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  • CURE Leasing & Maintenance Offers Excellent Lease Options on 2016 Freightliners

    AmeriQuest Business Services Latest News
    10 May 2015 | 9:00 pm
    The third-party equipment provider announces low lease-end residual agreements on the latest model year trucks, enabling independent contractors to build equity in their business.
  • Parker Hannifin Unveils New Tube Fitting Ideal for LNG Applications

    NGTNews.com
    22 May 2015 | 10:01 am
    Parker Hannifin Corp. has introduced Seal-Lok Xtreme, a tube fitting solution whose applications include liquefied natural gas (LNG) storage and fueling systems. The company says [...]
  • Elements of Access: Queues

    Transportationist
    David Levinson
    25 May 2015 | 5:00 am
    by Kay Axhausen Travel time vs. Capacity Utilization. As capacity utilization approaches 100%, costs rise exponentially. In simple terms, we are either traveling unaffected by the movements of others (which engineers call freeflow), or we are slowed by others (which we call queueing), either directly, due to interactions (such as congestion), or because of controls to manage those interactions (like traffic signals). In freeflow, the traveller or customer can choose her own speed without imposing her choice on other nearby travelers. She can choose her own time and receives immediate service…
  • Sitting Down with the Governor of Texas

    Responsible Reflections
    Eric R. Byer, NACD
    21 May 2015 | 8:25 am
    From left: NACD Chairman Mat Brainerd, NACD Member and Texas State Senator Kelly Hancock, Gov. Greg Abbott, and NACD President Eric Byer Earlier this week, I met with Governor Greg Abbott (R-Texas) to introduce him and his staff to NACD and our Responsible Distribution program. Along with NACD member and State Senator Kelly Hancock and NACD Chairman Mat Brainerd, we talked about NACD’s membership in the Lone Star state and the importance of ensuring Texas communities are kept safe through stewardship and adhering to best practices in the chemical distribution industry. Sitting down with…
  • Cameras in the Cab

     Truckers America - Home
    22 May 2015 | 5:57 am
    Truck fleets are increasingly deploying in-cab video systems as part of their technological arsenal to increase safety and security. While these systems do generate some privacy concerns, the bottom line is that fleets are seeing improvements in safety, driver training and other areas. In many cases, the in-cab video systems join other active safety technologies such as stability control systems, lane departure warning, and reactive cruise-control.At Melton Truck Lines, Tulsa, Okla., in addition to the in-cab video system from Lytx, the company also equips its trucks with Bendix’s…
 
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  • Elements of Access: Queues

    David Levinson
    25 May 2015 | 5:00 am
    by Kay Axhausen Travel time vs. Capacity Utilization. As capacity utilization approaches 100%, costs rise exponentially. In simple terms, we are either traveling unaffected by the movements of others (which engineers call freeflow), or we are slowed by others (which we call queueing), either directly, due to interactions (such as congestion), or because of controls to manage those interactions (like traffic signals). In freeflow, the traveller or customer can choose her own speed without imposing her choice on other nearby travelers. She can choose her own time and receives immediate service…
  • Five myths about traffic

    David Levinson
    22 May 2015 | 12:20 pm
    Tom Vanderbilt write Five myths about traffic in the Washington Post: 1. More roads = less traffic. This is the granddaddy of all traffic myths, one still held dear by the average driver and certain precincts of state highway offices. More funding for more roads is on the way in Texas, where the governor declared that residents are “tired of being stuck in traffic.” On Memorial Day, it will assume the stature of an intuitive truth: If they just built more roads, we’d be home by now. But that reasoning doesn’t stand. First, Memorial Day is one of a handful of peak travel days. “You…
  • New analysis shows far more Twin Cities residents walking, biking to work

    David Levinson
    21 May 2015 | 8:56 am
    MPR News reporter Jon Collins covers our recent bike study: New analysis shows far more Twin Cities residents walking, biking to work. My quotes below, though most of  the work is due to PhD Candidate Jessica Schoner and Prof. Greg Lindsey. The full report will be published within a week. Minneapolis’ recent investments in bicycling and walking infrastructure, such as trails and bike boulevards, may be one reason that rates in the city appear to have been increasing at such a rate, said David Levinson, a University of Minnesota professor of transportation and principal investigator…
  • Elements of Access: Time is Mis-underestimated (Vierordt’s Law)

    David Levinson
    18 May 2015 | 5:00 am
    Reported trip durations by minute for work trips (2011 Twin Cities Travel Behavior Inventory) shows spiking on “5s” and “10s” and “30s” (Log Scale) Sometimes people think places are farther away than they really are, and other times they are closer. Freeways seem to take shorter than they really area, local streets longer. This in part has to do with task complexity, or the “mental transaction costs” involved in traveling.⁠1 When I need to make a lot of small driving and navigation decisions, like on a signalized route with lots of turns, I need to focus…
  • Vandalism or terrorism

    David Levinson
    16 May 2015 | 2:15 pm
    David Levinson:In light of Amtrak 188, this seems appropriate from England in 2007 Originally posted on Transportationist: We were returning from Harrogate to London last night on the Great North Eastern Railway (GNER) after attending the well-run and interesting UTSG conference. The trip from Harrogate to Leeds was uneventful. On the trip from Leeds to Kings Cross in London, we were interrupted by what I believe the announcer said was a Code 3 on Coach M. (We were on a different coach so at the time didn’t know what that was), though we did not stop there. Later the announcer told us that…
 
