The American Transportation Research Institute today released the findings of its 2020 update to “An Analysis of the Operational Costs of Trucking.” Using detailed financial data provided directly by motor carriers of all sectors and fleet sizes, this “Ops Cost” research annually documents and analyzes detailed trucking costs from 2008 through 2019. ATRI's analysis provides industry stakeholders with an essential benchmarking tool, and government agencies with input on industry finances necessary for comprehensive transportation planning and infrastructure improvement analyses.
ATRI’s newest 2020 Ops Cost report documents the slowdown of freight which occurred in the second half of 2019. The economic softening, combined with a number of independent factors including lower fuel prices, decreased the marginal cost of trucking.
The average marginal cost per mile incurred by motor carriers in 2019 decreased 9.3 percent to $1.65. The line-item costs for almost every major line item experienced some level of decrease. In comparison to the last freight softening, which took place in 2016, marginal costs were still 6 cents higher, indicating the persistence of generally higher costs.
Combined driver wage and benefits decreased slightly in 2019 – from 77.6 cents per mile in 2018 to 69.3 cents per mile – a counterintuitive decrease given the driver shortage. However, bonuses for drivers universally increased, with retention bonuses showing increases of over 80 percent. While the cost per mile for total driver compensation fell, carriers are clearly addressing the driver shortage through other mechanisms.
ATRI’s 2020 report includes a targeted analysis on “Driving the Trucking Industry: Small Carrier Spotlight,” which compares fleets of 100 or fewer trucks to fleets with greater than 100 trucks.
“Given the chaos and volatility of freight markets these days, it is more critical than ever that trucking fleets closely monitor their cost centers,” said Brandon Knight, Principal of Transportation for CliftonLarsonAllen LLP. “ATRI’s Operational Costs report is an important benchmarking tool for fleets of all sizes and sectors.”
Since its original publication in 2008, ATRI has received over 20,000 requests for the Operational Costs reports.
Governor Phil Murphy signed Executive Order No. 192, providing mandatory health and safety standards to protect all New Jersey's workers at work during the pandemic.
The executive order will take the following actions:
Workplace health and safety standards to cover all NJ workers
The executive order will require both private and public sector employers to follow health and safety protocols that will serve to protect their in-person workforces. The Order mandates that as of 6:00 a.m. on November 5th, all employers, at minimum, require individuals at the worksite to maintain at least six feet of distance from others to the maximum extent possible and require employees and visitors to wear masks when entering the worksite, subject to certain limited exceptions.
Other protocols require employers to:
Collaborative enforcement mechanism to address complaints
The Department of Labor and Workforce Development (NJDOL) will support the Department of Health's efforts to address worker complaints from their employers. NJDOL's roles will include establishing an intake form on the NJDOL website to receive complaints and developing an investigation and inspection protocol to review complaints.
Training program to inform workers of their rights and to encourage employer compliance
The executive order also directs NJDOL to provide compliance and safety training for employers and employees. The department will provide materials to inform workers of their rights and businesses of their obligations as well as coordinate with workforce training partners to create and provide training.
Copy of Executive Order No. 192
I’m pleased to announce that Association Master Trust is changing its name. We’re now Association Member Trust. It’s a name that better communicates the fact that we exist to benefit NJMTA members and our sixteen other association partners and their participating businesses.
Link to “Why AMT” video
· AMT’s healthcare plans are designed to give small businesses more options with better service at lower cost
· Our partner networks are Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield, giving members access to one of New Jersey’s, and the nation’s, largest medical provider networks, and Delta Dental, one of the largest dental provider networks.
· AMT delivers superior, personalized service, and we put our profits into improving our plans. When possible, we pay dividends.
It’s always important to have the best health plan to meet your needs. This year it’s crucial. AMT offers the options and expertise to help you customize the perfect plan for your business, so you and your employees can stay healthy and productive in the year ahead.
A reminder: Open Enrollment begins November 1st. You must enroll by December 15th to ensure coverage beginning January 1st, 2021.
To learn more, please visit the AMT website at www.amt-nj.com
Wednesday, Oct. 28, 1:00-2:30 pm EDT.
Comments sought on the regulation of property carrier brokers in general, and on three pending petitions concerning specific property carrier broker regulation issues. This meeting does not pertain to broker or freight forwarder minimum financial responsibility matters. Register at:
Toll Collectors to Return to GWB & Lincoln Tunnel While New, More Sophisticated All-Electronic Tolling Is Installed
Holland Tunnel Will Remain Cashless; New Tolling Technology to Come Online in Next 60 Days
Watch Time Lapse Video of Installation of New Electronic Tolling Gantries at Holland Tunnel Here
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey announced that cash toll collection will be temporarily restored for the next 18 months at the Lincoln Tunnel and at the upper level of the George Washington Bridge beginning Monday, October 26.
Approximately 100 toll collectors will return to toll booths for approximately 18 months while construction continues to transition the Lincoln Tunnel and George Washington Bridge from older tolling systems to more sophisticated, modern, all-electronic tolling technology. To ensure the safety of the toll collectors at these crossings, all workspaces such as booth interiors and common areas will receive enhanced cleanings. Employees will receive PPE and disinfectants to use while in their booths.
