Archive for January, 2021

COVID-19 Package to Go Before Senate in February, Chuck Schumer Says

A new round of COVID-19 economic relief that would include aid for hard-hit transportation systems will be up for consideration in early February, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer indicated Jan. 28. The $1.9 trillion aid package proposed by President Joe Biden would provide $20 billion for struggling transit systems, as well as $350 billion for […]

FMCSA Announces Proposal to Amend Driver Vision Standard

A new regulation would allow truck drivers who cannot meet current federal vision standards of either distant visual acuity or field of vision, or both, in one eye to be physically qualified to operate a commercial motor vehicle in interstate commerce. “Currently, such individuals are prohibited from driving CMVs in interstate commerce unless they obtain […]

Weekend snowstorm heading to key Midwest freight markets

The powerful Sierra Nevada snowstorm is heading to the Midwest this weekend, but there’s good news — it won’t be a debilitating blizzard when it arrives. However, drivers still shouldn’t let their guards down. They will hit difficult driving conditions in some areas.

Congestion Worsens at Southern California Ports

Ship congestion around the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach hit an unprecedented level, worsening the bottleneck at the busiest gateway for U.S. imports. A record 38 containerships are awaiting berth space — 36 at anchor and two that were directed to wait in designated areas at sea until anchorages are available, the Marine […]

Class I railroads upbeat about intermodal in 2021

Class I rail executives are hoping anticipated higher North American intermodal volumes will be a moneymaker for their companies in 2021. The COVID-19 pandemic is continuing to spur high e-commerce levels, with consumer spending expected to remain elevated, executives said over the last two weeks in fourth-quarter earnings calls to investors and analysts. Meanwhile, executives […]

Diesel Rises 2.6¢ to $2.696 as Price Continues to Increase

For the second week in a row, drivers in 2021 are seeing higher diesel prices as the nationwide cost of trucking’s main fuel ticked up, as it did during the last weeks of 2020, the Energy Information Administration reported Jan. 18. The price of diesel notched a 2.6-cent increase, rising in all 10 regions EIA […]

Biden’s Transportation Aid in COVID-19 Package on Congressional Radar

The incoming administration is calling on Congress to approve emergency aid for transportation programs as part of a $1.9 trillion pandemic relief package. President-elect Joe Biden’s economic assistance measure aims to remedy funding woes across commercial and passenger corridors, as well as reinforce supply chains in states and municipalities. Congress, which will be led in […]

Despite losing momentum late, holiday sales surprise to the upside

Despite retail sales declining sequentially each of the last three months of the year, the 2020 holiday shopping season was one for the record books. Retail sales during 2020’s November-December holiday season grew an unexpectedly high 8.3% over the same period in 2019. The 8.3% increase was more than double the 3.5% average holiday increase […]

Truckers to face Southwest smorgasbord of weather

Truckers will hit virtually every type of disruptive weather Wednesday in many spots from Texas to California. First, pockets of freezing rain and snowfall will make roads extra slick from El Paso, Texas, westward to portions of New Mexico and Arizona. Major accumulations are not likely, but it could be just enough to slow down […]

Inside California’s colossal container-ship traffic jam

In the movie “Falling Down,” the character played by Michael Douglas is stranded in a Los Angeles traffic jam. He abandons his car, starts walking with briefcase in hand and ultimately has a mental breakdown. Cargo shippers trying to get their containers through the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach can relate. The pileup […]