2021 Year in Review

Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Fuel, Logistics

2021 Top 10 Stories Cover Array of Issues as COVID Still Casts Shadow

Trucks at Port of LA Trucks enter and exit the Port of Los Angeles on Nov. 16. (Bing Guan/Bloomberg News)

Here are the 10 most-read stories on the Transports Topics website in 2021, based on Google Analytics.

December 31, 2021
Government

2021: Year of the $1 Trillion Infrastructure Law

President Joe Biden After nearly a year of political back and forth, Congress passed a $1 trillion infrastructure bill. President Joe Biden signed the measure into law Nov. 15. (Stefani Reynolds/Bloomberg News)

A long-awaited federal bill that will fund upgrades to the nation’s highway infrastructure was finalized during 2021, the culmination of tough legislative effort and a welcome outcome for trucking.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
December 17, 2021
Government, Business, Safety, Logistics

Driver Shortage Defines Trucking for 2021

Driver Shortage Kameleon007/Getty Images

The shortage of professional drivers quickly became the defining issue for the industry during the past year with its far-reaching effects.

Connor D. Wolf | Staff Reporter
December 17, 2021
Business, Technology, Equipment

Equipment Segment Marched to Higher Ground in 2021

Equipment Manheim Specialty Auctions in Indianapolis, Ind., will sells used trucks. (Manheim Specialty Auctions)

The year 2021 will not soon be forgotten in truck equipment circles that were buffeted by a persistent severe virus carried over from 2020, by its new variants and more related supply chain and labor disruptions.

Roger Gilroy | Senior Reporter
December 16, 2021
Government, Business

Economy Stays Resilient During Pandemic

Target truck John Sommers II for Transport Topics

In the nearly two years of the COVID-19 pandemic, the U.S. economy has been battered and undergone substantial change. Through it all, economists and experts say it has shown remarkable resilience.

Dan Ronan | Associate News Editor
December 16, 2021
Government, Business, Equipment, Fuel, Logistics

Trucking Industry M&A Activity Surges During 2021

M&A Kanizphoto/Getty Images

2021 was an especially busy year for trucking in terms of acquisitions, with various factors creating an ideal market for buyers and sellers.

Connor D. Wolf | Staff Reporter
December 16, 2021
Government, Business, Special Coverage

2021 Year in Review

It was a year in which trucking learned to live with — and thrive in spite of — another year of the coronavirus pandemic. Take a look back at an eventful 2021.

December 16, 2021
Business, Logistics

Nation’s Ports Have Historic Year, and No Slowdown Expected

Port of Los Angeles Through October, the Port of Los Angeles was running 22% ahead of 2020's container level. (Getty Images)

On the East and West Coast and at ports along the Gulf of Mexico, container volumes have skyrocketed, with the Port of Los Angeles — the nation's largest — on track to easily surpass its all-time record set in 2018.

Dan Ronan | Associate News Editor
December 6, 2021