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July 9, 2014 - Industry News

Route 15 in New York Designated I-99

N.Y. Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the designation of Route 15 as Interstate 99 between Corning, Steuben County, and the Pennsylvania border.

Tags: New York, Pennsylvania, Highways, interstate, Canada, Cross-Border Trucking

July 9, 2014 - Industry News

Expiration of West Coast Ports Contract Brings Surge in Imports

The Port of Los Angeles

With West Coast longshoremen still negotiating a new contract, retailers are bringing holiday merchandise into the country at record levels to protect against potential supply chain disruptions, according to the monthly Global Port Tracker report released Wednesday by the National Retail Federation and Hackett Associates, a maritime research and consulting business.

Tags: Ports, Port Trucking, Labor Unions

July 9, 2014 - Industry News

New Central America Canal Route Unveiled, Impact on World Shipping Uncertain

A new trade route has been settled on linking the Pacific Ocean with the Caribbean and Atlantic Ocean, which could be a boon that changes the face of container shipping, or be a boondoggle.

Tags: Surface Trade, Panama Canal, Global, Intermodal

July 9, 2014 - Industry News

Lawmakers Slowly Moving to Prop Up Highway Trust Fund

The U.S. House could vote as soon as early next week on legislation to prop up the Highway Trust Fund, before it runs out of money.

Tags: Legislation, Congress, Highway Funding, Highway Trust Fund, Infrastructure

July 9, 2014 - Industry News

Spot Freight Rates Soar Over Past Week

Rates on the spot market soared over the past week, according to new figures from the freight-matching service provider DAT. Flatbeds led the hikes gaining 4.1% June 29 through July 5, compared to the previous seven days, hitting $2.54 per mile.

Tags: Freight, Spot Freight, DAT Transcore, Freight Rates

July 9, 2014 - Industry News

First Quarter Driver Turnover Largely Unchanged

The turnover rate at large truckload carriers rose just one percentage point to an annual rate of 92% in the first quarter of 2014, but held above 90% for the ninth consecutive quarter, according to new figures released by the American Trucking Associations.

Tags: Drivers, ATA, American Trucking Associations, Driver Turnover, Fleets

July 8, 2014 - Industry News

Cummins Names Freeland New President/COO, Crompton Heading Engine Business

Truck engine maker Cummins announced two key leadership changes on Tuesday. Rich Freeland will assume the role of president and chief operating officer, reporting to Tom Linebarger, who will remain chairman and chief executive officer.

Tags: Cummins, People, Engines

July 8, 2014 - Industry News

Lineage Logistics Acquires Two California Cold Storage Facilities

Lineage Logistics, Colton, Calif., a warehousing and logistics company, has acquired two cold storage facilities in Santa Cruz county California from Dreisbach Enterprises.

Tags: California, Fleets, Logistics, Mergers & Acquisitions

July 8, 2014 - Industry News

Multiple Lawsuits Filed Against Navistar Over International MaxxForce Engines

Lawyers for trucking companies have filed lawsuits in three states against the parent company of International Trucks, claiming Navistar failed to disclose known defects and problems with its EPA 2010 MaxxForce engines.

Tags: Navistar, SCR, EGR, International Trucks, Engines, Litigation, EPA 2010

July 8, 2014 - Industry News

Section of I-44 in St. Louis Closing Friday Through Monday

The Missouri Department of Transportation will close all lanes of I-44 in both directions from Broadway to the Poplar Street Bridge in St. Louis this weekend.

Tags: Missouri Department of Transportation, Missouri, I-44, Interstate 44, St. Louis

July 8, 2014 - Industry News

PrePass Membership Hits Highest Number Ever at 475,000

Help Inc., the non-profit public/private partnership that provides PrePass weigh station bypass and truck safety screening services, reached a milestone in May, with more than 475,000 pre-screened and qualified commercial trucks signed up for its services, the highest number ever.

Tags: Safety & Compliance, Help Inc., PrePass

July 8, 2014 - Industry News

Freight Expenditures Hit Record High During June

The freight logistics sector continued to strengthen in June, with both shipment volumes and expenditures rising once again, according to the Cass Freight Index.

Tags: Economy, Cass Freight Index

July 8, 2014 - Industry News

Used Truck, Trailer Wholesale Prices Generally Lower

Click to enlarge. Graphic: Black Book

The medium-duty truck market continues its downward trend as wholesale prices continue to decline, according to new figures released from vehicle industry data provider Black Book.

