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  • Virginia lawmakers ask Congress to take action on Interstate 81

    02/15/2018 7:50:51 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 19 replies
    CBS 19 News ^ | January 26, 2018 | Caleb Stewart
    HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) -- A group of 16 Virginia lawmakers has penned a letter to Virginia's Congressional Delegation (comprised of Senators Tim Kaine and Mark Warner and Representatives Bob Goodlatte, Barbara Comstock, and Morgan Griffith) asking for federal assistance to improve Interstate 81. The interstate has long been a source of frustration for people in the Shenandoah Valley, with the Virginia Department of Transportation reporting at least a 12-percent increase in traffic in just the past five years and a 55-percent increase of delays from crashes, construction, or bad weather. In 2014, Delegate Steve Landes introduced a state budget item...
  • Construction begins on truck toll gantries (Rhode Island)

    02/14/2018 7:48:03 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 27 replies
    ABC 6 News ^ | February 12, 2018 | Rebecca Turco
    PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Construction has begun on Rhode Island's new tractor trailer tolling system.The Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) crews began installing the first two of 14 planned gantry locations by Exits 2 and 5 on Interstate 95.Lane closures are in effect through next week, then the contractor will test the new system for about a month. These gantries are expected to begin charging trucks by mid-March, once everything is working properly.The ongoing construction is not halting the plans of the Rhode Island Trucking Association (RITA) to sue the state. "It's discriminatory," said RITA President Chris Maxwell. You can't...
  • Mixed reaction to leaked infrastructure plan

    01/25/2018 7:16:42 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 6 replies
    Fleet Owner ^ | January 23, 2018 | Sean Kilcarr
    A leaked six-page memo that purportedly outlines some of the key principles of the Trump administration’s long-awaited infrastructure plan is drawing fire from several corners of the trucking industry – especially regarding plans to allow states to broaden interstate tolling efforts and commercialize rest stops.“Our primary concern is that the memo talks about giving states the ‘flexibility’ to toll existing interstates and ‘reconcile the grandfathered restrictions on the use of highway toll revenues with current law.’ We’re gearing up for a big fight over that,” Stephanie Kane, spokesperson for the Alliance for Toll-Free Interstates, told Fleet Owner.Related: ATRI: Fuel tax...
  • The toll of driving

    11/29/2017 1:04:21 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 9 replies
    The Fort Wayne Journal Gazette ^ | November 12, 2017 | Karen Francisco
    Take Interstate 65 south across the Ohio River and you might not notice you've just spent $4. No toll booth stands between the Indiana border and Louisville. Motorists who frequently travel the route likely have a transponder device, with the cost charged automatically to their account. For those without a transponder, a camera captures a license plate photo and the tolling system operator, with access to motor vehicle records, sends a bill to the vehicle's registered owner. As technological advances make highway and bridge tolling easier and more efficient, technology also is delivering more fuel-efficient cars and trucks. The gasoline-tax...
  • What Does Tesla's Automated Truck Mean for Truckers?

    11/25/2017 8:27:48 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 54 replies
    Wired | November 17, 2017 | Aarian Marshal
    Link only due to copyright issues: https://www.wired.com/story/what-does-teslas-truck-mean-for-truckers/
  • What The Truck? Why Are Millennials Passing Up High-Paying Trucking Jobs?

    11/21/2017 9:23:12 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 82 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | November 16, 2017 | James Merse
    There have been a number of articles reporting that millennials are passing up high-paying jobs in trucking. As someone who comes from a long line of blue collar men including truckers I find it a bit odd that millennials arent eating up the chance for six-figure income. Two other trucking industry benefits that fall right in line with millennials are flexible hours and the opportunity for travel. There are many trucking jobs that are local and come with the ability to be home every night perfect for raising a young family. For those with wanderlust, which is...
  • A trucking business sans the human touch

    11/17/2017 11:53:16 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    Gulf News ^ | November 17, 2017 | Conor Dougherty
    Waymo Trucks will someday drive themselves out of warehouses and cruise down freeways without the aid of humans or even a drivers cab about that there seems little disagreement. The question is how soon that day gets here. And while the answers vary technologists, not surprisingly, are more bullish than truckers billions of dollars and a growing parade of companies, from tiny start-ups to the biggest trucking operations, are betting it will be here sooner than most people think. This year, companies and investors are on pace to put just over $1 billion into self-driving and other...
  • Money for Arkansas River Bridge Is Fort Smith's Missing Link

