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August 2, 2013 - Industry News

I-84 Westbound Ramp to Northbound I-5 Will Become One Lane

After the weekend striping, there will be one lane to northbound I-5 from I-84. The configuration allows both the middle and right lanes onto the ramp to northbound I-5. But motorists must then quickly choose between two exit-only ramps – one leading to the Rose Quarter and one to I-5.

The third and final closure in the Interstate 84 paving will begin at 11 p.m. Saturday when the westbound lanes close as the final phase of the project gets under way.

Tags: Oregon, Road Construction

August 2, 2013 - Industry News

Westport Reports Net Loss of $33.9 million

Westport Innovations Inc. reported financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2013 and provided an update on operations. Westport revenue, excluding joint ventures' revenues, for the quarter ended June 30, 2013 was $34.9 million compared with $49.1 million for the same period last year. The prior quarter period included $14.1 million of service and other revenue recognized under OEM development agreements, including a one-time license revenue of $8.0 million.

Tags: financials, Westport

August 2, 2013 - Industry News

Court Upholds 34-Hour Restart, Rejects 30-Minute Break for Short-Haul Drivers

A federal appeals court generally affirmed the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s new hours-of-service rule. It rejected the agency’s application of the 30-minute break to short-haul drivers.The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit upheld the 34-hour restart provision of the new truck driver hours-of-service rule but rejected the 30-minute break requirement for short-haul drivers.

Tags: HOS, Hours of Service, FMCSA, Litigation

August 1, 2013 - Industry News

Apex Freight Services Announces Acquisition of Colorado LTL Company

Logistics provider Apex Freight Services annouced the acquisition of the Colorado-based Timberline Freight Services, a company specializing in full and less-than-truckload transportation of temperature-protected goods.

Tags: Mergers & Acquisitions

August 1, 2013 - Industry News

Senate Stalls Transport Appropriations Bill

The Senate rejected an effort to advance a transportation appropriations bill, mirroring the action yesterday by the House. In a 54 – 43 vote, the Senate declined to end debate on the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development appropriations measure.

Tags: U.S. DOT, U.S. Congress

August 1, 2013 - Industry News

DEF Tracker: DEF Truck Stop Prices Stable

DEF truck stop prices have remained stable at $2.79/G in the U.S. since November 2012 and at CAD$ 0.80/L in Canada since October 2011. Twenty-four pumps distributing bulk DEF were added to the network in the United States over the last month.

Tags: DEF, DEF Tracker

August 1, 2013 - Industry News

Meritor Reports 3rd Quarter Fiscal Year Sales Down

For the third quarter of fiscal year 2013, Meritor posted sales of $993 million, down 11% from the same period last year. This decrease was primarily due to lower sales in North America, the company's military business and China.

Tags: Meritor, financials

August 1, 2013 - Industry News

C.R. England, Inc. Hosts Natural Gas Shipper Symposium

C.R. England is hosting its first Natural Gas Shipper Symposium, Tuesday, Aug. 6 at Deer Valley Resort in Park City, Utah. The event highlights the current and future uses of natural gas in the trucking industry.

Tags: Natural Gas, C.R. England, Events

August 1, 2013 - Industry News

Meritor Announces Sale of Brazilian Joint Venture

Meritor Inc. announced that it has completed the sale of its 50% ownership interest in Suspensys Sistemas Automotivos Ltda. to its joint venture partner Randon S.A. Implementos e Participacoes.

Tags: Meritor

August 1, 2013 - Industry News

Trucks Transported 60.8% of U.S.-NAFTA Trade in May 2013

The Bureau of Transportation Statistics of the U.S. Department of Transportation released May North American Free Trade Agreement freight numbers showing that trucks carried 60.8% of the $98.6 billion of freight moved in May 2013 between the United States and its NAFTA partners, Canada and Mexico.

Tags: NAFTA, BTS

August 1, 2013 - Industry News

FMCSA Proposes to Drop Driver Inspection Reports if No Defects

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is officially proposing to drop the requirement that truck drivers file inspection reports even when there are no defects in the truck.

Tags: FMCSA, ATA, CSA, U.S. DOT, White House

July 31, 2013 - Industry News

Saddle Creek Teams with Freightliner Trucks to Develop CNG Tractor with Advanced Aerodynamics

Freightliner Trucks and Saddle Creek Logistics Services have together developed a new Freightliner Cascadia 113-inch BBC day cab with natural gas technology featuring advanced aerodynamics.

Tags: Freightliner, Natural Gas Vehicles, Saddle Creek, Cummins Westport

July 31, 2013 - Industry News

Schneider National Representatives Take Trip on Historic Military Plane

Time Machine: A World War II era B-17 bomber dubbed Aluminum Overcast stopped in Green Bay on July 24 to take 10 Schneider National employees for a flight over the area.

Tags: Schneider

July 31, 2013 - Industry News

Tunneling Machine Begins 14-month Journey Beneath Seattle

Bertha, the world’s largest tunneling machine, officially started the 2-mile journey beneath downtown Seattle. This afternoon, Bertha’s 5-story-tall cutterhead broke through the north wall of her 80-foot-deep launch pit. She’s expected to emerge in about 14 months near the intersection of Sixth Avenue North and Harrison Street.

Tags: Washington, Road Construction

July 31, 2013 - Industry News

House Pulls Transport Appropriations Measure

Just as the House was set to consider an amendment that would reverse the recent changes in truck driver hours-of-service rules, leaders pulled the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development appropriations bill from the floor.

Tags: U.S. Congress

July 31, 2013 - Industry News

Vermont Raises $10.3 milion in Sale of Transportation Bonds

On Tuesday, Vermont's State Treasurer Beth Pearce announced the successful sale of Vermont special obligation transportation infrastructure bonds totalling $10.3 million.

Tags: Vermont, Road Construction

July 31, 2013 - Industry News

U.S. Energy Department Updates Average Electric Vehicle Charging Station Price

The U.S. Energy Department has updated its national eGallon price, which is a way to compare the costs of fueling electric vehicles with the cost of gasoline. The DOE said the price of fueling an electric vehicle rose to $1.18 per eGallon on July 19, up from $1.14 from earlier in the year.

Tags: Department of Energy, Battery-Electric Vehicles

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

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