The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) has released Port Performance Freight Statistics Program: Annual Report to Congress 2016. This report is BTS’s first edition of the annual report on the Port Performance Freight Statistics Program, established by the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act of 2015, Section 6018. The goal of the program is “to provide nationally consistent measures of performance” of the nation’s largest ports, and to report annually to Congress on port capacity and throughput. This annual report presents data and statistics on capacity and throughput at the top 25 ports by tonnage, 20-foot equivalent unit (TEU), and dry bulk tonnage; nationally consistent port performance metrics; and looks ahead at improving this statistics program. The report also includes detailed information on U.S. maritime ports and discussions of throughput and capacity concepts to provide a more complete picture of port activity and to place the statistics in context.
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Three transportation modes – air, vessel and truck – carried less U.S. freight by value with North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) partners Canada and Mexico in October 2016 compared to October 2015 as total freight on all modes decreased 3.6 percent to $93.2 billion in current dollars, according to the annual TransBorder Freight Data released today by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS).
The total value of cross-border freight has declined from the same month of the previous year in 21 of the past 22 months beginning in January 2015 with only an increase of 0.7 percent in August 2016.
Freight by Mode
The value of commodities moving by truck decreased 6.1 percent; vessel by 7.0 percent and air by 12.7 percent while the value of freight carried on pipeline and rail increased 21.8 percent and 6.2 percent respectively.
Trucks carried 65.3 percent of U.S.-NAFTA freight and continued to be the most heavily utilized mode for moving goods to and from both U.S.-NAFTA partners. Trucks accounted for $31.9 billion of the $50.3 billion of imports (63.4 percent) and $29.0 billion of the $42.9 billion of exports (67.6 percent).
Rail remained the second largest mode by value, moving 15.8 percent of all U.S.-NAFTA freight, followed by vessel, 5.4 percent; pipeline, 5.0 percent; and air, 3.8 percent. The surface transportation modes of truck, rail and pipeline carried 86.0 percent of the total value of U.S.-NAFTA freight flows.
From October 2015 to October 2016, the value of U.S.-Canada freight flows fell 2.5 percent to $46.5 billion due to decreases in the value of goods moved by vessel (down 31.1 percent), air (down 8.8 percent) and truck (down 3.1 percent). The value of freight carried on pipeline and rail increased 21.7 percent and 2.5 percent respectively. During this 12-month period, much of the mineral fuel freight between Texas and Canada shifted from vessel to pipeline as the value of mineral fuel shipments carried by vessel between Texas and Canada decreased while the value of pipeline shipments rose. Texas-Canada mineral fuel trade made up about 25.5 percent of all U.S.-Canada mineral fuel shipments in October 2016.
Trucks carried 60.8 percent of the value of the freight to and from Canada. Rail carried 16.1 percent followed by pipeline, 9.2 percent; air, 4.6 percent; and vessel, 2.9 percent. The surface transportation modes of truck, rail and pipeline carried 86.0 percent of the value of total U.S.-Canada freight flows.
From October 2015 to October 2016, the value of U.S.-Mexico freight flows fell 4.7 percent to $46.6 billion due to decreases in the value of goods moved by air (down 18.0 percent) and truck (down 8.5 percent). The value of freight carried on three modes increased: pipeline, by 23.6 percent; rail by 10.4 percent; and vessel by 6.9 percent.
Trucks carried 69.9 percent of the value of the freight to and from Mexico. Rail carried 15.4 percent of the value of freight to and from Mexico followed by vessel, 7.9 percent; air, 3.1 percent; and pipeline, 0.8 percent. The surface transportation modes of truck, rail and pipeline carried 86.0 percent of the value of total U.S.-Mexico freight flows.
See BTS Transborder Statistics Release for summary tables and additional data. See North American Transborder Freight Data on the BTS website for additional data for surface modes since 1995 and all modes since 2004.
As the leading organization overseeing the coordination of uniformity of commercial motor vehicle safety enforcement and regulatory compliance across Canada, the United States and Mexico, CVSA recognizes the exceptional careers of professional commercial motor vehicle drivers and their commitment to public safety through its International Driver Excellence Award (IDEA).
This annual award recognizes individuals who go above and beyond the performance of their duties as a commercial vehicle driver, distinguishing themselves conspicuously and beyond the call of duty through the achievement of safe operation and compliance carried out with evident distinction for an extended period of time. The nominated individual must be of personal character beyond reproach with no disqualifying past behavior, as indicated in the IDEA award criteria.
