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Commercial freight transportation is a machine-based business. Highly technical equipment and advanced engineering are at the center of supply chain and require constant innovation. Transport Topics equipment coverage focuses on the machines and other physical assets that make delivery possible. It looks closely at available truck, trailer, and chassis models, developments in the engineering space, and maintenance innovations and best practices. 

Business, Equipment

Moody’s Downgrades ArvinMeritor’s Debt Rating

Moody’s Investors Service cut its rating on components maker ArvinMeritor Inc., saying the company’s profits will likely remain under pressure despite recent progress in cutting its debt, Reuters reported.

Transport Topics
January 22, 2007
Business, Government, Safety, Technology, Equipment, Autonomous

ACE to Be Required at Entry Points in California, Texas, N. Mex.

The U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency said Friday that truck carriers entering the United States at all land border ports of entry in California, Texas and New Mexico will be required to present advance electronic cargo information through the Automated Commercial Environment truck manifest system.

Transport Topics
January 19, 2007
Business, Government, Technology, Equipment, Safety

Letter to the Editor: Trade Support and Security

U.S. Customs and Border Protection is developing a commercial trade processing system — the Automated Commercial Environment — designed to facilitate legitimate cross-border trade while strengthening border security.

January 17, 2007
Business, Government, Technology, Equipment, Safety

Ryder to Switch from Pension Plan to 401(k)

Ryder System said late Thursday that it will freeze its pension system and shift to a 401(k) savings plan, in a move that will affect about a third of its employees.

Transport Topics
January 12, 2007
Business, Safety, Government, Equipment, Autonomous

ArvinMeritor to Develop Diesel-Electric Drivetrain for Wal-Mart

Trucking component maker ArvinMeritor and Wal-Mart Transportation have agreed to develop a dual-mode, diesel-electric drivetrain for a Class 8 tractor, the two said.

Transport Topics
January 11, 2007
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety

DHS ’07 Security Grants Include More Port Security Funding

The Department of Homeland Security said Tuesday it will grant $445 million for fiscal year 2007 to protect critical infrastructure, including ports and transit systems.

Transport Topics
January 10, 2007
Business, Safety, Government, Equipment

YRC Folding USF Bestway Unit Into USF Reddaway

Less-than-truckload carrier YRC Regional Transportation said late Monday that its USF Bestway and USF Reddaway units will consolidate into one organization under the USF Reddaway brand.

Transport Topics
January 9, 2007
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Autonomous

Carriers, Drivers Embrace Mobile Tracking Technology

When Foodliner Inc., a liquid and dry-bulk carrier based in Dubuque, Iowa, put in a mobile communications system to track the location of its trucks and monitor the performance of its drivers, corporate controller Tom Stueck said he expected some resistance.

Daniel P. Bearth | Staff Writer
January 8, 2007
Business, Fuel, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Autonomous

Truck Officials Wrestle With In-Cab Systems for Monitoring Sophisticated Diesel Engines

Engine manufacturers and trucking officials said they recognize the need for onboard diagnostic systems to monitor the performance of emission-treatment systems because diesel engines are growing in complexity.

Andrea Fischer | Staff Reporter
January 4, 2007
Business, Safety, Government, Logistics, Technology, Equipment, Autonomous

TransForce Completes Acqusition of Trucking Firm Westfreight

Canadian transportation firm TransForce Income Fund said Thursday it completed its acquisition of Westfreight Systems and Westfreight Holdings (U.S.A.). Terms were not disclosed.

Transport Topics
January 4, 2007

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