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Oct 182018
 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Rebecca Brewster
(770) 432-0628
October 18, 2018

 

Arlington, Virginia – Traffic congestion on the U.S. National Highway System added nearly $74.5 billion in operational costs to the trucking industry in 2016, a 0.5 percent increase over 2015, according to research released today by the American Transportation Research Institute.  In this latest Cost of Congestion analysis, ATRI utilized a variety of data sources including its unique truck GPS database to calculate delay on just the NHS totaling nearly 1.2 billion hours of lost productivity.  This equates to 425,533 commercial truck drivers sitting idle for a working year.

Moreover, congestion costs are increasingly concentrated on a relatively small proportion of the NHS – 86.7 percent of total nationwide congestion costs occurred on just 17.2 percent of NHS segment miles.  These NHS segments are characterized as having above-average costs in excess of $155,000 per mile during 2016, and are predominantly located in densely populated urban areas.  As expected, traffic congestion tended to be most severe in urban areas, with more than 91 percent of the total congestion costs generating from metropolitan areas.

ATRI’s analysis also documented the states, metropolitan areas, and counties that were most impacted by these delays and subsequent cost increases.  The top 10 states experienced costs of more than $2.4 billion each, led by Texas and Florida with over $5.5 billion each.  In fact, the top 10 states combined account for 51.8 percent of the congestion costs nationwide.

“Perhaps no other issue has as great an impact on this nation’s supply chain as traffic congestion.  In the face of growing and pervasive congestion, not only does the trucking industry lose billions annually but ultimately the consumer pays the price through higher prices on the shelf,” said Benjamin J. McLean, Ruan Transportation Management Systems Chief Executive Officer. “Doing nothing to address the state of our nation’s infrastructure will create a significant impediment to the growth of our economy.”

As part of this analysis, ATRI has updated its congestion cost database with 2016 data to provide granular cost information to transportation planning officials on the hours of delay and associated cost by major jurisdiction type and road level.

A copy of this report is available here.

ATRI is the trucking industry’s 501(c)(3) not-for-profit research organization. It is engaged in critical research relating to freight transportation’s essential role in maintaining a safe, secure and efficient transportation system. 

Oct 182018
 

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Oct 022018
 

Oct 012018
 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Dan Murray
(651) 641-6162
October 2, 2018

 

Arlington, Virginia – The American Transportation Research Institute today released the findings of its 2018 update to An Analysis of the Operational Costs of Trucking.  Using financial data provided directly by motor carriers throughout the country, this research documents and analyzes trucking costs from 2008 through 2017 – providing trucking industry stakeholders with a high-level benchmarking tool, and government agencies with a baseline for future transportation infrastructure improvement analyses.

With economic activity strengthening in 2017, the average marginal cost per mile incurred by motor carriers increased six percent to $1.69.  Cost increases were broad-based in 2017, with growth in nearly every major line-item over the year.  Driver wages increased for the fifth consecutive year and the combined cost of driver wages and benefits represent 43 percent of the overall cost per mile.

Fuel prices rebounded from decade-lows and the growing cost and sophistication of newer truck models continues to drive up costs for both purchasing and repair and maintenance.  Motor carrier operational costs have now surpassed the 10-year average since ATRI began its annual Ops Costs research.

ATRI’s 2018 report also includes a new “Industry Sector in Focus” analysis, this year reporting operational costs for tank fleet operators.

“ATRI’s Operational Costs research is such a powerful tool for fleets of all sizes.  Better understanding how our costs stack up against our industry peers enables us to implement operational efficiencies and improve our bottom line,” said Dean Kaplan, K-Limited Carrier CEO.

Since its original publication in 2008, ATRI has received over 16,000 requests for the Operational Costs reports.

A copy of this report is available here.

ATRI is the trucking industry’s 501(c)(3) not-for-profit research organization. It is engaged in critical research relating to freight transportation’s essential role in maintaining a safe, secure and efficient transportation system. 

Sep 052018
 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Rebecca Brewster
(404) 247-8787
September 5, 2018

 

Arlington, Virginia – The American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI) today launched an online data collection initiative to solicit commercial driver perspectives on how they are affected by customer detention.  The driver feedback will be utilized to better understand how excessive delays at shipper/receiver facilities impacts driver productivity, safety and hours-of-service compliance.

This data collection initiative is part of an ongoing study by ATRI on the impacts of detention on overall industry productivity and safety.  Data collected in this latest driver survey will be compared to driver surveys collected in 2014 to evaluate how detention impacts may have changed since the ELD mandate went into effect earlier this year.

ATRI launched this latest data collection at the 2018 Great American Trucking Show (GATS), collecting several hundred driver surveys.  The online version of the same survey conducted at GATS will allow larger numbers of professional drivers to weigh in with their experiences with customer detention.

ATRI is the trucking industry’s 501(c)(3) not-for-profit research organization. It is engaged in critical research relating to freight transportation’s essential role in maintaining a safe, secure and efficient transportation system. 

Aug 282018
 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Rebecca Brewster
(770) 432-0628
August 28, 2018


Arlington, Virginia
 – The American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI) today released the results of a new analysis on the potential benefits of allowing commercial drivers additional flexibility when they take required hours-of-service (HOS) breaks.  ATRI utilized empirical truck GPS data to model the application of split rest beyond the current 8 and 2 hour increments allowed under the existing HOS rules.  Through this analysis it was found that drivers could spend less time and money, driving the same distances behind the wheel.

