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November 7, 2011 - Industry News

Oil Tops $95 on Monday, Diesel Slides Half a Cent from Last Week

Diesel prices have retreated slightly for the first time in a month, while oil prices are on the rise, pushed by higher seasonal demand and hints of stability in the eurozone

Tags: Fuel and Oil

November 7, 2011 - Industry News

Senate Committee Will Vote on Highway Bill This Week

The MAP-21 bill would create a new National Freight Network Program, which would provide funds to states to improve cargo movement and intermodal connectors.

The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee will vote on a two-year, $109 billion highway reauthorization bill this week. Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21), as the bill is called, is intended to preserve current spending levels

November 6, 2011 - Industry News

House GOP Bill Would Tap Energy Production to Fund Infrastructure Spending

House Republicans plan to introduce a multiyear surface transportation reauthorization bill that would expand domestic energy production to pay for transportation infrastructure. House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio said he hopes to pass the bill before the end of the year

Tags: Highways

November 6, 2011 - Industry News

Sutley Outlines Role, Challenges for Clean Diesel in Clean Energy Economy

Nancy Sutley, Chair of the Council on Environmental Quality

Clean diesel will play an important role in America's new clean energy economy says Nancy Sutley, Chair of the Council on Environmental Quality, said during her keynote dinner address at the annual meeting of the Diesel Technology Forum

November 6, 2011 - Industry News

Cass October Freight Index Shows Volumes Down, Expenditures Up

Year-over-year growth still consistent, but month-to-month momentum is missing: Cass Freight Index.

The October Cass Freight Index report shows shipment volumes increased by 2% over last October, but decreased by 10% compared to September. Even with the decrease in volume, Cass says rates paid by shippers were up significantly in the same period.

Tags: Economy

November 6, 2011 - Industry News

Study: Niagara Frontier Border Crossings Lack Staff, Technology

An estimated $70 billion in trade crossed the Niagara region bridges, including the Peace Bridge, in 2010, down from $80 billion in 2008.

A soon-to-be-released bi-national study calls for increased use of new technology to speed border crossings and inspections, along with improved trusted traveler programs at Buffalo-Niagara border crossings

November 6, 2011 - Industry News

Shorepower Technologies to Host Truck Stop Electrification Webinar

With continued growth in the availability and use of shore power, drivers, vehicle owners and fleet operators need to know how they can take advantage of truck-stop electrification and anti-idling technology

November 4, 2011 - Industry News

Fleet Sentiment Report: Larger Fleets Ordering Equipment

More fleets are planning purchases of power units and trailers at a larger volume than the same period last year, according to a quarterly fleet survey. The Q4 2011 Fleet Sentiment Report Buying Index shows a 22% improvement over the same quarter 2010. The index currently stands at 89.2. The lower index for Q4 versus Q1-Q3 is primarily a reflection of fewer fleets planning trailer orders in the next three months

Tags: Economy

November 3, 2011 - Industry News

U.S. Transportation Secretary LaHood Calls for Passage of Jobs Bill

U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood called on Congress to pass the transportation portion of the American Jobs Act during a visit to the Bridgeport-Norristown Viaduct outside Philadelphia

Tags: Highways

November 3, 2011 - Industry News

EPA Announces Final Study Plan to Assess Hydraulic Fracturing

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has announced its final research plan on hydraulic fracturing

November 3, 2011 - Industry News

Love's Travel Stops Opened Nine Truck Tire Care Centers in October

Love's plans to add 50 truck tire care centers to current locations as a part of their 2011 planned capital expenditures of $230 million. All new Love's locations will be built with a Love's Truck Tire Care center onsite

November 3, 2011 - Industry News

Registration for NADA-ATD Convention Up -- Another Sign Industry is Recovering

Early registration for the upcoming National Automobile Dealers Association Convention and Expo in Las Vegas indicates attendance is on pace to exceed 20,000 for the first time in four years

November 3, 2011 - Industry News

Integer Research Offers Independent North American DEF Price Reference Service

The DEF Tracker draws on Integer's strong position and expertise in DEF, fertilizer and chemicals market analysis and price reporting. DEF Tracker, the first report of its kind, was created in response to increasing trading activity and more frequent contract settlements in the market

Tags: Fuel and Oil

November 3, 2011 - Industry News

Navistar Adds Rand McNally IntelliRoute TND GPS Devices to International Trucks

Rand McNally and Navistar have reached an agreement to make Rand McNally's IntelliRoute TND truck GPS units available as an in-dash option in International trucks beginning January 2012

November 3, 2011 - Industry News

Rhode Island Trucking Association Celebrates 80 Years

The Rhode Island Trucking Association will be celebrating its 80th Anniversary on November 15th, 2011 at the RITA Annual Dinner

November 3, 2011 - Industry News

Commercial Vehicle Market Led by Class 3 Vehicle Growth; Diesel Continues to Dominate: Polk

New commercial vehicle registrations (Class 3-8) in the U.S. are set to reach 440,000 units for the 2011 calendar year, an increase of 17.6% over the 2010 calendar year and a 33% uptick from 2009, according to Polk

Tags: Economy

November 3, 2011 - Industry News

Cummins Reports Strong Q3 Earnings, Predicts Record Year in 2011

Cummins Inc. is reporting strong sales and earnings for the third quarter. Third quarter sales were $4.6 billion, a 36% increase from the same period in 2010. All segments delivered double-digit growth over the prior year, Cummins indicated in it's third-quarter report

November 3, 2011 - Industry News

FTR's Trucking Conditions Index Rises in September

FTR's Trucking Conditions Index, as reported in the November Trucking Update, spiked 3.1 points in September to a reading of 9.2. While improved, the TCI remains well below its recent peak of 13.3 achieved in March

Tags: Economy

November 3, 2011 - Industry News

British Columbia Officials Urge Chain Prep

If you're driving through British Columbia this winter, make sure you have your tire chains ready to go - especially on the Coquihalla Highway #5 at Box Canyon (south/west of Great Bear Snowshed)

Tags: Highways

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

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