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Dec 042018
 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Rebecca Brewster
(770) 432-0628
December 4, 2018

 

Arlington, Virginia – The American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI) today released the names of those individuals appointed by the ATRI Board of Directors to serve on the 2019-2020 Research Advisory Committee (RAC).  Among other activities, ATRI’s RAC is responsible for annually identifying the top research priorities for the trucking industry.  RAC members represent a diverse cross-section of trucking industry stakeholders including motor carriers, industry suppliers, commercial drivers, shippers, law enforcement, academia and government.

Ms. Karen Rasmussen, Chief Executive Officer of HELP, Inc., was reappointed to serve as Chair of the RAC.  Individuals appointed to serve on the 2019-2020 ATRI Research Advisory Committee are:

Mr. Tom Balzer
President and CEO
Ohio Trucking Association

Mr. Shawn R. Brown
Vice President of Safety
Cargo Transporters

Mr. Kenneth Calhoun
Fleet Optimization Manager
Altec Service Group

Dr. Alison Conway
Associate Professor, Civil Engineering
City College of New York

Mr. Bob Costello
Chief Economist and Senior Vice President
American Trucking Associations

Mr. Tom Cuthbertson
Vice President, Regulatory Compliance
Omnitracs

Mr. Dan Drella
Director, Safety and Training
Schneider National

Mr. Thomas Fansler
President
Trimble Transportation Mobility

Mr. Jim Fields
Chief Operating Officer
Pitt Ohio

Ms. Victoria King
Vice President Public Affairs
UPS

Mr. Stephen Laskowski
President
Canadian Trucking Alliance

Mr. Don Lefeve
President and CEO
Commercial Vehicle Training Association

Mr. Kenneth Lemberg
Apprenticeship and Training Representative
U.S. Department of Labor

Mr. Kevin Lhotak
President
Reliable Transportation Specialists

Mr. Mike Ludwick
Chief Administrative Officer
Bison Transport

Mr. Doug Marcello
Transportation Attorney
Marcello and Kivisto

Ms. Jaime Maus
Vice President of Safety and Compliance
Werner Enterprises

Ms. Caroline Mays
Director, Freight and International Trade Section
Texas Department of Transportation

Ms. Shannon Newton
President
Arkansas Trucking Association

Mr. Steve Olson
President and Chief Underwriting Officer
Great West Casualty Company

Ms. Holly Pixler
Senior Director Transportation, International and Data Management
MillerCoors

Mr. John Prewitt
President
Tideport Distributing, Inc.

Mr. Steve Raetz
Director, Research & Market Intelligence
C.H. Robinson Worldwide, Inc.

Mr. Jeremy Reymer
Founder and CEO
DriverReach

Mr. Lee Sarratt, CDS
Director of Safety
J.B. Hunt

Deputy Chief Mark Savage
Colorado State Patrol

Ms. Kary Schaefer
General Manager of Marketing and Strategy for Freightliner and Detroit Brands
Daimler Trucks North America

Mr. Russell Simpson
America’s Road Team Captain
Holland

Mr. Mike Stephens
Senior Director of Finance
USA Truck

Mr. Collin Stewart
President and CEO
Stewart Transport

Ms. Sara Walfoort
Manager, Freight Planning
Southwestern Pennsylvania Commission

Mr. Tom Weakley
Director of Operations
Owner-Operator Independent
Drivers Association Foundation

Mr. Shawn Yadon
Chief Executive Officer
California Trucking Association

“RAC members serve a critical role in developing and prioritizing research proposals that address the trucking industry’s top challenges. Congratulations to those appointed by the ATRI Board to serve in this important role and we look forward to working with them,” said Rebecca Brewster, ATRI President and COO.

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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Oct 292018
 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Rebecca Brewster
(404) 247-8787
October 29, 2018

 

Austin, Texas – The American Transportation Research Institute, the trucking industry’s not-for-profit research institute, today unveiled its Top Industry Issues report, which includes the list of the top ten critical issues facing the North American trucking industry.  For the second year in a row, the driver shortage is the top-ranked issue.

The need to recruit qualified truck drivers is not a new issue for the industry.  In fact, the Driver Shortage has been a top-three issue in 12 out of the 14 years that ATRI has conducted this survey. However, the driver shortage has held firm as the number one issue as strong freight demand and an aging workforce increase pressure on motor carriers to recruit and retain the best talent

The complete results of the annual survey, which generated more than 1,500 responses from motor carriers and commercial drivers, were released today at the 2018 American Trucking Associations’ Management Conference and Exhibition in Austin, Texas. The ATRI Top Industry Issues report also includes prioritized strategies for addressing each issue.

The number two issue in this year’s survey is the Hours-of-Service rules, driven in large part by the industry’s call for increased flexibility in the rules, particularly the sleeper berth provision.  Reflecting the industry’s challenges in recruiting and retaining professional drivers, this year’s number three issue is Driver Retention, up two spots from last year.

Industry concern over the ELD Mandate has abated some since the final rule went into effect last December, as evidenced by a drop in ranking from the number two issue in 2017 to the number four issue this year.  The lack of available truck parking rounds out this year’s top five but remains as the number two issue among commercial drivers.

“I’ve spent the past year traveling the country as ATA Chairman and everywhere I go, people talk about how we’ve got to resolve our workforce challenges if we’re going to keep this nation’s economy moving forward,” said Dave Manning, TCW, Inc. President.  “ATRI’s annual analysis lays out the industry’s preferred strategies for not only addressing our workforce issues, but HOS, truck parking, and congestion as well.”

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. A copy of the survey results is available from ATRI by clicking here.

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Oct 292018
 

 

Oct 242018
 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Dan Murray
(651) 641-6162
October 24, 2018

 

Arlington, Virginia – The American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI) today launched its initiative to collect and warehouse anonymized electronic logging device data.  With universal deployment of electronic logging devices (ELDs), the industry now has a new opportunity to document and address the many issues that impact driver and carrier safety, operations, and productivity using the more robust data available from ELDs.

“The new data generated by ELDs can provide a wealth of insight and research support to our industry,” said Andrew Boyle, Co-President of Boyle Transportation and ATRI Board Member.  “But we clearly need a trusted third-party facilitator to manage and monitor how the information is used.  ATRI is uniquely suited to serve that role.  In the right context, ELDs can provide the real-world data needed to guide future regulations and initiatives.”

A number of trucking fleets have already shared their ELD data with ATRI to evaluate its potential for a number of critical industry analyses and ATRI is now looking for an expanded group of motor carriers who are willing to regularly provide anonymized ELD data to ATRI for the industry clearinghouse.  Through the collection of anonymous, aggregated ELD data, ATRI hopes to support solid, thorough and scientifically valid analyses to address major industry problems.

To learn more about how your fleet can support this effort please click here to provide a contact person for your organization.  ATRI will be scheduling a webinar for interested fleets in November to provide additional detail on what will be required to participate in the clearinghouse.

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 242018
 

YES, I am interested in learning more about how to participate in ATRI’s ELD Data Clearinghouse.

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.