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Union Pacific Adds Low-Emission Units

Union Pacific Railroad is expanding its use of lower-emission locomotives by agreeing to conduct the rail industry’s first test of such units in regional freight service.

Rip Watson | Special to Transport Topics
September 29, 2008
Business, Fuel, Government, Equipment

Experts Cite Driver Behavior as a Key Factor in Extending Service Life, Raising Efficiency

From maintaining optimum air pressure to avoiding jack-rabbit starts, a truck driver’s actions affect not only the life expectancy of tires but also a vehicle’s fuel efficiency.

September 29, 2008
Government, Business, Safety, Fuel, Logistics

Diesel Slips Under $4 a Gallon

Diesel fuel’s national average price fell 6.5 cents to $3.958 a gallon, the 10th straight weekly decline and the first time it has fallen below the $4 mark in almost six months, the Department of Energy said Sept. 22, although a surge in crude oil prices added uncertainty to the outlook.

September 29, 2008
Government, Business, Safety, Fuel, Logistics

Court Ruling Green-Lights SoCal Ports’ Clean Trucks Plan

A federal appeals court Wednesday denied a motion to block a clean trucks program at the Southern California ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles, allowing the sister ports to begin implementation of the program Oct. 1, the Contra Costa (Calif.) Times newspaper reported.

September 25, 2008
Fuel, Business

Oil Rises to $108 Following DOE Report

Larry Smith/Trans Pixs

Oil rose past $108 a barrel Wednesday following an Energy Department report that showed declines in fuel inventories last week, Bloomberg reported.

September 24, 2008
Business, Fuel, Government

Senate Passes Energy Measure; Trucking Seeks ‘Comprehensive Solution’

The Senate approved a bill that would provide tax credits for renewable energy and energy efficiency, the Associated Press reported, and a top trucking official urged Congress to pass comprehensive measures to help lower fuel costs.

September 24, 2008
Fuel, Business, Logistics, Government

Diesel Falls 6.5¢ to $3.958 in 10th Straight Decline

Tom Biery/Trans Pixs

Diesel fuel’s national average price fell 6.5 cents Monday to $3.958 a gallon, the 10th straight weekly decline and the first time it fell below the $4 mark in almost six months, the Department of Energy said Monday.

September 23, 2008
Business, Fuel, Logistics, Government

Union Pacific Boosts 3Q Earnings Forecast

Freight railroad Union Pacific Corp. Tuesday boosted its third-quarter earnings forecast due to lower fuel prices and improved operating efficiency.

September 23, 2008
Business, Fuel, Technology, Equipment, Safety

Port of Oakland Issuing Funds for Truck Emissions Systems

More than 1,500 truckers at the Port of Oakland, Calif., have applied for 1,000 subsidies to retrofit their trucks to reduce emissions, the San Francisco Business Times reported Monday.

September 22, 2008
Government, Business, Safety, Fuel

Alternative Fuels Use to Rise After 2010 Change, Graves Says

If you think the Environmental Protection Agency’s 2010 engine requirements will be the ultimate technological test for fleets, American Trucking Associations President Bill Graves has a message for you: There’s more to come.

September 22, 2008

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