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March 12, 2015 - Industry News

Intermodal Freight Market Facing Big Challenges

Intermodal traffic has been seeing a diversion to East Coast ports. Photo: Port of NY/NJ

Intermodal freight movements are finally recovering since a tentative agreement was worked out about three weeks ago between West Coast Port workers and shipping companies, but diversions of freight from this part of the country are expected to continue.

Tags: Intermodal, FTR, Ports, Research, Port Trucking, Stoughton, China, Railroads

February 18, 2015 - Industry News

Trucking Conditions Index Shows Improvements

FTR's Trucking Conditions Index for 2013 and 2014. Graphic: FTR

Business conditions in the trucking industry improved dramatically the final month of 2014, according to a new report from the transportation forecasting firm FTR.

Tags: Economy, Research, FTR, Trucking Conditions Index

February 11, 2015 - Industry News

Diesel Prices Forecast to Move Lower in the Short-Term

Despite the first upturn since November in average diesel prices this week, expect prices to move slightly lower at least for a while longer, according to the U.S. Energy Department and its latest Short-Term Energy Outlook released on Wednesday.

Tags: Oil Prices, Research, Forecast, Diesel Prices, Gasoline Prices, U.S. Department of Energy

January 27, 2015 - Industry News

Study: Clean Diesel Exhaust Safe for Animal Lungs, Probably Humans

EPA 2010 and later engines emit virtually no soot, as illustrated by this clean exhaust pipe. Photo by Jim Park

Modern diesels burn so cleanly that laboratory rats suffered no lung illnesses during a lengthy study of their exposure to exhaust gases, according to the Health Effects Institute.

Tags: Environmental Protection Agency, Diesel Engines, Research, Diesel Emissions, Health Issues, EPA, Emissions

January 15, 2015 - Industry News

Cass Freight Index Performing Well Despite December Decline

A new report shows freight shipments and expenditures in shipping fell in the final month of 2014 but posted gains for the entire year.

Tags: Economy, Research, Cass Freight Index

January 13, 2015 - Industry News

DOE: Diesel to Average $2.85 in 2015

In the wake of diesel prices falling from an average of more than $4 per gallon nearly a year ago the U.S. Energy Department's Energy Information Administration has lowered its price forecast from last month’s prediction.

Tags: Oil Prices, Research, Forecast, Diesel Prices, Gasoline Prices

January 13, 2015 - Industry News

Fleet Survey Shows Tight Truck Capacity Slowing Freight

Graphic: TCP

The latest industry survey by the consultancy group Transport Capital Partners sees a shortage of capacity and lack of qualified drivers changing the dynamics of freight, with trends in capacity and rates also contributing to a decline in broker freight.

Tags: Research, Hours of Service, Capacity, Brokers, Transport Capital Partners, 34-Hour Restart

January 8, 2015 - Industry News

Economic Watch: FTR 2015 Economic Webinar Paints Bright Picture

By Revisorweb via Wikimedia Commons

Since the end of the "Great Recession" and the start of a recovery, the U.S. economy has gone through two distinct phases, with the latter being the better, and expectations are things will continue to improve.

Tags: Economy, Research, FTR, GDP, Unemployment, Housing, Employment

December 22, 2014 - Industry News

Overall Traffic Deaths Decline, Truck-Involved Fatalities Edge Higher

The number of overall traffic fatalities in the U.S. declined in 2013 from the year before while those involving commercial trucks turned just slightly higher, according to newly released figures from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Tags: Drivers, Research, Fatal Accidents, Highway Fatalities, Crash-Related Injuries, Safety & Compliance, NHTSA

December 15, 2014 - Industry News

ATA: New Survey Shows Driver Pay Competitive

Median pay for truck drivers is on par with the national median for U.S. households, while the trucking industry offers drivers “competitive" benefits, according to a new study from the American Trucking Associations.

Tags: ATA, Research, Driver Pay

December 11, 2014 - Industry News

New, Used Truck Registrations Post Strong Third-Quarter Gains

New commercial vehicle registrations for Class 3 through Class 8 trucks increased nearly 14% for the first nine months of 2014 compared to the same time a year ago, according to a new report by the vehicle industry research firm IHS Automotive.

Tags: Research, Class 8, Medium-Duty Trucks, Trailers, Heavy-Duty Trucks, Vehicle Registrations, IHS Automotive

December 4, 2014 - Industry News

North America DEF Demand Approaching 1 Billion Gallons

Consumption of diesel exhaust fluid across North America has been rising in recent years and is set to hit a milestone of one billion gallons by 2019, according to the newly published DEF Market Dynamics Report by Integer Research.

