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Feb 052018
 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Rebecca Brewster
(770) 432-0628
February 5, 2018

 

ARLINGTON, VA – YRC Worldwide President and Chief Operating Officer Darren D. Hawkins has been appointed to the Board of Directors of the American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI).

Prior to his appointment as YRCW President and COO, Hawkins served as president of YRC Freight. Hawkins has more than 28 years of experience in the national LTL industry in both operations and sales roles. He began his career as a dock supervisor at then Yellow Freight in Memphis, Tennessee and rose through the ranks in a variety of sales and operations roles. Hawkins worked at Yellow Freight from 1991 to 2009 and Con-way Freight from 2009 to 2012 before returning to YRC Freight in 2013.

Hawkins was appointed by ATRI Chairman Judy McReynolds, president and CEO of ArcBest Corporation at ATRI’s January board meeting.

“We look forward to having Darren serve on the ATRI Board,” said McReynolds. “Having spent his career in trucking, Darren’s experience and expertise will be a great complement to that of our other Board members.”

A complete listing of the ATRI Board of Directors is available by clicking here.

ATRI is the trucking industry’s 501c3 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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Jan 252018
 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Dan Murray
(612) 210-6950
January 25, 2018


Arlington, Virginia – The American Transportation Research Institute today released its annual list highlighting the most congested bottlenecks for trucks in America.

The 2018 Top Truck Bottleneck List assesses the level of truck-oriented congestion at 300 locations on the national highway system.  The analysis, based on truck GPS data from more than 800,000 heavy duty trucks uses several customized software applications and analysis methods, along with terabytes of data from trucking operations to produce a congestion impact ranking for each location.  ATRI’s truck GPS data is used to support the FHWA-sponsored Freight Performance Measures initiative.  The locations detailed in this latest ATRI list represent the top 100 congested locations.

“When your trucks are moving, America is growing,’ is what President Trump told the trucking industry last October,” said Dennis Nash, Kenan Advantage Group CEO. “Unfortunately, as ATRI’s report shows, increasingly our trucks are not moving because of congestion, choke points and bottlenecks on an aging highway system. Addressing congestion and delays at these key interchanges and highways can make our supply chain more efficient, improve the environment by reducing fuel burn and save Americans countless hours of delay and added costs.”

For the third straight year, Atlanta’s “Spaghetti Junction,” the intersection of Interstates 285 and 85 North is the most congested freight bottleneck in the country. The rest of the Top 10 includes:

  1. Fort Lee, New Jersey: I-95 at SR 4;
  2. Chicago: I-290 at I-90/I-94;
  3. Atlanta: I-75 at I-285 (North);
  4. Los Angeles: SR 60 at SR 57;
  5. Boston: I-95 at I-90;
  6. Baltimore: I-695 at I-70;
  7. Queens, New York: I-495;
  8. Cincinnati: I-71 at I-75 and
  9. Louisville, Kentucky: I-65 at I-64/I-71

“As the issue of infrastructure investment comes to the forefront on the national stage, ATRI’s report on truck bottlenecks could not come at a better time,” said American Trucking Associations President and CEO Chris Spear. “The safe and efficient movement of freight should be a top priority in any infrastructure package, and this report identifies the areas where investment is most needed. Finding long-term, sustainable funding – like our proposed Build America Fund – to address these needs is critical and we urge Congress and the Administration to quickly move forward on a plan to tackle this growing crisis.”

For access to the full report, including detailed information on each of the 100 top congested locations, click 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.  

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Jan 252018
 

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Since 2002, the American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI) has collected and processed truck GPS data in support of the Federal Highway Administration’s Freight Performance Measures (FPM) initiative, a program that maintains and monitors a series of performance measures related to the nation’s truck-based freight transportation system.

The metrics that generate from ATRI’S ongoing truck bottleneck analysis quantify the impact of traffic congestion on truck-borne freight at 300 specific locations, a list that has grown since the first iteration of this report.  In this most recent 2018 truck bottleneck report, the list of locations monitored has increased from 250 to 300.  The increase in monitored locations derives from a 2017 expanded outreach initiative that solicited additional bottleneck locations from public and private sector freight stakeholders.  The locations were then assessed using the GPS data processing system.

