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Transport Topics (Jan. 30, 2023)
One of America’s iconic structures is getting a big boost in federal funding. The Department of Transportation announced the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco will receive $400 million earmarked toward making the span more resilient to earthquakes. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg said the bridge, which was built in 1937, is a vital link for supply chains, including waterborne freight at the Port of Oakland.
Transport Topics (Jan. 27, 2023)
Nearly 41,000 truck drivers tested positive for marijuana in 2022, a 32% increase over 2021, according to a report recently compiled from data in the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s Drug & Alcohol Clearinghouse. Truck drivers who test positive for marijuana — and other drugs — are prohibited from driving, and must enter a “return-to-work” process and retest to get back behind the wheel. As of Jan. 4, 91,000 of the more than 166,000 drivers who failed at least one drug test have yet to enroll in the return-to-work process. Only about 46,000 have completed the process and are eligible to drive again.
Transport Topics (Jan. 26, 2023)
Used Class 8 vehicle sales in December declined 2.4% from a year ago, but increased slightly from the prior month, ACT Research reported. The average retail sales price was $80,385 compared with $82,341 in the 2021 period, according to ACT. The estimated retail volume in December was 21,100 units compared with 22,800 a year earlier. But that is up from the 20,100 units sold in November.
Transport Topics (Jan. 25, 2023)
Truck tonnage rose 3.8 percent in 2022 compared with the prior year, posting the highest year-over-year gain in four years despite closing out with modest December results, American Trucking Associations reported. ATA Chief Economist Bob Costello said the annual gain was the strongest since 2018 and marked the 16th consecutive year-over-year increase.
Transport Topics (Jan. 24, 2023)
Kodiak Robotics has landed a top industry executive for its role of chief operating officer. James Reed, who had been CEO at USA Truck for six years, will join the autonomous trucking company. USA Truck said Reed was selected based on his experience in trucking, technology and finance.
Transport Topics (Jan. 23, 2023)
Trailer maker Wabash last week announced two long-term agreements. One is with Ryerson, a value-added processor and distributor of industrial metals for 10 years, marking its importance as a strategic supplier partner to the manufacturer. The other is a multiyear supply agreement with carrier J.B. Hunt. The long-term order agreement with J.B. Hunt couples with Wabash’s earlier 10-year agreement with aluminum supplier Hydro, to provide certainty that it can meet pent-up demand as its additional dry van capacity comes online in early 2023.
How I make my commute bearable
This rundown of trucking and logistics news headlines is the perfect way for me to make my morning commute feel productive.
I like that I don’t have to wait to read these business news bits. I like that I can spend a minute listening to these top story abstracts and then use the rest of the drive to think about how the developments might change how we approach our plans for the day.
My favorite feature, though, is the way these trucking stories are presented. It sounds... well... familiar because each program sounds just like the local and national news rundowns.
I admit, sometimes, I batch listen to them on iTunes (2 or 3 at a time). I don’t always remember to check my podcast notifications.
Narrator is terrible
It sounds like a person pretending to be Siri. Please find someone better