Bob Costello
Business, Logistics

Tonnage Robust as Demand for Trucks Grows

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Truck tonnage in February was up nearly 6% compared with February 2017, according to American Trucking Associations’ monthly for-hire truck tonnage index. Tonnage is up 7.1% year-to-date, compared with the same two months in 2017.

Burney Simpson | Staff Reporter
March 20, 2018
Business, Logistics

Tonnage Rise Pushes Spot Rates Higher

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Truck tonnage rose 8.8% in January on a year-over-year basis, according to American Trucking Associations’ monthly for-hire truck tonnage index.

Burney Simpson | Staff Reporter
February 21, 2018
Government, Business

Trucking Market Strongest Since Deregulation, ATA Economist Bob Costello Says

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The freight market is as strong as it has been since deregulation in the 1980s, according to American Trucking Associations Chief Economist Bob Costello.

Ari Ashe | Staff Reporter
February 14, 2018
Business, Logistics

Truck Tonnage Surges 7.6% in November

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Truck tonnage surged 7.6% year-over-year in November after a 10.5% increase in October, according to American Trucking Associations.

Ari Ashe | Staff Reporter
December 19, 2017
Business, Logistics

ATA Tonnage Index Jumps 8.2% in August

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Truck tonnage took a healthy 8.2% step up in August, perhaps driven by hurricane preparation work and port shipping, American Trucking Associations said Sept. 19.

Jonathan S. Reiskin | Associate News Editor
September 19, 2017
Business, Equipment, Logistics

‘American Truck Trends’ Quantifies Size of Industry

U.S. trucks moved more than 70% of the nation’s freight last year, and the companies that owned those vehicles employed 7.4 million people, according to a new publication from American Trucking Associations.

Transport Topics
August 16, 2017

ATA Forecasts 2.8% Freight Growth for 2017, 3.4% Rise Through 2023

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American Trucking Associations predicts that freight volumes will grow 2.8% this year and then 3.4% per year through 2023,

Ari Ashe and Jonathan Reiskin | Staff Reporters
July 19, 2017

ATA's Bob Costello: Better Year in Store for Trucking

Costello by John Sommers II for TT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — After the trucking industry endured what he termed “a freight recession” last year, American Trucking Associations' chief economist, Bob Costello, predicts a rosier 2017.

David Elfin | Staff Reporter
February 24, 2017

Better Roads Could Help Fleets Keep Drivers by Improving Productivity, ATA’s Costello Says

John Sommers II for TT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Federal officials should focus more on efforts to reduce traffic congestion along the country’s main roadways, a move that would help retain drivers across the trucking industry, American Trucking Associations Chief Economist Bob Costello said.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
February 22, 2016

U.S. Economic Growth Expected to Accelerate, ATA Says


The U.S. economy will accelerate during the remainder of this year after a tough first quarter, but rising operating costs will continue to limit fleets’ profitability, according to the latest forecast from the chief economist at American Trucking Associations.

Seth Clevenger | Managing Editor, Features
June 12, 2014