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August 15, 2011 - Industry News

FTR Shippers Condition Index Improves Slightly

FTR Associates' Shippers Condition Index edged up in June to a current reading of -3.1. The SCI sums up all market influences that affect shippers; a reading above zero suggests a favorable shipping environment, while a reading below zero is unfavorable

August 14, 2011 - Industry News

Con-way Freight Driver is ATA Driving Champ

Paul Phillips, a Con-way Freight driver from Coarsegold, Calif., was named the 2011 Bendix National Truck Driving Championships Grand Champion in Orlando, Fla., over the weekend, beating 428 other professional drivers from all across the United States in the American Trucking Associations' 74th annual National Truck Driving Championships

August 14, 2011 - Industry News

Truck Driver Social Media Convention to be Held

The first Truck Driver Social Media Convention will be held in Tunica, Miss., Oct. 15

Tags: Events

August 14, 2011 - Industry News

Illinois Governor Signs Legislation Requiring Truck Route Info

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn signed legislation requiring local governments to provide the most up-to-date truck route information for the Illinois Department of Transportation to post online

August 14, 2011 - Industry News

NAFA Urges EPA To Reconsider E15 Waiver Decision

The NAFA Fleet Management Association disputes the Environmental Protection Agency's two partial waivers under the Clean Air Act that allow E15 to be sold for use in model year 2001 and newer cars and light trucks

August 13, 2011 - Industry News

Damage to I-29 Bridges in Iowa Sets Back Recovery Schedule

The Missouri River flooding has undermined the south bridge approaches of dual Interstate 29 bridges at mile post 1.4 in the southwestern corner of Iowa, and is threatening the bridges. The seriousness of the damage is expected to delay the eventual reopening of the interstate when the waters recede

Tags: Highways

August 12, 2011 - Industry News

Freight Nearly Flat, But Much Activity Still Above Last Year, FTR Economists Say

If dire economic news of recent days affects the U.S. economy, the observations of economists speaking at FTR Associates' monthly State of Freight webinar might be thrown out the window, said moderator Jonathon Starks, at the August 11 conference's outset. But through this year's first half, cargo movement in the U.S. was brisk and many trucking companies remain healthy as they enjoy higher rates

Tags: Economy

August 11, 2011 - Industry News

Grant Will Help Goodyear Accelerate Work on Innovation That Could Make Tire Pumps Obsolete

The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company is working on self-inflating tire technology with help from a U.S. government grant

August 11, 2011 - Industry News

Law Enforcement to Pace Vehicles on I-70

The Colorado Department of Transportation, in coordination with the Colorado State Patrol, and Silverthorne Police Department, will pace vehicles on I-70 in an effort to reduce congestion using a technique sometimes called "rolling roadblocks.

Tags: Highways

August 11, 2011 - Industry News

Canada Working to Address Emissions from Heavy-Duty Vehicles

Canada's Environment Minister released a consultation paper on the development of proposed regulations to limit greenhouse gas emissions from new on-road heavy-duty vehicles

August 11, 2011 - Industry News

Fleet Maintenance of NW Florida Joins CVSN

Fleet Maintenance of Northwest Florida in Fort Walton Beach, Fla., signed on as a new Commercial Vehicle Solutions Network member

August 10, 2011 - Industry News

Survey Finds Drivers Still Don't Understand CSA

Truck drivers may not have a solid understanding of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's new CSA enforcement program, and a majority are concerned that it could cause them to lose their jobs, according to a new survey from the American Transportation Research Institute

August 10, 2011 - Industry News

Union Pacific Begins Construction on N.M. Rail/Intermodal Facility

Union Pacific Railroad began construction on an all-new rail facility just outside Santa Teresa, N.M., including an intermodal ramp

Tags: Intermodal

August 10, 2011 - Industry News

Shippers Oppose FMCSA Efforts to Regulate Waiting Time

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's five-year strategic plan calls for expanding its reach in the supply chain to shippers and receivers, and shippers' groups aren't happy about it

August 10, 2011 - Industry News

DOT Freight Index: Shipments Up 2.6% May to June

The amount of freight carried by the for-hire transportation industry rose 2.6% in June from May, after two monthly declines, according to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics' Freight Transportation Services Index

August 10, 2011 - Industry News

Delays Possible on I-15 in Vegas

Three lanes of southbound Interstate 15 in Las Vegas could be closed for days after a fiery fuel tanker truck crash

Tags: Highways

August 10, 2011 - Industry News

Pulse of Commerce Index Down 0.2% in July

The Ceridian-UCLA Pulse of Commerce Index dipped 0.2% in July, offsetting some of the relatively strong 1% gain posted in June

August 10, 2011 - Industry News

Wisconsin Non-Profit to Encourage Children to Consider Driving Careers

The non-profit organization Drivings-cool aims to encourage children to enter the driving profession through driving simulators

August 10, 2011 - Industry News

Survey: Americans Looking for Local Solutions to Congestion Concerns

According to the latest America THINKS survey from HNTB Corp., people are fed up with congested, crumbling roads and are looking for decisions from local and regional officials about how to prioritize fixing them

Tags: Highways

August 9, 2011 - Industry News

Early Reaction to Truck Efficiency Standards Mostly Positive

Trucking interests are still poring through a nearly 1,000-page rule that sets first-of-their-kind fuel efficiency standards for trucks, buses, and other heavy-duty vehicles, but initial reaction has been largely positive

Tags: Fuel and Oil

August 9, 2011 - Industry News

Teamster Carhual Members Ratify National, 51-month Agreement

Teamster carhaulers have ratified a new National Master Automobile Transporters Agreement, securing wage increases for about 4,500 workers

August 9, 2011 - Industry News

Retail Container Traffic Drops Below Last Year, Expected to See Gains as Holidays Approach


Year-over-year increases in retail container shipping are expected to resume in September. (Photo by Evan Lockridge)

Import cargo volume at the nation's major retail container ports will remain below last year's levels for the remainder of the summer before seeing year-over-year gains again this fall as retailers begin to stock up for the holiday season

Tags: Intermodal

August 9, 2011 - Industry News

Increased Fuel Sales, New Rent Agreement Drive Profits for TravelCenters of America

Fuel sales helped drive TA profits in the second quarter. (Photo by  Jim Park)

TravelCenters of America announced financial results for the three months ended June 30, 2011. Earnings were over 17 times higher than the same period last year

August 9, 2011 - Industry News

Clean Energy Opens Four New CNG Stations

Clean Energy has opened for new compressed natural gas fueling stations: two in downtown Chicago, one at Las Vegas/McCarran Intl. Airport, and one at Austin-Bergstrom Intl. Airport

Tags: Fuel and Oil

August 9, 2011 - Industry News

12 Flying Js in Canada Join Transflo Express Network

Pegasus TransTech announced that 12 new locations for Transflo Express truckstop scanning have been added in Canada, tripling the number of Pilot Flying Js in the Transflo Express Canadian network

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