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October 19, 2011 - Industry News

Toll Booth-, Transponder-free Tolling now Possible

Toll booths and even transponder-based billing could become obsolete if GPS-based tolling catches on. Photo by Jim Park.

TransCore has introduced ROVR, a GPS device with GSM communications that allows infrastructure-less tolling and includes an optional driver safety monitoring feature shown to dramatically reduce accidents, improve fuel economy, and decrease Greenhouse gases

Tags: Highways

October 19, 2011 - Industry News

Colorado I-70 Speed Harmonization Test Considered Successful

Results from the second Rolling Speed Harmonization effort continues to demonstrate that it can be used to improve road safety, reduce crashes and ultimately improve traffic flow on Interstate 70 during heavier travel periods

Tags: Highways

October 19, 2011 - Industry News

Dealer of Year Shares Success with Business Students

From left, Indiana University Kelley School of Business faculty member Johannes G. Denekamp appears with Associate Dean Munirpallam Venkataramanan, Dealer of the Year Dick Ryan and IU faculty member Greg Kitzmiller

Truck dealer Dick Ryan of South Carolina recently visited Indiana University's Kelley School of Business as a guest lecturer, an annual honor bestowed on the winner of the Truck Dealer of the Year presented by ATD and Heavy Duty Trucking magazine

October 19, 2011 - Industry News

Verisk Analytics Launches Ironwatch on AT&T Network

Verisk Analytics has launched a wireless tracking and recovery device for mobile heavy equipment with no monthly fees. Ironwatch was developed for construction, farm, and industrial equipment by the National Equipment Register, and is supported by the AT&T wireless network

October 19, 2011 - Industry News

Existing Intelligent Transportation Technologies Could Eliminate Almost All Traffic Accidents

Courting danger: On a Bosch test track, the black demo car approaches the dummy car too quickly, alerting the radar system, which applies the brakes in time to prevent or at least soften the crash. Photo: Bosch.

Nearly every traffic accident caused by driver error -- up to 90 percent of all crashes -- could be eliminated if existing intelligent transportation technologies were implemented in our vehicles and roads, say experts at IEEE, the world's largest technical professional association

October 19, 2011 - Industry News

Senate Bill Would Block Rewrite of Hours of Service Rule

New Hampshire Republican Senator Kelly Ayotte introduced a measure to block the pending rewrite of the hours of service rule. Offered as an amendment to the 2012 transportation appropriations bill, which the Senate is working on this week, the provision would cut off funds to enforce or implement the new rule

October 19, 2011 - Industry News

EPA Honors SmartWay Champions

The Environmental Protection Agency honored industry leaders and organizations as 2011 SmartWay Champions this week during ATA's annual Management Conference and Exhibition in Dallas, Texas

October 18, 2011 - Industry News

New Freight Data Available From Cass to Analyze Market Trends

Cass Information Systems has aligned with Avondale Partners, LLC, an investment banking and wealth management firm, to create an index that reflects truckload pricing trends in North America

Tags: Economy

October 18, 2011 - Industry News

AASHTO Board Elects Reps from Michigan, Rhode Island

The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials Board of Directors have elected Michigan Transportation Director Kirk Steudle as the association's president for the next year. Rhode Island Transportation Director Michael Lewis was elected AASHTO vice president

Tags: Highways

October 18, 2011 - Industry News

Retail Container Traffic to be Up 2.6% in October

The Global Port Tracker report predicts October will be the busiest shipping month for 2011.

