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5/3/11

BTS Releases North American Surface Trade Numbers for February

February 2011 Surface Trade with Canada and Mexico Rose 11.8 
Percent from February 2010, reaching $66.5 billion, according to 
the Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) of the U.S. Department 
of Transportation.

3/8/11

Local Hospital Opposes Liquefied Natural Gas Transport

Details on Savannah Morning News 'Website, 
SavannahNow.com 

2/24/11

Trucks to Pay Lower Toll Rates on SH 130, SH 45 Southeast

AUSTIN - Today, the Texas Transportation Commission voted 
to lower toll rates for trucks on SH 130 and SH 45SE. 
The new lower toll rates go into effect March 1, 2011.

Click this link to TxDOT table of new rates

2/23/11

Dragonfly Film and Television Productions Ltd, based in the UK
has announced a major new UK TV project about Truck Drivers.

Dragonfly is looking for highly skilled truck drivers from all 
over the world to take part in a competition which involves 
mastering tricky loads and challenging roads around the globe.

If you fit the profile contact Sarah Faulds, sarah.faulds@dragonfly.tv
or visit Dragonfly Productions.

2/14/11

Obama's high-speed rail agenda has been a burr under 
my saddle since it's inception. Biden and LaHood are 
the designated, ever-ready, town criers.

The last few days I'd been considering an edigtorial
here on TruckTalk. This editorial in today's Washington
Post echos my sentiments.

 Click here or copy/paste this url in your browser.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2011/02/13/AR2011021302972.html

Help spread the facts, pass this along.

Stan

2/9/11

The Freight Transportation Services Index (TSI) rose 1.5 percent 
in December from its November level, rising after one monthly 
decline, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Bureau of 
Transportation Statistics (BTS) reported today.  

BTS, a part of the Research and Innovative Technology Administration, 
reported that the Freight TSI rose 6.9 percent over the last 19 months, 
starting in June 2009, after declining 15.3 percent in the previous 
10 months beginning in August 2008. 

The index has increased in 14 of the last 19 months (Table 2). In 2010, 
the index increased 0.4 percent. With next month’s release, BTS will 
conduct a comprehensive revision, delayed one month from the previously 
announced revision. The revision will result in changes to the 2010 numbers, 
especially for those months that have not undergone the monthly revision 
and are currently classified as preliminary. 

For additional historic data, go to BTS.gov 

12/3/10

Iowa Motor Truck Association To Give Truckers A Leg Up 
Dealing With New Regs.

Truckinginfo dot com reports that IMTA will offer assistance to
members and non-members. Read the full article.


11/13/10

The "empire-to-be" strikes back!
Common sense starting to kick-in. See this article on NPR.org.
 HighSpeed Rail Projects Rejected
10/26/10

The uDrove Humanitarian Bowl game will help launch the 2010 college 
football bowl season with a 5:30 p.m. ET (3:30 p.m. MT) kickoff on 
ESPN December 18. For more information, visit: udrove.com
 
10/23/10

U.S. to propose truck fuel efficiency rules 
Associated Press article/Washington Post
 
8/16/10

TruckTalk has opened a Twitter account, "TruckTraffic". 
Check out the new 'web-page,  U.S. Traffic Tweets 
Let me know what you think. 

8/16/10

Truckinginfo.com, Heavy Duty Trucking magazine's on-line presence, 
reports that DOT will revise it's drup testing requirements. 
The changes will include new thresholds for existing tests as well 
as adding new drugs for testing. Scheduled to be published in the 
Federal Register today, the 61-page rule is effective October 1st, 2010. 

8/9/10

Just a couple of weeks 'til GATS in Dallas, August 26-28!
Great American Truck Show
 

6/14/10

Partners Roadside Medical and Pilot Travel Centers announce the opening
of three new medical clinics in Oklahoma City, OK; East St. Louis, IL; 
and Waco, TX. Full press release available here; click menu item
"Industry Press Releases". 

 
6/2/10
 
300,000 Hybrid Trucks and Buses to be on the Road by 2015

These hybrid vehicles promise a reduction in fuel consumption 
between 5% and 50% depending on design, which will help reduce 
costs and emissions, making hybrid trucks more and more attractive 
for fleet managers.  According to a new report by Pike Research, 
the global market for hybrid medium and heavy-duty trucks and 
buses will increase from 9,000 vehicles sold in 2010 to more than 
100,000 vehicles in 2015.   

