Archive for August, 2010

Hybrid Heavy Haul Trucks on the Way

Tuesday, August 31st, 2010

Heavy haul professionals in the United States anticipating the arrival of a hybrid long haul freight shipping truck with the features and ability to allow Americas’ trucking firms to efficiently, reliably and cost-effectively shift to using hybrid transport trucks in their freight shipping duties probably only have a months or possibly years to wait. The present technology is evolving at a geometric rate according to some professionals and at the present rate of development it might be only a few years before we see hybrid transport trucks take over the job of moving freight on the transport roads of the United States of America in the century of the environment.

The growth of incentives provided to heavy-duty truck manufacturers designing a generation of hybrid trucks and trucking companies that want to make the shift to hybrid transport trucks has been increasing of late also and this is certainly going to provide the shift to hybrid long haul freight trucks with momentum in the short term. The growth in hybrid freight trucks on the transport roads of America is going to have to be fueled by the benefits that will be provided by the new technologies as well though and this is going to have to translate into lower maintenance and fuel costs and a reduced carbon wheel-print for the freight shipping industry of the United States of America as it travels further down the road into the century of the environment, if the shift is going to continue to gain momentum.

Hybrid transport trucks could in fact prove to have benefits that many in the trucking industry might not have focused in on yet, such as better cost stability during a time when fuel prices have been rather chaotic, increased investment by governments in new technologies and their implementation in the trucking industry, and other benefits associated with using hybrid transport trucks that can offer an attractive option for a trucking company in America.

Long Haul Professionals Protecting Animals

Monday, August 30th, 2010

Long haul professionals that need to conduct heavy haul freight trucking services along a 30-mile stretch of Highway 191 in the state of Utah that’s known to be on the migration route of wildlife in the area are taking part in an experiment designed to reduce the number of deer that are being struck by vehicles along this stretch of Highway 191 in Utah. The Utah Department of Transportation has started a pilot program along this stretch of transport road in Utah designed to test the usefulness of DeerDeter, a deer-vehicle collision prevention system designed by Jafa Technologies and Austrian-based IPTE.

Plans at this stage of the project included the deployment of 100 of these deer-vehicle collision prevention units along a 1.5-mile stretch of the route in question that according to sources has experienced a number of collisions between deers and vehicles in the past. These units are apparently activated by the approaching headlights of vehicles and set off sounds and a stroke light that according to the designers represents movements to deers nearby. Hopefully preventing the deer from continuing across the road as they stop by the side of the road to examine the sound and strobe light caused by the approaching vehicle. The designers indicate that because these units are only activated by an approaching vehicle, they shouldn’t stop deer from crossing the highway, when no vehicles are approaching, and these units can even be programmed with different sounds in case the deer become use to the sounds being used.

The first reports coming from the Utah Department of Transportation are pretty good, with no reported carcasses of deer found along the stretch of highway in question, since the units were first put in place in early May. The Utah Department of Transportation has been pretty quiet about this, other than providing the statistics collected, so far, and they appear to be playing it safe and haven’t at this time announced any conclusions based on the results of this experiment.

Opening of new LNG fueling station

Friday, August 27th, 2010

Freight trucking professionals conducting long haul freight shipping services on the transport roads and highways of the United States of America interested in the latest news on the use of liquefied natural gas and compressed natual gas in the transport industry of America will want to stop by 5926 Sheila Street in the City of Commerce, California on Thursday this week. On this day the City of Commerce will be holding a ribbon ceremony to mark the opening of a new liquefied natural gas and compressed natural gas fueling station that will be managed and operated by Clean Energy. This facility is slated to provide LNG and CNG fueling for the City of Commerce’s transport fleet and other vehicles that can operate on LNG or CNG that are used in the region.

This is a great chance for heavy haul professionals of the United States interested in the growth of the use of LNG and CNG fuels in the transport industry of America to have a look at a facility that’s likely to become more and more familiar to freight shipping professionals in the United States of America in the years ahead in the century of the environment. It’s also something you can tell other trucking professionals that work at your trucking company about and an opportunity to meet other transport professionals interested in the growth of the use of LNG and CNG in the transport industry of the United States of America.

Sources surrounding this event indicate that there will also be a number of important speakers on hand that will interest Americans, like the City of Commerce Mayor Tina Baca Del Rio; the current director for the City of Commerce Transportation Department, Ray Tellis; and Federal Transit Administration team leader Samara Emmersen. Drop by on Thursday and check out the ribbon cutting ceremony, have a listen to what the speakers have to say and check out the new liquefied natural gas and compressed natural gas fueling station. There will certainly be other trucking professionals on hand to talk to and you’ll get to have a look at one picture of the future of transport in America in the years ahead in the century of the environment.

