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June 29, 2011 - Industry News


April 2011 Surface Trade with Canada and Mexico Rose 12.1% from April 2010

Trade using surface transportation between the United States and its North American Free Trade Agreement partners Canada and Mexico was 12.1 percent higher in April 2011 than in April 2010, reaching $73.8 billion, according to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics of the U.S. Department of Transportation

June 29, 2011 - Industry News

Mid-Atlantic Program Offers Money to Clean Up Drayage Trucks

A Mid-Atlantic partnership has come up with a program to help replace higher-polluting, short-haul drayage trucks that shuttle between the major ports, warehouses and local stores

June 29, 2011 - Industry News

FedEx Adds More Than 4,000 New, Fuel Efficient Vehicles

FedEx Express significantly expanded its energy efficient vehicle fleet with electric and hybrid

June 29, 2011 - Industry News

Used Truck Sales Volumes Fall in Response to Lack of Available Inventory

Challenged by a lack of available inventory, sales volumes of used trucks fell in all sales channels during May, according to ACT Research

June 29, 2011 - Industry News

L.A. Mayor Warns Drivers of Impending Freeway Closure on I-405

Map of the I-405 closure.

Both north- and south-bound lanes for Interstate 405 in Los Angeles will be closed for just over two days straight next month, which may cause nightmarish road conditions for drivers.



Tags: Highways

June 28, 2011 - Industry News

Trailer Orders Fall for Second Month, but Backlogs Continue Growing

Total U.S. trailer net orders fell 9% during May, the second consecutive monthly decline for the industry, accord to ACT Research

June 28, 2011 - Industry News

Carriers Report Increase in Rates in Second Quarter

Eighty-three percent of carriers reported average rate increases in the recent Second Quarter Business Expectations Survey by Transport Capital Partners

June 28, 2011 - Industry News

Odyssey Logistics & Technology Acquires Capital Transportation Solutions

Odyssey Logistics & Technology Corporation acquired Capital Transportation Solutions, a non-asset-based third-party logistics provider specializing in less than truckload transportation management

June 28, 2011 - Industry News

TRIB Competes in Nation's Triathlon for Trucker Buddy

The Tire Retread & Repair Information Bureau's managing director, David Stevens, will compete in the Nation's Triathlon in Washington, D.C., on Sept. 11 in support of Trucker Buddy International

June 28, 2011 - Industry News

Westport Signs Agreement with GM to Research Natural Gas Engine Tech for Light-Duty Vehicles

Westport Innovations has entered into an agreement with General Motors to help develop advanced natural gas engine technology

June 28, 2011 - Industry News

Commercial Vehicle Safety Technology Bill Provides Installation Tax Credit

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Act of 2011, S. 1233, introduced by Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) would provide a tax credit for commercial vehicle owners to install stability control systems, collision warning and other safety technology

June 28, 2011 - Industry News

Truck Tonnage Index Falls 2.3% in May

The American Trucking Associations' advance seasonally adjusted For-Hire Truck Tonnage Index dropped 2.3% in May after decreasing a revised 0.6% in April

Tags: Economy

June 28, 2011 - Industry News

DOT Sending Emergency Highway Funds to North Dakota

U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced he is making $5 million in quick release emergency funds available to the North Dakota Department of Transportation to immediately begin restoring federal-aid highways damaged by flooding

Tags: Highways

June 28, 2011 - Industry News

EPA SmartWay Announces Voluntary Plan to Tackle Emissions from Drayage Trucks

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, joined by the Coalition for Responsible Transportation and the Environmental Defense Fund, is launching a new initiative to reduce pollution from short-haul trucks that service the nation's ports

June 28, 2011 - Industry News

Driver in Train-Truck Crash May Have Been Speeding

UPDATED -- More details are surfacing about the driver in Friday's horrific train-truck crash in Nevada, including the possibility he may have been speeding

June 27, 2011 - Industry News

CARB Extends Deadline for GHG Trailer Reg Phase-in Option

The reporting deadline for large fleets with 21 or more 53-foot or longer box-type trailers has been extended from July 1 to August 1

June 27, 2011 - Industry News

Prime Inc. Announces Qualcomm Text Messaging System

Prime Inc., Springfield, Mo., now allows its drivers the option to have their Qualcomm messages delivered directly to their cell phones as text messages

June 27, 2011 - Industry News

Diesel Takes Moderate Drop; Crude Falling in Face of Euro Debt

On-highway diesel prices took a somewhat steep drop last week after falling only slightly the week before

Tags: Fuel and Oil

June 27, 2011 - Industry News

Fraud-Fighting Legislation Targets Unscrupulous Brokers, Carriers

The Transportation Intermediaries Association, Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association and the American Trucking Associations have joined together in supporting the Fighting Fraud in Transportation Act 2011, FITT

June 26, 2011 - Industry News

NTSB Unveils New "Most Wanted List" of Safety Improvements

The National Transportation Safety Board released a new list of the nation's most critical transportation safety issues

June 26, 2011 - Industry News

Truck Crashes into Amtrak Train, Killing at Least Six, Injuring Dozens

UPDATE 2 -- A truck driver is the focus of an investigation after he and at least five others were killed after his tractor-trailer ran into an Amtrak train at a rural crossing in the desert near Miriam, Nev., Friday

June 24, 2011 - Industry News

U.S. Cargo Theft Report: Theft Down March to May YoY

Cargo theft appeared to be down somewhat for the three-month period of March, April and May compared to last year, according to FreightWatch International, although the May numbers for two of the most highly targeted states are still pending

June 24, 2011 - Industry News

Survey Shows Americans Support Gas Tax Under Certain Conditions

A national phone survey about tax options for funding transportation found that support for higher gas taxes or a new mileage tax can be significantly increased if certain conditions are met. according to the Mineta Transportation Institute

June 24, 2011 - Industry News

Dean Foods Expands Southern California Fleet with Five Ryder Natural Gas Trucks

Ryder System delivered five natural gas-fueled delivery vehicles to Dean Foods, Ryder's first customer for natural gas commercial vehicles made available through Ryder's agreement with the San Bernardino Associated Governments in Southern California

June 23, 2011 - Industry News

Reauthorization? Maybe Next Month

Congress is inching toward legislation to reauthorize the federal highway program, but details are scarce and the schedule remains a "maybe." "We may move forward in July," said Justin Harclerode, spokesman for the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee

Tags: Highways

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