For more information, go to http://cvsa.org/program/programs/idea/.
Weekend Bridge and Street Closures – January 7-8
One tube in either direction of the Queens Midtown Tunnel will be closed from 11 pm Friday to 5:30 am Monday to accommodate ongoing Superstorm Sandy restoration work. One lane in each direction will always remain open in the other tube.
There will be lane closures on the northbound FDR Drive between 42nd and 49th Streets on Saturday between 12:01 am and 6:30 am and on Sunday between 1 am and 11 am for inspections. One lane will remain open at all times except for occasional full closures for up to 15 minutes on either day between 1 am and 5 am.
One tube of the Battery Park Underpass will be closed on Saturday from 1 am to 8 am for the restoration of the electrical and mechanical systems damaged by Superstorm Sandy. The West Street Underpass will be open when the south tube (West Street to FDR Drive) is closed. Variable message signs will alert motorists.
One tube of the Hugh L. Carey Brooklyn Battery Tunnel will be closed from 8 pm Friday to 5:30 am Monday for Sandy restoration work. One lane will remain open in each direction in the other tube during these periods.
The Bayonne Bridge will be fully closed in both directions from 9 pm Friday to 8 am Sunday. Motorists should use the Goethals Bridge as an alternate.
Disclaimer: All event dates, times and routes are subject to change at any time. Additional events are scheduled under the direction of the Mayor’s Office and the NYPD and may not appear in this advisory. Street closures are implemented and enforced solely by the NYPD. NYC DOT does not approve nor institute street closures for events.
Detailed information on weekend street closures will be available on the DOT web site at: http://www.nyc.gov/html/dot/html/motorist/wkndtraf.shtml.
MTA Bridges and Tunnels advise that beginning at 3 a.m., Tuesday, January 10th, cashless tolling will go into effect at the Queens Midtown Tunnel. This means travelers in both directions will either be charged via their EZ Pass account or those without EZ Pass will receive a bill in the mail. Motorists must continue through the toll plaza without stopping.
This Memorandum is being issued in an effort to clarify the above-referenced. The IFTA Articles of Agreement, Section R655 provides:
R655 GRACE PERIOD
.100 Carriers from new member jurisdictions shall be allowed a two-month grace period from the date of the new member's IFTA program implementation to display the IFTA license and decals. However, carriers must maintain the proper credentials for traveling in member jurisdictions until they display the valid IFTA license and decals.
.200 Carriers renewing their IFTA license and decals have a two-month grace period (January and February) to display the renewal IFTA license and decals. To operate in IFTA jurisdictions during this grace period, carriers must display either valid current or prior year IFTA license and decals from the jurisdiction in which they were operating or a valid single trip permit from the IFTA jurisdiction in which they are operating.
Because there are no new member jurisdictions implementing the IFTA in 2016, R655.200 above is the applicable language for the grace period in 2017.
Carriers must display one or more of the following to travel through IFTA member jurisdictions for the first two months of 2017.
1. A valid 2017 IFTA license and two IFTA decals issued by an IFTA member jurisdiction.
2. A valid 2016 IFTA license and two IFTA decals from an IFTA member jurisdiction (if a renewal application has been filed for 2017); or
3. A valid trip permit issued by the IFTA member jurisdiction through which they are operating.
Please be advised that IFTA License Renewals for 2017 MUST BE FILED WITH YOUR BASE JURISDICTION BEFORE THE END OF 2016. The two-month grace period is for display of renewal credentials, not to file your renewal application for those credentials (See R655.200 above).
In order to have a seamless operation into the new calendar year, I encourage you to file your renewal application with your base jurisdiction well before December 31, 2016.
If you have any questions or comments, please contact your base jurisdiction. You can find the contact information by visiting www.iftach.org and clicking on Carrier Information.