Measuring the performance of freight movement across our nation’s highways is critical to understanding where and at what level investment should be made.  The information provided through this effort can empower decision-making in both the private and public sectors by helping stakeholders better understand the severity of congestion and mobility constraints on the U.S. highway transportation system.  This is of particular importance as the nation weighs the needs and resources available for transportation funding.  On a state and local level, this research can inform local investment decisions that can directly improve supply chain efficiency.  This “bottleneck” analysis incorporates and synthesizes several unique components, including a massive database of truck GPS data at freight-significant locations throughout the United States (U.S.), and an algorithm that quantifies the impact of congestion on truck-based freight.  In addition, the annual reports provide a chronological repository of mobility profiles, whereby congestion changes can be assessed over time.  This, in turn, allows transportation analysts and planners to conduct performance benchmarking and identification of influential factors contributing to congestion and the requisite consequences on truck-freight mobility.


  • For the bottleneck brochure with a list of all 100 locations, click here.
  • For a description of the research methodology, click here.
  • The top 100 congestion profiles are listed in rank-order by congestion level in the table below.  You may view a location by clicking a location hyperlink.  You may also sort any column by clicking header in that column.
Congestion RankingLocation DescriptionStateAverage SpeedPeak Average SpeedNon-Peak Average SpeedPeak Average
Speed Percent
Change 2017 - 2018
1Atlanta, GA: I-285 at I-85 (North)GA37.024.743.5-4.10%
2Fort Lee, NJ: I-95 at SR 4NJ35.324.939.4-8.18%
3Chicago, IL: I-290 at I-90/I-94IL25.921.227.7-4.70%
4Atlanta, GA: I-75 at I-285 (North)GA40.830.445.6-6.58%
5Los Angeles, CA: SR 60 at SR 57CA41.434.244.3-3.61%
6Boston, MA: I-95 at I-90MA42.933.846.77.76%
7Baltimore, MD: I-695 at I-70MD46.637.250.60.25%
8Queens, NY: I-495NY25.817.630.30.20%
9Cincinnati, OH: I-71 at I-75OH46.339.148.82.58%
10Louisville, KY: I-65 at I-64/I-71KY44.537.447.618.77%
11Chattanooga, TN: I-24 at Hwy 27TN49.442.252.87.74%
12Port Huron, MI: I-94 at I-69MI29.330.229.0-19.63%
13Los Angeles, CA: I-710 at I-105CA40.430.644.8-4.20%
14Denver, CO: I-70 Central ProjectCO42.335.745.411.21%
15Nashville, TN: I-24 at I-440 (North)TN43.131.849.2-7.63%
16Greenville, SC: I-85 at I-385SC52.045.654.8-3.70%
17Atlanta, GA: I-20 at I-285 (West)GA46.440.348.8-1.03%
18Houston, TX: I-10 at I-45TX42.432.046.82.60%
19Houston, TX: I-45 at US 59 TX37.326.741.43.99%
20Denver, CO: I-70 at I-25CO43.336.646.2-0.54%
21Chicago, IL: I-90 at I-94 (North)IL31.018.337.51.14%
22Memphis, TN: I-40 at I-240 (East)TN37.730.840.7-14.07%
23Houston, TX: I-10 at US 59TX42.631.248.41.17%
24Hartford, CT: I-84 at I-91CT46.136.050.41.29%
25Baton Rouge, LA: I-10 at I-110LA38.630.942.4-3.44%
26Piscataway, NJ: I-287NJ48.538.253.54.98%
27San Bernardino, CA: I-10 at I-15CA45.738.148.9-3.82%
28Phoenix AZ: I-10 at RT 60AZ51.043.154.34.81%
29Dallas, TX: I-45 at I-30TX40.328.845.86.72%
30Baltimore, MD: I-695 at I-83MD50.042.452.86.70%
31Providence, RI: I-95 at RT 146RI42.034.245.41.30%
32Nashville, TN: I-65 at I-440TN49.439.853.93.61%
33Indianapolis, IN: I-65 at I-70 (North)IN49.342.852.1-4.90%
34Austin, TX: I-35TX32.018.237.8-0.84%
