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In advance of today’s House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure’s (T&I) first full committee hearing of the 116th Congress, which is addressing the current state of United States transportation infrastructure, the Washington, D.C.-based Americans for Modern Transportation (AMT) wrote a letter to the committee’s leadership calling for Congress to increase the national twin-trailer standard as a “common sense” approach to augment the current state of U.S. infrastructure, which remains mired in a long period of decline.

Recent developments regarding a new labor agreement between UPS Freight, the les-than-truckload unit of UPS, and the Teamsters Freight National Bargaining Committee over a new labor contract could have ramifications that potentially lead to a strike, or the semblance of one.

Port of Oakland’s TraPac terminal opens at night for truckers

With this new offering, Convoy is focusing on providing a better way for shippers and carriers to connect, which, it explained, is key, given how poor appointment setting is a major contributor to wasted time and empty miles.

The key takeaway of this year’s edition is that the ATA pegs freight volumes to increase 4.2% this year and by another 35.6% by 2029, which, if you think about it, is not as far away as it seems.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) announced this week that a public listening session on potential changes to truck driver hours-of-service (HOS) rules on September 14. This announcement follows an Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM) issued by the FMCSA on August 23.

Late last week, Addison, Texas-based Daseke Inc., a provider of flatbed, specialized transportation and logistics services said it acquired Memphis-based Builders Transportation Co., a steel, aluminum, and metal products carrier.

Even with some sequential spot market rate declines in July, recent data issued Portland, Oregon-based DAT, a subsidiary of Roper Technologies, showed that they remain in line with the strong rate momentum that has been evident in 2018. The healthy market is reflective of various ongoing factors, including tight capacity, solid economic demand, and a lack of drivers, among others.

Most every December, in this space, we take a look at the logistics year in review. It is always fun to look back to see what some of the key themes were over the course of the year. But this year Newsroom Notes is taking a look at the “year to date,” rather than the year in review

The ATA’s advanced seasonally-adjusted (SA) For-Hire Truck Tonnage Index rose 0.7%, to 113.8 (2015=100), from April to May, following a 2.7% (upwardly revised from an original reading of 2.2%) March to April increase.

A large majority of freight transportation and logistics industry stakeholders, including shippers, motor carriers, 3PLs, brokers, and others, continue to marvel at the overall state of market conditions, especially in the trucking sector. That comes with good reason, too, especially when considering that, in many ways, the confluence of factors contributing to the current market outlook paint a more than positive picture in various ways.

It’s an election year and Congress is counting the days until members can get out of town and try and get re-elected. But that hasn’t stopped thousands of Teamsters union retirees from lobbying Congress to solve the looming fiscal crisis regarding their multiemployer pensions.

The ATA’s advanced seasonally-adjusted (SA) For-Hire Truck Tonnage Index dropped 1.1% from February to March to 110 (2015=100), following a 0.8% (revised from a 2.6% decline) January to February decline.

In an era of cutthroat competition and profit measured in pennies on the dollar, if a trucking company lasts ten years it’s worth celebrating. Only a handful of carriers operating today have ever logged 50 years in existence. Then there is Elizabeth, N.J.-based New England Motor Freight. NEMF, whose maroon colored trucks and trailers are ubiquitous in the Boston-New York-Washington “Acela Corridor,” hits the century mark this year as the company celebrates 100 years of operating during its year-long centennial celebration.

A report issued by CNBC stated that e-commerce giant Amazon recently rolled out an app, entitled Relay, that is geared towards truck drivers to better enable them to pick up and drop off packages at Amazon warehouses.