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Navistar, BAE Awarded Military Truck Order

Navistar International Corp. and BAE Systems won 99% of a $1.1 billion Pentagon order for blast-resistant trucks, Bloomberg reported.

March 17, 2008
Business, Safety, Government, Technology, Equipment

DOT’s Road-Privatization Policy Draws Criticism

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The Department of Transportation’s plan to privatize many public roadways by using more tolls has come under intense criticism by those who believe the federal highway system was set up to be paid for by taxpayers, the Washington Post reported Monday.

March 17, 2008
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety

Trucking Industry Moves From Proprietary Hardware to Open-Systems Approach

Historically, trucking companies have relied on information technology systems — both in the cab and in the office — that run proprietary software on proprietary hardware, effectively making it impossible for one manufacturer’s system to access data gathered by another service.

March 17, 2008
Government, Business, Safety, Fuel

Diesel Jumps to $3.819 a Gallon

The U.S. average retail diesel price broke its record high for the third straight week, surging to $3.819 a gallon and topping $4 a gallon in some places, pushed by soaring crude oil prices that also set all-time highs and closed above $110 a barrel for the first time in history.

March 17, 2008
Government, Business, Safety, Fuel

EPA Sets Emissions Standards for Trains, Ships

Larry Smith/Trans Pixs

Railroad locomotive engines and marine vessels will be subject to new clean air standards that would sharply reduce particulate and nitrogen oxide emissions, the Environmental Protection Agency said Friday.

March 14, 2008
Government, Business, Safety, Fuel

EPA Sets New Ozone Standard

The Environmental Protection Agency reduced its primary eight-hour ozone standard to 0.075 parts per million from 0.084 ppm to comply with the requirements of the Clean Air Act.

March 14, 2008
Business, Safety

Intermodal Traffic Drops 15.1%

Tom Biery/Trans Pixs

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

March 13, 2008
Business, Safety, Government

DOT’s Freight Transport Index Rises

Tom Biery/Trans Pixs

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

March 12, 2008
Government, Business, Safety

Senators Question DOT on Mexican Trucks Program

Senators and Bush administration officials clashed at a hearing Tuesday about the legality the Department of Transportation’s pilot program allowing Mexican trucks into the United States, the Los Angeles Times reported.

March 12, 2008
Business, Safety, Government

NAFTA Truck Trade Rises for 2007

Surface trade among the United States, Canada and Mexico rose 4.9% last year compared with 2006, the Department of Transportation said Tuesday.

March 11, 2008

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