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June 15, 2012 - Industry News

Bridge Deal Reached for New Windsor-Detroit Border Crossing

Proponents of the new crossing say the existing Ambassador Bridge will not be able to handle increased cross-border trade.

An agreement has finally been reached on a $4 billion project to build a second bridge linking Windsor, Ontario and Detroit, Mich. to take pressure off the crowded Ambassador Bridge border crossing, the busiest trade crossing on the U.S.-Canada border

Tags: Highways

June 14, 2012 - Industry News

TA to Open Another Free Fitness Facility

TA hopes to have 50 fitness rooms like this one open by the end of the year.

TravelCenters of America will open another StayFit fitness center at TA Dallas South, located at I-20, Exit 472/I-635 in Dallas. This location, scheduled to open next month, will mark the 40th StayFit fitness center in the TA and Petro Stopping Centers full service travel center network

June 14, 2012 - Industry News

Part of Kentucky's I-24 Restricted to One Lane

Traffic will be restricted to one lane on Kentucky's Interstate 24 westbound at the I-69/Western Kentucky Parkway Interchange in Lyon County. This work zone is expected to be in place for about two months

Tags: Highways

June 14, 2012 - Industry News

Used Prices on Class 8 Sleeper Tractors Continue to Rise

Retail prices for Class 8 sleeper tractors continued to rise from January through April, despite average mileage near record highs, says Chris Visser, senior analyst with the American Truck Dealers' Commercial Truck Guide, a division of the National Automobile Dealers Association

Tags: Economy

June 14, 2012 - Industry News

Daimler Trucks North America Names New CFO, Parts and Service Head

Daimler Trucks North America announced several key transitions in the company's senior leadership ranks, effective July 1

June 14, 2012 - Industry News

Arkansas Best Buying Panther Expedited

Arkansas Best Corp. will acquire Panther Expedited Services Inc. from Fenway Partners LLC for approximately $180 million, with all of Panther's outstanding debt being repaid as part of the transaction

June 14, 2012 - Industry News

Frost & Sullivan: Safety, Emissions Regs Ensure Steady Revenues for Aftermarket

The heavy-duty aftermarket industry has little to no fear, as the number of commercial vehicles in operation is expected to multiply from 6.5 million units in 2010 to 7.6 million units in 2017, according to a new analysis from industry research firm Frost & Sullivan

June 14, 2012 - Industry News

U.S. Supply Chain and Logistics Industry Rebound Led by Trucking, Rail

Total U.S. business logistics costs in 2011 rose to $1.28 trillion, a 6.6% increase from the previous year and accounting for 8.5% of the U.S. gross domestic product, according to the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals' 23rd Annual "State of Logistics Report," presented by Penske Logistics

Tags: Economy

June 13, 2012 - Industry News

EPA Outlines SmartWay Verification Program for Retreaded Tires

SmartWay approved retreaded tires are just around the corner. Photo by Jim Park.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has established a verification program for retreaded tires used on Class 8 line-haul trucks. Once a retreaded tire receives EPA certification, fleets using those tires will be compliant with CARB regulations for low-rolling-resistance tires

June 13, 2012 - Industry News

OOIDA Says New Out-of-Service Criteria Unconstitutional

The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association has filed an Order to Show Cause in federal court against the Minnesota State Patrol and the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance for the recently amended out-of-service criteria for fatigue

June 13, 2012 - Industry News

Michigan Passes Bill to Dedicate Portion of Fuel Tax to Roads

Under the legislation, 18% of that gas sales tax will go to the State Trunkline Fund, county road commissions and cities and villages for highway, road, and street projects and related purposes.

Michigan has passed a bill to dedicate part of its 4-cent sales tax on motor fuel to road improvements, reports The Detroit News

June 13, 2012 - Industry News

Survey: CSA Continued Concern for Carriers and Shippers

Carriers are concerned about CSA 2010 regulations, but they have found some of their shippers to be concerned about CSA scores as well, according to Transport Capital Partners' Second Quarter 2012 Business Expectations Survey.

