By Jeff Berman · October 21, 2016
Many things pertaining to both the freight economy and general economy remain consistently inconsistent for lack of a better description. That was spelled out in two very reliable monthly freight-based data sources earlier this week, the American Trucking Associations monthly truck tonnage index and the Cass Freight Index Report.
By Jeff Berman · October 14, 2016
While the current state of affairs for trucking may be viewed as, say, stagnant, mundane, uneven, or some other less than flattering term, it appears that the mode’s future is actually quite bright, especially when compared to others.
By Jeff Berman · October 7, 2016
While the ATA was initially somewhat receptive to the DOT proposal in late August, calling proposed rule as “a potential step forward for safety,” it seems to have changed its tune.
By John D. Schulz · October 5, 2016
The fed is hitting truckers with a barrage of costly regulations in an era of scant profits. Everything from emissions, training standards, electronic onboard recorders, fuel mileage standards and speed limiters are in play—and it’s only going cost shippers more.
By Jeff Berman · September 21, 2016
With macroeconomic indicators as mixed as they have been in several quarters, data issued this week by the American Trucking Associations pointed to truck tonnage volumes pointing up in August.
By Jeff Berman · September 1, 2016
The ATA said that the second quarter turnover rate at truckload fleets with more than $30 million in annual revenue dropped six points to 83 percent, which ATA said is its lowest level in five years going back to the second quarter of 2011.
By Jeff Berman · August 5, 2016
Once again, the numbers in the American Trucking Associations’ (ATA) annual American Trucking Trends publication continue to show strength, even at a time like the present, when strength could in some ways be viewed in short supply, given the myriad challenges the sector finds itself up against.
By Jeff Berman · July 20, 2016
The ATA’s not seasonally-adjusted (NSA) index, which represents the change in tonnage actually hauled by fleets before any seasonal adjustment, was 142.2 in June, which topped May’s 139.1 by 2.2 percent.
By John Schulz · July 12, 2016
The American Trucking Associations (ATA) is applauding a two-year Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) pilot program that would allow carriers to have non-preventable crashes stricken from their record.
By Jeff Berman · May 24, 2016
Seasonally-adjusted (SA) for-hire truck tonnage in April at 134.8 (2000=100) fell 2.1 percent from March and on the heels of a 4.4 percent February to March decrease.
By Jeff Berman · May 10, 2016
In a wide ranging, presentation at the recent NASSTRAC (National Shippers Strategic Transportation Council) Shippers Conference and Transportation Expo in Orlando, Fla., Bob Costello, chief economist at the American Trucking Associations, provided both a general assessment of the over all economic outlook, as well as an outlook specifically focused on the freight, or, trucking economy.
By Jeff Berman · May 4, 2016
Regardless of capacity, pricing, or the economy, trucking industry regulations are never far from the freight transportation limelight. That is especially evident when it comes to the federally mandated hours-of-service (HOS) regulations. As usual, the current state of HOS remains somewhat fluid. And the reason for that has to do with legislation coming from the Senate Transportation Appropriations legislation that is currently being considered by the Senate.
By Jeff Berman · May 3, 2016
The notions of “green shoots” or “cautious optimism” in gauging the current state of the economy does not specifically exhibit what is really happening, when assessing how things are actually going, it seems. That was made clear by Bob Costello, chief economist at the American Trucking Associations, at last week’s NASSTRAC (National Shippers Strategic Transportation Council) Shippers Conference and Transportation Expo in Orlando, Fla. last week.
By John D. Schulz · April 25, 2016
In a behind-the-scenes split that highlights the divergent interests between truckload carriers and the less-than-truckload (LTL) industry, the Truckload Carriers Association has officially split from the larger American Trucking Associations’ official policy position on truck sizes and weights.
By Jeff Berman · April 19, 2016
Seasonally-adjusted (SA) for-hire truck tonnage in March at 137.6 (2000=100) was off 4.5 percent from February’s 144, which ATA said represented an all-time high.

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