truckstops

Truckster app ‘by and for drivers’

From the Maine Morning Sentinel newspaper comes news of the former hauler, 42-year-old Leigh Gagnon, who created and launched in 2009 the Truckster app for the iPhone and Android phones. Available for $3.99 in the Android market and iTune App Store, the multifunction app provides a searchable platform to the majority of truckstops the nation over, with current fuel prices, various amenities, and more. Also searchable by location are rest areas, Wal-Mart locations, weigh stations, hotels, ...

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TA Petro: ‘For drivers by design’

Last week when I wrote about my brief meet-up with expediters Phil and Diane Madsen, I mentioned the pair's assessment of updated showers at TravelCenters of American locations systemwide, with particularly high marks for the La Vergne, Tenn., location where we met. As I noted in that post, the improvements were begun last year, as TA Petro had noted them in June of last year publicly. I was curious about the genesis of the improvements ...

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‘Something new every day': Meeting Phil and Diane Madsen

Phil and Diane Madsen haul expedited in this 2006 Volvo with 132-inch ARI sleeper and 16-foot box. Over the past several years, I've called on the pair several different times for perspective on all manner of topics, from truck maintenance/warranty issues to unique hauls to examples of the many owner-operators out there taking to the web to write and publish. I profiled Phil as part of the "Trucker webmasters" piece in the September 2010 edition ...

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Happiness; UK producers seek ‘World’s Toughest Trucker’

Happiness There's no other way to describe this picture, eh? It's Virginia Kirk, general manager of the TA C-store and fuel islands in Nashville, Tenn., during the location's grand reopening last week. It's "awesome" to be back up and running, she told me Friday after being closed for nine months. Kirk's addition of the "Welcome to Music City" tag above the front door into the stop, made prior to the flooding, resulted in the Music City thematics of ...

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Diesel prices surge last week

Advances of 8 to 9 cents a gallon were common during the week of Feb. 28.

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Truckstops = Coffeehouses with copious rig parking?

A new index tracking sales of goods and services at highway truckstops, the McLane-NATSO quarterly index, recently tracked an interesting rise in the sale of hot beverages like coffees, cappucinos and teas at truckstops. That category of sales jumped 34 percent in 2010 compared to the previous year, suggesting to me at least a little more than freight picking up. Turns out NATSO thinks so, too -- in some sense, anyway. "Truckstops ... are continuously diversifying ...

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‘American Trucker’ rebroadcasts; my interview with the host

If you missed the debut episodes of the "American Trucker" series last Thursday on the Speed Channel, it's being rebroadcast tonight at 8 and 11 p.m. ET, and 8 a.m. tomorrow. The next new episodes follow on Thursday, with "Bandit and the Snowman" and "Robb and the Bear," the latter likely to include sneak-peek material about Paul Sagehorn's B.J. and the Bear rig I've written about so much here. Catch a clip from the sneak-peek ...

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Notable independent Colorado truck stop closes shop; chance encounters on the road

The Rocky Mountain Travel Center just north of Pueblo, Colo., on I-25 exit 110 closed up shop yesterday, reported Carlos Mora of the Pueblo Chieftain newspaper. According to Mora's report, the owner cites a confluence of factors for the demise of the near-half-century-old family business that was the truck stop and travel plaza. Chief among them appeared to be large bank loans structured in such a way as to become untenable in repayment, owner Grant ...

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Nashville downtown TA back open after flooding

Since Feb. 3, haulers traversing the north side of Nashville's downtown mini-loop coming from I-40 or I-24 West may have noticed a special postcard (pictured) delivered to them in the form of a billboard just ahead of the I-24/I-40 split. For nine months, the old TA billboard there displayed the message you see below, which was changed to a "coming soon" message at the start of the new year . Well, the TravelCenters of America location ...

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Snow, snow, more snow; making the most of it

A Pilot Flying J stop on I-70 in Warrenton, Mo., is the subject of reporting on National Public Radio today, and I'd bet you can guess the subject matter. Hear audio of the story, which will be available at about 7 p.m. ET this evening. Suffice to say that truckstop employees Terri Brackney and Greg Stratton have quite a story to tell about what happened at their stop on the section of the interstate that ...

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