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March 9, 2010 - Industry News

TCP: Capacity Crunch, Improved Rates Are in the Cards

Truckload carriers nationwide have greater confidence that business will improve in the year ahead, with 70 percent expecting volumes to increase in the next year and just over 50 percent predicting improvements in rates in the next year. The data is part of Transport Capital Partners' recent Business Expectations Survey, which was presented by TCP Managing Partner Lana Batts during a conference call hosted by Stifel Nicolaus Friday

March 9, 2010 - Industry News

Swift Places Order For Wabash Dry Vans

Regional truckload carrier Swift Transportation has penned a three-year deal with Wabash National Corporation, under which Wabash will build 3,100 DuraPlate HD dry vans over the next 12 months

March 9, 2010 - Industry News

Navistar International Posts Lower Income on Fewer Shipments

For the fiscal first quarter, Navistar posted a net income attributable to Navistar International of $17 million, down from a net income of $48 million in the year-ago quarter

March 9, 2010 - Industry News

PHMSA Modifies Security Plan For Hazmat

Fleets handling hazardous materials can rest a little easier with the PHMSA's modified requirements. (Photo by CVSA)

The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration of the Department of Homeland Security has modified its current security plan requirements for the transportation of hazardous materials by narrowing the list of materials subject to the requirements

March 9, 2010 - Industry News

Port of Los Angeles to Improve Main Truck Route

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa (center) was on hand to celebrate the ground breaking of the Harry Bridges Boulevard improvements project.

A $22 million federal stimulus grant project is underway at the Port of Los Angeles this week, which will result in improvements along a 1.3-mile stretch of Harry Bridges Boulevard in Wilmington, Calif

Tags: Intermodal

March 9, 2010 - Industry News

Crude Oil, Diesel Predicted to Rise Slightly

The federal government's monthly energy outlook predicts crude oil prices will rise to over $80 a barrel this summer, and that diesel prices will average near $3 a gallon over the course of 2010

Tags: Fuel and Oil

March 9, 2010 - Industry News

NTEA Announces New Green Truck Association

The National Truck Equipment Association has formed a new affiliate division, the Green Truck Association, as a way for fleets, manufacturers, upfitters, government agencies and other industry stakeholders to stay current with regulatory and industry developments

March 9, 2010 - Industry News

ATRI's New Survey to Analyze HOS Rules

The American Transportation Research Institute is collecting data from fleets to measure the safety and operational impacts of the hours-of-service rules

March 9, 2010 - Industry News

Navistar Forms Financing Alliance With GE Capital

GE Capital has made a deal with Navistar International and Navistar Financial Corporation to become Navistar's preferred provider of retail financing solutions to support sales of Navistar trucks and school buses in the U.S

March 8, 2010 - Industry News

Ports Can Expect Double-Digit Increases in Container Traffic in the Coming Months

In March, import cargo volume is expected to gain 13 percent over the same month of 2009.

The ports are poised for significant improvements in retail container traffic, with double-digit increases expected to continue through the summer as the U.S. economy begins to improv

Tags: Intermodal

March 8, 2010 - Industry News

Rockslide in Colorado Brings 20 Boulders Onto I-70

Interstate 70 in Glenwood Canyon, Colo., was hit by a large rockfall just after midnight on Monday, in the same general area as a rockslide that occurred in November 2004

Tags: Highways

March 8, 2010 - Industry News

Diesel Prices Continue to Inch Up; Oil Hits Eight-Week High

The average price of diesel inched up this week in its third straight jump, landing at a national average of $2.90

Tags: Fuel and Oil

March 8, 2010 - Industry News

TCP: Trucking Industry Optimistic About the Year Ahead

Carriers and industry vendors have indicated that things are improving, with capacity tightening in February, according to the observations of Transport Capital Partners at the Truckload Carriers Association (TCA) Annual Meeting in Las Vegas last week

March 8, 2010 - Industry News

Virginia Raises Speed Limit to 70 mph; Implementation May Take A While

Last week, Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell signed a bill that would increase the highway speed limit on interstates where it is presently 65 mph to 70 mph

Tags: Highways

March 8, 2010 - Industry News

GE Capital Fleet Services Starts Truck Advisory Board

GE Capital Fleet Services has launched its Truck Advisory Board as a way for customers to discuss process improvement ideas, suggest new products and share best practices for fleet management

March 8, 2010 - Industry News

Port of Seattle Gets 100 Old Trucks Off the Roads

The first 100 trucks scrapped at the Port of Seattle will prevent the emission of nearly 1.5 tons of fine particulates each year. (Photo courtesy of the Port of Seattle)

Since November 2009, 100 older diesel trucks servicing the Port of Seattle have been permanently removed from service

March 5, 2010 - Industry News

Used Truck Volumes Jump For Third Straight Month

January used truck sales increased for the third month in a row, according to a report by the ATD/NADA Official Commercial Truck Guide

March 5, 2010 - Industry News

U.S. Payrolls Drop; Not as Bad as Expected

While total net payrolls were down by 36,000 in February, compared to a 26,000 drop in January, the rate was not as bad as analysts had expecte

Tags: Economy

March 5, 2010 - Industry News

Bergstrom Purchases HVAC Product Business

Climate control provider Bergstrom has acquired Modine Manufacturing Company's vehicular HVAC products business in North America, which serves off-highway vehicles, trucks and school buses

March 5, 2010 - Industry News

Pilot Celebrates New Ethanol Purchase Locations With Discounts

A customer fills up his FlexFuel-compatible vehicle with Ethanol 85 (E85) on March 5 at the Pilot Travel Center on Strawberry Plains Pike in Knoxville, Tenn.

On Friday, four Tennessee Pilot locations offered special pricing on Ethanol 85 as part of its introduction of two new east Tennessee purchase locations for the alternative fuel

March 5, 2010 - Industry News

TCP: Capacity Crunch, Improved Rates Are in the Cards

Limiting speed is one of the key strategies fleets will use to improve profitability going forward.

Truckload carriers nationwide have greater confidence that business will improve in the year ahead, with 70 percent expecting volumes to increase in the next year and just over 50 percent predicting improvements in rates in the next year

March 5, 2010 - Industry News

Fortune Ranks 12 Trucking and Delivery Companies As Most Admired

Werner was one of the trucking companies that landed a spot on Fortune's Most Admired list.

Fortune magazine chose seven trucking, transportation and logistics companies and five delivery companies to be part of its World's Most Admired Companies list

March 5, 2010 - Industry News

FleetRisk Advisors Acquires Safety Management Solutions

FleetRisk Advisors has acquired Safety Management Solutions, a consulting firm providing expertise and leadership in safety improvement through program development, online learning and employee involvement

March 5, 2010 - Industry News

Navistar Outlines Plans For New Illinois Headquarters

Navistar plans to invest more than $100 million to move its world headquarters to Lisle, Ill., the former East Lucent Campus

March 4, 2010 - Industry News

House Passes 10-Month Extension of Highway Program

A new 10-month extension will give Congress time to work on a proper, long-term highway reauthorization program. (Photo courtesy of Michelin)

The U.S. House of Representatives yesterday passed a bill that will extend the current highway program until the end of the year and replenish the Highway Trust Fund with $19.5 billion from general revenues

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