Tags: Medium-Duty Trucks, Trailers, Heavy-Duty Trucks, Used Trucks

July 8, 2014 - Industry News

Element's PHH Arval Buy Doubles Fleet Portfolio

Element Financial Corp. has finalized its acquisition of PHH Arval for $1.4 billion, a transaction that doubles the size of its managed fleet assets, the Canadian firm has announced.

Tags: Canada, Element Financial, PHH Arval, Mergers & Acquisitions

July 8, 2014 - Industry News

TMC Fall Meeting Features Tire and Wheel Failure Analysis

If tire costs give you heartburn, you'll need to be in Orlando in September for the ATA's Technology and Maintenance Council fall meeting. It will feature a special session on tire and wheel failure analysis.

Tags: TMC, TMCSuperTech, Tires and Wheels, Tires, Events

July 7, 2014 - Industry News

Optimus Receives First EPA Approval for Advanced Biofuel Conversion

Optimus claims its Vector Vector bi-fuel conversion system can reduce fleet fuel costs up to 25% and lifecycle emissions up to 80% without the prohibitive start-up costs of compressed natural gas (CNG).

Tags: EPA, Biofuels, Optimus Technologies, Alternative Fuels, Biodiesel

July 7, 2014 - Industry News

Average Diesel Cost Edges Downward Following Increases

After barely moving higher last week, the average cost of on-highway diesel is the U.S. has reversed course over the past week.

Tags: Oil Prices, Diesel Prices, Gasoline Prices

July 7, 2014 - Industry News

Accellos, HighJump Software Announce Merger

Supply chain software companies Accellos, Colorado Springs, and HighJump, Minneapolis, announced July 7 that the two companies would merge operations, creating a company with 11,000 customers in 23 countries throughout North America, Europe and Asia.

Tags: Information Technology, Software, Mergers & Acquisitions, Accellos, HighJump Software

July 7, 2014 - Industry News

Class 8 Truck Orders Leap in June to Best Level Since 2005

Graphic: FTR

The freight transportation forecasting firm FTR has released preliminary data showing June 2014 North American Class 8 truck net orders at 26,255 units, an impressive 41% year-over-year increase and the best June since 2005.

Tags: Research, Medium-Duty Trucks, Heavy-Duty Trucks, ACT Research, Truck Orders, FTR

July 7, 2014 - Industry News

Roadrunner Completes Management Team Reorganization

Photo: Via Roadrunner Facebook page.

Asset-light trucking and logistics services provider, Roadrunner Transportation Systems, has appointed a president for each of its three business segments.

Tags: Fleets, Roadrunner Transportation, People

July 7, 2014 - Industry News

Los Angeles/Long Beach Port Truckers on Strike

Port truck drivers from three of Los Angeles’ leading drayage firms began indefinite strikes on Monday morning over claims of unfair labor practices at the twin ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach.

Tags: Port of Los Angeles, California, Port of Long Beach, Fleets, Teamsters, Port Trucking, Labor Unions, Ports

July 7, 2014 - Industry News

Intermodal Rail Traffic Continues Setting Records

After hitting record high levels for two straight weeks, intermodal rail traffic set another new record during June.

Tags: Economy, Railroads, Intermodal

July 7, 2014 - Industry News

Daimler Trucks Unveils Long-Term Plan for Autonomous-Driving Trucks

Daimler Trucks' Future Truck 2025, disguised in black and white adhesive foil, obscuring the exterior contours. (PHOTO: Daimler Trucks)

Daimler Trucks on Thursday shared its vision of the future of trucking trucks that can drive themselves, saying they could help solve the driver shortage problem -- but not by taking drivers out of trucks altogether. The autonomous truck project, called Mercedes-Benz Future Truck 2025, was demonstrated on a section of the A14 Autobahn.

Tags: Drivers, Daimler Trucks, Global, Future Trucks, Automated Driving

July 3, 2014 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Employment Numbers Signal Strengthening Economy

Employers added 288,000 jobs in June, 17,000 of them in the transportation and warehousing arena, and the unemployment rate fell to 6.1%. That's well above the rate of hiring in the first five months of the year, a sign the economy continues to rebound.

Tags: Economy, Unemployment

July 3, 2014 - Industry News

Paccar Parts Offers $4,000 in Loyalty Card Savings

Paccar loyalty card programs provides more ways for commercial truck operators across the United States, Canada and Mexico to save money on parts and service for their vehicle fleet.

Tags: Kenworth, Peterbilt, Paccar Parts, Aftermarket Parts

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