Former Chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, James Oberstar, spoke at this week’s NASSTRAC Logistics Conference about the role of transportation infrastructure in fostering economic growth and success in the US.
During a panel at the NASSTRC Logistics Conference, many carrier executives discussed managing multiple obstacles in the industry and re-growing networks to get back to full strength. These obstacles include government regulations, managing capacity, increasing fuel costs and shipper-carrier relationships and collaboration.
With many politicians and leaders fighting against reducing gas prices and the gas tax, The Infrastructurist compares US gas prices to other countries. There is also an interesting chart of costs per gallon for goods used daily.
The New York Times resolutely defended high-speed rail in an editorial yesterday, characterizing the elimination of remaining funds for the program this year as “harebrained.”
ACT Research has confirmed that net orders of Class 8 trucks jumped almost 20 percent in March, bringing the levels to the highest since December of 2006. This means a production backlog of over 100,000 units at the end of March.
North America’s small and regional railroads have seen a surge in traffic thus far in 2011, with volume up 9 percent overall. Chemical shipping rose 11.5%, while grain shipping rose 9%, construction based materials rose 15%, metal shipping rose 10% and coal rose 4%.
– Ben Dundas, Web Analyst