    11/16/2017 4:54:55 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 17 replies
    Arkansas Business ^ | November 13, 2017 | Marty Cook
    One of Arkansas top priorities is finishing Interstate 49 in the western part of the state. A key component of that massive project, which is also massively expensive, is a 13.7-mile stretch near Fort Smith that includes a bridge over the Arkansas River to connect Interstate 40 with Interstate 49, which would then run from south Fort Smith to northwest Arkansas and up through the midsection of the nation. The projects completion would connect with a 6.5-mile stretch of Interstate 549 that opened in 2015 and hooks up U.S. 71 with Highway 22 in south Fort Smith. The proposed 13.7-mile...
  • Goldman: Automated Trucks To Cost 300k Jobs Per Year

    11/14/2017 3:11:58 PM PST · by bananaman22 · 64 replies
    Oilprice.com ^ | 14-11-2017 | Jon
    While Googles Waymo company has taken center stage for bringing self-driving cars to roads, autonomous trucking may make it to the mainstream first. Silicon Valley startups, technologists, and venture capitalists see great potential in the technologyeven more than most traditional trucking companies are supporting. CB Insight, which tracks venture capital, reports that companies will place about $1 billion in commercial truck autonomous systems this year, 10 times the level of spending three years ago. Goldman Sachs economists predicted that trucking will shed about 300,000 jobs per year starting in about 25 years. That may begin sooner than anticipated if automated...
  • I-Con of Danger; part one (Dangerous highway in Indiana)

    11/05/2017 11:11:33 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 19 replies
    WTHI-TV 10 ^ | November 2, 2017 | Rondrell Moore
    VIGO COUNTY, Ind. (WTHI) - It's the interstate many of you have sworn to never travel again. Just this summer, Interstate 70 was the host of several horrific accidents, in a matter of days. But why is that? That is why we are taking a look into what makes I-70 so dangerous. ----------- They are the titans of the road; the giants of the interstate. They are semis. semis carry 80 thousand pounds of weight. Big to all, scary to some. But to Corban Matney, they're a way of life. "Altogether, I've been driving about 30 years." As a semi-truck...
  • Trump turns back to tax overhaul; pitch aimed at truckers

    10/11/2017 5:38:21 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    WTTG-TV ^ | October 11, 2017 | The Associated Press
    MIDDLETOWN, Pa. (AP) President Donald Trump pitched his tax plan as a boost for truckers at an event Wednesday in Pennsylvania, saying, "America first means putting American truckers first." Trump appeared before about a thousand cheering people at an airplane hangar dramatically draped with American flags. Two big rigs were in the background. "It will be rocket fuel for our economy," Trump said of a plan that would dramatically cut corporate tax rates from 35 percent to 20 percent, reduce the number of personal income tax brackets and boost the standard deduction.....
  • Truck repair business to add 220 jobs in Tennessee

    06/29/2017 2:00:41 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet
    The Times Free Press ^ | June 29, 2017 | Dave Flessner
    Fitzgerald Collision & Repair will undergo a major expansion in the Upper Cumberland and create 220 new jobs in Tennessee. The truck repair company said today it will invest $9 million to expand its existing facility in Rickman, Tenn., and establish new operations in Sparta, Tenn. Fitzgerald Collision & Repair, which was established in 2014, will add 100,000 square feet to its existing state-of-the-art repair facility in Rickman where it will add 145 jobs. The company will also establish a new facility in White County, which will create another 75 jobs. "The Fitzgerald family has decades of experience in the...
  • RIGGED! Forced into debt. Worked past exhaustion. Left with nothing.

    06/23/2017 2:17:51 PM PDT · by rey · 61 replies
    USA Today ^ | 16 June 2017 | Brett Murphy
    Title and link only, due to restrictions. Essentially about the crummy contracts certain truckers submit to. Many of these issues arise from CA's CARB law that essentially banned all trucks older than 2015 forcing drivers and industries to spend mega bucks on new equipment and updating equipment. A classic case of what Bastiat call the seen and the unseen and a good example of Leonard Read's, "I Pencil," in practice. http://www.econlib.org/library/Essays/rdPncl1.html
  • Truckers to get overnight toll discount during NYC construction