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  • Sitting Down with the Governor of Texas

    Eric R. Byer, NACD
    21 May 2015 | 8:25 am
    From left: NACD Chairman Mat Brainerd, NACD Member and Texas State Senator Kelly Hancock, Gov. Greg Abbott, and NACD President Eric Byer Earlier this week, I met with Governor Greg Abbott (R-Texas) to introduce him and his staff to NACD and our Responsible Distribution program. Along with NACD member and State Senator Kelly Hancock and NACD Chairman Mat Brainerd, we talked about NACD’s membership in the Lone Star state and the importance of ensuring Texas communities are kept safe through stewardship and adhering to best practices in the chemical distribution industry. Sitting down with…
  • Small Businesses Have a Big Impact

    Eric R. Byer, NACD
    7 May 2015 | 9:15 am
    Earlier this year, the Small Business Administration (SBA) declared that this week, May 4-8, is National Small Business Week. Every year since 1963, SBA takes the opportunity to highlight the impact of outstanding entrepreneurs, small business owners, and others from across the nation. Given that the average NACD member employs 26 people and generates $26 million in sales, this week offers a great opportunity to highlight the importance of small-and-medium enterprises (SMEs) in the broader economy and the need to ensure a fair tax code for these SMEs. According to SBA, more than half of all…
  • A Minute with Jeanette Glose Partlow

    Eric R. Byer, NACD
    16 Apr 2015 | 8:00 am
    NACD’s 2015 Washington Fly-In is just around the corner! Nearly 90 representatives throughout the chemical distribution industry are expected to descend on Washington, D.C., April 28 and 29 to share their stories with their elected officials. To help attendees prepare for this invaluable event, we sat down with Jeanette Glose Partlow, current NACD board member and president of Maryland Chemical Company, to get her perspective on the Washington Fly-In. And, if you haven’t yet registered for the Fly-In, there’s still time! Click here! NACDJeanette, thank you for taking the…
  • Guest Post—STEM Education Is Serious Business in Washington, DC

    Eric R. Byer, NACD
    9 Apr 2015 | 9:30 am
    By Kate Larson, Chemical Educational Foundation   Kate Larson, Chemical Educational Foundation When 13-year-old Audrey Gallier returned home after winning the Chemical Educational Foundation’s (CEF) 2014 National You Be The Chemist Challenge®, she thought the fanfare was over. That is, until she received an invitation from the President of the United States. Audrey was selected to attend the 2015 White House Science Fair on March 23, a celebration of young scientists from around the country and their achievements at science competitions or science fairs. In recognition of her…
  • NACD Welcomes the Surface Transportation Board Reauthorization Act of 2015

    Eric R. Byer, NACD
    26 Mar 2015 | 11:00 am
    Sen. John Thune (R-SD) Last week, U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation Chairman John Thune (R-SD) and Ranking Member Bill Nelson (D-FL) introduced the Surface Transportation Board (STB) Reauthorization Act of 2015 (S. 808), a bipartisan STB reform bill. The bill would provide the STB with the tools it needs to be a more efficient and effective agency and is a very important step in the effort to promote access to competitive freight rail service and provide a more efficient venue to address rate and service issues between railroads and their customers. The lack of…
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  • Cameras in the Cab

    22 May 2015 | 5:57 am
    Truck fleets are increasingly deploying in-cab video systems as part of their technological arsenal to increase safety and security. While these systems do generate some privacy concerns, the bottom line is that fleets are seeing improvements in safety, driver training and other areas. In many cases, the in-cab video systems join other active safety technologies such as stability control systems, lane departure warning, and reactive cruise-control.At Melton Truck Lines, Tulsa, Okla., in addition to the in-cab video system from Lytx, the company also equips its trucks with Bendix’s…
  • E-Log Mandate Still Set for Sept. Publication

    21 May 2015 | 7:37 am
    A flurry of trucking regulatory activity is still expected this year, according to a monthly rulemakings update from the Department of Transportation. But some of the DOT’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s upcoming rules have again been pushed back, while some remain on track. Here are the latest dates from the DOT report:Federal rule requiring electronic logging devices in the works.Electronic logging devices: A Final Rule mandating the use of electronic logging devices by truck operators is still scheduled to be published Sept. 30, according to the report.
  • Driver Dilemma: Train for the Long Haul

    20 May 2015 | 6:11 am
    Experts on driver recruitment and retention may disagree on the relative importance of such key motivators as base and bonus pay, length and scheduling of time away from home, quality and care of equipment, and fringe benefits ranging from healthcare to 401(k) plans.Yet there is broad agreement that positive communication between drivers and their employers is crucial to attracting and keeping those best qualified to deliver the goods. That holds true through the hiring process and throughout their career with a carrier – and good training programs are one aspect of that…
  • Mother's Day Convoy: 300 Truck Raise Money for Make-A-Wish

    19 May 2015 | 6:16 am
    Trucker drivers helped raise a lot of money for a worthwhile charity on the recent Mothers Day weekend.A convoy of trucks rolled through central Pennsylvania on May 10, raising more than $300,000 for the Philadelphia, Northern Delaware & Susquehanna Valley chapter of the Make-A-Wish Foundation. This year’s total of 380 trucks is 45 more than last year. About 100 Make-A-Wish children rode along with truckers in the convoy this year. Other trucks were decorated with pictures of children who’ve been helped by the foundation.The annual Mother’s Day Convoy is the…
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