Daily Transportation and Logistics News – Mar. 10, 2011

Lawmaker: No more highway bill extensions after this one

John Mica, Chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, spoke recently on the extension of the bill to fund highways and public transportation through September. His main focus was that this extension will be the last short-term fix and a long-term highway bill should be presented and passed by the expiration of the new extension.

FMCSA to Take Truckers Off ‘Alert’

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has come to a settlement with three trucking groups and agreed to stop using the term “Alert” to describe trucking company scores that break thresholds in CSA safety categories.

Are oil and gas prices making you green?

Jeff Berman of Logistics Management provides some great opinions and asks some great questions about the topic of sustainability in the current fuel situation for the industry. “It does not matter how you move it, because it all runs on fuel.”

Shippers Wait and See on Panama Expansion Impact

The West Coast of the US currently handles 93 percent of Asian imports, leaving shippers using a wait and see approach to whether the extension of the Panama Canal will make them seriously consider using the East Coast ports for Asian imports.

Ceridian-UCLA Pulse of Commerce Index is down 1.5 percent in February

BTS Freight Transportation Services Index up 0.9 percent in January

AAR reports annual increases in February 2011 volumes

– Ben Dundas, Web Analyst