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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. What's the best way to take a used-oil sample?

A. When it comes to taking a used-oil sample, timing is essential. First, integrate oil analysis into the component maintenance schedule as a regular part of the maintenance program. READ MORE

Got Questions
Q. Is bigger always better when it comes to brake ratings?

A. No. Brakes should be chosen based on the highest required load and no higher. For instance, hub, suspension, axle and tire ratings may all differ on a given trailer, ranging from 17,000 to 26,000 pounds or higher depending on the trailer application. READ MORE


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Curtainside Trailers Made for Alley Deliveries

The concept came from Europe, where not many factories have loading docks, but they do have alleyways for trucks to make pickups and deliveries.

Some Aero Details Not So Obvious

SmartTruck has posted a YouTube video depicting how its UnderTray and other devices work. One item alters air behavior at the "ICC bumper."

Patience, Persistence Needed to Bring Young People into the Industry

Are we going overboard in pushing kids toward a college education? One reader responds to Deborah Lockridge's October editorial, and she has this follow-up in her "All That's Trucking" blog.

Understanding Your Brakes: Considerations When Specifying Air Disc Brakes

Are You Scared of Driver Monitoring Myths?

Streamlining Your Freight with an Integrated Transportation Network

Is Your Business Ready for the ELD Mandate?

What do today’s fleet professionals think of GPS tracking technology?

Improve Fleet Performance by Changing Driver Behavior

Kenworth's latest aerodynsmic tractor contrasted with the classic shape of the Icon 9000. Photo: Deborah Lockridge
Photos: Kenworths on the Paccar Test Track
Photo courtesy of Kenworth
Photos: Hauling the Capitol Christmas Tree
The all-new 2016 Nissan Titan XD is positioned between a traditional 1500- and 2500-type pickup.
2016 Nissan Titan XD Ride and Drive in Photos
The LNG is then pumped into the big storage tank. Photo by Deborah Lockridge
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