TRANSPORT BRIEFS

TRANSPORT BRIEFS

FREUHAUF PURCHASES

ARGENTINE TRAILER FIRM

INDIANAPOLIS - Fruehauf Trailer Corp. said Tuesday it acquired Automotores El Triangulo SA, an Argentine manufacturer of truck trailers, for undisclosed terms.

Fruehauf, one of the nation's largest truck trailer makers, said it formed a new unit, Fruehauf Argentina SA, for the purpose of acquiring the Argentine firm.

It said the new company will make Fruehauf-designed trailers under the Fruehauf trade name.

"The El Triangulo transaction represents an important step in the South America theater as part of our international strategy," said Fruehauf President Thomas Roller.

BUTTER LEADS TO JAM

ON GERMAN HIGHWAY

MUNICH, Germany - A southern German highway became a fattening mess Tuesday when a truck loaded with butter hit a maintenance vehicle and overturned, spilling its cargo across the road and backing up traffic more than eight miles.

Police say crews used high-pressure hoses to clear the sticky spread from the highway near Allershausen, between Munich and Nuremberg.

RPS EXECUTIVE TO SPEAK

AT TRANSPORT LUNCHEON

WASHINGTON - Bram Johnson, vice president for marketing, Roadway Package System, will be the speaker at the Transportation Table luncheon Friday at the National Press Club.

He will discuss "How Competition is Changing the Package Delivery Marketplace." The twice-monthly event, which has a press conference format, is sponsored by The Journal of Commerce and Traffic World magazine.

For reservations, call India Jackson at The Journal of Commerce (202) 383-6100.

VIRGIN ISLANDS TO GET

FUNDS FOR ROAD DAMAGE

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Virgin Islands is getting $1 million from the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Transportation Department to help repair federal-aid highways damaged in the wake of Hurricane Marilyn and ensuing floods this week.

The federal aid system covers 40 percent of the roads in the Virgin Islands. Because the area has been declared a federal disaster area, FHWA will provide 100 percent reimbursement of the total repair costs to the highways for 180 days following the disaster.

COLOMBIAN AIRPORT FAILS

TO MEET GLOBAL RULES

WASHINGTON - Eldorado International Airport in Bogota, Colombia, has failed to meet international security standards, Transportation Secretary Federico Pena said.

Mr. Pena has directed that all carriers issuing tickets for travel between the United States and Bogota notify passengers that the airport is in noncompliance with the International Civil Aviation Organization's established security standards.

Federal Aviation Administration personnel are being sent to Bogota to help airport authorities correct the deficiencies, which the Transportation Department did not enumerate.

PASSENGER ENPLANEMENTS

DECREASED IN AUGUST

WASHINGTON - Revenue passenger miles flown by U.S. airlines in August increased by 1.9 percent over the same month in 1994, while total passenger enplanements actually decreased by 1.3 percent in the same period, according to the Air Transport Association.

Carol Boyd Hallett, president of the association, called those statistics disappointing, noting that summer traffic numbers are a long way off from the 6 percent to 8 percent increase in the first quarter of 1995. She said airlines are hoping that traffic growth will pick up again this fall.

TWA TO ADD A RUN

TO SANTO DOMINGO

NEW YORK - Trans World Airlines announced Tuesday new round-trip nonstop service between New York and Santo Domingo, starting Dec. 1.

The carrier, which recently emerged from Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, said the new route was part of the airline's continuing effort to become more productive in the use of assets and boost revenue opportunities.