Ship Happens – Freight News Roundup – July 9

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It’s our second week of the Freight News Roundup! Every Monday, we’re bringing the uShip community posts and articles about the transportation industry, transport policy and technology, and recent trucking news.

Here’s a selection of great articles we came across last week.

Obama Set to Sign Highway Bill Friday - Transport Topics

President Obama is scheduled to sign the highway bill at the White House Friday afternoon, which will maintain federal transportation spending through September 2014, the Associated Press reported.

What the Transport Bill Means for Shippers, Carriersby Mark Szakonyi | Journal of Commerce

President Obama is scheduled to sign the highway bill at the White House Friday afternoon, which will maintain federal transportation spending through September 2014, the Associated Press reported.

Study: CSA Data Does Not Predict Crash PerformanceToday’s Trucking

President Obama is scheduled to sign the highway bill at the White House Friday afternoon, which will maintain federal transportation spending through September 2014, the Associated Press reported.

UPS and FedEx raise freight rates - by Paul Demery | Internet Retailer

A band wagon powered by natural gas seems to have begun rolling, but most of those aboard talk about brand-new heavy trucks with special gas-burning engines. Why not convert existing trucks and engines to use cheap and clean-burning gas?

Pilot Plans Plug-in Parking - Transport Topics

Plans for a network of truckstops with electrified truck parking spaces along the nation’s major highway-freight corridors got a big charge by an announcement from the nation’s leading truck stop operator. Pilot Flying J plans to install plug-in and recharging stations at six truck stops in California and Texas.

 

Beer truck sinks

This is what a trailer overloaded with beer looks like.

Bummer, eh? Beer load sinks… - By Todd Dills | Overdrive Online

 

U.S. patriots living in Canada will no doubt be bummed by the news today: Click through the thumbnail of the pic here by Mathew McCarthy of The Record newspaper of Kitchener, Ontario, in Canada, for a story about this collapsed trailer loaded with beer outside the Beer Store on King Street in the same town.

Cool YouTube Video – 20,000 Miles OTR Trucking in 6 minutes

Hopped in my cousin’s semi-truck a few times in 2011. Rode along more than a month in total, mostly in Oregon, Washington, and California, with a bit of Utah, Wyoming, and Colorado mixed in. Video recorded on an iPhone and edited in iMovie, set to some of my music. Buy the music and support my further adventures.

Truck drivers: are there legitimate reasons why it sometimes takes 5 minutes to pass another truck on the highway? - via Reddit /r/AskReddit

A Truck Full Of Meat Crashed Into A Truck Full Of Onions - Jalopnik

The driver of a meat truck fell asleep at the wheel on I-95 in Florida this morning, crashing into the back of an onion truck while he was driving approximately 80 mph. Meat and onions spilled everywhere, but thankfully, no one was killed.

Train hits truck full of mountain dewThis Seattle Train Hit A Truck Full Of Mountain Dew - Jalopnik

Seattle is doing the Dew, albeit unintentionally. A light rail car collided with a truck this morning, spilling cases of Mountain Dew all over the road. KiroTV reported that the truck’s driver had turned across the train’s path.

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