35Chicago, IL: I-90 at I-94 (South)IL43.134.746.7-3.02%
36St. Louis, MO: I-70 at I-64 (West)MO45.542.446.62.51%
37Stafford, VA: I-95VA48.942.451.44.42%
38Oakland, CA: I-880 at I-238CA42.132.446.7-8.04%
39Brooklyn, NY: I-278 at Belt ParkwayNY35.831.437.42.30%
40Indianapolis, IN: I-65 at I-70 (South)IN49.544.251.9-4.30%
41Houston, TX: I-45 at I-610 (North) TX45.134.849.5-0.56%
42St. Paul, MN: I-94 at US 52MN42.935.246.40.70%
43Phoenix, AZ: I-17 at I-10AZ47.335.752.0-8.22%
44New Haven, CT: I-95 at I-91CT42.334.045.6-4.15%
45Corona, CA: I-15 at SR 91CA38.829.942.52.44%
46Atlanta, GA: I-20 at I-285 (East)GA48.642.351.10.48%
47Cranston, RI: I-95 at RT 10RI48.840.852.018.20%
48Houston, TX: I-10 at I-610 (West)TX46.136.750.0-1.00%
49Vancouver, WA: I-5 at Columbia RiverWA41.434.144.3-2.73%
50Elkridge, MD: I-95 at MD 100MD51.946.054.2-3.31%
51Philadelphia, PA: I-76 at I-676PA32.126.334.3-5.43%
52Washington, DC: I-95/I-495 (East side)DC49.742.752.41.08%
53Seattle, WA: I-5 at I-90WA33.324.938.2-8.49%
54Cincinnati, OH: I-75 at I-74OH46.439.449.15.40%
55Minneapolis - St. Paul, MN: I-35W at I-494MN47.238.251.4-7.01%
56Minneapolis - St. Paul, MN: I-35W at I-94MN38.428.843.2-3.17%
57Detroit, MI: I-94 at I-75MI44.736.448.8-1.27%
58Houston, TX: I-610 at US 290TX42.231.646.7-1.98%
59Milwaukee, WI: I-94/I-794 at I-43WI43.734.049.33.70%
60Nashville, TN: I-40 at I-65 (East)TN43.533.348.3-0.86%
61Minneapolis - St. Paul, MN: I-35E at I-94MN43.535.747.05.11%
62Portland, OR: I-5 at I-84OR33.924.438.4-7.83%
63Manville, RI: I-295 at RT 146RI49.045.750.5-0.27%
64Los Angeles, CA: I-110 at I-105 CA40.130.044.6-5.36%
65Oakland, CA: I-80 at I-580/I-880CA31.321.936.7-2.80%
66Auburn, WA: SR 18 at SR 167WA43.837.047.6-4.42%
67Stamford, CT: I-95CT43.332.746.9-2.13%
68Nashville, TN: I-65 at RT 386TN52.747.255.02.04%
69Dallas, TX: US 75 at I-635TX47.536.351.8-0.38%
70Providence, RI: I-95 at I-195RI40.831.745.2-2.77%
71Cranston, RI: I-95 at RT 37RI51.345.353.621.43%
72Federal Way, WA: SR 18 at I-5WA46.538.450.8-4.20%
73Norfolk, VA: I-64VA43.938.446.10.23%
74Kansas City, MO: I-70 at I-670 at US 71MO49.145.050.7-3.12%
75Ft. Worth, TX: I-35W at I-30TX43.734.347.8-6.32%
76Centreville, VA: I-66VA46.732.953.1-4.28%
77Nashville, TN: I-65 at I-24TN49.241.052.77.90%
78Milwaukee, WI: I-94 at I-894WI44.537.148.30.76%
79Atlanta, GA: I-20 at I-75/I-85 GA40.531.044.4-1.46%
80Birmingham, AL: I-65 at I-20AL50.345.052.6-4.39%
81Waterbury, CT: I-84 at SR 8CT45.140.446.8-0.75%
82Norwalk, CT: I-95CT45.735.649.1-6.78%
83Seattle, WA: I-90 at I-405WA37.428.342.3-8.25%
84Knoxville, TN: I-40/I-75 at I-140TN53.449.555.0-0.44%
85Knoxville , TN: I-40 at I-640 (West)TN53.550.254.91.52%
86Washington, DC: I-95 at I-495 (North)DC48.438.552.711.98%
87Tacoma, WA: I-5 at I-705/SR 16WA45.038.847.8-6.08%
88Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN: I-35W at I-694MN48.039.052.9-1.60%
89Bridgeport, CT: I-95 at RT 8 CT49.542.351.7-0.97%
90Atlanta, GA: I-75 at I-85GA36.724.742.3-6.15%
91Boston, MA: I-95 at I-93 (North)MA46.636.650.62.73%
92Dayton, OH: I-75 at US 35OH48.041.651.07.18%
93Houston, TX: I-610 at US 59 (West)TX41.833.245.09.64%
94Charlotte, NC: I-77 near Lake NormanNC41.730.747.5-8.96%
95Atlanta, GA: I-75 at I-675GA50.547.051.81.82%
96Charlotte, NC: I-77 at I-485 (South)NC51.945.255.0-5.29%
97Philadelphia, PA: I-476 at I-95PA45.336.349.77.95%
98Boston, MA: I-93 at SR 3MA40.427.146.92.46%
99Washington, DC: I-495 at I-270 (East)DC45.529.651.0-3.62%
100Charter Oak Bridge, CT: I-91 CT51.645.853.81.30%
Jan 122018
 

Featured Articles:

  • ATRI Research Featured at TRB
  • Driver Shortage Returns as Trucking Industry’s Top Concern
  • Younger Driver Assessment
    Tool
  • Increasing Driver Wages and
    Benefits Outpaced Lower Fuel
    Costs in 2016
  • Industry CEOs Appointed to
    ATRI Board and RAC
  • New Research Identifies Federal
    Fuel Tax Increase as Top
    Choice for Infrastructure
    Investment
  • Thanks to Our Contributors
  • ATRI RAC Chair Nominated to
    Lead OSHA

Click here to download newsletter (PDF).

Dec 192017
 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Rebecca Brewster
(770) 432-0628
December 19, 2017


Arlington, Virginia – The American Transportation Research Institute has announced the appointment of four new members to its board of directors.

ATRI Chairman Judy McReynolds, ArcBest Corporation Chairman, President and CEO, appointed the following to serve on the ATRI Board:

  • Andrew Boyle, co-president, Boyle Transportation, Billerica, Massachusetts;
  • Benjamin McLean, chief executive officer, Ruan Transportation Management, Des Moines, Iowa;
  • Dennis Nash, chairman and CEO, Kenan Advantage Group, North Canton, Ohio and
  • James Reed, president and CEO, USA Truck, Van Buren, Arkansas.

“Our board plays a critical role in guiding and shaping the priorities for ATRI,” said ATRI President and COO Rebecca Brewster. “We benefit from a very engaged group of Board members and are pleased to have these gentlemen join that group.”

Additionally, the ATRI Board of Directors has appointed Karen Rasmussen to chair ATRI’s Research Advisory Committee, replacing Scott Mugno who was nominated to lead OSHA. Karen is the president and CEO of HELP, Inc., Phoenix, Arizona.

A complete listing of the ATRI Board of Directors 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.  

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Dec 052017
 

TRB’s National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) Research Report 862: Guide to Deploying Clean Truck Freight Strategies provides decision makers with a guide to assist in the potential deployment of fuel-efficient and low-emission truck freight strategies. The guide includes an analytical tool and a user manual to identify and evaluate appropriate strategies that can be deployed at the state, regional, and local levels. The guide will allow transportation practitioners to encourage the best use of the technological, operational, and infrastructure investment alternatives that mitigate truck freight impacts on criteria air pollutants, fuel efficiency, and greenhouse gas emissions.

You may either download a pdf, view it online or purchase a hardcopy from TRB’s website, all by clicking the arrow underneath the image of the book below.

Nov 082017
 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Dan Murray
(651) 641-6162
November 8, 2017

 Arlington, Virginia – The American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI) today released its much anticipated assessment of the nation’s transportation investment options.  The report entitled A Framework for Infrastructure Funding concludes that the only meaningful mechanism for attaining the administration’s vision for a large-scale infrastructure program is through a federal fuel tax increase.  The inefficiency of other mechanisms, including mileage-based user fees and increased tolling, will fall far short of the needed revenue stream without placing undue hardship on system users.