Read the full BW press release


3/30/10

January 2010 Surface Trade with Canada and Mexico Rose 19.5 Percent 
from January 2009 

Read the full report, including state-by-state breakdown, 
here BTS Transborder Data Release

2/18/10

34 Days and Counting to MATS 2010
Free registration here 

2/17/10

Trucking Pioneer John Ruan passes Feb.13, 2010, at the age of 96 
Click here to read 
William B. Cassidy's Journal of Commerce on-line report.

1/21/10

Virginia to reopen 19 highway rest stops
Four of the rest stops will reopen by Feb. 17,
eight more by March 17, and the final seven by April 17.
Read Anita Kumar's Washington Post article 

1/16/10

The Trucking Division of Great American Insurance Group announced 
the start of its BIG RIG GIVEAWAY sweepstakes for 2010, marking 
the fourth year of Great American’s sponsorship. 
The 2010 grand prize is a customized 2006 Volvo VNL780 to be awarded 
to a lucky sweepstakes participant at the Mid America Truck Show on 
March 27, 2010. Click here for full Business Wire press release

1/5/10

 

FMCSA to Hold Public Listening Sessions on Hours of Service Requirements

WASHINGTON—The U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Motor Carrier 
Safety Administration (FMCSA) today announced it will hold four listening 
sessions in January to gather information and comments as the agency 
prepares a rulemaking proposal on hours-of-service requirements for 
property-carrying commercial vehicle drivers. The agency wants to hear about 
topics such as rest and on-duty time, sleeper berth use and the effect the 
current hours-of-service rule has on loading and unloading times for drivers. 
A record of the listening sessions will be placed in the public docket for 
the rulemaking.

Hours-of-service requirements are designed to help prevent commercial motor 
vehicle-related accidents, injuries and fatalities by prescribing on-duty 
hours and rest periods for commercial drivers. The FMCSA has scheduled three 
listening sessions to encourage public participation on this issue and will 
schedule a fourth listening session in the coming days.        
 
* Tuesday, January 19, 2010
   Doubletree Hotel Crystal City National Airport
   300 Army Navy Drive, Arlington, Virginia  22202
   9 a.m. – 5 p.m. EST

* Friday, January 22, 2010
   Hyatt Regency Dallas Forth Worth Airport
   DFW International Parkway, Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas 75261
   9 a.m. – 5 p.m. CST

* Monday, January 25, 2010
   Doubletree Hotel Los Angeles International Airport  
   1985 East Grand Avenue, El Segundo, California  90245 
    9 a.m. – 5 p.m. PST

For more information on the listening sessions, including several questions 
on possible alternatives to the current hours-of-service requirements, please 
visit the FMCSA website at www.fmcsa.dot.gov.  
Interested persons may also contact David Miller, Office of Policy Plans and 
Regulation, U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Motor Carrier Safety 
Administration, (202) 366-5011.
 
12/4/09

Have you checked out Randall-Reilly's "Custom Rigs" on-line magazine?
One of the value-added aspects of an on-line magazine allows you to 
view on-demand, how-to videos. Click on this link 
for free video, information on new products and much more!!

12/2/09

Navistar and Modec Sign Joint Venture to Produce and Market All-Electric Truck
Navistar intends to produce 400 electric vehicles in 2010. Read the full
press release on Business Wire

11/3/09

Berkshire Hathaway to Buy Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad

10/22/09

The Journal of Commerce reports:
 Leading Economic Index Climbs 1 Percent
Sixth consecutive gain bumps index to highest growth rate 
since 1983

10/6/09

According to several reliable sources the TxDOT will, 
on Wednesday, officially call off the dogs on the controversial 
Trans-Texas Corridor project.

9/09/09

Missouri gets approval for truck-only lanes on Interstate 70
By BRAD COOPER - The Kansas City Star
Trucks Only

9/2/09

Journal of Commerce reports:

Manufacturing Makes First Gain in 18 Months

Freight Index Reaches 2009 High

9/1/09

Surface Trade with Canada and Mexico plummeted 31.5 percent in June compared with June a year ago, but the month-to-month increase of 6 percent runs counter to seasonal trends and confirms signals that the economy may have hit bottom in May.
Read JOC article

07/29/09

Navistar Announces 2010 Emissions Pricing
2010-compliant engine technology will increase International truck prices $6,000-$8,000, depending on engine. Read the
full press-release.