Cash toll collection at the Lincoln Tunnel and the George Washington Bridge will cease permanently by mid-2022 when the construction and installation of new tolling technology is expected to be completed. At the Holland Tunnel, cash toll collection ceased on March 22, and the tunnel will remain cashless permanently as the installation of this modern technology will be completed in the next 60 days.
The Port Authority upgraded to an all-electronic tolling system, which uses overhead gantries in place of toll lanes and booths, at the Bayonne Bridge in February 2017, at the Outerbridge Crossing in April 2019, and at the Goethals Bridge in September 2019.
NJ MVC EXTENSIONS AND CDLS
Was my expiration date extended?
The following documents, if expiring between Mar 1 and May 31, have been extended to September 30.
If expiring between June 1 and August 31, they have been extended to December 31.
Commercial Driver Licenses (CDLs) and Commercial Learner’s Permits (CLPs)
What about CDL Extensions?
Any valid New Jersey CDL or CLP due for renewal between March 1, 2020 and December 31, 2020 has been extended until December 31, 2020. This means expirations that were previously extended to September 30 have been extended for another three months
Medical Certifications have also been extended.
For CDL and CLP holders whose medical certification or medical variance expired
HAZMAT endorsements that expired between April 1 and June 30 are extended for 180 days.
HAZMAT endorsements expiring between July 1 and October 29 are extended to Dec 31, 2020.
The extensions mirror those issued recently by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, which oversees CDLs, and the federal Transportation Security Administration, which oversees Hazardous Materials endorsements (HAZMAT).
UPDATED Thursday, October 1, 2020
BRIDGE AUTHORITY ANNOUNCES START OF
NEWBURGH-BEACON BRIDGE DECK REPLACEMENT PROJECT
Project to Bring New Road Surface for Westbound Travelers
Traffic Patterns Announced for Construction Period
Highland, N.Y. – The New York State Bridge Authority (NYSBA) today announced the start of the full deck replacement project on the north (westbound) span of the Newburgh-Beacon Bridge, as well as new traffic patterns that will take effect by mid-December. Once the multi-year project is complete, drivers will experience a brand new road surface while traveling westbound on the span. It represents a major capital improvement in a critical connector for the Hudson Valley and the Northeast.
The north span of the Newburgh-Beacon Bridge is the older of the dual spans and carries westbound Interstate 84 traffic across the Hudson River. First opened in 1963, the last deck replacement took place in the early 1980s, shortly after the south span of the Newburgh-Beacon was opened.
To ensure that the project is completed effectively and efficiently, the Bridge Authority and its contractor have announced a plan to reroute traffic during construction. Most traffic will be routed onto the wider south span, with the exception of westbound traffic coming from Route 9D. By December 15, 2020, the following traffic patterns will be in effect:
“Our engineering team and contractor believe the traffic plan we have put in place is the best option for keeping traffic flowing while the bridge receives this vital improvement,” said Tara Sullivan, Acting Executive Director for the Bridge Authority. “The Newburgh-Beacon Bridge is a critical connector for the Hudson Valley and the entire Northeast. It will remain that way for decades to come, thanks to this deck replacement.”
The entire deck replacement project at the north span is expected to wrap up by July 2023, with most work expected to take place in 2021 and 2022.
Yonkers Contracting Co. was awarded the project in June. In addition to the deck replacement, Yonkers Contracting will also be putting in structural elements for a future conversion to cashless tolling. The Bridge Authority encourages all drivers to make the switch to E-ZPass in order to save time and money during their travels. Information on setting up an account can be found at www.e-zpassny.com.
The south span of the Newburgh-Beacon had its deck replaced between 2012 and 2014. One difference with the newest deck replacement project will be that the concrete will be poured in place on the bridge, rather than pre-poured panels of concrete being installed on the bridge. This eliminates joints between panels and ensures a better finished product. Another difference from the previous deck replacement project is that traffic will have more room to travel by being able to access the wider south span during the construction project.
Once complete, the deck replacement of the Newburgh-Beacon north span will cap off a decade-long period of several significant improvements to the Bridge Authority’s most traveled crossing. In addition to the south span deck replacement, the Bridge Authority completed a rehabilitation of the I-84 overpass over Route 9W in 2019.
Traffic updates for all spans operated by the New York State Bridge Authority can be found on NYSBA’s Facebook and Twitter profiles at www.facebook.com/NYSBridge and www.twitter.com/NYSBridge.
The New York State Bridge Authority
The New York State Bridge Authority operates the Bear Mountain, Newburgh-Beacon, Mid-Hudson, Kingston-Rhinecliff and Rip Van Winkle Bridges. It also owns and maintains the structure of the Walkway Over the Hudson pedestrian bridge. The Authority is funded principally from bridge tolls and receives no state or federal tax monies for bridge maintenance and operation. Learn more at www.nysba.ny.gov.
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