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Future of Trucking is Changing

May
19,
2009
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Freight TrainThe Association of American Railroads have launched their campaign showing the benefits of moving freight across America versus the use of semi trucks.  The three major points they issue, explaining the benefits of using the railway system over trucking are:

1.  A freight train can move a ton of freight 436 miles on just one gallon of fuel, making rail the most environmentally friendly form of ground transportation in America.

2.  A single intermodal train hauls the load of 280 trucksFewer trucks on the road means less congestion, less time spent in traffic and less money spent on gas for all of us.

3.  Freight trains are the most efficient and cost-effective way to move goods.  Freight rail infrastructure investments provide a 200% rate of return in terms in total economic output.

Watch their advertising videos

Cleaner air, less polution, fewer truckers on the road, lower shipping costs, saving fuel and saving the economy . . . this is the beginning of the return of the railroad system and the further trampling of our nations’ truck drivers.

Check out the campaign launch of the Association of American Railroads . . .

The future of trucking is changing . . . believe it or not.

Allen Smith

Truth About Trucking

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Allen Smith is a 34 year veteran ( started at an early age in family moving business) of the trucking industry, many of those years spent over the road. He has been an owner operator, company driver, operations manager, and has owned and operated a moving company, taking many of the long haul moves himself when needed. One thing though that most will say is that the reason and motivation behind the author, Allen Smith, is the fact he is driven by the desire to help others succeed within an industry where injustice, unrewarded sacrifice, and lack of respect and recognition exists. As you read many of the blog posts you’ll discover that he is opinionated and speaks openly about the ongoing issues of the trucking industry. He supports other fellow advocates who are also stepping up to the plate to help those who are in need of honesty, guidance and direction. The list of supporters and like minded people grows daily and their ability to network together and share their thoughts and ideas for the betterment of others within trucking, has allowed the forward movement of... "Raising the standards of the trucking industry"

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  1. Frederick Schaffner

    I don’t want to sound like a nut…but…Americans think they have a problem with trucks… just wait until they have to deal with rails everywhere and the sound of trains passing constantly. This is what will happen.

    Trains are already used heavily in the transportation of goods, and this gov’t of ours is taking steps which will create more problems than it solves…they are subsidizing the rail company’s with our tax dollars with an agenda in mind.

    This is a reality which is upon us, and many jobs will be lost because of this.

    Safe Trails and God Bless,
    Frederick (SilverSurfer) Schaffner

  2. Truckdrivernews

    Yes, Allen I agree it is changing. But, what the railroad doesn’t mention, is that they lose rail cars all the time, they send them in the wrong directions.

    I know this for a fact, a company I used to work for had to pick up the slack whenever a rail car got lost…that was quite often.

    A train derailed behind my Dads house a few years ago, two box cars and a tanker, they were all empty. It was determined that the reason for the derailment was the axel fell out of the tanker car.

    Also, this particular tanker car, had been missing for three years…That car had been pulled around for three years empty…maybe that’s how they get such good fuel millage?

  3. Allen Smith

    These truths are always left out due to the “spin” that is used by politicians, the Gov’t., etc. To me, it all boils down to the fact that this Administration has no interest in truckers or the industry what-so-ever or any appreciation for what our drivers do on a daily basis. Case in point: they are more interested in saving a 2 inch minnow in California and letting the farmers lose their crops and livelihood –
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Twd59PrqCNg

    Which we all really know, is a set-up for increasing exports out of Mexico. The corruption and lies are something that so many Americans don’t want to believe or perhaps they just don’t care . . . someday they will, but by then it may be too late . . . Allen

  4. Robert Wickman

    Trains may be more fuel efficient and reduce road congestion, but do we really believe they can haul all the freight America consumes on a daily basis? How about fresh food? How well does a train perform in the delivery of an hotshot load? Overnight? Oversized loads? There are probably a lot of goods that can ride the rail, but there are millions of commodities that will spoil, rot, or otherwise deteriorate before they arrive. And the rails are not known for delivering goods on time and to a specific destination. Rail has a place in the supply chain, but it’s not the lead role. As the ATA slogan says: Trucks Bring It!

