Daily Transportation and Logistics News – Feb. 23, 2011

women in trucking | transportation industry | equal rightsWIT Meets with U.S. Transportation Officials

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.

US Rail Lines Cut Jobs in January

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.

Diesel Prices Surge as Oil Nears $100

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.

FMCSA’s Ferro Defines Broad Safety Strategy

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.

RI’s US senators request FL high speed rail funds

Another state, Rhode Island, has come forward to request the high-speed rail funding that was refused by Florida Gov. Rick Scott last week.

Consumer Confidence Hits Three-Year High

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