Business, Equipment

Floodwaters Bring Warnings of Damaged Truck Components

Penske recovers from the storm Penske has inspected most of its damaged equipment in the Houston area. (Penske Truck Leasing)

Brakes, diesel particulate filters, electronics and wheel-ends are some of the key components that fleets should inspect on their vehicles as they recover from flooding brought on by hurricanes Harvey and Irma, experts said, adding that without remediation safety component failures are likely to surface in a matter of months.

Roger W. Gilroy | Staff Reporter
September 20, 2017

FHWA Gives Florida DOT $25 Million for Irma Relief

Stephen M. Dowell/Orlando Sentinel/TNS

Florida’s Department of Transportation will receive $25 million in federal funding for relief efforts in the wake of the damage caused by Hurricane Irma.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
September 18, 2017

Hurricanes to Increase Contract, Spot Rates Outside Disaster Areas

David J. Phillip/Associated Press

Truckload rates have skyrocketed after hurricanes Harvey and Irma battered Texas and Florida, but the higher prices will also trickle down into states nowhere near the devastation, industry executives say.

Ari Ashe | Staff Reporter
September 14, 2017
Business, Safety, TCA

FedEx Worker Goes Viral After He Personally Delivers Generators Ahead of Hurricane Irma

FedEx generated some good will with at least one Florida customer late last week as Hurricane Irma began its ominous approach.

Ron Maxey | The Commercial Appeal (Memphis, Tenn.)
September 13, 2017
Business, Fuel

It Could Take Days Before Florida’s Thirst for Fuel Is Sated

A Chevron gas station is wrecked in Leesburg, Fla. on Monday, Sept. 11, 2017. Stephen M. Dowell/Orlando Sentinel/TNS

Hurricane Irma may now be gone, but its fallout will continue to haunt Florida for at least the next few days as the largest U.S. gasoline market after California and Texas thirsts for the fuel.

Kevin Orland and David Wethe | Bloomberg News
September 12, 2017
Government, Business, Fuel

Diesel Jumps 4.4 Cents to $2.802 a Gallon

Diesel truck stop Lars Plougmann/Flickr

The U.S. average retail price of diesel rose 4.4 cents to $2.802 a gallon on the heels of Hurricane Irma slamming into Florida on Sept. 10 and disrupting fuel supplies there.

Roger W. Gilroy | Staff Reporter
September 11, 2017

Hurricane Updates

Evacuees fill Germain Arena, which is being used as a fallout shelter, in advance of Hurricane Irma, in Estero, Fla., Sept. 9, 2017. (Jay Reeves/AP)

Follow real-time updates from news organizations and emergency agencies as Florida and the southeastern United States deal with an unprecedented storm that will have major impact on infrastructure, roads and fuel supply.

The Associated Press
September 8, 2017
Business, Fuel, Logistics

Gas Shortage Shifts From Texas to Florida

David Santiago/Miami Herald/TNS

Truckers who hauled gasoline to Texas last week from Florida may run the same route in reverse next week as Hurricane Irma bears down on the Sunshine State.

Laura Blewitt | Bloomberg News
September 8, 2017

Traffic Nightmare as More Than 1 Million Flee Irma in Florida, Georgia

Northbound traffic in Sunrise, Fla. Northbound traffic in Sunrise, Fla., on Sept. 7. (Mike Stocker/South Florida Sun-Sentinel via AP))

MIAMI — The race to flee Hurricane Irma became a marathon nightmare for many as more than a half-million people were ordered to leave South Florida and 540,000 coastal residents to flee the Georgia coast on Sept.7.

The Associated Press
September 7, 2017
Government, Business

Hurricane Irma Forces Postponement of Hearing Into CSX Service Woes

CSX train CSX Corp.

Due to the threat of Hurricane Irma, the Surface Transportation Board postponed a meeting scheduled for Sept. 12 to discuss CSX’s rail service woes this summer.

Ari Ashe | Staff Reporter
September 7, 2017