ATRI’s study utilized a congested 40-mile stretch of urban highway in Atlanta, Georgia to quantify the operational impacts of congestion.  The initial assessment using the truck GPS data showed that the time it took to traverse the corridor ranged from a low of 40 minutes to over 90 minutes during rush hours, a more than doubling of driving time and related operational costs.

ATRI then modeled scenarios where a representative driver operated under the current HOS rules and a flexible 6/4 split rest time.  Under the flexible hours, the driver was able to avoid congestion, and completed a 585 mile trip with 45 fewer minutes of drive time.  Similar results were also found for 7/3 and 5/5 split scenarios.

When replicated across the industry, a conservative estimated savings in annual drive time of more than 2.3 million hours could be realized with flexible HOS options, along with over $150 million in annual operational cost savings.

“One of our biggest challenges with the HOS rules is the lack of flexibility.  Under the current rules, when traveling through congested cities like Atlanta, I really have no choice but to sit stuck in traffic and watch my available hours tick away.  As ATRI’s study shows, with flexibility in the HOS, I could choose to rest during the worst congested times and make my delivery schedules with less time behind the wheel,” said Gary Helms, an over-the-road driver for Covenant Transport and an America’s Road Team Captain.

A copy of this report is available here.

ATRI is the trucking industry’s 501(c)(3) not-for-profit research organization. It is engaged in critical research relating to freight transportation’s essential role in maintaining a safe, secure and efficient transportation system. 

Aug 282018
 

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Aug 212018
 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Dan Murray
(651) 641-6162
August 22, 2018


Dallas, Texas
 – The American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI) will be soliciting truck driver input on several priority research initiatives while at the Great American Trucking Show in Dallas, Texas this week.  Professional drivers are encouraged to visit with ATRI researchers at booth 1642 in the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center to provide important insight into trucking industry research.

  • Driver Safety Assessment Tool:  ATRI is continuing to recruit drivers for research that examines the relationship between personality characteristics and safety outcomes. Participating drivers will complete tests on personality, memory and attention. Driver health and background information will also be gathered. Most of this study is computer-based, with ATRI research staff providing continuous support.  This assessment will take approximately 2 hours to complete and participating drivers in this study will receive a $100 Visa gift card.
  • Top Industry Issues:  Drivers will have a chance to participate in the 2018 Top Industry Issues Survey to identify the top challenges facing drivers today.
  • Detention Impacts:  ATRI will be surveying drivers about their experiences with excessive delays at customer facilities and the impact it may have on drivers’ safety, productivity and hours-of-service (HOS) compliance.

All survey participants will receive a free gift at the ATRI booth.  “This is our first year at GATS and we believe it is an excellent opportunity to engage drivers in our studies.  As a primary beneficiary of ATRI’s research, professional drivers are among our most enthusiastic research participants and we look forward to seeing many of our good friends at GATS,” said ATRI President Rebecca Brewster.

ATRI is the trucking industry’s 501(c)(3) not-for-profit research organization. It is engaged in critical research relating to freight transportation’s essential role in maintaining a safe, secure and efficient transportation system. 

Jul 312018
 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Dan Murray
(651) 641-6162
July 31, 2018

 

 Arlington, Virginia – The American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI) today released the update to its renowned Crash Predictor Model, which statistically quantifies the likelihood of future crash involvement based on specific truck driving behaviors (e.g. prior crashes, violations and convictions).

ATRI’s analysis draws on data from over 435,000 U.S. truck drivers over a two-year time frame to expose nearly a dozen behaviors that raise a driver’s risk of being involved in a future truck crash by more than 50 percent.

“ATRI’s Crash Predictor Model is a key input to our driver hiring and training practices.  Safety is our first concern and by understanding how driver histories relate to future crash probability, we can develop targeted solutions for minimizing safety risks,” said John M. Prewitt, Tideport Distributing, Inc. President.

Now in its third release, this latest ATRI crash predictor model includes analyses on the impact of age and gender on crash probability.  And to better understand the bottom line impacts of preventing crashes, this latest report includes industry average crash costs across six distinct crash types and severity.

Among the key findings from the Crash Predictor Model Update are:

  • The top two behaviors for predicting future crash involvement, each with more than 100% increased likelihood of a future crash, are a reckless driving violation and a failure to yield right of way violation.
  • Prior crash involvement continues to have a statistically significant relationship to future crash involvement with a 74% increase of the likelihood of being in a future crash.
  • Women truck drivers were safer than male counterparts in every statistically significant safety behavior and men were 20% more likely to be involved in a crash than women.
  • Several stable behaviors have emerged across all three ATRI Crash Predictor Models (2005, 2011 and 2018) as statistically significant predictors of future crash involvement including convictions for improper lane/ location, reckless/ careless/ inattentive/ negligent driving and improper or erratic lane change.

Understanding that traffic enforcement, particularly those activities that target the crash predictor behaviors, is an effective tool for mitigating crashes, ATRI also provides a list of “top tier” states which emphasizes those states that have proven track records of maximizing their enforcement resources while minimizing their share of the nation’s truck crashes.  Indiana tops that list, followed by New Mexico, Washington, California and Maryland.

A copy of this report is available here.


ATRI is the trucking industry’s 501(c)(3) not-for-profit research organization. It is engaged in critical research relating to freight transportation’s essential role in maintaining a safe, secure and efficient transportation system.