May 152018

Contact: Dan Murray
(651) 641-6162
May 15, 2018


 Arlington, Virginia – The American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI) today issued a data call for the annual update to its Operational Costs of Trucking report.  Among the for-hire fleet metrics being requested by ATRI are driver pay, fuel costs, insurance premiums and lease or purchase payments. Carriers are asked to provide full-year 2017 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 10 full years (2008 – 2017) 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 transportation infrastructure investment decisions.

“It’s not hard to understand why ATRI’s Operational Costs of Trucking report is among its most-requested studies – fleets large and small can use ATRI’s analysis to identify ways to improve your operating efficiency.  We look forward to participating in this year’s data collection and encourage others to do so as well,” said Mark Droubay, president of Double D Distribution in Salt Lake City, Utah.

ATRI’s data collection form is available online here.  The results of this study will be available later this year, however participating motor carriers 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.  

Apr 022018

Contact: Dan Murray
(651) 641-6162
April 2, 2018


 Arlington, Virginia – The American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI) Board of Directors has approved the 2018 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.

The research topics cover a wide array of critical industry issues including the impact that urban planning and “smart city” design have on truck operations, inconsistencies in CDL testing, and continuing research on the impact of autonomous technologies on the trucking industry .

The 2018 ATRI top research priorities are:

  • Urban Planning and Smart City Design for Trucks – examining how and where truck freight delivery can be effectively incorporated into urban planning and smart city design approaches.
  • Assessing the Consistency and Accuracy of CMV Crash Data – will identify ways to improve commercial motor vehicle crash data collection, quality review, data management and data submission at the local and state levels.
  • Role and Impact of Government Regulations on Autonomous Vehicles – research will assess the positive and negative impact of regulations being promulgated at the state-level for identification of model legislation on how autonomous technologies and vehicles should be deployed.
  • Inconsistencies in CDL Testing – will review the range of requirements for CDL testing across states and identify best practices to develop an effective set of testing requirements.
  • Autonomous Impacts on the Truck Driver – a detailed analysis of how autonomous truck technologies will change the operational environment and driving requirements for commercial drivers.
  • Best Practices for Cannabis Intoxication Testing – exploring best practices in the U.S. and abroad, the research will benchmark recommended maximum intoxication levels and identify recommendations for driver sobriety testing.

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.  

Mar 082018

Contact: Dan Murray
(651) 641-6162
March 8, 2018


 Arlington, Virginia – The American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI) today issued a data call for its Impacts of E-Commerce on the Trucking Industry report.  The brief online questionnaire seeks to capture how the emergence of e-commerce has changed industry business models and operations.

The results of this data collection, combined with an extensive analysis of emerging e-commerce trends, will yield quantifiable insight into how the trucking industry has adapted to growing e-commerce activity.  This research will provide carriers with an understanding of how the industry has responded to these structural shifts in the relationships between consumers, businesses, and logistics.

Motor carriers are encouraged to provide data, confidentially, through ATRI’s survey by Friday, April 6, 2018.  The survey is available online here.

Respondents who submit completed surveys by the deadline are eligible for entry in a raffle to win one of five $100 gift cards and will receive an advance copy of the Impacts of E-Commerce on the Trucking Industry report.  The results of this study will be available later this year.

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.  

Feb 272018

Contact: Dan Murray
(651) 641-6162
February 27, 2018


 Arlington, Virginia – The American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI) today released its report on best practices in freight planning at the state level.  The report will allow state Departments of Transportation and their consultants to better address those freight planning components that are viewed as most critical by FHWA, state DOTs and State Trucking Association leaders.

ATRI called for nominations of innovative state freight plans from state DOT personnel and freight stakeholders nationwide.  The top twelve plans then formed the basis for an “Ideal Attributes Checklist,” by which the other state freight plans were assessed.  The state plans are also compared against FAST Act-required and recommended components.  In summary, the process synthesized minimum freight planning requirements along with innovative practices and mapped nearly 50 different freight plans against the “model freight plan” framework.

The report’s Ideal Attributes Checklist, along with lessons learned and the various innovative practices highlighted within, will allow freight planners to consider a broad continuum of freight planning techniques for their next freight plan updates.  The highest ranked plans utilize a variety of tools including quantitative industry data, visualizations, project prioritization tools and strong reliance on Freight Advisory Committees, among other approaches.

Texas was the highest ranked freight plan in ATRI’s research based in part on the state’s use of detailed commodity and freight flow data in developing its plan, as well as active engagement of its Freight Advisory Committee throughout the planning process.

“We are excited to be able to contribute our knowledge base to this important effort, and even more flattered that we were chosen by our peers as a model freight plan,” said Caroline Mays, Director of the Texas Department of Transportation’s Freight Office.  “That said, our freight work has really just begun.”

Other states receiving top accolades in ATRI’s report include Georgia, California, Mississippi, Iowa, Florida, Washington, Michigan, Ohio, Nevada, Maryland, and Alabama.

For access to the full report, please 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.  

Feb 272018

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Feb 052018

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

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


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.
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.
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.
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.
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%