Arlington, VA - The American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI) today released the latest findings of its annual truck bottleneck listing. The 2015 Congestion Impact Analysis of Freight-Significant Highway Locations, which assesses the level of truck-oriented congestion at 250 locations on the national highway system, uses several customized software applications and analysis methods, along with terabytes of data from trucking operations to produce a congestion impact ranking for each location. The data is associated with the FHWA-sponsored Freight Performance Measures (FPM) initiative. The locations detailed in this latest ATRI report represent the top 100 congested locations.
The number one spot on the ATRI list this year is the Tom Moreland Interchange in Atlanta, GA, a five-level stack interchange at the intersection of I-285 and I-85. Known by local commuters as "Spaghetti Junction," it is not only the confluence of two highly traveled interstates, but also provides ramps to four secondary roadways. Also notable on this year's list - four of the top 10 truck chokepoints are located in Houston, TX. The top 10 locations on the ATRI list this year are:
"With a robust economy comes increased demand for consumer goods, the lion's share of which is carried by truck. We see that reflected in the ATRI truck bottleneck list as more trucks move through the nation's major metropolitan areas to deliver the goods," said Ed Crowell, Georgia Motor Trucking Association President and CEO. "ATRI's ranking allows states to better understand where targeted infrastructure improvements could keep the economy moving."
ATRI is the trucking industry's 501(c)(3) not-for-profit research organization. It is engaged in critical research relating to freight transportation's essential role in maintaining a safe, secure and efficient transportation system.
Despite Attacks on Industry, Public Thinks Well of Trucking
Philadelphia – A new national poll released today found the public continues to believe truck drivers are among the safest on the road and that the industry is essential to the American economy.
The poll, the second commissioned by American Trucking Associations, was conducted by Public Opinion Strategies between August 30 and September 1, surveyed 800 registered voters on their attitudes about politics, the trucking industry and the state of infrastructure.
“Our industry invests more than $7 billion each year in safety tools, technologies and practices, and this poll tells us those investments are working,” said ATA President and CEO Bill Graves. “Americans believe trucks move the most freight and that our drivers are safe and getting safer. Those facts beliefs are not just correct, they are important to keep in mind when debating important safety issues.”
Among the poll’s findings were:
The poll also addressed the issue of speeds and speed limits, finding that:
“Safety is our industry’s most important calling,” said outgoing ATA Chairman Duane Long, chairman of Longistics, Raleigh, N.C.“I’m pleased that so many of my fellow Americans think so highly of our safety record, but we should not be satisfied. We need to do more to not only improve our safety record, but to tell people about it.”
The poll’s results were released here at ATA’s Board of Directors meeting. A copy of the presentation can be found here.
Arlington, Va. — 420 professional truck drivers will arrive in St. Louis today to compete in the National Truck Driving Championships at America’s Center Convention Complex & Edward Jones Dome Center. These elite drivers earned their way to compete in the “Superbowl of Safety” after winning their title earlier this summer at the state level.
Over 420 drivers from all 50 states will compete in St. Louis for four days, challenging their driving skills, and knowledge of safety, equipment and the industry. From 18-wheeler five axle sleepers to tank trucks to twin trailers—they will drive a course that recreates situations truck drivers face daily. These maneuvers may include: an alley dock, a rear line stop, a side park, a scale stop, a right turn, a front line stop, and straight line driving through a diminishing clearance.
On August 15, one contestant will drive away as the Bendix National Truck Driving Championships Grand Champion.
“The Truck Driving Championships represent the culmination of the industry’s dedication to safety,” said New Jersey Motor Truck Association Executive Director, Gail E. Toth. “I congratulate all the contestants and I hope New Jersey cheers for our drivers this week.”
New Jersey participants at National Truck Driving Championships for each category include:
Antonio Barros, UPS Freight (Sleeper) - Kearny, NJ
Jorge Cardoza, Jr., FedEx Freight (Straight Truck) - Elizabeth, NJ
James F. Erickson, FedEx Freight (Flatbed) - Marlton Lakes, NJ
Carlos Chavarriaga, FedEx Freight (Step Van) - Elizabeth, NJ
Richard Lopardo, A. Duie Pyle Inc. (4-Axle) - Monroe, NJ
Jorge Lopez, FedEx Freight (5-Axle) - Jersey City, NJ
Bartlomie Pachicki, FedEx Freight (Tank Truck) - Carlstadt, NJ
Wilbert Vano, Con-way Freight (3-Axle) - Colonia, NJ
Joseph White, FedEx Freight (Tank Truck) - Keansburg, NJ
ATA’s National Truck Driving Championships and National Step Van Driving Championships include top professional truck drivers from around the United States competing at company, state and regional levels to make it to the national competition Aug. 11-15 in St. Louis, Mo. The NTDC annually attracts over 2,000 cheering friends, family, colleagues and spectators. For more information, visit the 2015 National Truck Driving Championships website. Follow NTDC this week on Facebook.
