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April 16, 2015
How Will the Next Highway Bill Get Funded?
More attention is being paid this week to legislating infrastructure funding as the expiration date on the current MAP-21 highway bill looms ever closer - not that deadlines mean much on Capitol Hill.
CVSA Sets Annual Roadcheck for Early June
The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance has announced that its 28th annual International Roadcheck will take place from June 2 to 4.
Ports Must Adapt to Volume, Says N.J. Trucking Association
Addressing the monumental traffic backups at the Ports of New York and New Jersey, the New Jersey Trucking Association called on the ports to adapt to the higher volume and increase gate hours.
Spot Market Flatbed Rates Continue Moving Higher as Vans, Reefers Pause
<p><em>Graphic: DAT</em></p> Rates on the spot freight market continue crawling slowly upward in the flatbed sector but remain stagnant in the other two major categories.
Humor, Big Stars Make Infrastructure Funding Point
Google "John Oliver Infrastructure" and you'll get some 30 pages of results, with headlines such as "Stars Help John Oliver Make Infrastructure Maintenance Sexy." Deborah Lockridge explains why in her "All That's Trucking" blog.
Profit Nearly Doubles for Marten Transport
<p><em>Photo by Evan Lockridge.</em></p> Truckload carrier Marten Transport reported profit in the first quarter of the year nearly doubled from the same time in 2014.
Emissions Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow: Apples and Oranges
<p><strong>Adjusting to Phase 1 of the fuel economy and greenhouse gas regulations may have eased the coming transition into Phase 2.</strong><em><strong>&nbsp;</strong>Photo via Freightliner</em></p> Adjusting to Phase 1 of the fuel economy and greenhouse gas regulations may have eased the coming transition into Phase 2. Part 3 of a webXclusive series.
Economic Watch: Industrial Production Weakens, Homebuilder Optimism Up
For the first quarter of 2015 this measure of the total activity at the nation’s factories, mines and utilities declined at an annual rate of 1%, the first quarterly decrease since the second quarter of 2009.
Savannah Port Sees All-Time Record Cargo in March
<p><strong>A truck moves past a stack of containers at the Georgia Ports Authority Garden City Terminal near Savannah, Ga.</strong>&nbsp;<em>Photo: Georgia Ports Authority/Stephen B.Morton</em></p> The Port of Savannah moved 333,058 TEUs in March, setting a single-month record that surpassed its previous high set in October 2014 by more than 21,000 TEUs.
UPS Hires TruStar to Install CNG Fueling Stations
<p><em>Photo courtesy of UPS.</em></p> TruStar Energy has been contracted to design and build 15 compressed natural gas (CNG) stations for UPS, the fueling infrastructure developer announced.
Got Questions
Q. Is Xantrex product available through all truck manufacturers?

A. Most truck manufacturers offer Xantrex product as a standard option. However, the option they offer may not work for all applications. For example, a fleet wanted an inverter powerful enough to operate a big heavy duty winch. READ MORE

Got Questions
Q. What’s wrong with a one-size fits all clutch option?

Choosing the right replacement clutch is critical because as RPMs have dropped in today’s engines, the torque spikes that result are much more likely to cause torsional vibration in the drivetrain. READ MORE

Got Questions
Q. What role does low viscosity PC-11 Oils play in regards to fuel economy?

A. While high film thickness oils have been used for a number of years, lower viscosity has become a bigger focus given the need for enhanced fuel economy. The fuel economy improvement that can be expected from using lower viscosity oils depends on the engine type and duty cycle, and with the oil that is selected. Compared to conventional API CJ-4 SAE 15W-40 oils, studies have shown that fuel economy improvements of 1.5% or more can be achieved when oils like those that will be licensed as API F READ MORE

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European Cargo Securement Devices are Diverse

Like here, tying down the goods is a concern in Europe, because a dominant German trailer builder recently displayed a van with numerous securement options aboard. Tom Berg has more in his Trailer Talk blog.

Volvo Does it Again With Paraglider Video

In Volvo's latest promotional stunt video, the goal is to maintain a precise speed that allows pro paraglider Guillaume Galvani to stay in flight behind the Volvo FH rig on a highway in the Croatian Alps.

Whose Infrastructure— Ours or Theirs?

Listen carefully when you hear a politician or a lobbyist speak of “infrastructure.” To really mean anything, that big ugly word has got to be qualified.

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PHOTO GALLERIES
The 2016 U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree Tour comes to an end with the delivery of the 80-foot Englemann Spruce to the U.S. Capitol on Monday, Nov. 28.
The Capitol Christmas Tree Journey [Photos]
The new 48,000 square-foot, $7.5 million facility is clearly visible from Interstate 40 and less than a mile from Volvo Trucks' corporate headquarters.
Volvo's New Greensboro Truck Dealership [Photos]
A new Freightliner Cascadia awaits its fuel test run at US Xpress headquarters in Chattanooga, TN.
Pit Tests Fuel Economy With U.S. Xpress [Photos]
The year before its acquisition by Con-way, CFI chairman and CEO Glenn Brown posed with the company&rsquo;s original Kenworth T600 (right) and a 2006 version, celebrating the "Anteater's" 20th anniversary. Photo courtesy Kenworth
Photos: CFI Comes Full Circle
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