Trade and city leaders on Tuesday kicked off a $83.7 million rail project that is expected to create 340 jobs, have an estimated economic impact of $400 million and move cargo in a more sustainable way.
Officials said the project will be a sustainable one, curbing truck trips on local roads by 2.3 million each [...]
In an article called ‘Labor Costs Loom Large in Teamsters-ABF Talks,’ the Journal of Commerce reports:
The Teamsters union says it is willing to discuss labor costs when contract talks with ABF Freight System begin — but not just union labor costs.
“Analysts and ABF management have focused almost entirely on Teamster labor costs, but [...]
Two electric battery-powered heavy-duty trucks that will help cut pollution at busy Los Angeles County ports were unveiled recently at PortTechEXPO 2012, a symposium for green transportation technologies.
These large Class 8 trucks are port drayage trucks that haul cargo containers to and from seaports. They transport containers relatively short distances, usually between ports [...]
The Journal of Commerce says, ‘The rapid increase in turnover heightens carrier concerns over the supply of qualified drivers and shipper worries about truckload capacity and pricing as they prepare for the fourth quarter and pre-holiday peak shipping season.’
The annualized driver turnover rate at large truckload carriers shot past 100 percent in the second [...]
From KCBS San Francisco:
So far, about 4,000 trucks have been checked statewide at similar checkpoints. About 1,000 citations have been issued.
The California Air Resources Board and the California Highway Patrol were both inspecting trucks at the Port of Oakland on Wednesday, as part of a month-long campaign to ensure compliance with California’s air [...]
A Texas reporter looks at the issue of trucking weight and the impacts of the Panama Canal.
With increased shipments moving through the Panama Canal, many believe upping truck weight limits is the next logical step. … Most likely, a weight increase from 80,000 to 97,000 pounds would have to come with an increase of [...]
As ports prepare for a modest spike in cargo volumes during the peak shipping season, ocean carriers, marine terminals, railroads and equipment providers appear to be flush with capacity. So why do harbor truckers fear ports on both coasts will be congested this fall?
Truckers are concerned that deteriorating terminal productivity, aggravated by equipment dislocations [...]
Caltrans and the California Highway Patrol broke ground Friday on a truck weight scales facility on eastbound Interstate 80 in Cordelia.
The new $100 million facility’s greater capacity and better technology will replace the one built in 1958.
The current facility served as an inspection point for trucks leaving the Port of Oakland, where 99 [...]
From Grim Truth at Toll Group:
Amidst jubilant chants of “Yes We Did!” in Spanish and English, a brave group of professional truck drivers who haul brand-name fashion imports celebrated late evening news that they trounced in their closely-watched election to unite as Teamsters, despite their foreign employer’s vicious and expensive year-long campaign to intimidate [...]
“They’re talking about ports in Mexico being expanded in the years ahead. Those goods, we’d rather not see them go up the congested corridor of Interstate 5 along California’s border or coast. We’d rather see them come up inland, through an area that would be available to carry all this traffic and all [...]
Puerto Rosario, Argentina. Argentina is the world’s third-largest soybean exporter behind the U.S. and Brazil.
Argentine trucks carrying grains to ports on the Parana River declined by 72 percent compared with a year earlier amid a strike, data from the Rosario Cereals Exchange showed.
Only 1,674 trucks arrived at grain ports in Argentina’s Santa Fe [...]
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The Seattle City Council has jumped into the fray over truck safety at the Port of Seattle.
All nine city council members signed a letter addressed to the Port of Seattle Commission President [...]
Feb. 15: Around 400 short-haul truckers working at the Port of Seattle have ended a walkout after two weeks.
Talks between truckers and port leaders will continue, including discussion of safety issues involving the freight-company-owned trucks that the drivers use. Several trucking firms have already agreed to concessions to the truckers, including pay raises, according [...]
In 2006, Congress approved the Safe Port Act – requiring the Secretary of Homeland Security to draft guidelines for federal, state and local law enforcement related to cross-border trucking and that department’s jurisdiction “no later than April 2008.”
Nearly four years later, the cross-border guidelines have yet to be presented.
U.S. Rep. Peter King, [...]
Port of Seattle independent truckers rallied again on Monday, Feb. 13, 2012. Seattle Times photo.
Hundreds of short-haul truck drivers spent Saturday protesting the unsafe working conditions at the Port of Seattle. The meeting was held at the Teamsters Union Hall in Tukwila, where truck drivers were hoping to get help and to see [...]