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Cass and Avondale data points to truckload and intermodal rate hikes in December

Posted 01/29 · 10:53 AM · LM Editorial
Truckload and intermodal pricing was up on an annual basis, according to the December edition of the Truckload and Intermodal Cost Indexes from Cass Information Systems and Avondale Partners.

Trucking freight volumes look good going into 2015

Posted 01/20 · 08:27 PM · LM Editorial
American Trucking Associations’ advanced seasonally adjusted For-Hire Truck Tonnage Index was unchanged in December, following a jump of 3.5% during the previous month. In December, the index equaled 136.8 (2000=100), which tied November as the all-time high.
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FTR Trucking Conditions Index reiterates strong market conditions for motor carriers

Posted 01/12 · 09:25 AM · LM Editorial
Aided by the rapid decline in fuel prices, the most recent edition of the Trucking Conditions Index (TCI) from freight transportation forecasting firm FTR continued to point to favorable market conditions for motor carriers.
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2015 Rate Outlook: Rates to keep pace with U.S. growth

Posted 01/01 · 09:00 PM · LM Editorial
The global economic recovery moves sluggishly forward, while the domestic picture has brightened considerably. Our leading market analysts explain how shippers should ready themselves for sustainable demand and plan for incremental rate hikes.

Amendment to suspend part of HOS regulations is approved by House and Senate

Posted 12/15 · 10:04 AM · LM Editorial
Trucking sector warmly endorses move to suspend two consecutive 1 a.m.-5 a.m.rest periods during 34-hour restart period.
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ATA makes its case for suspension of HOS 34-hour restart in appropriations bill

Posted 12/08 · 11:36 AM · LM Editorial
Late last week, the American Trucking Associations (ATA) said it has called on members of Congress in an effort to cast off what it described as “misinformation” over truck safety while asking Congress to sign off on an appropriations bill that would provide regulatory relief for the trucking sector, specifically focusing on truck driver hours-of-service (HOS) regulations.
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ATA’s Graves: “A few brave souls” in Congress wanted to step up on infrastructure spending

Posted 11/12 · 11:55 AM · LM Editorial
There is a short window for Congress to sufficiently increase investment in U.S. infrastructure investment before early 2016 presidential campaigns squash any hope of raising taxes to pay for the estimated additional $100 billion needed over the next five years. That’s the word from Bill Graves, president and CEO of the American Trucking Associations. He spoke at the 28th annual meeting of the North American Transportation Employee Relations Association (NATERA).
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ATA’s Osiecki offers up organization’s view of trucking’s regulatory landscape

Posted 11/03 · 03:08 PM · LM Editorial
A conference call hosted by investment firm Stifel Nicolaus last week that featured Dave Osiecki, Executive Vice President & Head of Advocacy at the American Trucking Associations (ATA) provided a detailed insight into the overall outlook for the trucking industry in terms of regulations and politics that can impact the industry going forward.
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Less-than-truckload Update: Sunny forecast for carriers

Posted 11/01 · 04:00 PM · LM Editorial
As long as LTL carriers remain disciplined on capacity additions, and the U.S. industrial economy remains strong, the LTL sector is well positioned to continue expanding margins due to operating benefits from increased density and higher freight rates. Analysts agree: It’s time for shippers to pump up the freight budget.

Q&A: Bobby Harris, President and CEO BlueGrace Logistics

Posted 10/31 · 09:40 AM · LM Editorial
LM Group News Editor Jeff Berman recently conducted a wide-ranging interview with Bobby Harris, President and CEO of non asset-based 3PL BlueGrace Logistics about various aspects of the freight transportation market.

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