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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, Driver Shortage, 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

September 3, 2014 - Industry News

Report: New Truck Technologies Can Dramatically Cut Fuel Bills

Inside of an automated transmission, one of several technolgies helping fleets reduce their fuel bills, according to NACFE. Photo: Evan Lockridge

Fleets operating 41,000 tractors and 130,000 trailers achieved fuel savings of $7,200 per year per truck by adopting a variety of new technologies, according to a new study released Wednesday by the North American Council for Freight Efficiency.

Tags: Technology, Research, Fuel Efficiency, Fuel Economy, North American Council for Freight Efficiency

August 26, 2014 - Industry News

Lower Fuel Prices Forecast for 2015

If you have been enjoying the recent drop in fuel prices, expect it to continue into next year, according to the U.S. Energy Department’s latest Short Term Energy Outlook.

Tags: Oil Prices, Research, Department of Energy, Diesel Prices, Gasoline Prices

August 11, 2014 - Industry News

Survey Asks Trucking Industry to Rank Top Concerns

The American Transportation Research Institute has launched a new survey asking trucking industry stakeholders to rank their top concerns.

Tags: Survey, ATRI, Industry Concerns, Stakeholders, ATA, Research

August 6, 2014 - Industry News

Trucking Mergers, Acquisitions Forecast to Increase

The pace of transportation and logistics mergers and acquisitions accelerated during the second quarter of the year, as measured by both announced value and volume, according to a new report from accounting and consulting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers, but don’t expect records to be broken.

Tags: Research, Mergers & Acquisitions

August 5, 2014 - Industry News

Survey Confirms Tight Capacity

Trucking capacity is indeed tight, according to the third-quarter 2014 Fleet Sentiment Report survey conducted in July by CK Commercial Vehicle Research, and carriers are trying many methods to improve productivity.

Tags: Productivity, Research, Capacity

August 1, 2014 - Industry News

Researcher Critical of Railroad Study on Truck Safety

A leading transportation researcher has characterized a report prepared for the railroad-funded Railway Supply Institute on the safety of larger trailers in trucking as fatally flawed.

Tags: Safety, ATA, American Trucking Associations, Research, Safety & Compliance, Trailers, Longer Combination Vehicles, Railroads, UMTRI

July 22, 2014 - Industry News

Virginia Tech Transportation Institute Awarded $55 Million from FMCSA, NHTSA

Richard Hanowski

The Virginia Tech Transportation Institute has been awarded two federal contracts worth a combined potential $55 million to further study safety efforts for commercial truck drivers and conduct research in the field of automated vehicles.

Tags: Drivers, Truck Safety, Research, Virginia Tech Transportation Institute, Safety & Compliance, Automated Driving

July 21, 2014 - Industry News

Report: 14% of Medium, Heavy Duty Vehicles Sold in 2035 Will Run on Alternative Fuels

Natural gas fuel tank on a heavy-duty truck. Photo: Evan Lockridge

Medium and heavy duty vehicles represent less than 5% of the total vehicle market today, and the vast majority of these use conventional internal combustion engines powered by either gasoline or diesel. That is changing as less expensive alternatives to petroleum-based fuels, such as natural gas, liquefied petroleum gas and electricity make inroads in the market.

Tags: Research, Natural Gas Vehicles, Alternative Fuels, Navigant Research

July 21, 2014 - Industry News

June Class 8 Orders Surprisingly High

Orders for Class 8 trucks in June were surprisingly high at 26,729 units after a solid May, according to new figures released by commercial vehicle industry data provider ACT Research.

Tags: Research, ACT Research, Truck Orders

July 14, 2014 - Industry News

Trucking Conditions Index Declines Slightly

FTR's Trucking Conditions Index, 2013 through May 2014. Credit: FTR

FTR’s Trucking Conditions Index in May, at a reading of 5.74, reflects some headwinds affecting truck fleet results, according to this latest report from the transportation forecasting firm.

Tags: Economy, Research, FTR

July 11, 2014 - Industry News

U.S. 3PL Market Set to Grow 5.2% This Year

U.S. 3PL Market 1996-2014 gross revenues, estimated, in billions of dollars. Credit: Armstrong & Associates

The U.S. third-party logistics market gross revenue grew 3.2% from 2012-2013 and growth will be 5.2% for 2014 as the U.S. economy continues to expand.

Tags: Research, 3PL, Logistics

July 11, 2014 - Industry News

Report: Rural Roads Suffering From Poor Conditions, High Fatality Rates

A new report finds that the nation’s rural transportation system is in need of modernization to address deficient roads and bridges, due in part to increased truck traffic, and suffer from high crash rates and inadequate capacity.

Tags: Research, Highway Fatalities, Highway Funding, Highways, Interstate

July 10, 2014 - Industry News

DOT Freight Index Hits Another Record High

Freight Transportation Services Index, May 2009 - May 2014. Credit: U.S. DOT<br />

The amount of freight carried by the for-hire transportation industry rose 0.6 percent in May from April, rising for the fourth consecutive month, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Freight Transportation Services Index released Thursday.

Tags: Economy, Research, U.S. DOT, Freight, Freight Index

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

June 27, 2014 - Industry News

Study Lays Out Consequences of West Coast Port Strike as Deadline Looms

As negotiations continue for a new contract agreement covering 13,600 dockworkers at 30 ports stretching from San Diego, Calif., to Bellingham, Wash., a new shows the U.S. economy could lose as much as $2.5 billion a day if a prolonged West Coast port shutdown occurs.

Tags: Ports, Port Trucking, Labor Unions, Research, Economy, Intermodal

June 26, 2014 - Industry News

Used Big Rig Sales Decline in May

The volume of used Class 8 trucks sold in May dropped 12% below April’s volume, according to the latest release of the "State of the Industry: U.S. Classes 3-8 Used Trucks," from commercial vehicle industry data provider ACT Research.

Tags: Research, ACT Research, Used Truck Sales

June 24, 2014 - Industry News

FTR Adds Canada, Mexico to Truck and Trailer Outlook Report

The trucking industry forecasting firm FTR has added total trailer forecasts for the Canadian and Mexican markets to its monthly Truck and Trailer Outlook Report.

Tags: Research, Trucks, Trailers, FTR

June 24, 2014 - Industry News

May Trailer Orders Up 52% from a Year Ago

The trailer industry booked 22,300 net orders in the U.S. during May, according to new figures published by the commercial vehicle research company ACT Research.

Tags: Research, Trailers, ACT Research

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