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April 9, 2015 - Industry News

OOIDA Bids to Join Cross-Border Suit Against DOT

The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association has filed a petition with the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals to intervene in a cross-border trucking lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Transportation and the FMCSA.

Tags: Cross-Border Trucking, Mexican Trucking, OOIDA, U.S. DOT, Teamsters

March 30, 2015 - Industry News

Highway Bill Would Bolster NHTSA Funding, Authority

NHTSA Administrator Mark Rosekind

The Obama administration's transportation bill, delivered to the U.S. Congress March 30, would triple funding for the federal safety agency's auto defect investigation office.

Tags: Legislation, Recalls, U.S. DOT, NHTSA, President Obama, U.S. Congress

March 17, 2015 - Industry News

FMCSA Releases CSA App, ATA Calls It Irresponsible

The Federal Motor Carrier Administration has released a smartphone app that will allow for more convenient access to current online safety performance information on interstate truck and bus companies. The ATA called the move irresponsible.

Tags: FMCSA, Technology, CSA, U.S. DOT, BASIC, Mobile Apps, Safety & Compliance

January 14, 2015 - Industry News

For-Hire Freight Index Hits New Record High

Freight Transportation Services Index, November 2009 - November 2014. Graphic: U.S. DOT

A measure of the amount of freight moved by the nation’s entire for-hire transportation sector shows it rose 0.8% in November from the month before, the fifth consecutive monthly increase.

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

October 30, 2014 - Industry News

FMCSA Art Contest Promotes Seatbelt Safety

Photo via FMCSA

The FMCSA is accepting submissions for its 2015 “Be Ready. Be Buckled” student art contest to promote safety belt use. The contest is open to children from kindergarten through sixth grade.

Tags: FMCSA, Driver Safety, Seat Belts, Contest, U.S. DOT

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 8, 2014 - Industry News

For-Hire Freight Index Hits Record High in August

Five Years: Freight Transportation Services Index, August 2009- August 2014. Credit: U.S. DOT

The U.S. Transportation Department’s Freight Transportation Services Index, which is based on the amount of freight carried by the for-hire transportation industry, rose 0.6% in August from July, rising for the second consecutive month.

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

September 29, 2014 - Industry News

GAO Urges Improvements in TIGER Grant Process

The Department of Transportation still needs to improve its administration of a key grant program, says the Government Accountability Office. GAO said that while the department has made improvements in the $4 billion TIGER program, it should add more detail to the guidelines it uses to choose recipients of the grants.

Tags: DOT, Highway Funding, GAO, U.S. DOT

September 17, 2014 - Industry News

House Panel Sees Important, Limited Role for Public-Private Partnerships

Private investment can work well as a funding source for some infrastructure projects, particularly those that are very expensive and complex, but it is not useful for most projects. That’s the message from a House study on the benefits and risks of using public-private partnerships to pay for highways and other transportation projects.

Tags: Highway Funding, U.S. House, Public Private Partnerships, U.S. DOT

July 25, 2014 - Industry News

Truck Movements Into U.S. Increase for Fourth Straight Year

The number of commercial truck crossings into the United States from Canada and Mexico was 10.8 million in 2013, 1.1% more than in 2012, according to new U.S. Department of Transportation figures.

Tags: Canada, Economy, Cross-Border Trucking, Mexico, U.S. DOT

July 16, 2014 - Industry News

Freight Advisory Committee Makes Recommendations to U.S. DOT

Photo: Evan Lockridge

U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx received a report this week from the Department of Transportation’s National Freight Advisory Committee making 81 recommendations to improve the performance of the nation’s freight transportation system.

Tags: Infrastructure, U.S. Transportation Secretary, Department of Transportation, Highway Funding, U.S. DOT, Highways, Freight

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

June 11, 2014 - Industry News

DOT Freight Index Near All-Time High

Freight Transportation Services Index, April 2009 - April 2014. Credit: U.S. DOT

The amount of freight carried by the for-hire transportation industry rose 0.4% in April from March, increasing for the third consecutive month, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Freight Transportation Services Index released Wednesday.

Tags: Economy, Department of Transportation, U.S. DOT, Freight, Freight Index, Transportation Services Index, U.S

May 29, 2014 - Industry News

Report: Vehicle Crashes Cost $871 Billion

Photo: Via Wikimedia Commons

The U.S. Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration on Thursday released a new study about the economic toll and societal impact of motor vehicle crashes in the United States.

