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Containership Backlog Outside L.A. Ports Is Almost Cleared

Port of Los Angeles A ship at the Port of Los Angeles. (Port of Los Angeles)

The number of containerships headed for the California ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach — a traffic jam that once symbolized American consumer vigor during the pandemic — declined to the lowest level since the bottleneck started to build two years ago.

Brendan Murray | Bloomberg News
August 30, 2022
Government, Business, Logistics

Three of 12 Rail Unions Announce Tentative Deal

CSX train Norfolk Southern, BNSF, Union Pacific, CSX and other railroads are represented in the talks. (Pittsburgh Regional Alliance)

OMAHA, Neb. — Three of the 12 unions negotiating with the nation’s biggest freight railroads have reached a tentative deal that will deliver 24% pay raises, in line with what a special presidential panel of arbitrators recommended earlier this month to resolve the stalemate before a strike could happen.

Josh Funk | Associated Press
August 30, 2022
Government, Business, Equipment, Logistics

Congestion Tolling Likely in New York City Business District

Delivery truck in New York City A delivery truck travels along 23rd Street in New York City. Under a conngestion-based tolling plan, commercial trucks could be charged $82 for a one-way drive through the central business district. (deberarr/Getty Images)

New York City officials are exploring congestion-based tolling scenarios to fund mass transit that could see commercial trucks charged $82 for a one-way drive through the business district.

Noël Fletcher | Staff Reporter
August 29, 2022
Business, Logistics

White Glove Delivery Allows Trucking Companies to Increase Services

driver stocks grocery store A driver restocks the meat section of a supermarket. The service of “white glove” delivery has become a viable growth center for trucking companies. (David Goldman/Associated Press)

The COVID-19 pandemic and its lingering effects have forced some innovations in the industry, including in the last-mile delivery segment. In that segment, the service of “white glove” delivery has become a viable growth center for trucking companies.

Brendan Baker | Contributing Writer
August 29, 2022
Government, Business, Logistics

Shipping Giant CMA CGM Sees Softening of Global Freight Rates

CMA CGM The CMA CGM SA Jacques Saade containership. (Nathan Laine/Bloomberg News)

French container line giant CMA CGM SA is seeing an across-the-board drop in shipping rates and a loosening of logistics bottlenecks in some regions as demand softens.

August 26, 2022
Business, Technology, Logistics, Autonomous, Private

Private Fleets, Shippers Harness Digitization to Improve Operations

People sharing information on electronic devices PeopleImages/Getty Images

CHICAGO — The growing adoption of information technology in the transportation industry is creating new opportunities for shippers and private fleets to enhance logistics planning and improve the driver experience.

Seth Clevenger | Managing Editor, Features
August 26, 2022
Business, Logistics, For-Hire, TCA

U.S. Xpress Cuts Nondriving Staff, Slows Spending

U.S. XPress truck John Sommers II for Transport Topics

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — U.S. Xpress Enterprises is hitting the brakes on its spending, cutting its nondriving staff by another 5% this month and looking for ways to dispose of extra real estate and trim other expenses to offset rising costs amid signs of a shipping slowdown in some industries.

Dave Flessner | Chattanooga (Tenn.) Times Free Press
August 26, 2022
Government, Business, Logistics, TCA

Pennsylvania Explores Tolling Alternatives to Fund Bridge Fixes

Harrisburg, Pa., bridge The I-83 John Harris Memorial (South) Bridge currently carries more than 125,000 vehicles over the Susquehanna River every day. It was built in 1960. (PennDOT)

With the proposal to toll nine major interstate bridges to pay for their replacement or rehabilitation now dead, a panel of Pennsylvania state senators set out to explore what happens next to address these costly but necessary transportation projects.

Jan Murphy | pennlive.com
August 25, 2022
Business, Logistics

Truckload Sector’s Q2 Slowdown Not Nearly as Bad as Feared

truck at loading dock Getty Images

The truckload sector reported a strong second quarter, but there were signs that nearly two years of robust freight activity may be starting to slow.

Connor D. Wolf | Staff Reporter
August 25, 2022
Business, Logistics

Many Ports Report Record Volume Numbers in July

Ports Activity at the Port of Long Beach. (Allison Zaucha/Bloomberg News)

Record-setting container volumes continued flowing through some of the nation’s major ports in July, while industry challenges compelled declines at other facilities.

August 25, 2022