In addition, ATRI’s research documents that a federal fuel tax increase will incentivize states to generate multi-million dollar matches to the new federal funds, ultimately moving the United States closer to the infrastructure investment goals proposed by both Congress and the President.

“Maybe the most important and unexpected benefit of a federal fuel tax increase is the hundreds of thousands of new, high-paying construction jobs that will be produced,” said Dennis Dellinger, President of Cargo Transporters.  “We often assume that the only reason to raise the fuel tax is to lay more asphalt and concrete.  Forgotten in the mix is that tax revenues can simultaneously produce good roads and good jobs.”

The report further documents the consequences of continuing with the “do-nothing” option.  The federal fuel tax has not been raised in more than two decades, resulting in significant costs to system users, particularly the trucking industry.  While the trucking industry contributes more than $18 billion in federal user fees each year, growing traffic congestion and freight bottlenecks now cost the industry more than $63 billion annually.  The report also indicates that growth of e-commerce will likely slow as freight deliveries fail to meet the real-time demands of U.S. consumers.

Other key ATRI findings and recommendations include:

  • A newly created federal vehicle registration fee would be the most efficient mechanism to fill funding gaps associated with electric vehicle use. These fees could be seamlessly implemented using the same systems as those successfully used to collect state registration fees.
  • A bureaucracy as large as the IRS would be required to collect, manage and enforce a national vehicle miles traveled (VMT) tax on the more than 250 million vehicles registered in the U.S. Additionally, mileage tax evasion would likely skyrocket under a program that can’t “see” non-paying users.
  • The practice of road tolling continues to be an expensive proposition for collecting highway funds. While several toll systems slightly improved their administrative efficiency, the majority of toll systems spend more than ten cents of every dollar collected on administrative activities.  Many systems are losing money, and almost all privatized toll roads in the U.S. have filed bankruptcy.  Finally, ATRI’s analysis found that many toll authorities have modified their public financial statements to increase complexity and decrease transparency of revenue management – which ultimately masks the inefficiency of toll roads.
  • In terms of secondary benefits from a fuel tax focus, ATRI’s findings suggest that every U.S. state would experience significant employment gains as a result of a 10 or 20 cent federal fuel tax increase. In total, states would receive between $15 billion and $30 billion or more annually through a federal fuel tax increase; nearly half a million jobs could be created nationwide with a 20 cent federal fuel tax increase.
  • According to the literature and public polling data, American taxpayers prefer a federal fuel tax over other funding mechanisms when the revenue is dedicated to transportation infrastructure.

“ATRI’s research corroborates what many of us have espoused in Washington DC and in every state capital: people are demanding action on transportation investment and the federal fuel tax is the ideal tool for delivering the much needed funding,” said Chris Spear, ATA President.

You can download the full 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.  

Nov 082017
 

  • For A Framework for Infrastructure Funding one-page summary, click here.
  • For A Framework for Infrastructure Funding matrix of State Level Job and Revenue Creation Associated with Federal Fuel Tax Increases, click here.

For a free copy of the full report electronically, please provide the information below. Once you click the submit button, a link will appear on this page for you to download the report:

Oct 302017
 

Scott Mugno, ATRI’s Research Advisory Committee Chairman, has been nominated to be the next Assistant Secretary of Labor, leading the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.  Scott currently serves as vice president of safety, sustainability and vehicle maintenance at FedEx Ground.  Mugno has worked for FedEx in a variety of safety-related roles since 1994 and has twice received FedEx’s highest honor, the FedEx Five Star Award, for his safety leadership at FedEx Express.

Scott has been actively involved with ATRI for more than a decade.

“Scott has always shown a commitment not only to safety, but to using good data and input to determine how best to improve safety,” said ATRI President Rebecca Brewster.  “He has repeatedly demonstrated this commitment through his involvement with ATRI and it is a trait that I know will make him a strong and fair regulator.”

ATRI congratulates Scott Mugno on his nomination to lead OSHA.