Essential Freight Trucking Bridge Repairs

Thursday, August 26th, 2010

Long haul professionals conducting freight trucking services on the roads of the United States that need to use the Scudder Falls Bridge that carries Interstate 95 across the Delaware River will be happy to hear that there are plans in the works to upgrade this important freight shipping route in the days ahead in the century of the environment. Sources around the roro and ltl freight shipping industry indicate that the governors of Pennsylvania and New Jersey are currently proposing a public-private partnership to upgrade the Scudder Falls Bridge that has been classified as “Functionally Obsolete” under the United States Federal Highway Administration’s rating system and has actually received a Current Level Service Grade of F on the rating scale used by highway engineers, according to sources in the Pennsylvania Governor’s Office.

Sources around the freight industry of the United States of America indicate that this project, if it goes forward to completion, would be the first multi-state public-private partnership of this sort to occur in the United States. They also indicate that the designers of this deal hope that the public-private partnership is going to allow this project to be constructed quicker and more efficiently, while allowing the Bridge Commission the time to continue working on ongoing construction and maintenance of work being done on 19 other bridges.

The upgrades are going to be funded by tolling users of the Scudder Falls Bridge, which currently has no tolls, and using the tolls collected to pursue plans to upgrade this 50-year old bridge span to the tune of about $310 million. They expect to start soliciting requests for proposals, next month, which means they appear to be pretty serious about this idea, and freight trucks using the Scudder Falls Bridge could soon be paying a toll.

Foreign Freight Shipping Trucks on the Way?

Wednesday, August 25th, 2010

Long haul professionals conducting heavy haul freight shipping services on the roads of the United States that have been looking at the recent offerings by foreign truck manufactuers like Tata Motors and Mahindra and wondering when you might get a chance to go down to a dealer and test one out might not have as long to wait as you first thought. There are research specialists in the freight trucking industry that believe the time could be right for low-cost truck manufacturers like Tata Motors and Mahindra to find a few in-roads to sellling more trucks in America in the years ahead in the century of the environment, which means you might get a chance to try one of these light and medium-duty transport trucks, sooner than first estimated. Sources also indicate that truck manufacturers in China are probably eyeing the American market at present and Foton of China could be seen more and more in the years in front of the freight industry of the United States of America and that UD Trucks is planning on marketing three new trucks in North America.

The low-cost trucks of companies like Tata Motors and Mahindra haven’t penetrated the freight industry of the United States much, as yet, but if the volume of freight that needs to be transported to destination in the years ahead continues to increase, as all expect, some freight industry professionals believe we might see more companies implementing these low-cost trucks in their trucking operations? We might also see more of these light and medium-duty low-cost trucks implemented in urban centers as firms decide to use more transport vehicles with smaller ranges in their operations, according to some transport professionals close to this affair.

Freight Trucking Having Great Summer

Tuesday, August 24th, 2010

The freight trucking industry of the United States of America is experiencing a summer of increasing freight volumes moving along the long haul roads of America partly as a result of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, according to United States Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood. Mr. LaHood, according to sources around the freight shipping industry of America, was talking to a congressional panel recently about the fact that funds from the American Recovery and Investment Act of 2009 had put an estimated 160,000 Americans to work repairing more than 30,000 miles of roads, highways and bridges in the United States in the past few months. He has also predicted according to sources that the money being invested through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 will continue to put more Americans to work through the summer.

The comments by United States Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood were apparently made to the House Committe on Transportation and Infrastructure, during a hearing to access the current progress being made in building up America’s road and water transportation infrastructure by the funds provided by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. A hearing in which the United States Secretary of Transportation was telling the panel that the money being invested was making a difference and putting Americans to work, while making the transport roads and highways of America safer for all, according to sources.

This is great news for all Americans and especially Americas freight shipping industry, which will certainly benefit from the infrastructure enhancements and improvements being made to the transport roads of the United States of America in 2010. Hopefully, the money being invested through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 continues to put even more Americans to work in the days ahead in the century of the environment, and even more money is invested in the essential task of keeping Americas’ transport roads safe for all to use.

North American Inspectors Championship

Monday, August 23rd, 2010

American long haul professionals that want to strengthen the bonds of trust between heavy haul professionals conducting freight trucking activities on the streets and highways of the United States of America and the certified inspectors of the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) will have an opportunity from August 2-8 in Columbus, Ohio. CVSA-certified inspectors representing 56 jurisdictionis across North America will be competing in the 18th annual North American Inspectors Championship (NAIC) during these days in August, a one week competition, yes, but it could also be an opportunity for American freight shipping professionals on hand to build bonds of trust with the professionals that will be monitoring, evaluating and identifying potentially unsafe driving habits on the roads and streets of America in the months and years ahead in the century of the environment.