June 29, 2015‐ Airport Plazas, Jericho, NY. The company is pleased to announce the opening of the first public truck parking facility in NYC. This new facility is located on JFK airport at the intersection of 150th Ave & 147th St. It has a capacity of over fifty tractor trailer trucks and is located direct across the street from the recently opened travel plaza that features a dedicated truck fueling facility together with a 24/7 food court with a 7‐Eleven, Wendy’s, Max’s Pizza, and Qdoba Mexican Grill.
The truck parking facility will offer the first 20 minutes of parking for free then incremental charges for a maximum rate of $59.00 per 24 hours. The company is currently leasing spaces on a monthly basis for $1,100 per month. Trucks that fuel at the facility will have the ability to earn a discounted rate.
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“You’re either at the table talking about the issues or you’re on the menu,” Keith Tuttle, chairman of the Truckload Carriers Association, told attendees during a luncheon address at theCCJ Spring Symposium in Birmingham, Ala., on May 19. Tuttle, who is founder of Motor Carrier Service, a regional truckload carrier based in Northwood, Ohio, encouraged fleet executives to get involved in industry associations and to discuss trucking concerns with representatives at the local, state and federal level.
Trucking has a powerful story to tell, Tuttle said, citing:
Given those statistics, “are we doing enough work to inform the public that we’re a safe industry and that we care what happens to the planet?” he asked.
Joining industry associations and networking inside and outside of trucking can help solve a lot of issues, Tuttle said. For example, the recent revision to the 24-hour hours-of-service restart “didn’t just happen,” he said. He credits Barry Pottle, president and CEO of Pottle’s Transportation, Bangor, Maine, and his relationship with his congressman for helping to push through a bill that halts enforcement of the requirement that a drivers’ 34-hour restart include two 1 a.m. to 5 a.m. periods, as well as the once-per-week limit of the restart.
Such changes, “don’t happen without personal relationships,” he said. “For a supposedly de-regulated industry, we are the most regulated de-regulated industry in America.”
To help raise trucking’s profile, Tuttle encouraged fleet executives to support industry image campaigns such as Wreaths Across America, Highway Angels and Trucking Moves America Forward. “Many carriers that I know that are the safest, most profitable, and have the lowest turnover are involved in these image programs,” he said.
Tuttle said he has a reputation for being impatient with people who don’t do their fair share. “My charge to you is this: Don’t be the one who sits by idly while others are watching the past in the rearview mirror and setting a new course.”
We are now at a juncture in the Port of New York and New Jersey that is changing the game more dramatically than the introduction of the Malcom McLean’s Ideal X. These terminals with their current footprints were state-of-the-art when built, but as the industry evolved, we now are past that stage.
To blame the trucking community for the lines at the terminals is beyond the absurd. The volume that any other port in the world would do cartwheels to have and not service it, properly borders on sacrilege -- no, it is sacrilege.
The trucking community has been part of a collaborative effort by all the players to make the port as successful as it has been. To issue a summons, to punish a truckman, who is probably an owner-operator, for trying to do their job and get a heads-up to deliver the cargo to the customer’s door, so that the consumers can enjoy what they have taken for granted as a staple is beyond stupid, and will only foster dysfunction in what to date has been a tested collaborative effort.
We have the terminals experiencing in some cases a 100 percent increase in volume and still maintaining the same 60-hour weekly gates. The funnel of the volume of cargo, or gate activity, cannot accommodate the customer demand.
The terminals in many cases operate very close to 168 hours per week in vessel unloading and loading activity. Yet with the increase in volume, they will not increase the gate hours.
