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Dart to raise contractor pay

Owner-operators with over-the-road contracts are eligible for pay increases per mile that can range from $3,000 to $4,000 per year, Egan, Minn.-based Dart Transit Co. says. The increase, which pushes mileage rate as high as $1.00 per mile, will become effective April 1. For details, visit Dart Transit.

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Driving team named Trucker Buddies

Team drivers Susan and Henry Gantner were named Trucker Buddy of the Month for November 2011. The owner-operators were nominated by Chassidy Vissering and her second-grade class at Pewitt Elementary in Omaha, Texas. The Gantners are leased to Roadrunner. They communicate with the class weekly and stop by for visits on their twice-weekly trips to California Visit the Trucker Buddy website for more information on the Gantners’ volunteer work.

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PacLease opens rental locations

Truckers traveling in the Midwest and Pacific Northwest can now find seven new PacLease truck leasing companies on their routes. The new sites include franchises in Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota, South Dakota, and Washington State. The company fully maintains the trucks and meets CSA maintenance requirements with the full-service leasing option. Drivers have the opportunity to lease new Kenworth and Peterbilt trucks, says Neil Vonnahme, PacLease president. Visit the PacLease website for a detailed list of locations.  

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Shell Rotella SuperRigs contest set

30th anniversary competition will be May 17-19 in Joplin, Mo.

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Crete wins military employer award

Crete Carrier Corp. has been recognized for 2012 as one of the nation’s top employers for civilians with military experience by civilianjobs.com. The carrier plans to provide jobs for more than 500 former military personnel in 2012, says Crete Carrier spokesman Jeff Dady. Its military program includes compensation, trainer-learning opportunities, no team driving, home time for weekend drill, extended benefits during deployment and annual training for Guard and Reserve members. The 2012 Most Valuable Employers for military ...

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Intermodal flatbed launched

Boyd Intermodal, along with partner Raildecks Intermodal, on Feb. 28 announced the launch of its Boyd/Raildecks flatbed intermodal product designed to allow industrial freight such as steel and aluminum coils to be transported by railroad. Class 1 railroads can enable the flatbed industry to create capacity “when the only way previously was to add a trailer and a driver,” said Chris Cooper, chief operating officer of Boyd Bros. Transportation, at a press event. “This has never ...

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ATA index dips in January

Index dropped 4 percent in January from the previous month and increased 3.6 percent from a year earlier.

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ATA sides with agency over use of electronic logs

ATA filed an amicus brief Feb. 24 with the U.S. Court of Appeals in support of using electronic onboard recorders.

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Stop opens in St. George, S.C.

A Pilot Flying J travel plaza has opened in St. George, S.C., at Exit 77 off Interstate 95 on U.S. Highway 78, says a spokeswoman for the travel center franchise. The 13,350-square-foot center hosts six gasoline islands, eight diesel lanes and two RV lanes with DEF.  The high-speed fuel pumps help with traffic flow in and out of the center, and RV drivers have access to parking, bulk propane and a dump station. The center also includes ...

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FMCSA plans sessions on hours rule, CSA

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration will present several educational sessions in Louisville March 22-24.

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