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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.

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Unlucky Tip Over on the Tappan Zee Bridge

Did you see that scrap-hauling rig tipping over on the Tappan Zee Bridge over the Hudson River last Friday? The rear axle broke loose and the trailer lost its footing. What a Friday-the-13th happening!

Driverless Tesla vs. Parked Trailer: Owner's Fault?

Rear-underride collisions upset safety advocates because they badly hurt auto drivers and passengers. What about a front-underride incident with no driver and no injuries?

Of Spuds, Sleep, and Faulty Statistics

An accident that closed I-77 in North Carolina Friday illustrates how driver fatigue is a problem that is a lot more complex than just creating regulations saying when truckers can and can’t drive — and how enforcement sometimes erroneously targets truckers in the name of safety.

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KW T660 lightweight tractor foir bulk hauling weighs 14,200 pounds, though 100 gallons of fuel would push that to about 15,000 -- still slim for a 52-inch sleeper-cab.
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Photos: Antique Trucks at Mid-America 2016
The name may sound regional, but Mid-America draws exhibitors from all over -- even China. Photo: Deborah Lockridge
Photos: Mid-America Trucking Show
Lucas Oil Stadium at night, in Indianapolis, Indiana. The twenty-year naming rights contract for the home of the Indianapolis Colts were acquired in 2006 for $122 million.
Photos: Lucas Oil Founder Forest Lucas
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