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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 type of grease should I use for my fifth wheel?

A. Proper application of grease is equally important as the type of grease. The frequent incorrect method of lubricating a 5th wheel is to simply apply the grease in a ribbon like manner thinking that the engagement of 5th wheel and trailer will spread the grease correctly. READ MORE

Got Questions Q. How can I save weight when spec'ing suspensions?

A. Look for systems that allow the use of lightweight components or use technological advances in steel and structural design. READ MORE

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Oil and Gas Industry Shake-up

America's booming domestic oil and gas industry is not as booming as it was. Lower oil prices have left some wells unfinished, and new reports from geologists this week raise concern about the effect of the oil and gas boom on the planet. Deborah Lockridge's "All That's Trucking" blog explores the latest news.

When Bumping Into Each Other Means Good Business

As Oklahoma-based Melton Truck Lines has grown, it has tried to address the issue of keeping a small-company feel. Find out how it does that with its new building in the "All That's Trucking" blog.

Right Place, Right Railroads Help ‘Cool’ Intermodal Shipments

Senior Editor Tom Berg explores why one intermodal refrigerated operation is expanding, in contrast to another that is suing railroads in blame for its demise, in his Trailer Talk blog.

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PHOTO GALLERIES
Crowds were decent on Saturday, but not overwhelming. It was a good day for walking the show and a good opportunity to get close to the exhibitors. Photo by Jim Park
Photos: Mid-America Trucking Show, Day 3
At 8:15, just as the sun was breaking over Freedom Hall on Friday morning, the temperature was a chilly 36 degrees. Photo: Jim Park
Photos: Mid-America Trucking Show, Day 2
Freightliner gave attendees a first look at its SuperTruck at the 2015 Mid-America Trucking Show.
Photos: Freightliner Unveils SuperTruck
Photo: Sven-Erik Lindstrand
Photos: MATS 2015 Opening Day
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