Daily Transportation and Logistics News – Apr. 1, 2011

Traffic Deaths Drop 3 Percent in 2010

According to the Department of Transportation, the nationwide traffic fatality rate has hit the lowest level since 1949. This comes off of a year where Americans drove more than previous years, which helped account for the 1.09 fatalities per 100 million vehicle miles traveled.

AAR reports steady continued volume growth for week ending March 26

For the week ending March 26, rail carload and intermodal volumes were both up again, leading to an annual increase of 1.9 percent. This comes from data from the Association of American Railroads.

Trucking Scrambles to Add Jobs in March

Following the surge in February of hiring in the transportation industry, March had a modest 1600 jobs added in the trucking sector. This was about 15 percent lower than February’s number.

TransCore reports a near 40 percent gain in spot market van rates

Data released by TransCore shows that trucking spot market saw modest gains for the week ending March 24. Linehaul rates for vans on the spot market were up 38 percent, including a large jump in outbound lanes from Atlanta and Orlando.

CVSA: Cutting Funding Will Weaken Commercial Vehicle Enforcement

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance has issued a statement warning a Congressional committee that funding commercial motor vehicle safety programs at lower than current levels would weaken state enforcement efforts. This could possibly cause truck-related injuries and deaths to tick upwards.

Future surface transportation reauthorization is focus of House hearing

A two-day hearing hosted by the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee’s Subcommittee on Highways and Transit will focus on the pending reauthorization of the surface transportation program. Leaders from many transportation organizations were in attendance, including members from the American Trucking Associations and America Association of Port Authorities.

– Ben Dundas, Web Analyst