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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. If my truck batteries have been exhausted inadvertently, is it possible to recharge them?

A. Sure! Xantrex combination inverter/charger models can charge a dead battery. 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

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Uber, Otto Talk About Plans to Transform Trucking

The term "Uber for trucking" is at risk of becoming a generic term, being used for a variety of new apps aimed at automating the load booking process, but Uber is making big plans to make "Uber for trucking" a reality, according to a new report from Reuters.

Trailers an Important Part of 2016 SuperTech

Trailers get little enough attention in the real world, and this new focus gives them the respect they deserve. Trailers (and truck bodies) are where the payloads go, after all.

TMC Looks at Special Trailer Repair Issues

How do you repair a lowboy trailer whose deck structure has lost its arc? That might deserve some scrutiny, the organization figures.

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Scenes from TMC's SuperTech 2016 Competition
Italy-based truck maker Iveco revealed its Z Truck concept, which aims to attain zero-emissions using a combo of LNG and biomethane technologies along with waste heat recovery. Design also boasts enhanced aerodynamics, automated driving technologies, and a "driver-centered" design.
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Volvo Trucks North America's SuperTruck in Washington, D.C., on Sept. 13, 2016. Photo by Jim Park
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