This could be an opportunity for trucking professionals in the United States to get a snapshot of the upcoming roadside inspection environment, check out a few forums called to discuss and evaluate any successes that have been achieved of late in the industry, and talk about possible areas of improvement for the future. The North American Inspectors Championship has always been an opportunity for future leaders in the industry to develop, the business of transport to strengthen bonds; and inspectors, states and the trucking industry in America to pull together, according to many transport professionals in America.

Stop by Columbus, Ohio between August 2-8 and show your support for the commercial vehicle inspectors tasked with ensuring the safety of the transport vehicles traveling on the roads of the United States. This could be a chance for the trucking industry of America and the road inspection professionals to enhance a beautiful relationship that will need to grow and strengthen in the years ahead, if the freight industry of America is to continue to improve and grow and travel down the road we desire.

Freight Trucking Professionals Optimistic

Friday, August 20th, 2010

The heavy haul industry of the United States of America is starting to pick up momentum according to many long haul professionals that have been conducting freight trucking activities on the roads and highways of America in the first part of 2010. One of the best ways to measure the pulse of the American trucking industry is to try to perceive the current feeling of the freight shipping professionals of the United States of America using the data and information that can be provided by freight industry surveys that are currently being conducted, which many hope can give us a better view of the road before the trucking industry of the United States in the days ahead in the century of the environment. Surveys like the recently conducted survey by the CK Commercial Vehicle Research, which surveyed small, medium, and large for-hire, private and government fleets operating in excess of 155,000 trailers.

What did the CK Commercial Vehicle Research survey indicate about the current pulse of freight shipping professionals around the United States of America? According to sources the results of this survey indicate that about 68 percent of the companies surveyed were planning on investing in new trailers by the end of 2010. A sign according to many of a general optimism in the trucking industry about the future, especially the next few months, and the need to prepare to take care of increasing volumes of freight that will need to be transported by road in America in the days and weeks ahead in the century of the environment. Great news that will definitely put a smile on the faces of freight industry professionals around the United States and a hop in their step as they head to work tomorrow morning.

Heavy Haul Services in California Catch a Break!

Thursday, August 19th, 2010

Heavy haul professionals conducting freight trucking services in California could be getting a break from the emission standards that will soon be in place for model year 2003 freight shipping refrigeration units, which is set to begin law on December 31, 2010. The California Air Resources Board has apparently been looking at the requirements that will soon be law and are thinking about maybe easing emission standards for model year 2003 freight transport refrigeration units. Great news for freight professionals that operate model year 2003 freight transport refrigeration units in the beautiful state of California and the trucking industry of the United States in general and news that will certainly ease the pressure on some trucking professionals that need to operate on the roads of California.

Why did the California Air Resources Board decide to look at easing the emission standards for model year 2003 transport refrigeration units operating on the transport roads of California at this time? According to sources around the freight industry of America the retrofitted technology needed to do the job of meeting the ELETRU standards are not quite able to do the job required, just yet, but the amendments being proposed could be achieved by installing a readily available Level 2 verified diesel emissions control system.

The amendments will have to be voted on by the board tasked with the job, sometime in November, and if everything goes as plannned we could see the amendments become law sometime in 2011, according to sources around the American freight industry. Until the amendments become law though CARB recomments that operators of model year 2003 engines look at installing a Level 2 verified diesel emissions control system by December 31, 2010, just in case.

New Freight Shipping Lift Trucks

Wednesday, August 18th, 2010

Freight shipping firms looking for a new lift truck to help lift customers freight into heavy haul freight trucking units about to head out onto the roads of the United States have a new tool to help them in this job. Yale Materials Handling Corporation has announced that it has improved its popular series of Veracitor VX trucks with a choice of engines designed to reduce fuel consumption, keep the noise level around the freight yard to a minimum, reduce the operating costs of the lift trucks lifting cargo your freight yard and even reduce number of downtime hours your lift trucks will spend in the mechanics office. Great news for freight shipping firms that were thinking about investing in new lift trucks to help around the freight yard in the days and weeks ahead in the century of the environment and definitely news that will get the attention of freight shippers around the United States of America that want to reduce operating costs around the freight yard.

Yale Materials Handling Corporation also indicates that this new series of lift trucks offers a maintenance-free, built-in, patented-design stability system, have lifting capacities ranging from 3,000 to 19,000 pounds and can use both cushion and pneumatic tires. In addition, the new Veracitor VX lift trucks have a powertrain that features a computer-controlled engine and transmission, a heavy-duty clutch, and stronger gears and shafts, and multiple powertrain configurations are possible with this new line of lift trucks. Yale Material Handling Corporation’s Yale Continuous Stability Enhancement system is designed to reduce truck lean in turns and improve the lateral stability of the load using a system that uses no controllers, sensors or extra wiring that’s normally included in complex electronic systems that can break down.