Tags: Accidents, Research, Fatal Accidents, Highway Fatalities, U.S. Department of Transportation, U.S. DOT, NHTSA

May 7, 2014 - Industry News

No One Wants to Go First on Highway Taxes

The to-and-fro over highway funding continued in the Senate Wednesday with Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx politely deflecting Sen. John Thune’s attempt to get the Obama administration to say it would accept a fuel tax increase.

Tags: Highway Funding, U.S. Senate, Highways, FMCSA, Hours of Service, Regulations, Highway Trust Fund, U.S. DOT, Anthony Foxx

April 21, 2014 - Industry News

ATA Files Petitions for Haz-Mat Exemptions

The U.S. Transportation Department’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration is taking comments on two applications from the American Trucking Associations claiming hazardous materials laws in two cities are unfair.

Tags: Regulations, New York City, PHMSA, City of Pittsburgh, U.S. Department of Transportation, U.S. DOT, Safety & Compliance, Hazmat

April 9, 2014 - Industry News

Tempest Arises from Review of Size and Weight Study

Photo: Evan Lockridge

A preliminary review by the Transportation Research Board indicates possible weaknesses in the Department of Transportation’s Comprehensive Truck Size and Weight Study. Opponents of higher limits seized on the review as evidence for their cause.

Tags: U.S. DOT, FHWA, Size and Weight, Congress, U.S. Department of Transportation, Teamsters, Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety

April 9, 2014 - Industry News

DOT Freight Index Hits Third Highest Level on Record

Credit: U.S. DOT

The amount of freight carried by the nation’s for-hire transportation industry rose 1.2% in February from January, rising after two consecutive monthly declines.

Tags: Economy, U.S. Department of Transportation, U.S. DOT, Freight, Freight Index

March 27, 2014 - Industry News

Severe Weather Chills January Freight Flow

Freight transportation levels in the U.S. and Canada fell 3.4% in January compared to January of the prior year due to severe weather, according to federal data.

Tags: U.S. DOT, Trends, BTS, Mexico, Canada, Cross-Border Trucking

March 12, 2014 - Industry News

Freight Index Down From Month Before, Up Compared to Year Earlier

Freight Transportation Services Index, January 2009-January 2014. Credit: U.S. DOT

The amount of freight carried by the for-hire transportation industry fell 2.8% in January from December, declining for the second consecutive month, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Freight Transportation Services Index released Wednesday

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

February 19, 2014 - Industry News

Virginia Tech Working on Talking Car and Light Truck Technology

The Virginia Tech Transportation Institute is spearheading national efforts to create connected-vehicle communication technology for roadways. Photo: VTTI

Following a U.S. Department of Transportation call to require vehicle-to-vehicle communication technology for all cars and light trucks on the nation’s highways, the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute has been tapped to design the delivery integration framework that will allow vehicles to “talk” with their drivers and with other automobiles on the roadway.

Tags: Technology, Information Technology, U.S. DOT, V2V, NHTSA

February 17, 2014 - Industry News

Intermodal Group Calls on FHWA to Focus More on Intermodal for Primary Freight Network

Photo: Evan Lockridge

The Intermodal Association of North American has submitted several recommendations to the Federal Highway Administration to increase its focus on the intermodal movement of freight, following the agency recently releasing a draft designating the nation’s Primary Freight Network.

Tags: DOT, Intermodal, U.S. DOT, FHWA, Freight, MAP-21

February 10, 2014 - Industry News

Man Pleads Guilty to Helping to Violate Out-of-Service Order

A Georgia man has pleaded guilty to federal charges filed last year charging he helped violate an out-of-service order, according to the U.S. Transportation Department’s Inspector General.

Tags: FMCSA, Regulations, U.S. DOT, Safety and Compliance, Crime

January 27, 2014 - Industry News

Administration Urges Quick Action on Highway Funding

Peter Rogoff

The Obama administration continues to send urgent signals that the Highway Trust Fund is in trouble. In remarks Monday to the American Trucking Associations Executive Committee, Peter Rogoff, acting under secretary at the Transportation Department, said the fund probably will run into the red before the program ends Oct. 1.

Tags: American Trucking Associations, Infrastructure Funding, U.S. DOT, Highway Funding, Anthony Foxx, Congress, Highway Trust Fund

January 17, 2014 - Industry News

Propane Haulers Ask for Regional HOS Exemptions

In a letter to U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx, the National Propane Gas Association on Wednesday called on him to grant regional exemptions from federal hours of service regulations for the Midwest and Eastern parts of the U.S., to relieve what the group says is "pressure on the current propane distribution network."

Tags: FMCSA, Regulations, Hours of Service, Propane Autogas, U.S. DOT

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