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Business, Safety, Government

R.I. Checking Bridges in Inspections Program

Rhode Island transportation officials are checking the designs of 15 bridges in the state for a flaw that may have contributed to a fatal bridge collapse in Minneapolis last August, the Associated Press reported.

February 4, 2008
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety

Karmak Updates Its Management System

Karmak Inc., a software supplier for the trucking industry, said it has released a major update of its Legend business management system, designed solely for the heavy-duty trucking industry.

February 4, 2008
Government, Business, Safety

ATA Leaders Agree on Need for Unity to Address Key Issues

WASHINGTON — With an eye on the congressional debate next year over reauthorizing transportation legislation, leaders of American Trucking Associations agreed on the need for the industry to come together on key issues and established a task force to work on safety issues.

February 4, 2008
Business, Government, Safety, Fuel

Oberstar Criticizes Administration on Handling of Transport Issues

WASHINGTON — The Democratic chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, in a speech to American Trucking Associations’ winter meeting here, delivered a scathing criticism of the Bush administration’s handling of transportation issues as he backed the report of a congressional commission that called for major federal spending on infrastructure funded by fuel-tax increases.

February 4, 2008
Business, Safety, Logistics, Government

Truck Tonnage Rises 1.4% in December

December truck tonnage increased by 1.4% from year-ago levels, the first back-to-back improvement in freight volume since May and June 2006, American Trucking Associations reported in its national index.

February 4, 2008
Business, Government, Safety, Fuel

Fleets Weigh Competing Technologies as New Emission Standards Loom

Truck buyers for some of the nation’s largest fleets are already contemplating their choices for the January 2010 generation of heavy-duty truck engines. Their challenge is matching the original equipment manufacturers they like with one of the two main technologies upon which the OEMs will rely.

February 4, 2008
Business, Safety, Government

ISM Factory Index Shows Expansion in January

The Institute for Supply Management’s manufacturing index moved into positive territory and showed expansion in January, ISM said Friday.

February 1, 2008
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety

Ryder’s Fourth-Quarter Income Improves

Larry Smith/Trans Pixs

Ryder System said Friday its fourth-quarter profit rose 9.3%, as its contract business improved.

February 1, 2008
Business, Safety

Rail, Intermodal Fall for Week

Tom Biery/Trans Pixs

Rail carload and intermodal traffic fell for week ended Saturday compared with a year ago, the Association of American Railroads said.

February 1, 2008
Business, Safety, Government

NAFTA Surface Trade Climbs 8.6%

Larry Smith/Trans Pixs

Surface trade among the United States, Canada and Mexico jumped 8.6% in November from a year earlier, the Department of Transportation said Thursday.

January 31, 2008

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