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Oct 182017
 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Dan Murray
(612) 210-6950
October 18, 2017

 

Arlington, VA – The American Transportation Research Institute today released the findings of its 2017 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 2016 – providing trucking industry stakeholders with a high-level benchmarking tool, and government agencies with a baseline for future transportation infrastructure improvement analyses.

The average marginal cost per mile in 2016 was $1.59. Key line items that impacted this year’s costs include declines in fuel costs of 17 percent from 2015 costs while at the same time driver wages and benefits increased by 5 percent and 18 percent, respectively, over last year’s figures. And, as a result, for the second year in a row since ATRI started collecting the industry’s operational costs data, driver costs now represent a higher percentage of overall costs than does fuel. A clear underpinning of the 2016 data was the soft economy last year, and the myriad implications that has on insurance, capacity, and pricing. In addition, the sophistication of 21st Century trucks is driving up equipment costs for both purchasing and repair and maintenance.

“We eagerly await the release of ATRI’s Operational Costs research each year as an important barometer of our fleet performance versus our peers in the industry,” said Bart Middleton, Grammer Industries CEO.

New to this year’s report are findings on safety and performance bonus and incentive amounts that carriers are paying to attract and retain the best drivers.

Since its original publication in 2008, ATRI has received over 13,500 requests for the Operational Costs reports.

You can download this report here.

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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 182017
 

Sep 212017
 

Featured Articles:

  • ATRI Newsmakers
  • Top 100 Truck Bottlenecks a Big Part of Industry’s Cost of Congestion
  • ATRI Board Approves Research Priorities
  • ATRI Continues Research Focus on Autonomous Trucks
  • Honoring Those Who Have Passed
  • RAC Member – Dustin Koehl
  • ATRI Remains Active in Numerous Truck Parking Projects
  • ATRI Parking Diaries Give Voice to Driver Struggles Finding Truck Parking
  • New Research Quantifies Impacts of National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners
  • ATRI Updates Compendium of Sustainable Freight Practices

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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.

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 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.  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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