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08-24-2017
NACFE 2017 Annual Fleet Fuel Study

http://www.truckingefficiency.org/annual-fleet-fuel-studies This report contains the results into the adoption of various products and practices for improving freight efficiency among 19 major North American fleets. The scope of this work encompassed Class 8 tractors (daycabs and sleepers) and trailers in regional and long-haul applications. Fleets providing data for this 2017 study include Bison Transport, Cardinal Logistics, CFI, CR England, Challenger Motor Freight, Crete, Frito-Lay, Maverick, Mesilla Valley Transportation, NFI Industries, Nussbaum, Paper Transport, Prime, Ryder System Inc., Schneider, United Parcel Service, and US Xpress. One more fleet has supplied data in the past, but has not for the past few years. The primary goal was to study the fleets’ levels of adoption of 85 technologies and practices, and the results those drove in each organization. All 85 technologies, up from 69 in last year’s study, are currently available and not prototypes, validation test units

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08-01-2017
Guide for Identifying, Classifying, Evaluating, and Mitigating Truck Freight Bottlenecks

The Transportation Research Board’s National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) Research Report 854: Guide for Identifying, Classifying, Evaluating, and Mitigating Truck Freight Bottlenecks provides transportation agencies state-of-the-practice information on truck freight bottlenecks using truck probe data rather than traditional travel demand models. The report embraces a broad definition of truck freight bottlenecks as any condition that acts as an impediment to efficient truck travel, whether the bottleneck is caused by infrastructure shortcomings, regulations, weather, or special events. The comprehensive classification of truck freight bottleneck types described in this report provides a standard approach for state departments of transportation, metropolitan planning organizations, and other practitioners to define truck freight bottlenecks and quantify their impacts. https://www.nap.edu/catalog/24807/guide-for-identifying-classifying-evaluating-and-mitigati

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07-27-2017
A Comprehensive Plan Could Facilitate Implementation of a National Performance Management Approach

GAO was asked to review DOT’s implementation of TPM. This report focuses on FHWA, which administers the largest grant program of the three DOT agencies involved, and (1) examines the progress made in developing rules to establish a national performance-based approach and (2) evaluates how FHWA is guiding the transition to TPM, among other objectives. GAO reviewed proposed and final rules and information on rulemaking activities and interviewed FHWA officials, national transportation organizations, and a non-generalizable sample of 10 state departments of transportation, among others. States were selected based on factors such as geographic distribution, population,and urban and rural characteristics.

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