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The Journal of Commerce’s surface transport news and analysis focuses on landside transport movement — from railroad news to trucking news — including full load trucking, less-than-truckload (LTL), refrigerated (or reefer) trucking, flatbed and domestic and international intermodal rail, and how it connects with seaports, inland rail hubs, distribution centers and transloading operations. Reporting on the surface transport sector covers the movement of domestic shipments within the United States and international cargoes transported via domestic equipment including trailers and 53-foot containers. 

The latest Surface News & Analysis

Transportation’s Pothole

R.G. Edmonson |
Several months of congressional skirmishing and one large flare-up over funding tried the nerves of the most steadfast advocates for transportation reform.
Transport, Trade, and Regulation NewsTrucking NewsRail News

Rails Ride Post-Storm Rally

John D. Boyd |
With February&rsquo;s snowbanks melting away and the economy warming up, the flow of rail freight is thawing out across North America. <br /> <br />
Rail News

NC Backs Rail Spur For Airbus Shipments

JOC Staff |
North Carolina awarded a $14.3 million contract to a Kentucky company to build a 5.6-mile rail spur to connect an aircraft parts manufacturing site to the Port of Morehead City.<br /> <br />
Rail News

Short Line Traffic Rises on Bulk Freight

John D. Boyd |
North America&rsquo;s regional and short line railroads are steadily adding traffic and setting new highs almost weekly in their recent volume levels.<br /> <br />
Rail News

Intermodal Nears Autumn Peak Pace

John D. Boyd |
Large U.S.
Rail NewsContainer linesForwardingNorth-American rail

U.S. Rail Safety Climbs

John D. Boyd |
U.S. freight railroad operations had their safest year ever in 2009, said the Association of American Railroads.<br /> <br />
Rail NewsNorth-American rail

Trucking Layoffs Rise in January

William B. Cassidy |
The trucking industry continues to lose workers, but it's cutting jobs at a lower rate than a year ago, according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.<br /> <br />
Trucking NewsTrucking labor

Greatwide Looks to Smaller Shippers

William B. Cassidy |
Greatwide Logistics aims to recruit mid-tier shippers as it expands its dedicated contract carriage and third-party transportation services in the nascent recovery.<br /> <br />
Trucking NewsLTLTruck brokers

Senate Holds FAA Bill over FedEx-Union Issue

John D. Boyd |
Tennessee&rsquo;s two U.S.
Transport, Trade, and Regulation NewsTrucking labor

NY-NJ Port Issues Clean-Trucks Plan

Joseph Bonney |
The Port of New York and New Jersey will ban the oldest drayage trucks from its terminals starting next Jan. 1 in the first phase of a multi-step program to reduce air pollution from trucks.<br />
MaritimeTrucking labor

Reddaway Teamsters Reject YRC Contract

William B. Cassidy |
Teamster employees at YRC Worldwide subsidiary Reddaway this week turned down a proposed contract that included wage and benefits cuts.<br /> <br />
Trucking NewsLTL

YRC Worldwide's CEO Foresees More Layoffs

William B. Cassidy |
YRC Worldwide cut its payroll 34.5 percent last year and a further 5.5 percent so far in 2010, reducing its workforce from 55,000 to 34,000 employees.<br /> <br />
Trucking NewsLTL

U.S. Seeks Trucking Deal with Mexico, Kirk Says

William B. Cassidy |
The White House is looking for a route out of a year-long trade dispute with Mexico over the elimination of a cross-border trucking pilot project.<br /> <br />
Trucking News

C.H. Robinson Carrier Roster Shrinks

JOC Staff |
Freight brokerage giant C.H. Robinson says its base of carriers shrank 6 percent, or 3,000 carriers, in 2009 as the recession took a toll on transportation capacity providers.<br /> <br />
Trucking NewsLTLTruck brokersTrucking labor

Diesel Reaches Highest Point in 16 Months

JOC Staff |
The national average price of diesel fuel reached its highest point in more than a year in the past week, jumping 4.3 cents to surpass $2.90 a gallon for the first time since November 2008, the U.S.
Trucking News

NYNJ Port to Cut Emissions

Joseph Bonney |
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey plans this week to release details of a clean-air program expected to phase out older, dirtier trucks at port terminals. <br /> <br />
MaritimeTrucking labor

Trucking Companies Fear Driver Shortage

Bill Mongelluzzo |
A spike in cargo volume could produce a driver shortage and would expose bottlenecks on key freight corridors, the chairman of the American Trucking Associations warns.<br /> <br />
Trucking NewsTrucking labor

Norfolk Southern to Pay $4 Million for Chlorine Spill

John D. Boyd |
Norfolk Southern Railway will pay a $4 million penalty to settle alleged Clean Water Act violations, the government said, in connection with a catastrophic 2005 chlorine spill from a train accident in
Rail NewsNorth-American rail

KCS Buys Puerta Mexico Intermodal Terminal

John D. Boyd |
Kansas City Southern bought the Puerta Mexico intermodal terminal facility about 40 miles west of Mexico City at Toluca, and plans soon to start running trains to it from the Pacific Ocean container p
Rail NewsNorth-American rail

