake and made more severe by the truck being overweight and speeding, said the National Transportation Safety Board.

Tags: Accidents, NTSB

July 28, 2013 - Industry News

UPS Sustainability Report Details Fuel Use Reduction of 1.3 Million Gallons in 2012

UPS released its latest sustainability report, which details the progress the company made that year toward making its overall operations more environmentally friendly and offers specifics on how it is managing its fleet to meet its larger goals.

Tags: Sustainability, UPS

July 28, 2013 - Industry News

Rush Enterprises Reports Second Quarter Net Income Decreased Y-o-Y

Rush Enterprises Inc., which operates the largest network of commercial vehicle dealerships in North America, announced that for the quarter ended June 30, 2013, the company's net income was $5.6 million, or $0.14 per diluted share, compared with net income of $17.4 million, or $0.44 per diluted share, in the quarter ended June 30, 2012.

Tags: Rush Enterprises, financials

July 28, 2013 - Industry News

Westport Appoints Nancy Gougarty as President and COO

Westport Innovations announced that Nancy Gougarty has been appointed president and chief operating officer of Westport after resigning her position on the company's board of directors.

Tags: Leadership, Westport

July 28, 2013 - Industry News

Diamond International Completes Service Expansion in Springfield, Mo.

Diamond International of Springfield, a local International commercial truck dealership, recently opened its new location at 2635 E. Diamond Street in Springfield, Mo.

Tags: Expansion, Dealer

July 26, 2013 - Industry News

Judges Mull Consolidating Remaining Pilot Flying J Lawsuits

Photo: Evan Lockridge

The fate of about a dozen lawsuits against Pilot Flying J now rests in the hands of a panel of federal judges in Maine. The suits, which all stem from allegations the truckstop chain cheated customers out of fuel rebates, could be consolidated into one class action.

Tags: Fuel Prices, Pilot Flying J, Truckstops, Litigation

July 26, 2013 - Industry News

Swift Transportation Faces Lawsuit Over Background Checks

Photo: Evan Lockridge

Swift Transportation is facing a class action lawsuit for allegedly violating the Fair Credit Reporting Act in how it conducted background checks. The suit says more than 10,000 applicants were affected.

Tags: Drivers, Swift Transportation, Fair Credit Reporting Act, Litigation

July 26, 2013 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Latest Economic Numbers Hit Multi-Year Highs

While American’s are split on how President Obama is handling the economy, the latest numbers out show things are decidedly on the upswing, with increasing consumer confidence, rising home prices and steady job gains.

Tags: Economy, Consumer Confidence, Durable Goods

July 26, 2013 - Industry News

Covenant, Pacer, Saia, UTI, P.A.M. Report Financials

More carriers have reported second quarter financial results, with both Covenant Transport and Universal Truckload showing a decline in profit, Pacer showing a slighter bigger one, and Saia and P.A.M. showing increases in both profit and revenue.

Tags: Fleet Financials, Covenant Transport, Earnings, Saia, Universal Truckload

July 26, 2013 - Industry News

Court Upholds Mexico Pilot Program

UPDATED- A federal appeals court upheld the Obama administration’s pilot program for long-distance trucking across the U.S.-Mexico border. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit denied petitions by the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association and the Teamsters union to declare the program illegal.

Tags: Cross-Border Trucking, Mexico, OOIDA, Teamsters, NAFTA

July 25, 2013 - Industry News

Obama, Congress Talk Infrastructure Funding

President Barack Obama talks with Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx aboard Air Force One during the flight to Jacksonville, Fla., where the president called for more infrastructure investment to create jobs and support the middle class. (White House photo)

As Congress squares for the fight over 2014 transportation spending and long-term transportation policy, President Obama called for more infrastructure investment to create jobs and support the middle class.

Tags: FMCSA, Intermodal, U.S. DOT, White House, Panama Canal, U.S. Congress

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