Journal of Commerce announces It's Easy Being Green - Virtual Trade Show September 15-16, 2009
To view a presentation of all the really cool features you'll find in the virtual expo visit joc.com and click on the It's Easy Being Green link.

07/21/09

Central States Pension Fund Drops YRC Worldwide
William B. Cassidy | The Journal of Commerce Online

Click here to go to JOC story

FedEx Expands Hybrid-Electric Fleet by 50 Percent
Click here for full release

3/31/09

Cross-border trucking pilot program was flawed
By TODD SPENCER -Special to The KCStar
Link to article

3/21/09

Mexico throws counterpunch in trucking dispute
POW,POW,POW!!

3/5/09

BTS Releases North American Surface Trade Numbers for December:
Trade using surface transportation between the United States and its North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) partners, Canada and Mexico, was 13.1 percent lower in December 2008 than in December 2007, dropping to $52.9 billion, the Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS), a part of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Research and Innovative Technology Administration (RITA), reported today.
A news release and summary tables can be found here. More information on transborder freight data and data from previous months are posted on the BTS website. 3/4/09

The ATD Convention & Exposition will be held April 18-20 at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center on the Potomac in Washington, DC.

2/22/09

Road closures and other transportation advisories for the week of Feb. 22: Two to three lanes of I-93 South will be closed approaching and through downtown Sunday through Friday from 11:30 p.m. to 5 a.m. The Storrow Drive on-ramp to... http://www.boston.com/news/local/breaking_news/2009/02/road_closures_f_25.html

2/20/09

Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood says he wants to consider taxing motorists based on how many miles they drive rather than how much gasoline they burn, saying it would provide more reliable funding for highway projects. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2009/02/20/usdot_mileagetax/?refid=0

Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood says he wants to consider taxing motorists based on how many miles they drive rather than how much gasoline they burn — an idea that has angered drivers in some states where it has been proposed. AP Interview via Yahoo!: http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090220/ap_on_go_ca_st_pe/lahood_vehicle_mileage_tax_6

March 3, 2008

BTS Releases North American Surface Trade Numbers for December 2007:
Surface Trade with Canada and Mexico Rose 3.1 Percent from December 2006

Trade using surface transportation between the United States and its North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) partners Canada and Mexico was 3.1 percent higher in December 2007 than in December 2006, reaching $60.9 billion, the Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS), a part of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Research and Innovative Technology Administration (RITA), reported today.

More information on transborder freight data and data from previous months are posted on the BTS website at http://www.bts.gov/transborder/.

January 10th, 2008

Walgreens Teams up with DHL to Offer Shipping Services Chainwide

DEERFIELD, Ill.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Walgreens (NYSE:WAG)(NASDAQ:WAG) has entered into an agreement with DHL, the world’s leading express delivery and logistics company, to offer shipping services in virtually all of its stores chainwide. The rollout will begin in April in Illinois and Florida and is projected to expand to more than 6,500 locations by the end of calendar 2008.

January 9th, 2007

Mexican President Defends NAFTA Despite Protests

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexican President Felipe Calderon defended a regional trade deal on Monday..........click here for the rest of this article

January 7th, 2008

Talking Transportation: The Truth About Trucks
By Jim Cameron - Special to WestportNow

Two years ago, in my very first Talking Transportation column, I tried to dispel the myth that our highway problems are all caused by trucks. "Let's Blame the Trucks" attacked that common wisdom with facts that didn't win me many friends But that's hardly my goal in these musings.
Read the rest of the article here. While you're there why not take a few minutes to register and leave a comment; we need these kinds of friends!

January 4th, 2008

Great American Announces Another ''Big Rig Giveaway''

CINCINNATI--(BUSINESS WIRE)--For the second year in a row, Great American Insurance Group's Trucking Division is giving away a totally transformed heavy duty, Class 8 truck in the company's popular "Big Rig Giveaway" sweepstakes. The 2008 sweepstakes prize, a tricked out Peterbilt 379EXHD, will be given to a trucker chosen at random from Great American's booth, #67200 at the Mid-America Trucking Show (MATS) on March 29 at 2:00 pm EST. This one-of-a-kind Pete will included a uniquely designed paint finish, new interior and upholstery, chromed-out detailing, and electronics including a DVD player, flat screen monitor, blind spot camera, security system, remote controlled electric hood opener, microwave and mini-fridge.

