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BTS Freight Transportation Services Index down 0.3 percent in November

Posted 01/13 · 08:41 AM · LM Editorial
The Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) reported today that its Freight Transportation Services Index (TSI) was down 0.3 percent in November, following a 0.2 percent October gain and a 1.0 percent September gain.

Class 8 net orders on the upswing in Q4, says ACT

Posted 01/12 · 09:46 AM · LM Editorial
ACT said that total net orders for Class 8 vehicles and commercial trailers “surged” during the fourth quarter of 2010, signaling that trucking fleets are increasing the replacement levels of vehicles which have been put off to a large degree the last two years.

Former NASSTRAC head passes away

Posted 01/11 · 01:52 PM · LM Editorial
Logistics Management regrets to report that Joseph F. H. Cutrona, former executive director of NASSTRAC (the National Shippers Strategic Transportation Council), passed away on December 25, 2010 in Naples, Florida.

Ceridian-UCLA Pulse of Commerce Index is up 2.4 percent in December 2010

Posted 01/11 · 12:18 PM · LM Editorial
On the heels of a 0.4 percent increase in November, the December edition of the Ceridian-UCLA Pulse of Commerce Index (PCI) took a sharp turn north with a 2.4 percent increase. Prior to the gains of the last two months, the PCI was down 0.6 percent in November and 0.5 percent and 1.0 percent in September and August, respectively.

American economy ‘improving’ but needs investment in infrastructure, U.S. Chamber chief says

Posted 01/11 · 10:25 AM · LM Editorial
Thomas J. Donohue, in his annual “State of American Business Address” to business leaders at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce building across from the White House, is predicting 3.2 percent growth in Gross Domestic Product this year. That figure, higher than what most mainstream economists are predicting, is based on Donohue’s cautious optimism about overall economic conditions, including jobs and growth.

Diesel prices up again during week of January 10, says EIA

Posted 01/11 · 09:30 AM · LM Editorial
Diesel prices continued their upward march for the week of January 10, according to data released this week by the Department of Energy’s Energy Information Administration (EIA).

U.S.-Mexico cross-border trucking program concept document issued by LaHood

Posted 01/07 · 12:51 PM · LM Editorial
Earlier this week, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration said that United States Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood shared “an initial concept document” with members of Congress for a long-haul cross-border Mexican trucking program.

Cass Freight Index inches down in December

Posted 01/07 · 10:15 AM · LM Editorial
Freight volumes finished 2010 on a somewhat uneven growth path in December, according to the most recent edition of the Cass Information Systems Freight Index.

Port of Los Angeles faces more opposition on drayage issue

Posted 01/07 · 03:54 AM · LM Editorial
Four organizations have individually filed amicus briefs in support of American Trucking Association in its challenge to the Port of Los Angeles Concession Agreement regulations

Southeastern Freight Lines expands service line with launch of Southeastern Logistics Services

Posted 01/05 · 10:12 AM · LM Editorial
Regional less-than-truckload (LTL) transportation services provider Southeastern Freight Lines (SEFL) said this week it is rolling out a new subsidiary focused on providing expedited service and multi-modal transportation services throughout the U.S.

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