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

Court Stays HOS decision

JOC Team |
The Department of Transportation has until Dec. 27 to revise its truck driver hours of service regul
Trucking News

LTL Woes Weigh on FedEx

John Gallagher |
The country's largest LTL carrier is feeling the sting from a freight economy that is skidding down
Trucking News

KCS Settles Dispute

John D. Boyd |
Kansas City Southern Railway will pay a Mexican company $54.1 million to settle a dispute over KCS's
Rail News

FFEX Marketing Head Leaves

Thomas L. Gallagher |
Bill Webb resigned his post as senior vice president for marketing operations and stakeholder value
Trucking News

Shippers Slam Calif. Port Plan

John Gallagher |
The National Industrial Transportation League and the Pacific Merchant Shipping Association lambaste
Trucking News

Rail Traffic Improves

Thomas L. Gallagher |
Freight traffic on U.S. railroads increased in week 38, compared with a year ago, the Association of
Rail News

CN to Acquire Chicago Area Line

Thomas L. Gallagher |
CN will acquire the major portion of the Elgin, Joliet and Eastern Railway Company from United State
Rail News

U.S. Xpress Stays Neutral on Offer

Thomas L. Gallagher |
The U.S. Xpress board's special committee is staying neutral on the question of accepting a tender o
Trucking News

S&P Raises KCS Rating

JOC Team |
Standard & Poor's on Tuesday raised its corporate credit rating on Kansas City Southern from B t
Rail News

Truck Tonnage Falls

JOC Team |
The American Trucking Associations' for-hire truck tonnage index fell 0.8 percent from July to Augus
Trucking News

Pacer Names Coates Director

JOC Team |
Pacer International added J. Douglass Coates, a veteran transport and logistics executive in positio
Rail News

Velocity Signs First Franchisee

Thomas L. Gallagher |
Elite Expediting Corporation of Columbus, Ohio, this week became the first Velocity Express franchis
Trucking News

Nissan Steadies Volvo Sales

Thomas L. Gallagher |
Volvo Group continued its lower production trend through August, delivering 135,781 trucks through i
Trucking News

Diesel Tops $3

Thomas L. Gallagher |
Diesel this week followed record jumps in crude oil prices to the highest level since October 2005.
Trucking News

Driving Through Change

John Gallagher |
"We are not a trucker anymore."<br><br>That proclamation from Kirk Thompson, president and CEO of J.
Trucking News

Redrawing Intermodal's Map

John D. Boyd |
When a new high-volume Pacific coast container terminal opened this month at Prince Rupert, far nort
Rail News

Counting the hours

BY ARI NATTER |
Changes to federal hours-of-service rules for truck drivers are on hold for now, thanks to court fil
Trucking News

A Drive for Seats

John Gallagher |
Copyright 2007, Traffic World, Inc.<br><br>Take all the ingredients of the U.S. truck driver shortag
Trucking News

Roadrunner Extends Reach

John Gallagher |
Copyright 2007, Traffic World, Inc.<br><br>Roadrunner Dawes Freight Systems is banking on a smooth t
Trucking News

Slowdown Softens Driver Turnover

JOC Team |
Copyright 2007, Traffic World, Inc.<br><br>The sluggish freight economy apparently isn''t entirely b
Trucking News

NMFTA Upgrades Pricing Software

JOC Team |
Copyright 2007, Traffic World, Inc.<br><br>The National Motor Freight Traffic Association launched t
Trucking News

Redrawing Intermodal''s Map

John D. Boyd |
Copyright 2007, Traffic World, Inc.<br><br>When a new high-volume Pacific coast container terminal o
Rail News

Extra Rounds on Rates

JOC Team |
Copyright 2007, Traffic World, Inc.<br><br>Shippers and railroads can both claim new victories in th
Rail News

Rail''s $6.4 Billion Question

JOC Team |
Copyright 2007, Traffic World, Inc.<br><br>The shipper group Consumers United for Rail Equity and th
Rail News

IRB Says BLET Chief Embezzled Funds

JOC Team |
Copyright 2007, Traffic World, Inc.<br><br>A high-level independent review board that monitors the I
Rail News

STB Awards Competition Study

JOC Team |
Copyright 2007, Traffic World, Inc.<br><br>A year after the Government Accountability Office urged t
Rail News

Freight Sputters

John D. Boyd |
Copyright 2007, Traffic World, Inc.<br><br>The rail freight sector''s chances of rebounding this yea
Rail News

Shipper Study Hits $6.4B in Charges

JOC Team |
The shipper group Consumers United for Rail Equity and the American Chemistry Council said a study t
Rail News

NMFTA Upgrades Pricing Software

JOC Team |
The National Motor Freight Traffic Association launched the second version of its ClassIT pricing so
Trucking News

HOS Violation Gets Serious

JOC Team |
Dispatchers for a Pennsylvania trucking company where a driver was involved in a fatal accident afte
Trucking News

AAR Study Highlights Investment Need

Thomas L. Gallagher |
The Association of American Railroads commissioned a study that supports the investment of $148 bill
Rail News

Rail Traffic Dips Slightly

Thomas L. Gallagher |
Total U.S. rail traffic was down only 0.8 percent last week in comparison with a record week a year
Rail News

FedEx Ground Offers Contractor Incentives

Thomas L. Gallagher |
FedEx Ground is investing in a nationwide program which provides greater incentives to contractors w
Trucking News

Dynamex Profit Surges

Thomas L. Gallagher |
Dynamex profit surged 24 percent to $4.1 million in its fourth fiscal quarter. Acquisitions and nine
Trucking News

Knight Cuts Earnings Estimates

John Gallagher |
Knight Transportation warned shareholders that earnings would fall below expectations in the third q
Trucking News

BLET Chief Accused of Embezzlement

John D. Boyd |
A high-level independent review board that monitors the Teamsters union has recommended that Preside
Rail News

YRC Names Lovetro COO

John Gallagher |
YRC Regional Transportation named former top FedEx Freight executive Keith Lovetro senior vice presi
Trucking News

Dart Network 3PL Re-Brands

Thomas L. Gallagher |
Advantage Transportation began on Sept. 14 doing business as Dart Advantage Logistics. The Eagan, Mi
Trucking News

Pacer Names Director

Thomas L. Gallagher |
Pacer International appointed J. Douglass Coates to its board of directors. <br><br>Coates is a prin
Rail News

TransForce Buys Courier

JOC Team |
TransForce Income Fund signed a definitive agreement to buy Century II Holdings. <br><br>The Canadia
Trucking News