TravelCenters of America

TA upgrades driver lounges

TravelCenters of America announced driver lounges have been upgraded to feature 55-in. or larger flat-panel, high-definition televisions in all TA and Petro locations. Petro’s large movie room locations will also offer surround sound and DVD/VCR combos. La-Z-Boy theater seating and carpet are being installed in some locations, too, and all upgrades are expected to be completed by the end of January. The company says, however, that with the upgrades, driver lounges and theaters are now ...

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Positives in trucking dog days in Truckers News — and more

Since I blogged about musician Susanne Spirit's weekly shows at the TA East in Ontario, Calif., back in March, Spirit has continued to make great strides in combining her trucking-music act with her concern for the welfare of abandoned dogs in kill shelters. Her "Musical Truckin' Dog Adoption Program," conducted in concert with the Ramona Animal Shelter of Riverside County, Calif., in just a year, all told, has matched near 500 dogs with truck drivers ...

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Mobil Delvac coolant, antifreeze available at travel plazas

Extended-life coolant and antifreeze are now available at all 200 TravelCenters of America and Petro truck stops, Mobil Delvac announced. The company’s heavy-duty diesel engine oils are also available at the truck stops. The products have been sold at Petro travel centers since 1999 and at the TravelCenters of America since 2004.

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Novelist takes literary achievement to the truckstop

Beyond the spotlight of trucking industry news in July this year a novelist was hard at work promoting a book, her first, in which one of four main characters is a long-hauler turned local delivery driver struggling to maintain a connection to his son. What's more is where the writer was promoting the novel. Making three stops from July 23-39 between Salt Lake City, Utah, and Portland, Ore., Barbara Richardson (pictured; not her truck) put down 1,750 ...

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LogBook

Truckers cope with flooding crisis, the FMCSA begins its Pre-Employment Screening Program, a cross-border trucking program with Mexico will be announced soon, steps toward sleep disorder screening are taken and many more industry issues are featured.

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Truckers cope with crisis in flooding

Throughout the Nashville region, carriers have begun the long process of assessing losses and cleaning up or rebuilding flooded terminals

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Owner-operator assesses options for rig flooded at TA

The Cumberland River in and around Nashville, Tenn., Thursday, May 6, finally dropped below flood stage, and for many affected in the area, the cleanup process, if not already well underway, began in earnest. At the now-dry site of the inundated TravelCenters of America location downtown (the clean-up there, said sources at the site yesterday, could take up to six weeks), West Nashville Towing was in the process of removing flooded rigs, for those carriers and/or ...

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More from greater-Nashville flood

Things continue wet, here, for anyone near the banks of the flooded Cumberland River, which reached levels not seen since well before flood-control efforts largely made it manageable since the last major event in the 1930s, which means that the flood level might easily be described as "100-year" or some longer period -- "epic" is probably good enough, I imagine. The situation at the TA for the majority of the drivers with dry trucks is over -- ...

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Flooding in Nashville, from basements to truckstops

I spent a large part of the afternoon Sunday shop-vaccing close to 40 gal. worth of water from the basement of my East Nashville home, unplugging overwhelmed gutters and generally through it all trying to stay dry. I got off pretty easy. At least some of the many stranded over-the-road drivers around here today are able to make the most of their situations, to hear Truckers News "Marathon Trucker" columnist/blogger Jeff Clark tell of his nearly daylong layover ...

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The 5,000-mile pet-rescue haul

Musician Susanne Spirit's shows three times weekly at the TravelCenters of America-East location in Ontario, Calif., are a combination of country performance and public outreach to and from the nation's truckers, with one of their prime components offering pet-adoption services to drivers, finding loving, rolling homes for those cast away. Spirit and co. recently found a high-profile pet of its own in Jackson, a Weimaraner/Pit Bull mix adopted from the Rancho Cucamongo, Calif., animal shelter that partners with Spirit's ...

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