Twas’ the night before Christmas, at Farruggio’s Express
When Santa stopped by and seemed quite distressed
The weather is nasty, in most parts of the globe
The snow is blinding to even NASA’s space probe
It doesn’t seem I can make it, we heard Santa cry
The reindeer can’t see thru this blizzard, without them I can’t fly
Over 96 years, I only call on the best
I sit here before you, with a humble request
Rumor has it he said, that you have a system,
To see trucks on the road, their every position
Is it true that you have this, does the Geotab exist
Or is it merely a rumor, simply a myth
We have it Sam said, we have it without exception
With the Geotab we even have a Federal logbook exemption
In that very instant, the trucks on the screen began to glow bright
Like Christmas beacons, shining bright in the night
If it works as you say, he said with a glance
We may be able to do this, we may have a chance
The dispatchers got busy, Sam called all of his friends
They promised dear Santa, this is not how Christmas will end
Santa downloaded the program, he copied the app
He could see every driver, he studied the map
Via text, via email, the instructions went out
Drivers sprang into action, on Santa’s new route
From an app on his iPad, he managed the night
Each package delivered, each present just right
A calm came over Santa, he claimed in disbelief
You made Christmas happen, what a relief
With a twinkle of his eye and his jolly old laugh
He hugged each and every one of the Farruggio’s staff
I learned something new he said with a wink
Technology is amazing, I am just tickled pink
I can’t wait to tell Mrs. Claus, I know what she’ll say
Tomorrow she will have a geotab installed in my sleigh
She can check on my location, now that will be neat
I am just hoping it doesn’t keep track of how many cookies I eat!
In that very instant, he was off in the night
The snow had finally stopped, to the reindeers delight
With a ho ho ho, we heard dear Santa say
Once again you delivered, you’ve saved Christmas Day!
We at Farruggio’s would like to wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Written by Jen Farruggio Bennett
Farruggio's Express is a NJMTA Member
Approximately 4.55 million vehicles are expected to travel the PA Turnpike’s 550-mile roadway from Christmas Eve through New Year’s Day. Typically, the Christmas/New Year’s holiday periods are among the busiest long-distance travel periods of the year. About 90 percent of all holiday travel is by car. Most of the traffic is expected to be spread out over the holiday week. The heaviest days are anticipated to be Dec. 23 and Dec. 27-30 with about 550,000 vehicles projected each of those days.
The PA Turnpike expects good weather for most of the holiday period. However, a wintry mix of variable precipitation consisting of rain, freezing rain, sleet, or snow is slated early the morning of Dec. 24 in the region of the Laurel Highlands and the Northeastern Extension. Turnpike maintenance and the State Farm Safety advisors — made up of Turnpike vehicles staffed by Turnpike workers —will patrol the roadway assisting motorists as needed.
“Just as we plan holiday time spent with family and friends, it is equally as important to plan for a safe trip,” said Mark Compton, PA Turnpike Chief Executive Officer. “We want to be part of those plans and enable motorists to get to their destinations safely. In addition to planning ahead, we encourage them to keep a half-full gas tank, stay alert for changing roadway conditions and access our communications tools.”
During the holiday all construction and maintenance work will be suspended to allow full use of the roadway; all lanes will be available starting 5 a.m. Dec. 23 until 11 p.m. on Jan. 2, 2017 except in the case of emergencies. Additionally, State Police Troop T, the division in charge of PA Turnpike patrols, will deploy additional patrols to stop drunk drivers, speeders and aggressive motorists. “With heavy traffic and the possibility of wintry weather, it’s imperative to pay attention, drive at a safe speed, and keep enough distance between vehicles,” said Commanding Officer of State Police Troop T, Captain Paul S. Gustaitis.
The Turnpike also reminds drivers to heed Pennsylvania's "Steer Clear" law which requires drivers to slow down or move over when they encounter an emergency scene, traffic stop or disabled vehicle. Drivers must move over or slow down for all responders, including police, fire and ambulance as well as stopped tow trucks and maintenance vehicles.
To report an accident or other emergencies on the PA Turnpike, dial *11 on your mobile phone. To learn more about PA Turnpike conditions or to contact us, use one of these resources:
ON THE PA TURNPIKE
Variable & Digital Message Signs — nearly 100 signs along the Turnpike
Highway Advisory Radio — 1640 AM (tune-in near interchanges)
Turnpike Roadway Information Program (toll-free) — 866-976-TRIP (8747)
Customer Assistance Center (toll-free) — 800-331-3414 (weekdays, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.)
ON THE WEB
TRIPTalk — free, travel-alert smartphone app; download at https://www.paturnpike.com/travel/trip_talk.aspx
Travel Conditions Map — live, inactive conditions map; view at https://www.paturnpike.com/webmap
Waze — a crowd-sourced navigation app that provides real-time traffic conditions with input from other drivers; download at https://www.waze.com
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