Women in Trucking President, Ellen Voie, met recently with US Secretary of Transportation, Ray LaHood, and FMCSA Administrator, Anne Ferro. The discussions focused on the challenges facing women in the transportation industry and how to address those needs.
The cuts in jobs from mid-December to mid-January mark the first back-to-back monthly declines since the recession. This comes after a strong year and strong outlook for the rail industry.
The price per gallon of diesel fuel is up another 3.9 cents this week, marking the 12th consecutive week of increases. The turmoil in Libya is having major effects on this pricing.
The FMCSA has put together a three-part strategy to improve truck safety and decrease accidents, injuries and fatalities in the industry. These strategies include the CSA program, hours of service reform and electronic logging.
Another state, Rhode Island, has come forward to request the high-speed rail funding that was refused by Florida Gov. Rick Scott last week.
The consumer confidence index from The Conference Board jumped up to 70.4, an increase from 64.8 in January. This comes with concern about jobs, but overall the optimism is high for steady improvement in the economy.
– Ben Dundas, Web Analyst