    06/21/2017 7:44:20 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 3 replies
    Fleet Owner ^ | June 13, 2017 | Neil Abt
    Truckers entering New York City by bridges and tunnels operated by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) will receive a 50 percent discount on tolls during overnight hours this summer. From July 10 and Sept. 1, trucks will receive the discount between the hours of 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. at the Henry Hudson Bridge, Whitestone Bridge, Throgs Neck Bridge, RFK Triborough Bridge, Queens Midtown Tunnel, Hugh L. Carey Brooklyn Battery Tunnel, Verrazano-Narrows Bridge, Marine Parkway-Gil Hodges Memorial Bridge and Cross Bay Veterans Memorial Bridge. The move is part of an effort to alleviate the near-term summer crisis, MTA said in...
  • Nextran trucking facility creating 80 new jobs in Duluth (Georgia)

    05/22/2017 11:42:39 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 2 replies
    The Atlanta Journal-Constitution ^ | May 22, 2017 | Karen Huppertz
    Nextran Corporation has opened a new 55,000-square-foot facility at 1735 Breckinridge Plaza, near Interstate 85 and Highway 316 in unincorporated Duluth. The company, which operates full-service medium- and heavy-duty truck centers in the Southeast, will create 80 new jobs at this location. The new store will serve as a flagship location for Nextran on a 9.5 acre parcel with 29 service bays....
  • Trucking Leaders Talk Health Care With Trump at White House

    03/23/2017 3:35:26 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    Transport Topics ^ | March 23, 2017 | Eugene Mulero and Joe Howard
    President Trump intends to make the country better aware of truck drivers' challenges, such as health care, when he meets with industry executives at the White House on March 23. The high-profile event will take place just as the U.S. House of Representatives prepares to vote on legislation that would significantly alter the nations health care landscape. House Republican leaders are aiming to advance a bill designed to repeal President Obamas signature health care law. American Trucking Associations President Chris Spear and several other trucking executives will be on hand for the meeting with Trump. It is an honor to...
  • Gas tax increase, turnpike toll hike greet drivers in the new year (already happened by now)

    01/27/2017 5:00:07 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 14 replies
    The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ^ | Decembeer 28, 2016 | Ed Blazina
    The cost of driving in Pennsylvania is going up on two fronts in the new year. First, the state tax on wholesale motor fuels will increase Jan. 1 8 cents for gasoline and nearly 11 cents for diesel fuel. Those costs are expected to be passed on to retail prices at the pump. A week later, tolls on the Pennsylvania Turnpike will increase for the ninth year in a row, this time by 6 percent. The change will increase the cost of a trip from Ohio to New Jersey from $48.90 to $51.85 for cash and from $34.93 to...
  • Trump promises big on highway funding, could open door to more tolls and privatization

    11/19/2016 11:54:49 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 33 replies
    Overdrive ^ | November 14, 2016 | James Jaillet
    President-elect Donald Trump said throughout his campaign for the White House that he wants major investments in U.S. infrastructure, calling for $1 trillion on infrastructure projects during his presidency.He reiterated the point in his victory speech last Wednesday. “We’re going to fix our inner cities and rebuild our highways, bridges, tunnels, airports, schools, hospitals,” Mr. Trump said. “We’re going to rebuild our infrastructure, which will become, by the way, second to none.”However, major infrastructure bills are challenging pieces of legislation to pass, especially since Congress changed little in the election, says Todd Spencer, executive vice president of the Owner-Operator Independent...
  • Toll Lanes Could Get Driverless Trucks On Highways Faster

    11/06/2016 10:56:10 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 23 replies
    Forbes ^ | October 18, 2016 | Jason Kuehn and Bill Rennicke
    Prematurely accelerating the implementation of fully autonomous trucking (no driver in the cab) seems like an idea that could be fraught with risk. While driverless long-haul trucks have the potential to increase economic productivity by enabling more cost-effective transport of goods, the technology is not yet ready for prime time. There is growing pressure, however, to make it a reality sooner rather than later particularly as long-distance trucking faces a worsening driver shortage. At the same time, highway infrastructure in many parts of the country is clearly inadequate even for todays traffic, let alone a mixed bag of driven...
  • How Theodore Roosevelt's big government schemes created the modern trucking industry

    10/28/2016 10:35:43 AM PDT · by ProgressingAmerica · 11 replies
    Does today's trucker and trucking industry owe its entire existence to big government? The answer to that question may very well be yes. Recently, I wrote a post pulling together details about how Teddy used "reaching across the aisle" to undermine any attempt to keep government small, in passing the 1906 Hepburn Act. But what happened after the act passed? Well, it significantly damaged the railroad industry, and some news outlets at the time attributed the economic recession: the Panic of 1907 (whom some also call the "Roosevelt Panic") specifically to the Hepburn Act.(Source) The Panic had multiple causes to...