Daily Transportation and Logistics News – Mar. 23, 2011

National Export Initiative to Partner with Ports

The Commerce Department and the American Association of Port Authorities have combined forces to encourage small and medium sized businesses to increase exports. The new program will allow ports to work with the National Export Initiative (NEI) to improve and expand their export promotional activities.

American Trucking Associations: Truck tonnages dip in February but trend is up

The ATA’s advance For-Hire Truck Tonnage Index showed a decrease of 2.9 percent in February over January. This was most likely due to winter storms during the month. The tonnage was still up 4.2 percent year-over-year.

Rail and intermodal growth to be addressed at upcoming NARS conference

At the 2011 North American Rail Shipping annual meeting in San Francisco, many railroad and shipping experts are slated to predict their industry’s future. This year’s theme for the conference is “Forecasts for the Future: What the Experts are Saying.”

FHWA Launches New Bridge Safety Initiative

US Transportation Secretary, Ray LaHood announced a new initiative that will allow the Federal Highway Administration to more closely monitor how states are performing their bridge inspections and maintenance.

NRCC targets Rahall with TV ads

The National Republican Congressional Committee is airing television ads attacking Dem. Representative Nick Rahall on gas prices.

– Ben Dundas, Web Analyst