Jun 142017

ATRI is part of a team assisting the Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC) in researching truck parking issues in and around the Atlanta Region.  A key task in our work is obtaining insight issues truck drivers face when looking for parking in and around Atlanta.

If you are a driver and drive in or around Atlanta, please help us out by completing the survey.

Click link below to take the survey:

May 312017

Contact: Dan Murray
(651) 641-6162
May 31, 2017

ARLINGTON, VA – The American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI) today issued a data call for the annual update to its Operational Costs of Trucking report.  The brief online questionnaire seeks to capture basic cost information from for-hire motor carriers such as driver pay, fuel costs, insurance premiums and lease or purchase payments. Carriers are asked to provide full-year 2016 cost per mile and/or cost per hour data.

The results of this data collection, combined with the previous Operational Costs of Trucking reports, will yield nine full years (2008 – 2016) of trucking cost information derived directly from fleet operations.  This research provides carriers with an important high-level benchmarking tool and government agencies with real world data for future infrastructure improvement analyses.

“We rely on ATRI’s research to inform so much of our operations and the Operational Costs of Trucking is no exception.  The annual report provides a critical benchmark for us to identify where we can improve our operating efficiency across a number of key metrics.  I certainly encourage my colleagues throughout the trucking industry to support ATRI in this critical data collection,” said Dennis Dellinger, president of Cargo Transporters.

For-hire motor carriers are encouraged to provide confidential operational cost data through ATRI’s survey by Friday, June 30, 2017 available online at  The results of this study will be available later this year, but survey respondents will receive an advance copy of the report.

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.

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May 312017

Transportation Research Associate
American Transportation Research Institute



The American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI), a national leader in transportation-related research, seeks an experienced Research Associate for its Atlanta, GA office.   The Research Associate conducts qualitative and quantitative research and analysis on ATRI research studies through research and data analysis.  Additionally, the Research Associate will work with ATRI staff to manage multiple research contracts and projects, and interact with a variety of industry and government stakeholders.  This position will be heavily involved in cutting-edge “big data” analysis, working with robust GPS datasets.

Candidate must have a Bachelor’s Degree in economics, statistics or a related field plus 3-5 years of technical experience; a Master’s Degree is preferred.  Candidate must have experience with large datasets, advanced data management and analysis tools (Excel plus R and/or SAS) and techniques, and advanced knowledge of GIS software is a plus.

Additionally, candidates must have:

  • excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • proficiency in MS Office and Internet research skills
  • ability to read and understand industry-related publications
  • ability to interact with various individuals on an interpersonal basis
  • ability to prioritize multiple tasks for multiple, diverse projects, in order to meet deadlines in a timely manner.

Approximately 10% travel is required.

ATRI prides itself on providing its employees with a robust health and leave benefits. Our benefits include an HRA medical plan, PPO dental and vision plans, and flexible spending accounts. Additionally, we offer 12 days of paid vacation, 12 paid sick days, paid personal days, and 13 paid holidays. ATRI also offers a 401(k) plan with an employer match.

Join an organization rich in history dedicated to the advancement of the trucking industry.

This position is in the Atlanta, GA metro area. Please email resume along with salary requirements and cover letter to: and put ATL Research Associate in the subject line.  Applicants who do not include the required information will not be considered.  EOE/AA

May 162017

Contact: Rebecca Brewster
(770) 432-0628
May 16, 2017


Arlington, VA – Traffic congestion on the U.S. National Highway System (NHS) added over $63.4 billion in operational costs to the trucking industry in 2015, according to research released today by the American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI).  Utilizing a variety of data sources including its unique truck GPS database, ATRI calculated delay on the NHS totaling more than 996 million hours of lost productivity, which equates to 362,243 commercial truck drivers sitting idle for a working year.

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 over $2 billion each, with Florida and Texas leading with over $5 billion each.

As expected, traffic congestion tended to be most severe in urban areas, with 88 percent of the congestion costs concentrated on only 17 percent of the network mileage, and 91 percent of the total congestion cost occurring in metropolitan areas.  This concentration of congestion has been well-documented in ongoing work by ATRI which annually identifies the worst truck bottlenecks in the U.S.

The analysis also demonstrates the impact of congestion costs on a per-truck basis, with an average increased cost of $22,676 for trucks that travel 100,000 miles annually.

As part of this analysis, ATRI has updated its congestion cost database with 2015 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.

“Congestion-related costs continue to rise and impact our supply chains. A five minute delay for each UPS vehicle, every day, costs UPS $105 million annually in additional operating costs. ATRI’s report quantifies this drain on the economy which must be addressed through targeted infrastructure investments,” said Rich McArdle, President of UPS Freight.

Click here to request the full report.

For more, watch ATRI President and COO Rebecca Brewster discuss the cost of congestion report 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. 

May 162017

For a free copy of this report electronically, please provide the information below. Once your information has been submitted you will be directed to a page that will have a link to download the report:

May 022017

Contact: Rebecca Brewster
(770) 432-0628
May 2, 2017

Arlington, VA
– The American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI) Board of Directors has approved the 2017 Top Research Priorities as identified by ATRI’s Research Advisory Committee (RAC).  ATRI’s RAC developed the list of recommended research topics at its meeting held in Dallas in March and the ATRI Board vetted and approved that list at its meeting last week.