June 13, 2012 - Industry News

Freight Shipments Up 0.2% from March to April

The amount of freight carried by the for-hire transportation industry rose 0.2% in April from March, rising after a one-month decline, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation's Bureau of Transportation Statistics' Freight Transportation Services Index

Tags: Economy

June 13, 2012 - Industry News

FMCSA to Host Webinar Overview of Truck and Bus Crash Data

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration Office of Analysis, Research and Technology will hold its annual webinar providing data on truck and bus crashes twice on Thursday, June 21, at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. EST.

Tags: Events

June 13, 2012 - Industry News

Women in Trucking President/CEO to Speak at Australian Conference

The Transport Women Australia LTD annual conference in September in Melbourne, Australia, will include an international perspective from Women In Trucking Association's President and CEO, Ellen Voie

June 13, 2012 - Industry News

Gilbarco Veeder-Root Names VP of Marketing, North America

Travis Bouck has joined Gilbarco Veeder-Root as vice president of marketing, North America.

Travis Bouck has joined Gilbarco Veeder-Root as vice president of marketing, North America. In this role, Bouck will lead the Greensboro, N.C.-based marketing team in positioning and product strategy, business development and new-product introduction

June 13, 2012 - Industry News

Groeneveld USA Appoints New CEO

Bert van Hasselt will be CEO of Groeneveld USA Inc. as of Oct. 1, 2012.

Bert van Hasselt has been appointed CEO of Groeneveld USA Inc., Netherlands-based Groeneveld's U.S. sales and service organization. Van Hasselt will be responsible for shaping the future growth of Groeneveld in the U.S, both through company-owned branches and independent dealers

June 13, 2012 - Industry News

Truckload Driver Turnover Pushes Higher in First Quarter

After a one quarter reprieve, the annualized turnover rate for large truckload fleets rose slightly in the first quarter of 2012 while small truckload fleets saw a tremendous surge in turnover, according to American Trucking Associations' Chief Economist Bob Costello

Tags: Economy

June 13, 2012 - Industry News

FMCSA Lightens Paperwork Load for Intermodal Drivers

FMCSA ruled that drivers do not have to submit a vehicle inspection report if the intermodal chassis has no defects.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has lightened the regulatory load for intermodal drivers and equipment providers. In a final rule this week, the agency said it is no longer necessary for drivers to submit a vehicle inspection report if the intermodal chassis has no defects. Chassis providers will not have to keep those reports, either

June 12, 2012 - Industry News

Court Rules for Navistar Competitors in Clean Air Case

Navistar says it's working to get its engines certified by the EPA.

In a victory for Navistar's competitors, a federal court said that the Environmental Protection Agency should not have allowed Navistar to pay penalties on engines that don't meet clean air standards

June 12, 2012 - Industry News

Second Bridge Planned for Detroit-Canada Link

The owner of the Ambassador Bridge has spent a lot of money fighting the second bridge.

It's looking like officials are closer to building a second bridge to link Detroit to Windsor, Ontario, lightening traffic at one of the most congested U.S.-Canadian border crossings. The new span would be downriver from the 83-year-old Ambassador Bridge

Tags: Highways

June 12, 2012 - Industry News

TransCore DAT: May Surpasses April's Record Freight Volume

In May, TransCore's DAT North American Freight Index again achieved record freight volume in a single month, surpassing the record set in April by 1.7%. On a year-over-year basis, volume increased 25%

June 12, 2012 - Industry News

ATA Demands FMCSA Release Study Used to Develop CSA Scoring System

American Trucking Associations is calling on the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to release a study of the links between violations and crash risk used to develop its methodology for assigning carriers' scores in its monitoring and measurement system: Compliance, Safety, Accountability

June 12, 2012 - Industry News

Retail Container Imports Expected to Increase 4.8% in June

Import cargo volume at the nation's major retail container ports is expected to increase 4.8% in June compared with the same month last year, and year-over-year increases are expected to continue into the holiday season shipping cycle

Tags: Intermodal

June 12, 2012 - Industry News

EIA Lowers Forecasts for 2012 Diesel, Gasoline Prices

For 2012, the Energy Information Administration has lowered its forecasted price for diesel and gasoline, and it expects West Texas Intermediate crude oil to average about $95 per barrel over the second half of 2012

Tags: Fuel and Oil

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