Thailand approves $12 billion Japan railway scheme

Reuters | May 26, 2015 | Intermodal | Rail

Thailand's cabinet has approved a $12 billion railway project to be built with Japanese help, a deputy government spokesman said, one of several big-ticket plans the government hopes will stimulate Southeast Asia's second largest economy. Read More »

Truckers’ secret to fuel efficiency: take it easy

Reuters | May 26, 2015 | Intermodal | Road

Mario Enriquez says there’s no real trick to getting great fuel mileage in a big truck. Read More »

US Senate passes two-month transportation spending patch

Reuters | May 26, 2015 | Intermodal | Road

The U.S. Senate passed a two-month spending extension for federal transportation projects that puts off a decision on long-term funding for road, bridge and rail transit projects until the height of the summer construction season. Read More »

Mexico to compensate China’s CRCC for canceling rail project

Reuters | May 21, 2015 | Intermodal | Rail

The Chinese company at the helm of a consortium that won a $3.75 billion high-speed rail contract last year which was later revoked will be compensated almost 20 million pesos ($1.31 million), a transport ministry official said on Thursday. Read More »

Washington state judge denies Shell appeal on rail project review

Reuters | May 21, 2015 | Energy | Pipeline | Intermodal | Rail

A judge on Thursday denied Royal Dutch Shell’s appeal of a ruling that a proposed oil-by-rail project at its Washington state refinery must undergo a full environmental review, just two weeks after a crude train derailment caused a fire in North Dakota. Read More »

OSHA-based or IBC stairs: clearing up a warehouse controversy

AJOT | May 21, 2015 | Intermodal | Road

For anyone working in an industrial or warehouse environment, where cost, space, efficient material handling and worker safety are vital, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)-based stairs are often preferred over IBC stairs due to  their smaller footprint, better fit, and lower cost.  RMI-compliant OSHA-based stairs permit open risers, integration of the handrail as the top of the guard, and a greater stair pitch. Read More »

Old Dominion Freight Line announces senior management changes

AJOT | May 21, 2015 | Intermodal | Road

Old Dominion Freight Line, Inc. has announced that Greg C. Gantt, the Company's Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, has been promoted to President and Chief Operating Officer. David S. Congdon will remain the Company's Chief Executive Officer and will assume the new responsibilities of Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors. J. Wes Frye, the Company's Senior Vice President - Finance and Chief Financial Officer, has announced his plans to retire from the Company effective December 31, 2015. Adam N. Satterfield, the Company's Vice President - Treasurer, will become the Company's Chief Financial Officer effective upon Mr. Frye's retirement. Read More »

AAR says oil-by-rail volumes dropped almost 12% in first quarter

Reuters | May 21, 2015 | Intermodal | Rail

Crude oil shipments by top U.S. railroads fell nearly 12 percent in the first quarter of this year from the previous three months, the American Association of Railroads said, a drop likely tied to refinery work on coastal plants. Read More »

German train strike suspended as two sides agree arbitration

Reuters | May 21, 2015 | Intermodal | Rail

A German train strike that has disrupted passenger and commercial services and threatened to clip economic growth was suspended after both sides agreed to non-binding arbitration in the 10-month old dispute. Read More »

Southeastern Freight Lines promotes Arrington to Service Center Manager in Fredericksburg

AJOT | May 21, 2015 | Intermodal | Road

Southeastern Freight Lines, the leading provider of regional less-than-truckload (LTL) transportation services, has announced that Terry Arrington has been promoted to service center manager of its facility in Fredericksburg, Virginia. Read More »

TQL introduces first mobile app for trucking industry with speak-and-search capability

AJOT | May 21, 2015 | Intermodal | Road

Voice search is fast, convenient and helps alleviate typos on small mobile device screens. And now it’s available to truck drivers on the road searching for loads to haul.  Read More »

Copying Alibaba, India e-tailers woo small sellers for growth

Reuters | May 21, 2015 | Intermodal | Road

Indian e-commerce firms are offering funding help and tech support to woo small retailers, emulating a strategy used by Chinese online retail giant Alibaba Group Holding Ltd to expand into the towns and villages home to the majority of consumers. Read More »

CenterPoint Properties announces 315,810 SF speculative facility at CIC-Savannah

AJOT | May 21, 2015 | Intermodal | Road

CenterPoint Properties has announced a new 315,810 SF speculative building within the CenterPoint Intermodal Center – Savannah. The facility will be located on 26 acres of the transportation and logistics park, offering direct access to the Georgia Port Authority, the NS Dillard Yard and direct rail service from Norfolk Southern. John Neely of Colliers will have direct responsibilities for marketing the facility. Read More »

CenterPoint announces built-to-suit wheeled storage yard at CenterPoint Intermodal Center – Joliet,

AJOT | May 21, 2015 | Intermodal | Road

CenterPoint Properties has announced the development of an 8.67-acre build-to-suit wheeled storage yard for California Multimodal, LLC (“CMI”), a full service 3PL that provides warehousing and trucking services nationwide, at CenterPoint Intermodal Center – Joliet. Adam Roth of NAI Hiffman worked diligently with CenterPoint on the transaction. Read More »

Engineering work advances on Colombia’s Fenoco coal railway

Reuters | May 21, 2015 | Intermodal | Rail

Engineering work to enable Colombia’s Fenoco coal railway to resume overnight operation has been progressing after protestors had interrupted it in late April, a local government authority said on Thursday. Read More »

Transportation Research Board Releases First National Cooperative Rail Research Program Project

AJOT | May 21, 2015 | Intermodal | Rail

This Guidebook provides a “toolbox” of ways to pay for rail projects with a funding shortfall. The TRB release includes both a report summary and the full Guidebook. Read More »

Nine high school students, two adults dead in Mexico truck accident

Reuters | May 20, 2015 | Intermodal | Road

Eleven people, including nine high school students, died on a highway in the central Mexican state of San Luis Potosi after their vehicle collided with a freight truck's trailer. Read More »

UK freight association says illegal stowaways threaten future of cross channel freight

AJOT | May 20, 2015 | Intermodal | Road

The trade association that represents companies responsible for handling much of the UK’s visible trade is warning that a significant recent increase in would-be illegal immigrants attempting to stowaway on trucks passing through the Calais Eurotunnel terminal and ferry port is causing major problems and threatening the future of cross channel trailer services. Read More »

U.S. House passes transportation spending extension

Reuters | May 19, 2015 | Intermodal

The U.S. House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed on Tuesday a two-month extension of federal spending authority on transportation projects, delaying decisions over longer-term funding until the Highway Trust Fund is depleted in July. Read More »

EU rules German minimum wage law on foreign truckers is illegal

Reuters | May 19, 2015 | Intermodal | Road

A German law ordering foreign truck drivers be paid the German minimum wage for any hours spent driving across the country is illegal, the European Commission said. Read More »