Surface

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

Buffett Gets More BNSF

JOC Team |
Copyright 2007, Traffic World, Inc.<br><br>Warren Buffett and his Berkshire Hathaway investment firm
Rail News

J.B. Hunt Profit Slips

Thomas L. Gallagher |
J.B. Hunt Transport Services posted $51 million in net earnings in the third quarter, a 12 percent d
Trucking News

U.S. Xpress Offer Completed

Thomas L. Gallagher |
Patrick E. Quinn and Max L. Fuller successfully completed on Oct. 12 the tender offer for all outsta
Trucking News

ATA President Urges Federal Action

Thomas L. Gallagher |
The head of the nation's largest trucking association vowed support for a strong federal role in fin
Trucking News

Rails Improve Safety Stats

John D. Boyd |
U.S. railroads this year are running at their lowest accident rates so far this decade, according to
Rail News

NMFTA Drops Antitrust Appeal

JOC Team |
The National Motor Freight Traffic Association is reclassifying its bid to maintain the trucking ind
Trucking News

Rail Traffic Declines

Thomas L. Gallagher |
Freight traffic on U.S. railroads declined in the week ended October 6, according to figures release
Rail News

ATA President to Speak at Luncheon

JOC Team |
Bill Graves, president and CEO of the American Trucking Associations, will speak Friday Oct. 12 on "
Trucking News

Ryder Closes Canadian Acquisition

JOC Team |
Ryder System completed this week the acquisition of the assets of Pollock NationaLease, a privately
Trucking News

Taxes, Fuel to Cut NS Results

Thomas L. Gallagher |
Norfolk Southern expects higher Illinois state taxes and lower synthetic fuel investment returns to
Rail News

STB Approves Coal Line

Thomas L. Gallagher |
The Surface Transportation Board issued a decision Oct. 9 granting final approval to the Tongue Rive
Rail News

Diesel Drops 1.3 Cents to $3.035

Thomas L. Gallagher |
The average price for a gallon of diesel fuel across the country dropped just 1.3 cents this week, r
Trucking News

Rails Shed Workers

John D. Boyd |
Slower traffic levels for U.S. railroads have manifested themselves in smaller work forces.&nbsp;<br
Rail News

Paying by the Rules

John Gallagher |
Less time on the road for truckers could mean higher costs for shippers, say trucking officials and
Trucking News

Not so fast!

BY BILL MONGELLUZZO |
The first legal shots in the war over the controversial clean-trucks program in Los Angeles-Long Bea
Trucking News

UPS Freight Workers Ratify Contract

Thomas L. Gallagher |
Workers at the UPS Freight terminal in Indianapolis ratified their first union contract Sunday, Oct.
Trucking News

Freightliner to Change Name

JOC Team |
Freightliner, one of the largest manufacturers of Class 3-8 trucks, will change its corporate name t
Trucking News

Ryder Warns of Low Earnings

JOC Team |
Logistics and freight equipment specialist Ryder System says a faltering shipping economy is cutting
Trucking News

Shippers Attack Port Plan

John Gallagher |
Copyright 2007, Traffic World, Inc.<br><br>The National Industrial Transportation League and the Pac
Trucking News

Old Dominion Expands in Pennsylvania

JOC Team |
Copyright 2007, Traffic World, Inc.<br><br>Old Dominion Freight Line''s strategy to grow market shar
Trucking News

Rails Say STB Gets ''Radical''

John D. Boyd |
Copyright 2007, Traffic World, Inc.<br><br>The railroad industry, facing crunch time with federal re
Rail News

Hub Makes Second Attempt at Drayage

JOC Team |
Copyright 2007, Traffic World, Inc.<br><br>Hub Group, one of the largest intermodal marketing firms,
Rail News

Rail Traffic Improves Slightly

John D. Boyd |
September rail freight traffic appeared to show signs of improvement, with a slowing of the declines
Rail News

CP Closes on DM&E Deal

John D. Boyd |
Now it's official. Unless the U.S. Surface Transportation Board steps in to change things, the big r
Rail News

NMFTA Drops Antitrust Appeal

John Gallagher |
The National Motor Freight Traffic Association withdrew its appeal of the Surface Transportation Boa
Trucking News

Kohl Departing from Knight

JOC Team |
Tim Kohl will leave his post as president of Knight Transportation under what the truckload carrier
Trucking News

Intermodal Rates Increase

Bill Mongelluzzo |
Intermodal rail rates have increased dramatically the past two years and will continue to do so as r
Rail News

NS Expands Intermodal

Joseph Bonney |
Growth in international shipments through East Coast ports is showing up in Norfolk Southern Railway
Rail News

UPS Freight, Teamsters Reach Agreement

John Gallagher |
UPS Freight and the Teamsters union reached a tentative agreement for 125 drivers and dockworkers in
Trucking News

Oil Prices Fall Again

JOC Team |
The Department of Energy reported an unexpected increase in crude oil inventories, causing oil price
Trucking News

Virginia Gets Clean Truck Program

Joseph Bonney |
An Environmental Protection Agency program to enable truckers to obtain low-cost loans to purchase t
Trucking News

Zollars: UPS Contract Benefits YRC

JOC Team |
It's not intentional, but if UPS withdraws from the Central States Pension Plan it will be doing the
Trucking News

'Dear Chairman'

John D. Boyd |
When Surface Transportation Board Chairman Charles D. Nottingham asked rail CEOs to update him on pe
Rail News

Shippers Driving Truckload

John Gallagher |
Copyright 2007, Traffic World, Inc.<br><br>Truckload carriers are bracing for a colder-than-average
Trucking News

LTL Woes Weigh on FedEx

John Gallagher |
Copyright 2007, Traffic World, Inc.<br><br>The country''s largest LTL carrier is feeling the sting f
Trucking News

YRC Names ex-DHL, FedEx exec Lovetro COO

JOC Team |
Copyright 2007, Traffic World, Inc.<br><br>YRC Regional Transportation named former top FedEx Freigh
Trucking News

''Dear Chairman''

John D. Boyd |
Copyright 2007, Traffic World, Inc.<br><br>When Surface Transportation Board Chairman Charles D. Not
Rail News

KCS Settles Dispute

John D. Boyd |
Copyright 2007, Traffic World, Inc.<br><br>Kansas City Southern Railway will pay a Mexican company $
Rail News

CN Takes Chicago

JOC Team |
Copyright 2007, Traffic World, Inc.<br><br>In a move that will sharply improve transit times for Can
Rail News

STB Chief Names Energy Advisory Panel

JOC Team |
Copyright 2007, Traffic World, Inc.<br><br>Rail regulators will get a lot of help sorting through en
Rail News