Several of ATRI’s 2017 top priority studies will focus on improving congestion choke points at the nation’s top truck bottlenecks as identified in ATRI’s annual listing.  The top priority topics will also look at various impacts of technology on the industry now and into the future.
The 2017 ATRI top research priorities are:
  • Driven to Distraction – examining the impact of technology deployment inside the truck which may either exacerbate or reduce truck driver distraction.  The research will also look at the role of car driver distraction on trucking industry crash involvement.
  • Cumulative Economic Impact of Trucking Regulations – examining the potential for developing a standardized methodology for conducting regulatory impact analyses (RIA) of trucking industry regulations which can then be applied across agencies and regulations to identify industry costs.
  • HOS Flexibility: A Possible Solution to Bottlenecks – exploring the opportunity for addressing some of the nation’s worst congestion choke points through flexibility in the federal Hours-of-Service rules, which would allow drivers to wait out the most congested periods of the day.
  • Impact of E-Commerce on Trucking – mapping potential impacts of E-Commerce to the trucking industry’s top industry issues.
  • Truck Bottleneck Trends: Economic Changes or Infrastructure Improvements – conducting a deep dive into ATRI’s Annual Truck Bottleneck List to identify specific infrastructure improvements that will positively impact congestion.
  • Autonomous Truck Impacts on the Truck Driver – a detailed analysis of how autonomous truck technologies will change the operational environment and driving requirements for commercial drivers.

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. To learn more about ATRI, visit

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Apr 172017

Contact: Rebecca Brewster
(770) 432-0628
April 17, 2017

Arlington, VA – The American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI), the trucking industry’s not-for-profit research organization, today released the results of its analysis of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners (NRCME), conducted in collaboration with Mayo Clinic.

ATRI and Mayo Clinic jointly surveyed over 900 commercial drivers, 300 motor carriers and 1,200 certified medical examiners (CMEs) to better understand the impacts that the NRCME has had on the trucking industry since its implementation in 2014.  The NRCME was designed to improve the DOT physical exam process and ensure that medical examiners understand FMCSA regulations and guidance for issuing medical certificates.

ATRI’s research focused on commercial driver and motor carrier impacts and identified the following:

  • A majority of drivers (63.3%) reported increased exam costs following implementation of the NRCME, yet were not experiencing commensurate improvements in exam quality; only 6.2 percent of drivers reported improved exam quality post-NRCME implementation.
  • 6 percent of drivers reported spending 20 minutes or less with their CME, with 6.5 percent of those drivers spending 10 minutes or less, an insufficient time to complete all required processes of a DOT physical.  Drivers certified by chiropractors were more likely to have important medical checks omitted.
  • Among the 5.9 percent of drivers who were not issued a medical certificate on the day of their physical exam, 22.6 percent cited having a medical condition that required treatment before certificate issuance as the reason.
  • Motor carriers still have significant concerns related to the medical certification process, including requests by CMEs for additional medical documentation causing certification delays, driver confusion of how regulatory changes impact the ability to hold a valid medical certificate, and concerns with the competency of CMEs.  Nearly 50 percent of motor carriers reported that they specify which CME their drivers see to ensure medical exam quality.
  • Less than one percent of carriers reported no major concerns with the medical certification process.
  • The ability of drivers to find a CME close to where they live may be more challenging in the future as 15.3 percent of CMEs reported that they have quit performing DOT physicals or plan to quit performing DOT physicals.

“The data show a polarity in quality of medical examiners,” said Clayton T. Cowl, MD, MS, Chair of Mayo Clinic’s Division of Preventive, Occupational and Aerospace Medicine.  “Those examiners who are performing only minimal examinations may have received substandard training or are not taking their role seriously. The key seems to strike a balance between meeting the regulatory intent of the examinations and communicating with drivers ahead of time to minimize confusion regarding the need to document clinical stability. This is particularly true for drivers with multiple or complex medical conditions from whom medical examiners do need more documentation in order to make a certification decision.”

“The inconsistency in quality of exams provided our drivers creates real challenges for us as a fleet.  Where in one terminal location a driver may be required to undergo extensive tests and provide additional documentation prior to getting a medical certificate, drivers in other locations are expedited through with cursory exams,” said Victor Hart, Director of Safety for DOT Transportation.

You can download a copy of this report, as well as a white paper detailing the findings of Mayo Clinic’s survey of medical examiners, on ATRI’s website by clicking here.

Click here to listen to ATRI’s Rebecca Brewster and Mayo Clinic’s Dr. Clay Cowl discuss the research findings.

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. To learn more about ATRI, visit

Mayo Clinic is a nonprofit organization committed to clinical practice, education and research, providing expert, whole-person care to everyone who needs healing. For more information, visit or

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Apr 172017

Click here to listen to ATRI’s Rebecca Brewster and Mayo Clinic’s Dr. Clay Cowl discuss the research findings.

For a free copy of the report and summary of findings electronically, please provide your information in the form.  Once you click submit, links will appear below where you may download this research: