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Feb 122019
 

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Rebecca Brewster
(404) 247-8787
February 12, 2019

 

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

The 2019 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 nearly 1 million 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 USDOT’s freight mobility initiatives.  The locations detailed in this latest ATRI list represent the top 100 congested locations.

“Congestion is a persistent issue for our industry and our company specifically,” said Rich McArdle, president of UPS Freight. “For UPS, if all of our vehicles are delayed just five minutes a day, every day, it costs our company $114 million a year. In order to combat congestion, many companies must plan operational redundancies to meet their customer needs. Using data like ATRI’s bottleneck report can help both companies and elected officials to make more informed decisions.”

For the first time since 2014, the intersection of I-95 and SR 4 in Fort Lee, New Jersey is back on top as the Number One freight bottleneck in the country.  The rest of the Top 10 includes:

  1. Atlanta: I-285 at I-85 (North)
  2. Atlanta: I-75 at I-285 (North)
  3. Los Angeles: SR 60 at SR 57
  4. Houston: I-45 at I-69/US 59
  5. Cincinnati: I-71 at I-75
  6. Chicago: I-290 at I-90/I-94
  7. Nashville: I-24/I-40 at I-440 (East)
  8. Atlanta: I-20 at I-285 (West)
  9. Los Angeles: I-710 at I-105

ATRI’s analysis found that year-over-year truck speeds across the top 10 locations dropped by an average of nearly 9 percent as congestion worsened along the nation’s busiest freight roadways.

“ATRI’s research shows us where the worst pain points are – but they are far from the only ones. This report should be a wakeup call for elected leaders at all levels of government that we must act quickly to address our increasingly congested highway system,” ATA President and CEO Chris Spear said. “Without meaningful investment in our nation’s infrastructure, carriers will continue to endure billions of dollars in congestion-related costs – which results in a self-inflicted drag on our economy.”

For access to the full report, including detailed information on each of the 100 top congested locations, please visit ATRI’s website 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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Feb 062019
 

Since 2002, the American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI) has collected and processed truck GPS data in support of numerous U.S. DOT freight mobility initiatives. Using truck GPS data from nearly 1 million trucks, ATRI develops and monitors a series of key performance measures on the nation’s freight transportation system. ATRI now converts its truck GPS dataset into an ongoing analysis that is used to quantify the impact of traffic congestion on truck-borne freight at 300 specific locations.

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 empowers 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 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 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
Speed
Non-Peak
Average
Speed
Peak Average
Speed Percent
Change
2018-2019
1Fort Lee, NJ: I-95 at SR 4NJ31.72335.2-7.65%
2Atlanta, GA: I-285 at I-85 (North)GA34.822.940.6-7.35%
3Atlanta, GA: I-75 at I-285 (North)GA37.927.442.8-9.91%
4Los Angeles, CA: SR 60 at SR 57 CA41.534.544.41.05%
5Houston, TX: I-45 at I-69/US 59TX33.824.237.9-9.46%
6Cincinnati, OH: I-71 at I-75OH43.936.246.8-7.42%
7Chicago, IL: I-290 at I-90/I-94IL24.417.626.9-16.74%
8Nashville, TN: I-24/I-40 at I-440 (East)TN41.428.148-11.75%
9Atlanta, GA: I-20 at I-285 (West)GA44.538.347-5.06%
10Los Angeles, CA: I-710 at I-105CA37.726.843.4-12.35%
11Gary, IN: I-65 at I-80IN46.945.147.6-13.33%
12Denver, CO: I-70 at I-25CO38.430.342.4-16.98%
13Houston, TX: I-10 at I-45TX40.428.446.4-11.42%
14Hartford, CT: I-84 at I-91CT45.435.249.2-2.43%
15San Bernardino, CA: I-10 at I-15CA44.735.648.5-6.52%
16Dallas, TX: I-45 at I-30TX40.128.845.2-0.11%
17Chicago, IL: I-90 at I-94 (North)IL30.516.937.3-7.34%
18Detroit, MI: I-94 at I-75MI39.130.843.7-15.48%
19Baton Rouge, LA: I-10 at I-110LA37.128.941.4-6.54%
20Brooklyn, NY: I-278 at Belt ParkwayNY33.625.636.9-18.49%
21St. Louis, MO: I-64/I-55 at I-44MO42.538.344.2-9.70%
22Austin, TX: I-35TX31.618.337.20.38%
23Denver, CO: I-70 Central ProjectCO41.331.846.3-10.92%
24Houston, TX: I-45 at I-610 (North) TX41.830.747.5-11.72%
25Atlanta, GA: I-20 at I-285 (East)GA46.239.149.2-7.67%
26Chicago, IL: I-90 at I-94 (South)IL43.23546.30.70%
27Houston, TX: I-10 at I-610 (West)TX44.234.448.6-6.29%
28Portland, OR: I-5 at I-84OR31.523.635.7-3.15%
29Vancouver, WA: I-5 at Columbia RiverWA41.234.843.62.20%
30Indianapolis, IN: I-65 at I-70 (North)IN48.24051.9-6.70%
31Oakland, CA: I-880 at I-238CA40.832.744.90.91%
32Birmingham, AL: I-65 at I-20AL46.640.549.6-10.14%
33Phoenix, AZ: I-17 at I-10AZ44.331.850.3-11.13%
34Nashville, TN: I-40 at I-65 (East)TN41.628.947.6-13.14%
35Providence, RI: I-95 at I-195RI41.13344.84.12%
36Minneapolis - St. Paul, MN: I-35W at I-494MN44.936.149.4-5.54%
37Seattle, WA: I-5 at I-90WA33.22537.30.50%
38Philadelphia, PA: I-76 at I-676PA30.424.832.5-5.66%
39Boston, MA: I-95 at I-90MA42.232.546.2-3.73%
40Queens, NY: I-495NY24.915.930.2-9.79%
41Las Vegas, NV: I-15 at I-515NV44.135.549.1-5.53%
42Dallas, TX: US 75 at I-635TX45.934.250.8-5.72%
43Stamford, CT: I-95CT43.432.546.9-0.61%
44Oakland, CA: I-80 at I-580/I-880CA30.521.135.9-3.48%
45Baltimore, MD: I-695 at I-70MD45.93650.2-3.39%
46Federal Way, WA: SR 18 at I-5WA45.836.950.4-3.94%
47Norwalk, CT: I-95CT44.632.348.6-9.13%
48Cincinnati, OH: I-75 at I-74OH4738.150.7-3.38%
49Milwaukee, WI: I-94/I-794 at I-43WI43.53448.9-0.17%
50Los Angeles, CA: I-110 at I-105 CA39.328.944.2-3.57%
51Chattanooga, TN: I-24 at Hwy 27TN48.239.952.2-5.48%
52Minneapolis - St. Paul, MN: I-35E at I-94MN42.834.946.4-2.17%
53Minneapolis - St. Paul, MN: I-35W at I-94MN38.230.142.44.64%
54Atlanta, GA: I-20 at I-75/I-85 GA39.930.644-1.57%
55Washington, D.C.: I-95 at I-495 (North)DC47.435.951.8-6.73%
56New Haven, CT: I-95 at I-91CT46.336.549.97.32%
57Houston, TX: I-10 at I-610 (East)TX49.943.852.7-7.92%
58Indianapolis, IN: I-65 at I-70 (South)IN48.641.152-7.00%
59Auburn, WA: SR 18 at SR 167WA44.535.849-3.24%
60Greenville, SC: I-85 at I-385SC50.744.753.2-2.00%
61Houston, TX: I-610 at US 290TX42.732.1481.42%
62Harrisburg, PA: I-81 at I-83PA51.146.852.8-6.03%
63Philadelphia, PA: I-476 at I-95PA44.735.748.6-1.66%
64Waterbury, CT: I-84 at SR 8CT46.240.248.4-0.62%
65Charlotte, NC: I-77 near Lake NormanNC40.830.246.1-1.43%
66Minneapolis - St. Paul, MN: I-35W at I-694MN46.437.451.4-3.95%
67Tacoma, WA: I-5 at I-705/SR 16WA44.539.946.52.90%
68Seattle, WA: I-90 at I-405WA37.528.542.20.89%
69Ft. Worth, TX: I-35W at I-30TX43.835.547.23.34%
70Charlotte, NC: I-77 at I-485 (South)NC51.543.854.9-3.08%
71Kansas City, MO: I-70 at I-670 at US 71MO48.743.750.8-2.89%
72Chicago, IL: I-80 at I-94 IL52.850.453.6-3.43%
73Denver, CO: I-25 at I-76 CO48.139.951.9-9.04%
74Bridgeport, CT: I-95 at RT 8 CT493952.1-7.72%
75Milwaukee, WI: I-94 at I-894/I-41WI44.536.348.9-1.98%
76Manhasset, NY: I-495 at Shelter Rock RoadNY4333.547-6.17%
77Philadelphia, PA: I-76 at I-476PA4637.949.42.12%
78Piscataway, NJ: I-287NJ47.336.752.4-4.15%
79Houston, TX: I-610 at I-69/US 59 (West)TX41.633.145.3-0.26%
80Corona, CA: I-15 at SR 91CA44.636.547.722.25%
81Boston, MA: I-93 at SR 3MA38.325.545.1-5.88%
82Nashville, TN: I-65 at I-24TN49.74053.7-2.44%
83Rye, NY: I-95 at I-287NY51.948.552.7-1.59%
84Charleston, SC: I-26 at I-526SC44.534.749.7-0.37%
85Phoenix, AZ: I-10 at US 60AZ49.439.653.5-7.96%
86Minneapolis - St. Paul, MN: I-94 at US 52MN35.828.639.6-18.67%
87Detroit, MI: I-75 at I-696MI46.137.750.41.30%
88Boston, MA: I-95 at I-93 (North)MA44.134.648.2-5.34%
89Houston, TX: I-45 at I-610 (South)TX43.532.949.4-5.84%
90Camden, NJ: I-76 at I-676NJ43.24044.5-3.23%
91Atlanta, GA: I-75 at I-85GA36.325.640.93.26%
92Harrisburg, PA: RT 581 at I-83PA4943.451.2-2.26%
93Columbus, OH: I-71 at I-70OH47.139.549.9-4.00%
94Washington, D.C.: I-495 at I-270 (West)DC4530.350.42.40%
95Indianapolis, IN: I-465 at I-69IN5143.654.3-3.30%
96Baltimore, MD: I-95 at I-695 (South)MD49.942.852.7-0.83%
97Baltimore, MD: I-695 at I-83MD49.141.351.9-2.55%
98Tampa, FL: I-4 at I-275FL41.230.746.7-11.73%
99Buffalo-Niagara Falls, NY: I-90 at I-290NY47.64349.9-0.94%
100Houston, TX: I-10 at I-69/US 59TX46.23452.88.84%
Feb 052019
 

For a free copy of the full report electronically, please provide the information below. Once you click the submit button, the report will download automatically. (Please note that the file is large and it may take a couple of minutes to download):

Feb 052019
 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Dan Murray
(651) 641-6162
February 5, 2019

 

Arlington, Virginia – The American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI) today released an analysis of the impacts that emerging e-commerce trends are having on the trucking industry, including the challenges and opportunities that more regionalized retail supply chains and the proliferation of urban “last mile” deliveries have presented. This research was identified as a top research priority by ATRI’s Research Advisory Committee.

The analysis provides background on emerging e-commerce and omni-channel retailing trends, and maps the implications of these trends to trucking operations and the industry’s top ten issues. Key findings in ATRI’s report include:

  • From 1999-2017, e-commerce sales increased from less than one percent of total U.S. retail sales to more than nine percent, reflecting a 3,000 percent increase in e-commerce sales.
  • Annual growth of e-commerce has ranged between 13 and 16 percent over the last five years, outpacing the one to five percent annual growth in traditional retail sales.
  • Retailers are becoming more flexible in how they transact with consumers by decentralizing their distribution/fulfillment networks to bring inventory closer to consumers.
  • There were 2,130 fewer department stores and 385,000 fewer jobs at these stores in 2017 compared to 2015; there were 1,937 more courier services operating and just over 85,000 new employees hired in the sector during this time period.
  • “Last Mile Fulfillment Centers” represented 73 percent of the industrial real estate market in 2017, a 15 percentage point increase from the previous year.
  • Registrations for single-unit trucks increased by 7.8 percent between 2007 and 2016 compared to 4.4 percent growth in combination truck registrations.
  • The number of intra-regional and last-mile truck trips has increased while the average length of haul has declined. Average trip lengths have decreased 37 percent since 2000, while urban vehicle miles traveled have increased for much of this time period.
  • Intrastate and local hauls for e-commerce could serve as a training opportunity for 18-20-year-old drivers, representing a huge new pool of potential interstate CDL drivers.

“ATRI’s research provides a critical roadmap for trucking industry stakeholders to address the challenges and benefits of e-commerce and omni-channel retailing,” said Tom Benusa, CIO of Transport America. “These trends are game-changing, and our industry must adapt quickly to ensure that trucking continues to be the preeminent freight mode.”

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. 

Jan 092019
 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Rebecca Brewster
(770) 432-0628
January 9, 2019

 

Arlington, Virginia – The American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI) today published its latest update of state and local idling regulations on its website at TruckingResearch.org.  The listing is provided in two forms.  An online compendium provides detailed information and hyperlinks to each of the 65 state and local regulations that have been identified.  A cab card is also available that provides a consolidated listing which can be downloaded and carried in the glove box of a truck.

Among the newly enacted regulations now included in the compendium are:

  1. Madison, Wisconsin has a 5-minute idling limit with limited exemptions, one of which is if the temperature is less than 20ºF or more than 90ºF. Fines can range from $25 to $200.
  2. Sandy City, Utah has a 1-minute idling limit with limited exemptions. Violators will be given up to three warnings before a citation not exceeding $750 can be issued.

Other regulations now listed in the compendium include Newark, Delaware; Ithaca, New York; Logan, Utah; and Summit County, Utah.

ATRI continues to monitor the development of idling regulations across the country and provides the compendium and cab card as a free service to help trucking companies and truck drivers comply with the myriad of state and local idling regulations.

“Even though enforcement tends to vary among jurisdictions, with areas such as California and New York City being more active, the regulations highlight communities that are concerned about emissions from idling vehicles,” explained Mike Tunnell, ATRI’s Director of Environmental Research.  “We urge trucking companies to be aware of these regulations not only to comply and avoid fines but to be good neighbors in the communities in which they operate.”

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 092019
 

ATRI publishes a compendium of current idling regulations by state, which is provided for free in two different PDF formats — the original compendium listing and as a foldable cab card for quick reference. ATRI updates the compendium regularly.

The information contained in these compendiums is for reference purposes only and should not be relied upon for regulatory compliance. This information may contain errors and omissions and is subject to change. Actual state, county, or city codes should be referenced for specific requirements. Online users may access these codes by clicking on the individual regulations listed.

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.