Short Line Traffic Climbs

John D. Boyd |
Small railroads across North America are seeing their new freight loadings reach the highest levels in nearly a year, fueled by demand for a broad range of cargoes.<br /> <br />
Rail News

Nova Scotia Plans Wind Tower Facility

John D. Boyd |
At a time when there is a huge oversupply of idled freight railcars and ocean ships, Canada&rsquo;s Nova Scotia provincial government is drawing from those industries to aim at another that has growin
Rail News

Nasdaq Warns YRC On Listing

William B. Cassidy |
YRC Worldwide must boost the value of its stock above $1 per share by Aug. 30 or face delisting, the Nasdaq Stock Market exchange warned the carrier.<br /> <br />
Trucking NewsLTL

A Trial for Harbor Trucks

Bill Mongelluzzo |
&nbsp;Cities pressing for the legal authority to regulate harbor trucking should find out how far they can go in court in late April. <br /> <br />
MaritimeTrucking NewsTransport, Trade, and Regulation News

Intermodal Matchmaking

John D. Boyd |
Union Pacific Railroad and CSX Transportation say customers will get the most out of their new UMAX domestic intermodal service in the form of faster, more efficient service across the country.
Rail News

Think Globally, Truck Regionally

William B. Cassidy |
The open road doesn&rsquo;t have the allure it once did for some truckload carriers, or for their shippers.<br /> <br />
Trucking News

Watching the Border

William B. Cassidy |
A group representing independent truck drivers responded angrily to reports the White House may be looking to open talks with Congress about a new cross-border trucking program with Mexico, calling th
Transport, Trade, and Regulation NewsTrucking News

Freight Powers Up at Top U.S. Rails

John D. Boyd |
New loadings of the type of bulk materials and equipment that ride in regular railcars pushed to its highest level in more than a year for major U.S.-owned railroads.<br /> <br />
Rail NewsNorth-American rail

Transport Jobs Shrink in February

John D. Boyd |
Despite signs of a slowly improving economy, employment in the transportation modes that include freight operations slid further in February, the Labor Department reported.<br /> <br />
Transport, Trade, and Regulation NewsTrucking labor

Dynamex Revenue Rises to $98.4 Million

William B. Cassidy |
Same-day carrier Dynamex increased its revenue slightly in its latest quarter as sequential quarter-to-quarter core sales increased for the second consecutive period.<br /> <br />
Trucking NewsLTL

Ex-Rail Union Chief Pleads Guilty in Bribery Case

John D. Boyd |
Edward Rodzwicz, who had been national president until Nov.
Rail News

LTL Industry Shrinks 24.4 Percent

William B. Cassidy |
The less-than-truckload industry shrank 24.4 percent in 2009, as total U.S. LTL revenue plunged from $33.3 billion to $25.2 billion, according to an industry study. <br /> <br />
Trucking NewsLTL

Big LTL Carriers Getting Smaller

William B. Cassidy |
Seven of the top 25 less-than-truckload carriers reported more than a billion dollars in revenue in 2009, according to a study of the LTL industry.<br /> <br />
Trucking NewsLTL

YRC Worldwide Market Share Slips

William B. Cassidy |
YRC Worldwide is still the largest U.S.
Trucking NewsLTL

American Railcar Boosts Profit as Sales Fall

John D. Boyd |
American Railcar Industries managed to boost its profit in the fourth quarter, to $10.5 million from $7.6 million a year earlier, but it wasn&rsquo;t from building freight cars.<br /> <br />
Rail News

House Amends HIRE Act to Pay for Jobs

R.G. Edmonson |
The House, by a 217-212 margin, approved the $15 billion Senate-drafted Hiring Incentives to Restore Employment (HIRE) Act, which includes provisions to extend existing highway programs until Dec.
Transport, Trade, and Regulation NewsTrucking News

Boxer Urges House to Pass Jobs Bill

R.G. Edmonson |
The House is expected to take up the Senate&rsquo;s version of a jobs bill on Thursday, Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., said Wednesday.
Transport, Trade, and Regulation NewsMaritimeTrucking NewsRail NewsAir Cargo

East, West Coasts Achieve Competitive Balance

Bill Mongelluzzo |
Competition between West and East Coast ports for Asian cargo has hit a point of equilibrium and market share probably won't change much in the coming years.<br /> <br />
MaritimeNorth-American railForwarding

ODFL Expands Warehousing Business

William B. Cassidy |
Old Dominion Freight Line is reaching deeper into shipper supply chains by expanding its warehousing division.
Trucking NewsLTL

S&P Rates CSX Debt BBB

John D. Boyd |
Standard &amp; Poor&rsquo;s Ratings Services gave a &ldquo;BBB&rdquo; rating to new CSX long-term debt notes, saying the eastern-U.S.
Rail NewsNorth-American rail

Heavy Truck Sales Rise in February

William B. Cassidy |
Early data show heavy truck orders climbed 19.7 percent in February from January, but were well below last year's average, indicating a slow recovery in new Class 8 truck orders, said FTR Associates.<
Trucking News