Monthly Archives: June 2011


April 2011 Surface Trade with Canada and Mexico Rose 12.1% from April 2010

Trade using surface transportation between the United States and its North American Free Trade Agreement partners Canada and Mexico was 12.1 percent higher in April 2011 than in April 2010, reaching $73.8 billion, according to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics of the U.S. Department of Transportation. BTS, a part of the Research and Innovative Technology [...]

Opinion: Why Trucking Should Adopt Social Media

 Updated: 6/29/2011 8:00:00 AM By Dick HyattPresident Decisiv Inc. This Opinion piece appears in the June 27 print edition of Transport Topics. Click here to subscribe today. Social media are transforming the way America does business, and there’s no reason that shouldn’t include trucking. When it comes to traditional trucking products such as vehicles, systems [...]

FMCSA Seeks Public Comment on Strategic Plan to Improve Truck and Bus Safety

U.S. Department of Transportation Office of Public Affairs 1200 New Jersey Ave., S.E. Washington, DC 20590www.dot.gov/affairs/index.html FMCSA 23-11 Wednesday, June 29, 2011 Contact: Duane DeBruyne Tel.:(202) 366-9999 FMCSA Seeks Public Comment on Strategic Plan to Improve Truck and Bus Safety "IdeaScale Community" invites public input at www.fmcsa.dot.gov WASHINGTON, DC - The U.S. Department of Transportation’s [...]

Trailer Orders Fall for Second Month, but Backlogs Continue Growing

Total U.S. trailer net orders fell 9% during May, the second consecutive monthly decline for the industry, accord to ACT Research. Despite that decline, commercial trailer backlogs continued to grow, ending the month at 102,500 units, up 1% from April. ACT also noted that build was up 87% from May 2010, while industry backlog was [...]

Diesel Falls 6.2¢ to $3.888 for Eighth Drop in 10 Weeks; Gas Declines 7.8¢ to $3.574

 Updated: 6/28/2011 8:15:00 AM Fuels Drop as Crude Hits Four-Month Low Under $91 a Barrel Diesel fell for the eighth week in the past ten, declining 6.2 cents to $3.888 a gallon, the Department of Energy said Monday. Gasoline, meanwhile, fell 7.8 cents to $3.574, its seventh straight decline and the biggest drop in five [...]

FMCSA Extends the Public Comment Period for its Notice Concerning the Applicability of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations to Operators of Certain Farm Vehicles and Off-Road Agricultural Equipment

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And you thought electric trucks were a recent invention….

"All That's Trucking" blog by Deborah Lockridge, Editor in Chief We've seen a lot of interest in electric trucks this past year or two, especially package vans -- the Transit Connect Electric, Internationals' e-Star, the Smith Newton, Freightliner Custom Chassis' MT45-EV. But did you know there were electric delivery trucks 100 years ago? The Iowa [...]

I-405 Widening to Close Key L.A. Freeway for July Weekend

 Updated: 6/27/2011 8:40:00 AM Bridge Demolition Planned for Mid-Month on Major Trucking Route By Suzanne Winchell, Special to Transport Topics This story appears in the June 27 print edition of Transport Topics. Click here to subscribe today. The Los Angeles region is bracing for a 53-hour shutdown of Interstate 405 next month that will cut [...]

Dean Foods Expands Southern California Fleet with Five Ryder Natural Gas Trucks

Ryder System delivered five natural gas-fueled delivery vehicles to Dean Foods, Ryder's first customer for natural gas commercial vehicles made available through Ryder's agreement with the San Bernardino Associated Governments in Southern California. The $38.7 million effort is part of a joint public/private partnership between the U.S. Department of Energy, the California Energy Commission, the [...]

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