We are operating in the most densely populated region and most congested state in the country, and we open the terminals in this highly congested area when traffic is at its peak. What is wrong with this picture? Would it not be more prudent, to amplify the normal daytime hours with another sequence, from 11 p.m. to 7 a.m. with the proper overlaps, and take advantage of our assets (our infrastructure) at their least congested times?
Most cargo, as much as 90 percent, is drop-and-pick and surely can be accommodated with these access times. As far as support for these times from truckers is concerned, nothing can exemplify that more perfectly than the most recent queue of between 300 and 400 trucks at midnight. The usual number of trucks per mile depending on configuration is about 120, so with the six mile lines you are at 700-plus trucks.
There is an expression, “Build It and They Will Come." For the truckers "Open It Up and They Will Come."
The other benefits of these suggestions and proper collaboration will very obviously help all the clean-air issues that are a constant issue by dissipating the intensity of the traffic.
Another benefit would be to attract more cargo, more ancillary activity, and more excellent-paying jobs to this port. We cannot stand still. This must be solved logically, not with truckmen and women being punished for trying to do their job, and make this what the Port of New York and New Jersey can and should be.
Tom Adamski, New Jersey Motor Truck Association – NJ Intermodal Motor Carrier Conference
By:Joseph Bonney, Posted from JOC
A U.S. Federal Maritime Commission report on port congestion impact on demurrage and detention fees stopped short of recommending agency action and invited the industry to provide evidence of allegedly unreasonable practices.
“I am hopeful that the report becomes a discussion paper among industry stakeholders and helps stimulate solutions to problems that have arisen as a result of severe port congestion experienced in the last year,” said FMC Chairman Mario Cordero.
The 64-page report, available at fmc.gov, described demurrage, which is charged for storage of containers on terminal space beyond allowable free time, and detention fees levied by carriers for late return of containers.
The report listed actions that affected parties can take to mitigate problems, and discussed actions the commission has the authority to take.
The commission said it “has made no determinations with respect to the application of demurrage and detention, or about the courses of action that it may take. The commission has a variety of actions that could be used to address issues provided there is a sufficient factual basis to support the action.”
The FMC report followed four regional forums the commission hosted last year, and continuing complaints by shippers and truckers who say they’ve been hit with fees for unavoidable late pickup or delivery of containers at congested ports.
Commissioners voted during a closed session to release the report. The vote was said to be 3-2, with Cordero, Richard Lidinsky and William Doyle voting in favor and Rebecca Dye and Michael Khoury opposed. The commission voted to release the transcript of the meeting related to the staff report when it becomes available.
Doyle said the report is the first in a series of planned commission reports entitled “Rules, Rates, and Practices Relating to Detention, Demurrage,and Free Time for Containerized Imports and Exports Moving Through Selected United States Ports.”
Cordero and other commissioners have identified port congestion issues as a top concern under the commission’s Shipping Act mandate to provide a fair, efficient and economic ocean transportation system.
The FMC chairman invited the industry to provide the commission with information on any allegedly unreasonable practices.
“Though the commission has received anecdotal evidence, the industry is encouraged to submit substantive documentation and information of unreasonable practices regarding the application of demurrage and detention,” Cordero said. “The documentation could include information related to those who pay the charges or those who impose the charges.
“In addition, industry stakeholders are reminded that they may file complaints for adjudication at the commission that involve alleged violations of the Shipping Act,” Cordero said.
Doyle urged industry stakeholders to read the report, and to share their comments. “All stakeholders in the supply chain should read the report and actively engage with each other in the industry,” he said in a statement.
Most of the FMC report is devoted to a factual explanation of demurrage, detention and free time. An appendix to the report compares demurrage and detention charges among ports and carriers. Fees generally were highest in the Port of New York and New Jersey, the report noted.
The report details possible ways vessel operators, terminal operators and port authorities to minimize congestion and resulting demurrage and detention fees.
It also outlines actions that cargo owners and truckers may take, such as requesting informal mediation and administrative or court action.
The report also identifies possible actions the commission can take to gather information and examine and address concerns related to free time, detention and demurrage practices. Those include fact-finding investigations, some of which could lead to adjudicatory proceedings against vessel operators or terminals.
Other possible commission actions could include demands for reports by vessel operators under Section 15 of the shipping act, action on petitions for relief from allegedly unfair practices, creation of an industry advisory committee,asking for recommendations from the commission ombudsman, and proposed rulemaking to address practices that the commission has determined violate the shipping act.
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