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Cross-border trucking restart coming soon?

Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood Thursday told a Senate subcommittee on May 6, that an announcement of a new cross-border trucking program is in the works. “President Obama’s team has worked very hard to put a program together,” LaHood said following a question from Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., chairman of the Senate Subcommittee on Transportation and Housing and Urban Development about the ongoing dispute between the United States and Mexico. “We will be announcing it very ...

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Country artist showcased on Texas fleet’s reefer vans

Baldwin Distribution Services of Amarillo, Texas, launched its refrigerated operation in 1981 with 5 tractors and 7 trailers. Today, Baldwin boasts more than a dozen times those numbers, and operates nationwide -- lucky for them, and also country artist Brian Milson, whose new "Saltwater Cowboy" single is being promoted nationwide with floor-to-ceiling billboards on the sides of many Baldwin dry vans. Milson (pictured, with Baldwin Distribution president & CEO Dudley Baldwin) was born and raised in Odessa, Texas, and ...

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Pink truck more than just pretty

When Daren Parker prepared to ask a senior driver in his Raleigh, N.C.-based Parker Gas propane-delivery fleet to drive a new medium-duty Kenworth T370 straight tanker, all bets were off as to what kind of reaction Parker could expect from said driver. The truck, after all, was painted pink. "You don’t see many trucks painted in pink," he says, "so some guys might have a problem getting excited to drive it."   But any spot negative thoughts ...

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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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Jazzy and Lee rear-ended in N.C.

In Burlington, N.C., on highway 70 yesterday, Lee and Jazzy Jordan were rear-ended "just as we were coming to a stop right around her J" to get ready to run, says Lee. "I had the four-ways on, and I guess this woman she didn't even look." Jazzy has made great progress on her truckers' benefit run across the United States since I ran with her March 30 here in Nashville, crossing the Appalachians and well on ...

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UPDATE: Scenes from Nashville trucking central

There's been little to no coverage of a big portion of Nashville's industrial and transportation base, much of it situated along rail tracks north and south of the Cumberland River and east of downtown, that was still, as of yesterday, under water. In my last post, I mentioned Vitran Express and intermodal carrier TCW, both situated, along with other truck operations, Hascall Steel and many other businesses, along the rail tracks in a low area off Hermitage Avenue south ...

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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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Online Interface Makes it Easier for Drivers to Find Need-it-Now Parts

‘Flatbed is particularly strong’ and other upbeat news

Lots of good economic reports all around for trucking in the last few days. If you’re not with a carrier who’s keeping you busy, figure out why or look elsewhere. Morgan Stanley’s truckload freight research report “continues to show strong trends … Flatbed is particularly strong.” Consequently, by the fourth quarter this year, on an annual basis, “rate increases of 4-5% should now be the base case. If fuel prices spike and a material restocking takes place, ...

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Making the most of it

Editor's note: Truckers News columnist and blogger Jeff Clark sent the following update by e-mail from his truck, stranded on I-40 west of Nashville on May 3, the day after severe flooding left multiple freeways and other roads closed and many truckers stranded.The e-mail was received around 10:15 a.m. Last night around 6 p.m. I stopped at Franklin, Ky. My run was from Cincinnati to Memphis. The word was out that I-40 was closed between Nashville ...

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