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June 14, 2011 - Industry News

Spot Market Freight Index Sets Record

TransCore's North American Freight Index marked the fifth consecutive month with the highest same-month spot market freight availability in its 15-year history, up 10 percent compared to one year ago

June 13, 2011 - Industry News

Freight Shipping Volumes Flat, Economy 'Stalled,' Cass Says

Freight shipments declined slightly in May as the economy displayed more signs of slowdown, according to the Cass Freight Index for the month. Freight spending was almost unchanged as well, posting a meager 1.7 percent increase over the previous month

Tags: Economy

June 13, 2011 - Industry News

Marten Improves Driver Detention Pay

Marten announced an change in policy for detention pay for drivers

June 13, 2011 - Industry News

Slight Uptick in Diesel Prices; Crude Continues Decline

After several weeks of steady decline, on-highway diesel prices experienced a modest rise last week, the first in six weeks. The national average is up 1.4 cents to $3.954

Tags: Fuel and Oil

June 13, 2011 - Industry News

Iowa DOT closing I-29/680 interchange near Loveland at 6 p.m. Today; Additional Closures Soon Due to Flooding

The Iowa Department of Transportation will be closing the Interstate 29/680 interchange near Loveland at 6 p.m. today due to flooding

Tags: Highways

June 13, 2011 - Industry News

Economic Forecast from FTR: OK for the Near Term but Clouds on Horizon

History shows that neither political party can claim better management of U.S. debt. Source: FTR Associates

Economist Noel Perry is optimistic about the near-term economic outlook. The current pause in activity falls within normal margins for a recovery and probably is not a sign of a double-dip recession, he said last week. But underlying problems in the housing market and the difficulty of resolving the U.S. debt crisis are causes for concern several years out, Perry said in a webinar hosted by FTR Associates, a leading transportation analysis group

Tags: Economy

June 13, 2011 - Industry News

Descartes Acquires Telargo

Descartes Systems Group, a logistics technology company, has acquired privately held Telargo, a provider of telematics solutions

June 13, 2011 - Industry News

Hub Group Acquires Domestic Transport

Hub Group, an asset-light freight transportation management company, acquired assets of Domestic Transport, an intermodal drayage carrier headquartered in Pacific, Wash., through subsidiary Comtrak Logistics

June 13, 2011 - Industry News

Old Dominion Relocates, Expands San Jose Service Center

Old Dominion Freight Line relocated its San Jose (Calif.) Service Center to an expanded and upgraded facility due to sustained growth in the region

June 12, 2011 - Industry News

Inland Truck Parts New Inspection Service Helps Prevent Breakdowns

Pro-Guardian Breakdown Prevention is a 57-point inspection program recently implemented by independent parts and service provider Inland Truck Parts in 20 location

June 12, 2011 - Industry News

FCCC Building 2,121 Gasoline-Powered Walk-in Vans for UPS

Freightliner Custom Chassis Corp. said it is filling an order for 2,121 FCCC gasoline-powered walk-in van chassis from United Parcel Service

June 12, 2011 - Industry News

DOT Shuts Down More Bus Companies

The U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has shut down three more bus companies for unsafe operations

June 10, 2011 - Industry News

DOE Predicts $102/Barrel Oil, $3.87/Gallon Diesel for 2011

Although crude oil prices dropped in early may, the U.S. Department of Energy still expects oil markets to tighten through 2012 and predicts that WTI spot prices, which averaged $79 per barrel in 2010, will average $102 per barrel in 2011 and $107 per barrel in 2012

Tags: Fuel and Oil

June 10, 2011 - Industry News

Exports Help Drive Intermodal Gains in May

Intermodal traffic in May was up from a year ago, thanks to growing international trade and other factors

Tags: Intermodal

June 10, 2011 - Industry News

DOT Freight Index Falls Slightly in April

The amount of freight carried by the for-hire transportation industry fell 1 percent in April from March, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation's Freight Transportation Services Index. The April decrease followed a rise in March

Tags: Economy

June 10, 2011 - Industry News

Trucking Groups Call on NHTSA to Examine Truck Crashworthiness Standards

American Trucking Associations and the Owner Operator Independent Drivers Association together called on the federal government to begin researching standards for crashworthiness for heavy trucks

June 9, 2011 - Industry News

Federal HOS Research Studies Flawed, ATA, NIT League Charge

Research into driver fatigue that federal authorities recently added to the hours of service docket is faulty and should not be used to make policy changes to the hours rule, the American Trucking Associations charged

June 9, 2011 - Industry News

Daimler to Expand Production and Hire an Additional 1,400 Employees at 3 Plants

Rising customer demand for new Freightliners and Western Stars is causing Daimler Trucks North America to plan sharply increased production and employment levels at its Mt. Holly, N.C., and Portland, Ore., truck manufacturing plants during the last half of 2011.

June 8, 2011 - Industry News

Jeremy Heiderscheit Captures Best in Show at Shell Rotella SuperRigs Judging

Jeremy Heiderscheit of Peosta, Iowa , winner of Best of Show at the 2011 SuperRigs competition, called the win one of the best monents of his life.

Amid high spirits and bright sunshine, Jeremy Heiderscheit of Peosta, Iowa, hauled in Best in Show honors with his blue and white 2003 Peterbilt 379 at the 29th Shell Rotella SuperRigs held at the Kenly 95 Petro in Kenly, N.C

June 8, 2011 - Industry News

Illinois Attempts to Improve Truck Routing Information

Truck drivers who plot their routes with consumer GPS devices may be setting themselves up for a problem. Those systems are great for showing car drivers which way to turn, but they don't necessarily identify critical truck information, such as the height of a bridge or the weight limit on a county road

June 8, 2011 - Industry News

Toronto Traffic Fowled by Four-truck Pile Up

Commuters in the Toronto area had to endure a four-hour, mid-day closure of the westbound Queen Elizabeth Highway after an SUV driver made a panic stop in the center lane of the roadway to avoid hitting a duck

Tags: Highways

June 8, 2011 - Industry News

FMCSA Proposes Dropping Inspection Reports on Defect-Free Container Chassis

Drayage drivers would not have to fill out and file a vehicle inspection report for container chassis that have no apparent defects, according to a rules change proposed by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

June 8, 2011 - Industry News

Inland Truck Parts Expands Use of Mitchell 1 On-Line Repair Programs

Inland Truck Parts has begun using Mitchell 1 on-line repair information programs at its two newest locations, in Olathe and Wichita, Kans

June 8, 2011 - Industry News

Transit Connect Electric Receives GSA Authorization for Government Orders

Azure Dynamics Corp. announced today that its Transit Connect Electric has received a GSA contract award allowing U.S. government agencies, affiliated companies and military installations to purchase the electric-drive compact van over the next four years.

June 7, 2011 - Industry News

Wingfoot Celebrates 10 Years of Tire Service and Support

On Saturday, June 4, Wingfoot Commercial Tire Systems celebrated 10 years of providing tires and tire services at more than 180 commercial tire sales, service and retread facilities across the United States

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