Daily Transportation and Logistics News – July 12, 2011

Women in Trucking Helps Create Forums to Recruit Women in Transportation Careers

Thanks in part to efforts by the Women in Trucking Association, two online dialogues will be held focusing on recruitment of women for blue-collar transportation jobs.

Obama Presses Infrastructure Amid Debt Talks

President Obama is keeping his message about improving the nation’s transportation infrastructure front-and-center, using debate on the federal budget deficit to say a debt deal with Congress could clear the way for new investments.

Port Tracker report calls for flat summer growth followed by upturn in the fall

In what has become a modest trend, import cargo volumes at major United States-based container ports are expected to remain at the same levels they were at a year ago this summer, with subsequent increases in the fall, according to the monthly Port Tracker report by the National Retail Federation (NRF) and Hackett Associates.

Schneider National Adding 300 Drivers

While many have concerns that the freight shipping economy may slow, one of the largest truckload carriers in the US is looking to add 300 truck drivers in Texas, Oklahoma and New Mexico. These drivers are being hired in its dedicated and bulk divisions to serve the region’s booming oil business.

Railcar Owners Pull More Units Out of Storage in June

In another good sign that the industry is improving, owners of parked railcars across North America pulled 2,847 units out of storage in June, nearly reversing the number of units they idled during May.

Debt-ceiling talks hit brick wall as President Obama, GOP trade jabs

President Obama and GOP leaders traded accusations Monday over who was to blame as talks to raise the nation’s $14.3 trillion debt ceiling stalled over the size and scope of the package.

Mica: Dem attacks on highway bill proposal are ‘disappointing’

The Republican chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee chided Democrats for criticizing his proposal for a new surface transportation bill Monday, saying it was too important for partisan attacks.

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