Rapid growth in the use of mobile apps is changing the trucking business and could bring congestion reduction benefits as well as efficiency gains. The way truckers with empty trailers find available loads has come a long way from notes on truck stop bulletin boards. The flexibility brought by these applications also provides a backup when scheduled movements are disrupted.
Brookings report provides insight into the impacts of congestion on the freight industry
A new report from the Brookings Institution, and its associated interactive tool, study the flow of freight among U.S. metropolitan areas. The same metropolitan areas on which much of the nation’s freight system depends are also home to the most congested corridors. By graphically showing freight flows within the U.S., the report makes a strong argument that congestion in large metro areas interferes with interstate commerce.
House T&I Committee issues freight report
A new report from the Panel on 21st Century Freight Transportation, Improving the Nation’s Freight Transportation System, recommends a series of steps for Congress to take in order to modernize the national freight transportation system to increase transportation efficiency and economic competitiveness.
Court strikes down FMCSA’s E-log regulation
The U.S. 7th Circuit Court of Appeals recently struck down a rule imposed by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) requiring the use of electronic on-board recorders (EOBRs) by drivers working for carriers that …