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Intermodal Industry Continues to Adapt as It Meets Shifting Demands

IANA panel John Larkin, strategic adviser for Clarendon Capital (left), moderated the opening general session, which included Evan Armstrong, Larry Gross, Lars Jensen and Tim Denoyer. (IANA)

LONG BEACH, Calif. — Throughout 2022, the intermodal industry has responded to shifting consumer demand, supply chain disruptions, shipper demands and more.

Mindy Long | Special to Transport Topics
September 15, 2022
Government, Business, Equipment, Safety, Logistics

Congressional Leaders Praise Tentative Rail Labor Agreement

BNSF A BSNF train on the tracks. (Daniel Acker/Bloomberg News)

The announcement of a tentative rail labor agreement was viewed as a positive sign by senior policymakers on Capitol Hill on Sept. 15.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
September 15, 2022
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Fuel

States Get Early Green Light to Spend Federal EV Funds

AV EV charging station under construction at an Ohio service plaza on the Ohio Turnpike An EV charging station location under construction at an Ohio service plaza on the Ohio Turnpike. (Gary Kicinski/Transport Topics)

Dozens of states from coast to coast will have early access to their share of $900 million in electric vehicle infrastructure funds thanks to the U.S. Department of Energy’s early approval of plans to locate chargers on more than 53,000 highway miles throughout the country.

Noël Fletcher | Staff Reporter
September 14, 2022
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Logistics

Real-Time Alerts Coming to Kansas Rural Freight Corridor

Kansas From left: Kansas Agriculture Secretary Mike Beam, Kansas Transportation Secretary Julie Lorenz and Dave McCarty, who co-owns the McCarty Family Farms dairy business. (Kansas Department of Transportation)

Truckers driving through the U.S. Route 83 rural freight corridor in Kansas will benefit from a $6.67 million federal grant to help fund a long fiber optic network to deliver real-time traffic, weather and other useful information in that remote agricultural stretch.

Noël Fletcher | Staff Reporter
September 14, 2022
Business, Equipment

Classes 4-7 US Retail Sales Rise in August on Class 6 Surge

Ford F550 on a sales lot A Ford F550 with a chassis on display on a sales lot. Ford dominated Class 5 in August with 51.9% of the sales. (TDY Sales)

Classes 4-7 U.S. retail sales in August climbed 11.7% overall compared with a year earlier to more than 20,000, primarily because of a huge jump in Class 6 sales, Wards Intelligence reported.

Roger Gilroy | Senior Reporter
September 14, 2022
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety

TMCSuperTech Back at Full Strength at Fall TMC

Chris Tate Chris Tate won the 2021 TMCSuperTech. (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

After an abbreviated meeting and TMCSuperTech competition, this year’s American Trucking Associations’ Technology & Maintenance Council Fall Meeting and National Technician Skills Competition is back at full strength.

Michael Freeze | Features Editor
September 14, 2022
Equipment, Safety

Inspectors Remove 12,456 CMVs, 3,714 Drivers During Roadcheck

A. Duie Pyle truck An A. Duie Pyle truck circles in line toward the weigh scales. The vehicle was inspected during 2022 International Roadcheck in May. (Eric Miller/Transport Topics)

Commercial vehicle inspectors conducted more than 59,000 inspections during the three-day 2022 International Roadcheck event, placing 12,456 vehicles and 3,714 drivers out of service, the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance reported Sept. 13.

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
September 14, 2022
Business, Equipment

Paccar Increases Regular Dividend

Paccar booth A Paccar booth at an industry show. (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

Paccar Inc. announced an increase of 9% in its regular quarterly cash dividend to 37 cents from 34 cents per share.

September 14, 2022
Business, Technology, Equipment, Breaking News

Class 8 Sales in August Climb to Year’s Best

Western Star A Western Star 57X Class 8 sleeper truck. (Daimler Truck North America)

Class 8 U.S. retail sales in August reached their high point for the year, clearing 23,000 for a 29.7% increase compared with a year earlier, Wards Intelligence reported.

Roger Gilroy | Senior Reporter
September 14, 2022
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety

Pulsing Brake Light Maker Wants FMCSA Decision

Intellistop Intellistop via YouTube

The owner of brake-lamp technology with a pulsating bulb feature intended to help reduce rear-end collisions with trucks and trailers has asked a federal appellate court to compel the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to act on a long-pending exemption request to permit the company to deploy the system.

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
September 14, 2022

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