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Aug 152017
 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Rebecca Brewster
(770) 432-0628
August 15, 2017


Arlington, Virginia
– The American Transportation Research Institute, the trucking industry’s not-for-profit research organization, today launched the 2017 Top Industry Issues Survey. The annual survey, commissioned by the American Trucking Associations, asks trucking industry stakeholders to rank the top issues of concern for the industry along with appropriate strategies for addressing each issue. The survey is in its 13th year and participation by trucking stakeholders has grown each year.

“ATRI’s annual survey provides a chance for thousands of trucking industry professionals, from drivers to executives, to weigh in on the most important topics that affect trucking and collectively decide on the roadmap for addressing each. With your participation, we can speak with a collective industry voice on what is most important to us,” said ATA Chairman Kevin Burch, president of Jet Express Inc., Dayton, Ohio.

The results of the 2017 survey will be released at the Annual ATA Management Conference and Exhibition, to be held October 21-24 in Orlando.

Industry stakeholders are encouraged to complete the survey available on ATRI’s website 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 152017
 

2012 Top Industry Issues SurveySince its inception in 2005, the ATRI Top Industry Issues Survey continues to serve as a unique and vital tool for the trucking industry.  Just a few minutes of your time will provide valuable information to industry stakeholders who are working to ensure the long-term health of our industry.

Aug 092017
 

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:

Aug 092017
 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Dan Murray
(651) 641-6162
August 9, 2017

 

Arlington, VA – The American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI) today released the phase one findings of research investigating the potential for developing a Younger Driver Assessment Tool – one that would identify younger drivers who exhibit many of the same characteristics as safe, older commercial drivers.

To assess the feasibility of identifying safe younger drivers, ATRI reviewed existing scientific literature on driver characteristics and the associated safety outcomes.  This report summarizes the psychology literature on early adulthood, and how characteristics of this age group relate to driving safety.  The research was conducted in conjunction with Dr. Monica Luciana, Professor of Psychology at the University of Minnesota.

Individual traits that can reliably predict driver safety outcomes – personality, health, and cognition – are identified and discussed in this latest ATRI report.  The next phase of ATRI’s research will involve assembling the relevant measures of the identified predictive factors and conducting a beta test of the Assessment Tool on a small sample of both veteran and entry-level drivers.  Results of the beta test will determine if a larger scale study is warranted.

“The potential to screen for the safest candidates among younger new entrants is an exciting step in the industry’s workforce expansion.  We look forward to working with ATRI in the development and testing of the Younger Driver Assessment Tool,” said Greg Koepel, Vice President, Workforce Development and Administration, Roehl Transport, Inc.

Click here to request the technical memo.

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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Aug 022017
 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Carla Rose
(770) 432-0628
August 2, 2017

 

Atlanta, GA – Today, the American Transportation Research Institute proudly debuted a new web address – www.truckingresearch.org – aimed at making it easier to access the organization’s work.

“Key to our success as an organization is not only the quality of our research but in our ability to disseminate the findings far and wide,” said ATRI President and COO Rebecca Brewster. “We are taking steps, including this new web address, to get critical research findings and analysis out in the world so it can be used to improve the trucking industry’s safety and productivity.”

In addition to relaunching its website as truckingresearch.org, ATRI is taking steps to streamline its online presence and is doing more to promote its ongoing research efforts like the annual top industry issues survey, the cost of congestion report and identification of the nation’s top freight bottlenecks.

“ATRI is the leading voice on trucking research and now we’re doing more to raise that voice so it can be heard loud and clear by industry, our public sector partners, and lawmakers across the country,” Brewster said.

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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Jul 122017
 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Mike Tunnell
(916) 300-3161
July 12, 2017

 

Arlington, VA – The American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI) has updated the compendium of sustainable freight practices on its website, here.  The compendium identifies a number of sustainable practices being used by the trucking industry today ranging from driver training, idle reduction and speed management to vehicle aerodynamics, tires and engine systems. In addition to identifying sustainable practices, the compendium provides research findings on the costs and benefits associated with these practices.

The update identifies some of the latest research on the practices being used today by trucking companies to save fuel and reduce emissions. ”Sustainability is often viewed as managing the triple bottom line – profits, people and planet. The practices identified in the compendium can not only save companies money but also improve operational efficiency and reduce emissions,” said Mike Tunnell, ATRI’s Director of Environmental Research.

Designed as a one-stop shop for information on motor carrier sustainable practices, the compendium also identifies how public sector practices such as congestion mitigation, research and testing, and the use of standards can advance sustainable freight practices. Research findings quantifying the benefits generated from these public sector practices are also provided.

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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Jul 122017
 

ATRI’s online compendium of Sustainable Freight Practices for the Trucking Industry describes sustainable practices from the trucking industry’s perspective and highlights the positive impacts of, and opportunities for, specific sustainability tools and programs.  The various sections of the compendium describe the role truck drivers can play in advancing sustainability, including driving and vehicle operating techniques that can significantly decrease fuel consumption.  Also included in the compendium are vehicle practices including a discussion of trends and impacts related to aerodynamics, tires, engines, alternative fuels, cargo management systems, and higher productivity vehicles.  The compendium also describes the role of the public sector in advancing sustainability in the trucking industry, including congestion mitigation, financial incentives and government-funded research and development.

May 312017
 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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 atri-online.org.  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 162017
 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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.