Business, Logistics

Intermodal Shipments Fall 6.1% in 2Q

Eric Pancer/Wikicommons

Intermodal freight shipments fell 6.1% in the second quarter from a year earlier, ending a string of 25 consecutive quarterly increases, hurt by fewer international and trailer shipments, the Intermodal Association of North America reported.

Rip Watson | Special to Transport Topics
August 15, 2016

FMCSA Prompts Drivers to Look Out for Trucks

The country’s top truck safety agency is reminding motorists to check for blind spots and to distance their cars from commercial vehicles during their commutes as the busy summer traveling season wraps up.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
August 15, 2016
Perspective, Business, Government, Safety

Opinion: Olympic Glory? We Prefer Glory in Safety

There’s a big, patriotic sporting event coming this summer. Contenders fly the flags of the places and people they represent and proudly wear uniforms to demonstrate their pride and allegiance. Fans, families and the media all fix their eyes on one storyline: “Who will emerge as the finest in their field and take home all the glory?”

August 8, 2016
Editorial, Business, Government, Autonomous

Editorial: Trade for America and Trucking

We are usually big fans of bipartisan cooperation. Democrats and Republicans should proclaim their ideals and preferences with clarity — especially during election campaigns — but after citizens vote there comes a time to get to work and start solving problems.

August 8, 2016
Business, Safety

Theft of Cargo Is Constant Worry for Trucking

Incidents of cargo theft occur all too often across the nation and are a constant worry for trucking.

Marissa Gamache | Features Coordinator
July 19, 2016
Perspective, Business, Government, Safety

Opinion: Hiring Right People Can Cut Driver Turnover

Intermodal drivers are the essential link in the global and domestic supply chains, providing the first- and last-mile service for every load. A healthy intermodal network depends upon an adequate and ready supply of drayage drivers. This, in turn, is dependent on the ability of these drivers to operate in the most productive environment, be treated as professionals and with respect and earn a reasonable living for their efforts.

July 18, 2016
Editorial, Business, Government, Safety, Autonomous

Editorial: Churn and Change for the TT100

We bring you in this issue, our annual report on the size, shape and nature of trucking: the Transport Topics Top 100 list of for-hire carriers, our habit since 1989.

July 18, 2016
Business, Safety, Government, Autonomous

Commenters Question Sleep Apnea Plan


Although welcomed by medical professionals and nonprofit safety groups, the prospects of regulatory guidance for truck driver diagnosis and treatment of obstructive sleep apnea continues to raise concerns in the trucking industry.

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
July 18, 2016
Business, Autonomous

Truck-Rail Freight Falls 5.5% in 2nd Quarter

U.S. Department of Transportation

Truck-rail freight in the second quarter fell by 5.5%, the largest year-over-year decline since late 2009. The fall was driven by a weak economy, a market share skirmish with over-the-road trucking and 2015 market dislocations that inflated shipments last spring, industry experts said.

Rip Watson | Special to Transport Topics
July 18, 2016
Business, Government

Campaign for Teamsters President Begins

The stage is set for the fall Teamsters union election, with incumbent James Hoffa campaigning for a five-year term and insurgent Fred Zuckerman, current president of a Kentucky local, seeking to unseat Hoffa after three terms.

Rip Watson | Special to Transport Topics
July 18, 2016