To enter the "BIG RIG GIVEAWAY," visit the Great American Trucking website at www.GreatAmericanTrucker.com. The contest is open to Class A commercial licensed drivers ages 21 or older. Employees and families of sponsors and vendors are not eligible. No purchase or payment is necessary to enter or win. The winner is responsible for taxes, insurance and all applicable fees. Void where prohibited by law.

December 12th, 2007

BTS Releases Freight Transportation Services Index (TSI);
Freight Index Rose 1.3 Percent in October from September

The Freight Transportation Services Index (TSI) rose 1.3 percent in October from its September level, rising after a one-month decline that brought the index to its lowest level since January 2004, the Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS), a part of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Research and Innovative Technology Administration (RITA), reported today.

A news release summarizing the data may be obtained by clicking this link.

ATA Welcomes New Rule on Hours of Service
Research Shows Regulations Reduce Crashes, Fatalities and Injuries

ARLINGTON, Va.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The American Trucking Associations (ATA) welcomes the Interim Final Rule on drivers’ Hours of Service issued today by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA).

The rule retains the key components of the 2004 rule, which ATA has supported because in just four years it has led to significant decreases in the number of fatal large truck crashes, the fatal large truck crash rate, the number of injuries from truck-involved crashes, and the injury crash rate.

“FMCSA has made an important contribution to highway safety by keeping in force Hours of Service rules that have led to a reduction in deaths and injuries over the last several years,” said ATA President and CEO Bill Graves.

The new rule reflects the scientific research that shows that the comprehensive regulations in effect since 2004 (except for a change in sleeper berth regulations in October 2005) promote driver alertness and enhance highway safety. Components of the rule include:

Increasing from 8 to 10 hours the minimum amount of time that drivers must be off-duty between shifts, providing a greater opportunity for 7 to 8 hours of sleep;
Reducing the maximum daily on-duty time by one hour from 15 to 14 and eliminating the provision allowing this time be “tolled” by breaks;
Providing a maximum 11-hour driving time per shift to complete runs safely; Promoting schedules nearer to a 24-hour circadian cycle;
Allowing for a minimum of 34 consecutive off-duty hours of rest, recovery and restart to eliminate potential sleep debt.

The FMCSA cited data collected by the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute that showed there is no increase in crash risk in the 11th hour of driving. Government and industry safety data and metrics clearly indicate that the current HOS rules are an improvement in truck safety over the pre-2004 rules.

For example:
The number of truck-involved fatalities decreased 4.7 percent in 2006 – from 5,240 in 2005 to 4,995 in 2006 – the largest percentage drop in truck-involved fatalities since 1992;
The projected truck-involved fatality rate for 2006 is at its lowest since record-keeping began in 1975;
The number of truck-involved-crash injuries decreased by almost 2,000 in 2005 and dropped another 8,000 in 2006;
The injury crash rate, another accepted metric, is also at its lowest point since DOT recordkeeping began.

The Interim Final Rule is an interim measure in effect while the agency collects additional data on the safety impact of the two challenged provisions. ATA will work with its members during the next stage of the HOS rulemaking process to document motor carriers' safety experiences under the 11- and 34-hour provisions.

President Graves also noted that ATA continues to pursue other goals on its safety agenda, including a requirement for speed limiters on new trucks, a 65-mph national speed limit for all vehicles and increased use of seatbelts. November 10, 2007

*UPS Announces 2008 Rates*

ATLANTA--(BUSINESS WIRE)--UPS (NYSE:UPS) today announced new list rates for 2008, including an average 4.9 percent increase for UPS Ground and Ground Hundredweight shipments and a net average increase of 4.9 percent on all air express and U.S. origin International shipments.

The increase for air express and international shipments is based on a 6.9 percent increase in the base rate, less a 2 percent reduction in the current fuel surcharge. Updated rate and service information will be posted on ups.com/rates beginning Nov. 16, and customers can preview UPS Ground, Air and International express rates. On Dec. 31, customers can download the /2008/ /Rate and Service Guide/.

The new rates will take effect on Dec. 31, 2007.

September 7, 2007

U.S. & Mexican Trucking Companies Cleared to Operate Beyond the Border DOT provides details on steps taken to ensure safety of year-long Demonstration Project in response to latest Inspector General report.
Details in this U.S. DOT press release.

August 31st, 2007

Mexico Prepares to Allow U.S. Trucks to Cross Border
By Thomas Black and Karen Gullo Read the complete report at Bloomberg dot com

August 10th, 2007

Altitude set to broadcast 2007 Pikes Peak specials in August.
Details in this release


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