Import cargo volume at the nation's major retail container ports is expected to increase 2.6% in October over the same month last year and should reach its highest level of the year as retailers stock up for the holiday season

Tags: Intermodal

October 18, 2011 - Industry News

Roll-Tite Tarping Systems Acquired by Capital Partners

Capital Partners, a private investment firm located in Greenwich, Conn. has added Roll-Tite LLC to its portfolio of innovative small to mid-sized manufacturing companies with unique technologies

Tags: Tarping

October 18, 2011 - Industry News

JX Enterprises Adds Two New Dealer Locations in Indiana

JX Enterprises has added two new full-service dealerships in Fort Wayne and Indianapolis - expanding the JXE network to 15 locations

October 18, 2011 - Industry News

CN Acquires More Energy-Efficient Intermodal Equipment

CN has purchased 200 efficient EcoTherm containers to increase customer efficiency and help reduce energy consumption in its temperature-sensitive intermodal markets

Tags: Intermodal

October 18, 2011 - Industry News

Moving Industry's Annual Safety Conference Coming to Baltimore

Sessions exploring solutions to the top safety challenges currently facing the professional moving industry highlight the 2011 National Safety & Operations Conference Nov. 9-10 in Baltimore, Md., the annual event sponsored by the American Moving & Storage Association

Tags: Events

October 18, 2011 - Industry News

Kenworth's 2012 Calendar now Available

The new 2012 Kenworth Calendar is now available in wall and appointment formats, and features images of six of "The World's Best Trucks.

October 18, 2011 - Industry News

ATA, TCA Unite in Call for Increased Truck Productivity

The American Trucking Associations and the Truckload Carriers Association came together at the conclusion of ATA's Management Conference & Exhibition in Dallas this week to call on policy makers to allow for increased truck productivity

October 17, 2011 - Industry News

Spot Market Volumes, Rates Increase in September

TransCore's September North American Freight Index rose 3.2% compared to August and 45% compared to September 2010. September marked the highest same-month spot-market freight availability since the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina

Tags: Economy

October 17, 2011 - Industry News

Diesel Up 8 Cents from Last Week, Oil Drops on Euro Debt Concerns

The average price for diesel fuel at pumps across the country leapt 8 cents this week, putting the brakes on a five-week slide. Meanwhile, fears of a slowdown in the global economy and renewed uncertainty over European debt drove oil prices 42 cents lower on Monday

Tags: Fuel and Oil

October 17, 2011 - Industry News

Dan England Named 67th Chairman of American Trucking Associations

Dan England

Dan England, chairman of C.R. England Inc., Salt Lake City, has been chosen to become the American Trucking Associations' 67th chairman

October 17, 2011 - Industry News

Mack, Volvo to Sponsor Key Outreach and Image Programs

Mack Trucks, Inc. will once again sponsor the Share the Road highway safety outreach program in 2012, while Volvo will continue its sponsorship of America's Road Team

October 17, 2011 - Industry News

Volvo Honors Roehl, Stagecoach for Safety Focus

Safety-centric company cultures and outstanding performance records earned Roehl Transport and Stagecoach Cartage and Distribution the 2011 Volvo Trucks Safety Award

October 17, 2011 - Industry News

ATA's Graves: Inviting Road Ahead, but Industry Support Needed for Advocacy Efforts

Bill Graves

While the road for trucking ahead is "long and inviting," the American Trucking Associations needs more buy-in from the trucking industry to help it improve its chances of winning the legislative and regulatory battles it's fighting, ATA President Bill Graves told members during the opening session of the group's annual Management Conference and Exhibition in Dallas yesterday

October 17, 2011 - Industry News

"All Eyes on the Economy" Panel Offers Insights into Trucking, Energy, Growth

A panel of economic experts said while economic growth will still be too slow to make a dent in unemployment numbers, they don't see the United States sliding into a double-dip recession - and trucking can outperform the macro economy, especially if manufacturing continues to grow as it has been

Tags: Economy

October 17, 2011 - Industry News

Meritor Wabco Forms Strategic Alliance with Takata

Meritor Wabco Vehicle Control Systems and Takata Corp.'s U.S. subsidiary, TK Holdings, Inc., have signed a letter of intent to establish a strategic alliance in which the companies will work together to develop new active safety systems products for North American commercial vehicles

October 17, 2011 - Industry News

Dunbar Armored Selects Freightliner Hybrids

Dunbar Armored has taken delivery of the first-ever hybrid-electric armored truck -- a Freightliner Business Class M2 106 Hybrid. The company's new hybrid truck will see service in California.

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