Tags: Emissions, Diesel Engines, Research, DEF, Engines, Diesel Exhaust Fluid

December 3, 2014 - Industry News

Trucking Industry Struggles to Replace Aging Workforce

The largest portion of the truck transportation workforce was in the 45-54 year age range in 2013. Graph via ATRI

The median driver age had risen significantly over the past two decades according to a new paper released by the American Transportation Research Institute that analyzed the demographics of driver age.

Tags: Drivers, Driver Shortage, ATRI, Recruiting, Research

December 2, 2014 - Industry News

ATRI Names Research Advisory Committee Members

Among other activities, the committee is responsible for annually identifying the top research priorities for the trucking industry.

Tags: ATA, Research, ATRI, People

November 20, 2014 - Industry News

October Trailer Orders Hit Record High

Net trailer orders in the U.S. hit an all-time record high in October with 46,267 units according to a new report by FTR. The new mark shatters the old high number by 9%

Tags: Reefers, FTR, Flatbed Trailers, Dry Van, Trailer Orders, Research

November 12, 2014 - Industry News

Trucking Conditions Index Heads Higher

FTR’s Trucking Conditions Index. Graphic: FTR

The Trucking Conditions Index from the freight transportation forecasting firm FTR registered 9.07 for September, according to a just released report.

Tags: Economy, Research, FTR, Trucking Conditions Index

November 11, 2014 - Industry News

Natural Gas Expected To Grow Despite Diesel Price Drop

Fueling a natural gas powered heavy truck.

Looking at the most likely adoption curve, ACT believes Class 8 penetration is expected to total 23% of the units sold in 2025.

Tags: Research, Heavy-Duty Trucks, ACT Research, Natural Gas Vehicles

November 5, 2014 - Industry News

Commercial Vehicle Demand in U.S., Canada Continues to Strengthen

Photo: Evan Lockridge

Demand for commercial vehicles in the U.S. and Canada continues to strengthen, though used commercial vehicle registrations still outnumber new registrations.

Tags: leasing, Class 6, Class 7, Research, Class 8, Medium-Duty Trucks, Heavy-Duty Trucks, Class 5, Vehicle Registrations, IHS Automotive, Class 4

October 14, 2014 - Industry News

Universities to Study Effects of Fracking on Freight Transportation

A new study will examine the effects of the increased use of hydraulic fracturing on freight transportation distribution patterns to give better information to freight transportation planners and policy makers.

Tags: Research, U.S. DOT, Fracking

October 6, 2014 - Industry News

Survey Shows Hours of Service Top Trucking Concern

ATRI President, COO Rebecca Brewster. Photo: Evan Lockridge

SAN DIEGO -- The American Transportation Research Institute on Monday unveiled its list of the top ten critical issues facing the North American trucking industry, during the American Trucking Associations’ Management Conference & Exhibition in San Diego.

Tags: ATA, Research, CSA, Hours of Service, Electronic Logging Devices, ATRI, ELDs, ATA MC&E

September 30, 2014 - Industry News

Used Class 8 Sales Slow Down in August

Sales for used Class 8 trucks fell by 10% in August compared with the previous month and 6% compared to last year according to a report by ACT Research.

Tags: Class 8, ACT Research, Used Vehicle Sales, Used Truck Sales, Research, Truck Sales

September 22, 2014 - Industry News

Bridgestone Explores Natural Rubber Production at New Arizona Research Center

Bridgestone Biorubber Process Research Center in Mesa, Ariz. Photo:  Bridgestone.

Bridgestone will be exploring a natural, domestic source for rubber production at its new Biorubber Process Research Center in Mesa, Arizona.

Tags: Bridgestone, Tires, Rubber, Sustainability, Guayule, Research

September 19, 2014 - Industry News

Study Labels Some Highway Projects a ‘Boondoggle’

Photo: Evan Lockridge

The U.S. Public Interest Research Group’s "Highway Boondoggles: Wasted Money and America’s Transportation Future," explains how 11 projects, costing at least $13 billion, are based on what it says are driving forecasts that are out of synch with the decade-long trend toward less driving.

Tags: Research, Highway Funding, Highways

September 18, 2014 - Industry News

Study: More Money Doesn’t Equal Better Highways

Photo: Evan Lockridge

More money is going to state highways, but there has been very little progress in improving their condition, according to a new report from the libertarian think tank the Reason Foundation and its 21st Annual Highway Report.

Tags: Research, Highway Funding, Highways

September 16, 2014 - Industry News

DAT White Paper Examines Causes, Results of Freight Capacity Crunch

Freight transportation capacity has been subject to enormous pressure from a number of sources for a little more than a year, leading to higher rates and even jeopardizing some long-standing business relationships

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

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