Government, Business, Safety, Breaking News

Top Bottlenecks Less Congested Last Year, but Infrastructure Needs Persist, ATRI Finds

Brent Spence Bridge The No. 2 I-71/I-75 interchange in Cincinnati leads to the Brent Spence Bridge. (Completed Brent Spence Bridge project by Kentucky Transportation Cabinet via YouTube)

Trucks moved more swiftly last year through sections of road that historically are choked with congestion, as the coronavirus pandemic kept vehicles off the road and freed up highways for easier movement of freight, the American Transportation Research Institute said.

Dan Ronan | Associate News Editor
February 24, 2021
Government, Business, Safety

Jason’s Law Survey Shows Truck Parking Remains a Challenge

Trucks parked at a rest area by Peggy Smith Trucks parked at a rest area off Interstate 81 in Virginia. (Peggy Smith/Transport Topics)

A five-year update to a major parking availability survey for truck drivers had pretty much the same bottom line: There remains an overall critical shortage of parking spaces for truck drivers.

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
December 2, 2020
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Fuel

Operational Cost of Trucking Down 9.3%, ATRI Finds

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Costs associated with trucking operations have decreased, according to the American Transportation Research Institute.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
November 24, 2020
Business, Technology, Safety

Lower Your Fleet Insurance Costs with Video Telematics

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In its latest survey on the top issues confronting trucking, the American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI), identified rising insurance as an emerging issue. Since 2013, per ATRI data, fleets surveyed have been walloped by insurance premium costs that have jumped over 17%. However, in a study from C.J. Driscoll & Associates, 31% of operators got a break on insurance rates thanks to fleet telematics, which can not only facilitate the exoneration innocent drivers but also help fleet managers identify and coach risky drivers. Learn from leading industry experts as they delve into how integrated smart cameras can help mitigate rising fleet insurance costs.

November 5, 2020
Government, Business, Equipment, Safety, Fuel, Logistics, Autonomous

ATRI Opens Annual Top Industry Issues Survey

Truck Parking Truck parking is a common concern noted on ATRI's survey. (Lorrie Grant/Transport Topics)

The American Transportation Research Institute has opened its annual survey asking trucking industry representatives to identify major industrywide issues.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
September 8, 2020
Government, Business, Safety

Nuclear Jury Awards Against Truckers on the Rise, ATRI Study Shows

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In the past five years there were nearly 300 court cases resulting in jury verdicts over $1 million against trucking fleets, according to a new American Transportation Research Institute analysis made public on June 23.

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
June 24, 2020
Government, Business, Safety

Small Settlements’ Impact Tops ATRI’s Research Priorities List

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The American Transportation Research Institute’s recently announced list of research priorities for 2020 includes several key trucking industry issues, ranging from legal settlements to vehicle-miles-traveled taxes.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
May 13, 2020
Government, Business, Safety, Logistics

ATRI Survey Reflects Drop in Congestion, Haul Length

Vehicles on a highway The research found that fewer passenger vehicles on the road, a result of dozens of statewide stay-at-home orders, eased congestion. Some 87% of the respondents indicated shorter congestion-related delays. (Tomas Sereda/Getty Images)

Lighter traffic congestion and shorter hauls are some of the outcomes from the coronavirus pandemic’s effect on trucking operations.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
May 5, 2020
Business, Safety, Logistics

ATRI Coronavirus Study Shows Truck Activity Spike, Dip in Six States

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Although trucking activity spiked across six states during the coronavirus pandemic’s early days, a recent analysis from the American Transportation Research Institute indicates that such freight activity has declined.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
April 23, 2020
Business, Safety

Partnership Formed to Get Masks, Hand Sanitizer to Drivers

driver wearing mask A fuel delivery truck driver wears a face mask as he delivers gasoline at night in Los Angeles. (Damian Dovarganes/AP)

A coalition of trucking industry groups recently distributed 4,000 free face masks to small trucking firms whose drivers are delivering goods amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Dan Ronan | Associate News Editor
April 16, 2020