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Business, Safety, Government

California Bonds Will Help Boost Freight Movement

Port of Oakland — Kimberly White/Bloomberg News

A $3 billion slate of highway, rail and seaport improvements approved for funding by the California Transportation Commission includes $825 million for 14 projects in Northern California, the San Francisco-area Metropolitan Transportation Commission said.

April 11, 2008
Business, Safety

Intermodal Traffic Declines 1.1% for Week

Port of Tacoma, Wash.

Rail intermodal traffic fell 1.1% for the week ended Saturday compared with a year ago, the Association of American Railroads said Thursday.

April 10, 2008
Business, Safety, Government, Logistics

Bruce Carlton Named NITL President

The National Industrial Transportation League said Bruce Carlton will become the group’s president on June 1. He will succeed interim president Annette Sandberg.

April 10, 2008
Business, Safety, Government

DOT Transport Index Rises 2.7%

Tom Biery/Trans Pixs

The Department of Transportation’s freight transportation services index for February rose 2.7% from a year earlier, DOT said Wednesday.

April 9, 2008
Business, Safety, Government, Fuel

Letters to the Editor: Driver Training; Crashes, Cell Phones; Fuel Prices

As I understand the new driver-training rules, they indicate that a company cannot hire drivers if that company has a school for training those drivers. This is in conflict with every training institution in the country — if not the world.

April 9, 2008
Business, Safety, Government

Opinion: Costly, Ineffective New Federal Training Rules

Safety is the paramount goal of every motor carrier. From intensive driver training to using the finest technology available, the trucking industry strives to uphold the highest safety standards while ensuring the smooth and steady flow of cargo on our nation’s highways.

April 9, 2008
Business, Safety, Government

Trust Fund May Face Deficit, Former DOT Official Says

Susan Goldman/Bloomberg News

The main funding vehicle for the U.S. highway infrastructure will be exhausted by next year, according to a transportation expert, the Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday.

April 9, 2008
Business, Safety, Government

Jevic to Close Ohio Terminal

Jevic Transportation said it plans to close a facility in West Chester Township, Ohio, in June, the Hamilton (Ohio) News-Journal reported.

April 9, 2008
Government, Business, Safety

Fed Minutes Cite Concern Over Economic Contraction

Fed Chair Ben Bernanke — Jay Mallin/Bloomberg News

Federal Reserve officials anticipated that the U.S. economy will shrink in the first half of the year, while noting concerns about a possible “prolonged and severe economic downturn,” when they cut interest rates last month, according to the minutes of the meeting released Tuesday.

April 8, 2008
Fuel, Business, Government, Technology, Equipment, Safety

Cummins Begins Production at Chinese Fuel Systems Plant

Diesel engine maker Cummins Inc. said Tuesday it opened its first fuel systems manufacturing site outside of North America, the Cummins Fuel Systems Wuhan plant, in China.

April 8, 2008