Government, Technology, Safety

House Panel Schedules Hearing on Positive Train Control

PTC PTC System (MetroLink)

The status of automatic braking technology implementation will headline a Feb. 15 hearing of the Railroads, Pipelines and Hazardous Materials Subcommittee in the House, the panel’s chairman announced.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
February 1, 2018

550 Warehouse Workers to Be Laid Off After Midwest Grocer Files for Bankruptcy

Central Grocers

After almost 100 years of doing business, Joliet,Ill.-based Central Grocers filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy May 4 and will lay off about 550 employees at the company's Joliet warehouse.

Greg Trotter and Ally Marotti | Chicago Tribune
May 5, 2017

Executives, Lawmakers to Explore Rail Safety Systems at April 26 Hearing

Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg News

Improving how freight travels via rail nationwide will be the dominant theme of a House subcommittee hearing on April 26.

April 24, 2017
Business, Safety, Government

160 US Carrier Bankruptcies Idle 4,510 Trucks in 4th Quarter

The freight-hauling capacity of at least 4,510 heavy-duty U.S. trucks evaporated during the last three months of 2016 as 160 fleets shuttered their doors and quit the industry, according to a study by investment firm Avondale Partners.

Jonathan S. Reiskin | Associate News Editor
March 20, 2017

New GPS Technology Will Help Keep Freight Trains From Crashing. Why is it Taking So Long to Arrive?

Miles Davis/Flickr

Nine years ago, Union Pacific Railroad supervisor Ricky Durrant was called to a ghastly scene in Southern California.

Tony Bizjak | The Sacramento Bee
March 6, 2017
Business, Safety, Government

Southern California Drayage Hauler TTSI Files Chapter 11 Bankruptcy

TT File Photo

The parent company of Total Transportation Services Inc. filed voluntarily for Chapter 11 reorganization bankruptcy in federal court in Delaware, citing legal difficulties relating to independent contractors and the California Labor Commissioner.

Jonathan S. Reiskin | Associate News Editor
March 16, 2016

US Regulators Warn Railroads About New Safety Deadline


The U.S. government will "aggressively enforce" an extended deadline for freight and passenger railroads to adopt new safety technology intended to avoid derailments and other major accidents, the top rail safety regulator said Nov. 19.

David Morgan | Reuters
November 20, 2015

Lawmakers in Deal on Extending Rail Safety Deadline

Patrick Dirden/Flckr

Lawmakers from the House of Representatives and Senate have reached an agreement to extend a Dec. 31 deadline for railroads to implement new safety technology, a leading Republican senator said Oct. 20.

David Morgan | Reuters
October 21, 2015
Business, Safety, Government

Bankruptcy Trustee Sues Carriers, Seeks Millions in Past Payments

Russ MacNeil

The trustee for TransVantage Solutions Inc., a bankrupt freight bill payment firm, is suing more than 500 truckers and other transport companies in a bid to recoup hundreds of millions of dollars by claiming payments made over several years were improper.

May 18, 2015
Editorial, Business, Safety, Government

Trucking Failures Slow in 3Q on Rates, Fuel, Report Says

A total of 9,090 trucks were taken off the road due to fleet bankruptcies in the third quarter, a slight decline from the second quarter, as rising freight rates and falling fuel prices helped keep some marginal fleets afloat, Avondale Partners analyst Donald Broughton said.

October 20, 2014