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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

June 23, 2011 - Industry News

International Energy Agency Taps Emergency Oil Reserves, Crude Tumbles

Crude oil pipes at the Strategic Petroleum Reserve's Bryan Mound site near Freeport, Texas.

Crude oil tumbled on futures markets Thursday after the International Energy Agency announced it would release 60 million barrels of reserve crude oil over the next 30 days, or 2 million barrels per day. The United States will be supplying half of that oil, with the rest coming from other nations among the agency's 28 member states

Tags: Fuel and Oil

June 23, 2011 - Industry News

FMCSA Opts for Wireless Web-Based Transmission of Electronic Logs

The question is, how does this data gets in the hands of enforcement personnel?

One of the tough, unanswered questions about electronic logs for hours of service is how to give the roadside inspector access to the log. The simplest solution is a cable hookup between the electronic onboard recorder

June 22, 2011 - Industry News

New Petro Opening at Salina, Kan.

TravelCenters of America, owner of Petro Stopping Centers, has completed its planned acquisition and opening of the newest Petro travel center at Exit 252 off I-70 in Salina, Kan

June 22, 2011 - Industry News

Driver Turnover Rises in First Quarter

Turnover for longhaul truck drivers increased in the first three months of 2011, according to American Trucking Associations' latest Trucking Activity Report

June 22, 2011 - Industry News

Alcoa Expands Wheel and Transportation Products Division

Alcoa Wheel and Transportation Products announced several personnel changes as part of an ongoing effort to expand business both internationally and into new market segments

June 22, 2011 - Industry News

Con-way Truckload Helps Offer Driver Training in Detroit

Con-way Truckload announced a partnership with U.S. Truck Driver Training School of Detroit to create affordable training opportunities for prospective truck drivers. This comes as forecasts released by economists at IHS Global Insight predict it will take until sometime beyond 2021 before the Detroit area recoups the 323,400 jobs it has lost since the beginning of 2005, when employment hit its pre-recession peak

June 22, 2011 - Industry News

Increases Proposed for Maryland Toll Facilities

The Maryland Transportation Authority proposed a toll increase to help manage rising infrastructure costs, which would double the toll on some Interstate highway bridges by mid-2013.

Tags: Highways

June 22, 2011 - Industry News

Accuride Buys Forgitron; S.C. Facility to Product Truck Wheels

Accuride Corp. has acquired substantially all of the assets of Forgitron Technologies LLC, including an 80,000-square-foot forged aluminum wheel manufacturing facility in Camden, S.C

June 22, 2011 - Industry News

Dart Transit Outfits Fleet With Mobileye Collision Avoidance Technology

Dart Transit is equipping new trucks that will be used in its lease-purchase program for owner-operators with Mobileye's collision avoidance system

June 21, 2011 - Industry News

Navistar Awarded Diesel Re-Power Development Contract for USPS

Navistar has been awarded a development contract by the United States Postal Service under which Navistar will engineer a diesel powertrain replacement for USPS delivery vehicles

June 21, 2011 - Industry News

Freight Wing Offers OOIDA Members Discount

OOIDA members will get a 15 percent discount on side skirts from Freight Wing, which manufactures EPA SmartWay-verified AeroFlex side skirts

June 21, 2011 - Industry News

Carriers' Plans to Add Capacity Remain Unchanged for Four Quarters

The recent Second Quarter Business Expectations Survey by Transport Capital Partners found the carriers' responses were essentially unchanged for the last four quarters on capacity plans

June 21, 2011 - Industry News

Scania Working on Self-Driving Truck

In collaboration with KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Swedish truck maker Scania is developing a thinking and self-driving truck. The goal is to increase accessibility on roads and reduce energy consumption

June 20, 2011 - Industry News

Cargo Theft Task Force to Hold Training Event and Annual Summit

The National Cargo Theft Task Force will hold its annual summit on September 15 following the Midwest Cargo Theft Training Event September 13-14 in Addison, Illinois

Tags: Events

June 20, 2011 - Industry News

Oregon Governor Signs Idling Reduction Law

Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber signed HB 2081, an idling reduction bill, into law on June 16. The new law means that trucks will not be allowed to idle more than five minutes in any 60 minute period, with some exceptions

June 20, 2011 - Industry News

Penske Opens Garner, N.C. Location

Penske Truck Leasing has opened a new $3.3 million facility in Garner, N.C., located at 100 Laurensfield Court, in the Greenfield South Business Park

June 20, 2011 - Industry News

Diesel Prices Drop Again; Crude Levels Off with European Debt Worries

On-highway diesel prices resumed their decline last week after a slight uptick the previous week. Nationally, prices came down 0.4 cents to land at $3.95 per gallon. The small decrease did not make up for the previous week's bump of 1.4 cents, but is perhaps an indication of price stabilization

Tags: Fuel and Oil

June 20, 2011 - Industry News

CARB Looking at More Changes to Reefer Rules

The California Air Resources Board will hold a third workshop to discuss potential changes to its existing Transport Refrigeration Unit regulation

June 19, 2011 - Industry News

Deadline Nears for Flexible Compliance Option for California Trailer Regs

Large fleets that operate 53-foot box-type trailers in California are strongly advised to visit the California Air Resources Board website before July 1, 2011 to register their trailers and take advantage of the flexible phase-in option to comply with California's Tractor-Trailer Greenhouse Gas regulation

June 17, 2011 - Industry News

Heavy Duty Order Backlog Continues to Grow

North American Class 8 net orders, while below April's overheated intake, were still 77 percent about the same month last year, continuing to fuel growth in the industry backlog

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