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Volumes by Port in California, Are They Improving?

The ports in Long Beach, Los Angeles, and Oakland have all been plagued with port congestion and delays recently, partly because of union and labor disputes, but at least for two of them things are looking up. But two out of three of California’s port fair much better last month than they had previously been. All ports along the West Coast waterfront had a rough first half of the year, seeing diverted cargo to the East and Gulf Coasts, as well as Canada bring down their market share. But in May, the Pacific Maritime Association and union members both...

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Transportation Secretary Foxx Sued by Former Employer

DesignLine, a bankrupt North Carolinian company that made hybrid and electric buses before their demiss, is suing U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx in an effort to have more than $420,000 dollars paid back for a job that state Foxx never completed. The company, a private-equity-backed bus manufacturer, was started in 1985 in Ashburtton, New Zealand with the intent of making tour coaches. The 1990s saw the company diversify into standard transit buses and then hybrid city buses. American interests bought the company in 2006 and relocated the headquarters to Charlotte, North Carolina. In 2007, the debuted their first...

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St. Christopher Fund and Partners Keeping Truckers Healthy

St. Christopher Truckers Development and Relief Fund (SCF) is a nonprofit charity organization that was started as a way to help professional truck drivers with financial needs that are due to medical problems. Each year, TravelCenters of America, operator of the TA and Petro Stopping Centers, hosts a campaign, this year called “Band Together for SCF”, in which employees and customers of TravelCenters are asked to donate to the cause. Everyone working or shopping at any the 256 TravelCenters and Petro Stopping Centers were invited to donate $1 or $5. People that supported with $1 were given a commemorative...

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EU Probe into FedEx’s TNT Takeover

U.S. parcel delivery company FedEx has offered a cool $4.8 billion dollars, about $8.70 a share, to buy TNT Express, a Dutch company that UPS failed to purchase two years ago. In 2013, the European Commission, The European Union’s antitrust body, blocked the attempt by UPS because they had concerns about competition and now they have a launched an investigation into the FedEx offer, stating concern of the dominance the two companies would have in some European sectors for the small package delivery market once they merged. FedEx has been seeking to grow its company in Europe and TNT...

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Trucker Lawsuit Allowed to Sue NY State Thruway

A lawsuit brought by the American Trucking Associations (ATA), three trucking companies and other individual truckers against the New York State Thruway for illegally high tolls, was reinstated by a federal appeals courts after having been previously dismissed by a federal court judge because New York State wasn’t named as a party an should have been. The judge also said that the 11th amendment prevents states from suing states, rendering the suit null and void of claim. The ATA and its partners in the suit originally brought the claim in November of 2013, asserting that in the past 20...

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