Atlanta

Two steps forward, one step back: Spot market van, reefer rates retreat in last week after gains

After volume and rate gains across van, reefer and flat segments the prior week, this past week has seen van loads flat for volume. More posted trucks resulted in something of a slight rates give-back. But we're still up over the April average.

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Van, reefer rates steady but still low, reefer hot spots in the Southeast

National average rates held steady for vans and reefers last week. Spot market loads on DAT Load Boards edged down 2 percent overall in volume, but demand increased for reefers, especially in the Southeast. As noted, Miami and Atlanta are performing fairly well for reefers, depending on the destination. Furthermore, the run to Miami from Atlanta itself is paying an average of $2.24 per mile. The averages back out of Miami to Atlanta, however, tell a different story. The return ...

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Reefer, van ‘warming market’ maps for the week

Spring freight volumes are exactly hot in van and reefer, but warming. Usually this time of year, notes DAT's Ken Harper, rates will follow. Some local markets where owner-operators can bring confidence to negotiations detailed here.

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Van spot market update: Can you guess the worst-performing lanes of the week?

"What goes up must come down," says DAT's Ken Harper, who notes laws of gravity as a general rule might well be applied to "to truck loads and rates on the spot market," particularly as seen this past week.

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Top 10 most congested freight intersections

ATRI's annual rankings this year gave the dubious distinction of most congested freight chokepoint to the city of Atlanta and its "Spaghetti Junction" north stack interchange at I-285 and I-85.

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Trucker almost hit by plane on I-285 speaks; EB and WB I-285 reopened to traffic

A small airplane crashed on I-285 in northeast Atlanta Friday morning. Trucker Gerald Smith, nearly hit by the plane, tells his story. As of 4 p.m. CDT, all lanes had reopened.

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Photos: Brush-fire shutdown of SB I-85 in GA

Headed out of S.C. to Nashville through the area, a planned 9-hour-or-so run turned into one that, in a different life, would have come pretty well close to the end of the 14-hour window.

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Science doesn’t lie

"I propose that all the people who think it's a good idea to further castrate the big diesel engine should have to drive a governed truck in full-on bumper-to-bumper rush-hour traffic around Atlanta on 285, where the median speed is 'balls to the wall.'"

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Reckless four-wheelers, bad road design…: Two factors, among others, in many truck rollovers

A recent mainstream-media report reinforces what many truckers know about truck-occupant and other fatality numbers, too: There's more to them than meets the eye.

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When the road leads nowhere

Hotshot hauler Jeff Ward crosses a road to nowhere; And mainstream media -- helped along by the Uber ride-sharing service -- works to turn "independent contractor" into a dirty word.

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