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Trucking Gas Bill Shrinks, but Operational Costs Rise

The American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI), a nonprofit research branch of the American Trucking Associations released their annual Operational Costs of Trucking report on Sept 28th. According to their research, though trucking companies spent less on fuel in 2014 than they have in the past, they didn’t see any extra money in the bank. Carriers are shelling out more money for rising driver wages and equipment upgrades to their fleets, which more than offset anything savings they gained on lower fuel costs. ATRI surveyed carriers whose tractor and truck fleet sizes added up to 54,833 and who traveled about...

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Congress May Agree to Bigger Big Rigs on America’s Roads

America needs big rigs. We cannot make it through our daily lives without them. They provide a vital service to everyone from mom-and-pop retailers to giant grocery store chains to local pharmacies. Without them, millions of people would be without food, medical supplies, household goods and the like. But we all know the damage they can inflict upon our nation’s road and bridges and we’ve all seen the destruction and death that can come from an accident involving a semi. They are nearly hard to see around and even more impossible to pass on a highway, making the roads...

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DOT’s Beyond Traffic Sets 30 Years of Framework

Launched earlier this year, Beyond Traffic is a campaign by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) to include the general public, people in the transportation industry, and those that govern the sector in talks about what the future holds for it, in terms of shape, size and condition. They want to encourage open communication about how the transportation network will meet the needs of our country and what goals should be set for it, including policy proposals, for the next several decades into the future. The movement depicts a basic structure for the upcoming years without giving any specific...

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DOT to Give $42mil of Next Gen Tech to Three Cities

The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) recently announced the three states that it selected from a competition for its new Connected Vehicle Pilot Deployment Program. U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx stated New York City, Tampa, Fl and Wyoming will each received part of a cool $42 million to pilot next-generation technology for vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) and vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I) communications. The program is a communication system for vehicles and infrastructure, sharing anonymous info between the two in real time. This will allow for a reduction in traffic congestion and greenhouse gas emissions, as well as an 80% reduction in the unimpaired...

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