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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

DOJ Extends Review of Foster-Portec Deal

John D. Boyd |
The Department of Justice&rsquo;s antitrust division made a second formal request for information and materials in the planned acquisition by rail supplier L.B. Foster of Portec Rail Products.<br />
Rail News

Arrow Trucking Owes Nearly $100 Million

William B. Cassidy |
Bankrupt flatbed carrier Arrow Trucking owes creditors nearly $100 million and has assets of only $8.5 million, documents filed in U.S. bankruptcy court in Oklahoma show.<br /> <br />
Trucking News

Geodis Seeks to Buy European Carriers

Joseph Bonney |
Logistics provider Geodis said it is in talks to acquire the northern and southern European divisions of Giraud, the European road transport company, and hopes to win regulatory approval for the deal
Transport, Trade, and Regulation NewsLTL

Diesel Price Climbs Fifth Straight Week

Thomas L. Gallagher |
The national average price of diesel fuel in the United States climbed for the fifth consecutive week to its highest level in 17 months, increasing 2.2 cents last week to $2.946 a gallon, the U.S.
Trucking News

Navistar International Profit Plunges 64.6 Percent

William B. Cassidy |
Heavy truck maker Navistar International saw its profit plunge 64.6 percent to $17 million in its most recent quarter, as sales dropped 5.4 percent to $2.8 billion.<br /> <br />
Trucking News

Arbitrator Sets CN Wage Hikes

John D. Boyd |
Unionized locomotive engineers at Canadian National Railway will get an initial wage hike of 1.8 percent under a federal arbitrator's ruling setting wages and&nbsp;other terms for a three-year labor c
Rail NewsNorth-American rail

Flatbed Trucker C. Bean Transport Shut Down

William B. Cassidy |
C. Bean Transport, a flatbed and truckload carrier, closed its trucking operations last week and filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.
Trucking News

Greatwide Looks to Broaden Business

William B. Cassidy |
The food industry teaches logistics executives unique business lessons. For instance, you shouldn&rsquo;t let cows&rsquo; udders drag in the snow.<br /> <br />
Trucking News

A Taxing Debate

John D. Boyd |
Congress appears on track to renew a tax break for rail repairs by short-line railroads, but first must sort through issues of &ldquo;black liquor&rdquo; and &ldquo;carried interest.&rdquo; <br />
Transport, Trade, and Regulation NewsRail News

NY-NJ’s ‘First Step’ on Trucks

Joseph Bonney |
New York-New Jersey port officials say persuading diverse labor, environmentalist and employer groups to unite behind a clean-trucks program was like herding cats.<br /> <br />
MaritimeTrucking NewsTransport, Trade, and Regulation News

Rails Sprouting Growth

John D. Boyd |
Executives from major North American railroads are clearly feeling better these days about traffic and pricing trends.<br /> <br />
Rail News

Motor Carriers Increase Spending on Driver Recruiting

William B. Cassidy |
An increase in trucking company advertising underscores how quickly demand for truck drivers is growing, says a transportation advertising executive.<br /> <br />
Trucking NewsLTL

ABF, Teamsters Ready to Talk

William B. Cassidy |
The Teamsters union is considering whether what was good for YRC Worldwide would be good for one of that trucking company&rsquo;s largest competitors, ABF Freight System.<br /> <br />
Trucking NewsTrucking labor

Flatbed Carrier Doubles Driver Referral Bonus

William B. Cassidy |
CRST Malone is doubling the referral bonus it pays drivers who bring other drivers to the flatbed carrier.
Trucking News

U.S. Rails See More Traffic in March

John D. Boyd |
The largest U.S. railroads pushed their volume up another notch in the week ending March 13, as steady factory activity combined with demand for construction materials.<br /> <br />
Rail NewsNorth-American rail

Rails Fire Back at Chlorine Shippers on Technology

John D. Boyd |
The Association of American Railroads quickly pushed back Thursday against the Chlorine Institute after the chemical shippers&rsquo; group urged regulators to fix a &ldquo;faulty&rdquo; study over the
Rail NewsNorth-American rail

Biden Says 10,000 Stimulus Projects Aiding Transport

John D. Boyd |
The stimulus law is currently supporting 10,000 active transportation construction projects, and will further ramp up this spring, said Vice President Joseph Biden.<br /> <br />
Transport, Trade, and Regulation NewsTrucking News

FedEx Freight Loss Leaps 81 Percent

William B. Cassidy |
FedEx Freight&rsquo;s losses nearly doubled in the quarter ending Feb. 28, despite a surge in revenue and shipments in the three-month period.
Trucking NewsLTL

Short Line Volume Edges Higher

John D. Boyd |
Recovery is spreading solidly among North America&rsquo;s regional and short line railroads, as the latest RMI RailConnect index shows week-to-week traffic mildly higher for the second week of March b
Rail News

