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November 2, 2011 - Industry News

1 in 5 Smaller Fleets Would Consider Leaving Industry if Tonnage Does Not Increase: TCP National Survey

The recent Third Quarter 2011 Transport Capital Partners (TCP) Business Expectations Survey found that 15% of fleets are considering leaving the industry in the next six months if volumes do not increase

Tags: Economy

November 2, 2011 - Industry News

Fleet Sentiment Report Buying Index Shows Fleets in a Buying Mood

The Q4 2011 Fleet Sentiment Report Buying Index shows a 22% improvement over 2010. The index currently stands at 89.2

Tags: Economy

November 2, 2011 - Industry News

Coalition to Congress: Give States More Flexibility to Impose Tolls on Highways

A coalition of highway construction groups in nearly a dozen states has launched a national campaign to urge Congress to allow states to impose tolls to pay for long-overdue highway improvements

Tags: Highways

November 2, 2011 - Industry News

Penske Readies Major U.S. Fuel Facilities for Bulk DEF

By early 2012, Penske Truck Leasing says it will have fully equipped 370 of its major U.S. fueling locations with bulk diesel exhaust fluid to accommodate the growing number of trucks within its fleet using SCR technology

November 2, 2011 - Industry News

NTSB Conducting Tests at Site of June 2011 Amtrak Train Crash

Testing equipment is installed on the truck's brake system to measure air-brake lag time. Photo by NTSB.

NTSB investigators have returned to the scene of an accident between an Amtrak passenger train and a tractor and double trailer combination in rural Nevada on June 24, 2011.

November 2, 2011 - Industry News

Preliminary Net Class 8 Orders "Up Substantially" for October: FTR

FTR says the Class 8 assembly lines could be humming by the New Year.

FTR Associates has released preliminary data showing October Class 8 truck total net orders for all major North American OEM's increased 17% over September to 27,395 units.

Tags: Economy

November 2, 2011 - Industry News

Isuzu Production Begins of Reach Walk-In Van

The lightweight composite materials provide a 700-pound weight savings compared to traditional aluminum and steel materials.

Production of Isuzu's new Reach walk-in cargo van has begun at Utilimaster's assembly facility in Wakarusa, Ind. Utilimaster guided the development of the Reach's aerodynamic shape and use of composite materials to improve fuel efficiency and reduce interior noise

November 2, 2011 - Industry News

Hours Rule Advances to Office of Management and Budget

The revised hours of service rule moved one step closer to publication yesterday when the Department of Transportation sent its proposed revisions to the White House Office of Management and Budget for review

November 1, 2011 - Industry News

August 2011 Surface Trade with Canada and Mexico Rose 18.3% from August 2010

Trade using surface transportation between the United States and its North American neighbors, Canada and Mexico, was 18.3 percent higher in August 2011 than in August 2010, totaling $80.4 billion, according to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics

Tags: Economy

November 1, 2011 - Industry News

GE Survey Shows Transportation CFOs Largely Upbeat

This fall, GE Capital released its U.S. Mid-Market CFO Survey, which polled chief financial officers across seven different industries, including trucking companies. The data is encouraging, despite concerns about costs and regulations

Tags: Economy

November 1, 2011 - Industry News

Compressed Natural Gas Fueling Stations Get Green Light in Georgia

Georgia utility regulators approved a plan developed by Atlanta Gas Light that incents the private sector to invest in Compressed Natural Gas vehicle fueling stations

Tags: Fuel and Oil

November 1, 2011 - Industry News

Missouri DOT Earns $1 Million to Add Truck Parking on I-70

By making it easier for professional drivers to find spots to rest, MoDOT expects to reduce crashes caused by driver fatigue. Photo by Jim Park.

The Missouri Department of Transportation earned $1 million in federal funding to build new truck parking spaces on the Interstate 70 corridor

Tags: Highways

November 1, 2011 - Industry News

UPS Freight Takes the Guesswork out of LTL Pickups

UPS now offers an unprecedented level of pickup control for the less-than-truckload (LTL) industry with the launch of UPS Freight Pickup Notifications for LTL

November 1, 2011 - Industry News

Salt Lake City Adopts 2-Minute Idling Ordinance

On October 25, Salt Lake City passed a bylaw restricting vehicle idling to 2 minutes or less. The law does not apply when the temperature is below 32F or above 90F

November 1, 2011 - Industry News

Mobile App Enhances Carrier Communication

C.H. Robinson Worldwide has launched CHRWtrucks.com, a mobile communications application for carriers doing business with the company

November 1, 2011 - Industry News

Pilot Flying J to Purchase Seven Bosselman Travel Centers

The acquisition of seven Bosselman properties in Iowa, Kansas, South Dakota and Nebraska will expand Pilot Flying J's network in the Midwest

November 1, 2011 - Industry News

TCA Invites Carriers to Apply for Trucking's Weight Loss Showdown

The Truckload Carriers Association is looking to improve the general health of the trucking industry. It will host Trucking's Weight Loss Showdown, a competition with prize incentives for the fleet and individual who achieve the greatest percentages of weight loss

November 1, 2011 - Industry News

Senate Clears 2012 Transport Appropriations Measure, Including Heavier Truck Provision

The Senate yesterday approved a transportation appropriations bill that would, among other things, allow heavier trucks on Maine and Vermont Interstates, and continue funding for transportation enhancements such as bike paths

October 31, 2011 - Industry News

Oil Gains 18% in October, Diesel Up for Third Straight Week

The national average price of diesel rose 6.7 cents a gallon from last week, while oil prices for October leapt from about $79 to $93 per barrel during the month

Tags: Fuel and Oil

October 31, 2011 - Industry News

Texas DOT Removing Nighttime Truck Speed Limit Signs

The Texas Department of Transportation has begun work to remove the 65-mile per hour nighttime speed limit and all truck speed limit signs on Lubbock District roadways

Tags: Highways

October 31, 2011 - Industry News

September U.S. Containerized Imports Fall 6% from August

U.S. containerized import volume fell 6 percent in September from the month before as retailers restrain inventories. Even a surge in auto parts shipments was not enough to offset growing retailer pessimism about consumer demand

Tags: Intermodal

October 31, 2011 - Industry News

J.B. Hunt Transport Selects CSS for Drug and Alcohol Consortium Services

Compliance Safety Systems has been selected by JB Hunt Transport Services, Inc. to offer drug and alcohol consortium services to carriers providing contracted services to J.B. Hunt

October 31, 2011 - Industry News

Timken Launches Automotive & Heavy Duty Aftermarket Website for Online Collaboration

The automotive and heavy duty aftermarket teams at The Timken Company have launched a new online site for professional technicians and do-it-yourself installers

October 30, 2011 - Industry News

Seattle's 'Viadoom' Project Reopens Two Days Early

Alaskan Way Viaduct in Seattle

The busy Alaskan Way Viaduct along the Puget Sound waterfront in Seattle that was shut down more than a week ago has reopened to traffic nearly two days early

Tags: Highways

October 30, 2011 - Industry News

Flood-damaged Interstate 680 to Reopen Wednesday

After it was shut down in early June due Missouri River flooding, repair work on the bridge that links Iowa and Nebraska, just to the north of Omaha, is all but complete. The bridge will reopen later this week

Tags: Highways

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