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Daily Transportation and Logistics News – Feb. 4, 2011

rail freight | intermodal freight | intermodal servicesDOT Issues Strong Intermodal Rail Endorsement

The Department of Transportation has sent a strong endorsement in favor of allowing rail and intermodal services to be able to regulate themselves. The STB proposal is attempting to give themselves regulatory power over all of this type of cargo.

Rails Seek Delay of STB Competition Hearing

The Surface Transportation Board (STB) is being asked by the railroad industry to delay their May 3 hearing on the new proposals for tighter regulations.

TSA looks to bump up air cargo screening deadline

The previous deadline of 2013 for the air cargo screening deadline seems too far away for the Transportation Security Administration, who is hoping to move the deadline up to the end of the year.

Suez Canal Stays Open, Ports Congested

With the violence in Cairo escalating, many of the surrounding ports are becoming congested. This comes with the closing of Egypt’s ports, while the rest of the Suez Canal remains open.

Mica Announces Transportation Bill Field Hearings, Public Forums

John Mica, House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman, is staying true to his promises and has announced the locations for public forums to discuss the pending major surface transportation bill.

All systems stop in nation’s rail, truck hub

A large indicator of how bad the storm truly hit the US was the stoppage of all service through the Chicago terminals, the nation’s capital for the transportation of goods.

– Ben Dundas, Web Analyst

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Daily Transportation and Logistics News – Feb. 3, 2011

stb reauthorization | stb legislation | rail shippersSTB reauthorization legislation is back on the table

A few key points in the STB reauthorization legislation are raising the number of STB board members, giving the STB investigative authority, protecting rail shippers’ rates, creating strong service for rail shippers, preventing rail carriers on collaborating on rates and improving access to shipper relief. While this bill would be great for rail shippers in many aspects, the effects on rail carriers could be felt in pricing long-term.

Florida Republican John Mica could be a key ally on high-speed rail

With President Obama’s call for more infrastructure investment, a strong ally from the Republican side has developed in John Mica, House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman. Mica presents the possibility of garnering more private investments from businesses and organizations that could be positively affected by the rail plans.

Winter Storms Disrupt Trucking, Rail Traffic

With one of the largest winter storms ever to hit the US leaving trucks stranded along the US highways, transportation and business operations for much of the US have been delayed or put on hold. One of the top LTL carriers has had 850 loads cancelled by shippers due to the winter storms.

FTR data points to improving trucking market conditions

With the recent edition of the Trucking Update by FTR Associates, their Trucking Conditions Index is showing signs that it may be ahead of the curve with the improving economy. The increased vehicle utilization and solid pricing power for carriers over the next few years could show a continued increase in this index.

TransCore Truckload Trendlines: Flatbeds Up, Reefers and Dry Vans Stable

TransCore’s DAT Network of load boards showed a nationwide increase in freight availability for flatbeds, while availability for reefers and dry vans remained stable.

– Ben Dundas, Web Analyst

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