Heavy Truck Orders Climb 20 Percent

William B. Cassidy |
Heavy truck sales rose sharply in February, with net orders climbing 20 percent both from January 2010 and February 2009, ACT Research said today.<br /> <br />
Trucking News

YRC Regional Group Loses $126.7 Million

William B. Cassidy |
YRC Worldwide&rsquo;s regional group of carriers reduced its losses 14.2 percent to $126.7 million in 2009 but saw its operating ratio rise 2.1 percentage points as revenue dropped.<br /> <br />
Trucking NewsLTL

YRC, Teamsters Work on Concession Holdouts

William B. Cassidy |
As the Teamsters mull concession talks with ABF Freight System, YRC Worldwide is still trying to get some members to accept concessions approved last year.<br /> <br />
Trucking NewsLTLTrucking labor

YRC Glen Moore Reduces Losses

William B. Cassidy |
YRC Worldwide's truckload and expedited subsidiary, YRC Glen Moore, narrowed its losses by 25 percent in 2009, reporting an operating loss of $8.7 million.<br /> <br />
Trucking NewsLTL

Thune Wants STB to Handle All Competition Issues

John D. Boyd |
Sen.
Rail News

YRC Reports $622 Million 2009 Loss

William B. Cassidy |
YRC Worldwide had a net loss of $622 million last year on $5.3 billion in revenue, the company said yesterday in its 10-K annual report.<br /> <br />
Trucking NewsLTL

Fuel-based Economic Index Slips in February

William B. Cassidy |
Severe winter storms froze the economic recovery in February, driving the Ceridian-UCLA Pulse of Commerce Index down 0.7 percent.
Trucking News

Traffic Climbs 10 Percent, YRC Says

William B. Cassidy |
YRC Worldwide is reporting a 10 percent increase in shipments this month over February, with total shipments per day rising at its regional and national carriers.<br /> <br />
Trucking NewsLTL

Shippers Seek New Analysis of Rail Technology

John D. Boyd |
The Chlorine Institute, fearing freight railroads could pass along potentially large costs for new crash-avoidance technology to shippers, is asking the Federal Railroad Administration to fix what it
Rail NewsTransport, Trade, and Regulation News

More Truckload Owners Looking to Sell

William B. Cassidy |
The owners of one in four truckload carriers say they may sell their company and leave the industry over the next 18 months, according to a survey by Transport Capital Partners.<br /> <br />
Trucking News

Truck Repo Rate Drops 55 Percent

William B. Cassidy |
The number of trucks repossessed by creditors or reclaimed by them in liquidations dropped 55 percent year-over-year in the fourth quarter of 2009, says Nassau Asset Management.<br /> <br />
Trucking News

Diesel Price Climbs for Fourth Week

Thomas L. Gallagher |
The upward trend in diesel prices moved into its fourth consecutive week but weakened its impact in the week ending March 15, according to data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration.
Trucking News

Teamsters Considering ABF Freight Concession Talks

William B. Cassidy |
The Teamsters union said Monday it is considering launching&nbsp;formal talks with ABF Freight System to renegotiating the less-than-truckload carrier's&nbsp;contract<br /> <br />
Trucking NewsLTLTrucking labor

Portec Rail Products Profit Falls 4.8 Percent

John D. Boyd |
Portec Rail Products, whose offerings range from track spikes to data management, saw fourth-quarter earnings fall 4.8 percent from a year earlier to $1.44 million.<br /> <br />
Rail News

Software Firm Says Truck Industry Sales Growing

William B. Cassidy |
Trucking supplier TMW Systems says motor carriers are stepping up their purchasing of new software or upgraded technology, suggesting an economic recovery is taking hold in the industry. <br />
Trucking News

Wabtec Buys Train Signals Firm Xorail

John D. Boyd |
Rail equipment supplier Wabtec bought the signal engineering and design services firm Xorail for $40 million in cash, equal to about one year&rsquo;s worth of Xorail sales.<br /> <br />
Rail NewsNorth-American rail

NY-NJ to Ban Old Trucks

Joseph Bonney |
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey will ban the oldest drayage trucks from its terminals next Jan. 1 but won&rsquo;t force owner-operator drivers to become company employees.<br />
Port NewsTrucking News

LTL’s Rapid Downsizing

William B. Cassidy |
The recession pummeled less-than-truckload carriers in 2009 without regard to size, driving revenue down at a double-digit rate at all of the top 25 LTL trucking companies.<br /> <br />
Trucking NewsLTL

Shippers Push for Rail Law

John D. Boyd |
Thirteen shipper groups, hoping the Senate will keep a rail competition bill alive in the face of sharp criticism by top carriers, told lawmakers they want to see it through.<br /> <br />
Transport, Trade, and Regulation NewsRail News

J.B. Hunt Taps Duncan

William B. Cassidy |
At first glance, the former president and CEO of FedEx Freight might seem an anomaly on the board of J.B. Hunt Transport Services.FedEx Freight and J.B.
Trucking 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