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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. How many different types of inverters does Xantrex offer for heavy duty trucks?

A. Xantrex offers a variety of inverter options for all classes of trucks. From a Class 8 perspective, Xantrex inverters are offered as factory option by the leading heavy duty truck brands. READ MORE

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Q. I'm confused. What are the differences between an Eaton AutoShift, UltraShift, UltraShift PLUS and Fuller Advantage automated transmission?

A. The AutoShift transmission was one of the first automated transmissions from Eaton, launching in the ’90s. Since then, three more transmissions have hit production lines, starting with the Eaton UltraShift. READ MORE


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Will Trump Effect Unseat Key House Transpo Leaders?

Of great interest to the trucking industry is the impact Donald Trump’s recent free fall in the polls may have on the reelection of key members of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.

For Tankers, 'Vapor Recovery' Works Two Ways

He stood at an open pipe at the tanker and held his hand in front of it, checking air as it flowed inside. During product loading, vapor-laden air is drawn out of the tanker to keep it from bursting.

5 Takeaways from ATA MC&E

The American Trucking Associations’ annual Management Conference & Exhibition wrapped up in Las Vegas last week, so Editor in Chief Deborah Lockridge has had a little time to reflect on the key themes of the many sessions, announcements and expo booths for her "All That's Trucking" blog.

Are Your Repairs Under Attack?

Heavy Truck: A Guide to Fixing Your Broken Fleet Strategy

The Intelligent Trailer Fleet

Do you have an ELD game plan?

Voice of the Driver: Listening to your drivers can ease the shortage.

Lift Axles: What, When, Where and How

The Fleet Regulatory To-Do List for 2016 and Beyond

Effecting Real Performance Change thru Driver Coaching

NHTSA's Tim Johnson discusses how vehicles have gotten safer and the work his research group has done.
2016 Fleet Technology Expo in Pictures

Navistar's SuperTruck
Wabash, which makes Walker, Beall, Brenner and Bulk brand tankers, says it has seen an increase in demand for specialty steels to offset corrosion issues. Photo: Wabash
Photos: What Fleets are Spec'ing on Tank Trailers
Anthony Levandowski, co-founder of the autonomous trucking startup Otto, shared his vision for trucks not only without a driver, but even without a cab. Photo: Evan Lockridge
ATA Management Conference & Exhibition in Photos
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