  5. michael hewitt

    436 miles on 1 gallon of fuel? What are they smokin?

  6. Allen Smith

    There will always be trucks on the road, that is obvious . . . the point of the article is to show that it will effect trucking in some manner, removing thousands of trucks from the roads. Perishable goods, etc., will always need trucks for movement….but if this new rail system does become reality, it will remove many trucks from our highways, thus costing more jobs for other drivers …..

  7. clint

    our tax dollars also support trucking by providing highways for us to run on. we are subsidised too. truckers are paranoid about ‘this administration’. grow up truckers and roll with advances. tines change and the drivers who are smart enough to position themselves for the future will succeed…wether that is transport by train, boat or horse and buggy. it is up to us to make the best of the future. it is not about truckers, but what is best.

  8. mike

    exactly! there’s more to that statistic than what they are telling the public. like, what does it cost to get it moving! and do we really enjoy sitting at all those rail crossings while we wait for a 2 mile long train moving at .5 miles per hour?

  9. Mikey

    I’m a truck driver myself….
    Anyhow, call me whatever you want – i’ll never see this page ever again :-)
    OUR FUTURE IS – TRUCKING WILL GO DOWN TO REGIONAL (until they’ll have rails all around the place) AND THEN TO RAIL-TO-CUSTOMER CITY DELIVERIES.

    It just doesn’t matter that we work our asses out, we are bringing stuff etc….
    what matters is FUEL PRICE.

    And trains are a more fuel efficient option. Thats about it. Stop whining. Its over. Get yourself perishable goods line-haul, city delivery, bus driving (4 wheelers will drive less also) or a rail-related job. I know that all sucks compared to what you have but its not an option anymore…

    Guys really protesting will not help matters… It could help only if there would be enough cheap fuel. Otherwise it’s like refusing to die from hunger. Guess what? One will die from hunger if there is no food, doesn’t matter if he is complaining or not.

  10. Robert

    I must agree…
    A train is nothing more than putting all of your eggs in one basket. As a newbie in CDL school at the moment, I don’t know a lot about the trucking industry, but I am a 20 year certified mechanic, and I can tell you this for a fact. There is no such thing as a 100% reliable machine. I have seen cars roll off the truck from the factory with no oil pressure, motorcycles brand new with piston rings put on upside down… (cheap manufacturing) Now, the point is…. If the truck should fail and end up on the side of the road. What happens next? Carrier sends someone to fix the truck, or sends another tractor to get the load. The product is on it’s way again. A train with 400 semi trailers fails and…. well that’s it. For whatever reason, (mechanical failure, car tried to beat train and lost, derailed) point is you can’t just fix that on the side of the road and not 1 but 400 trailers full of product are now stuck behind a vehicle you cannot easily fix or replace. Do the honest math, now tell me…. who is more efficient in the long run? Furthermore, If rails ran everywhere to every customer, how many pissed off people trying to get to work (from having to wait on a train at every red light) would wind up under the train? causing even more massive product delays… I have personally lost a job waiting on a train that was blocking a large sum of morning commuters (including myself) due to a mechanical failure. I ended up being 1.5 hours late for work, when my original arrival time would have been 30 minutes early. I wonder how many of the others waiting there with me wound up unemployed too. I have been stuck behind many big trucks, but have never lost more than 4 minutes time due to a slow moving truck.

  11. NTDJ

    Very tough to believe. If you have followed the trend of decarbonization (not really a word but it has been happening in our transportation and energy industry) you would know that coal is 32 parts Carbon to 1 part Oxygen. Gas is 16 parts Carbon to 1 part Oxygen. (Natural Gas; where we are heading, is 4:1) Trains use to run off of Wood powered engines and wood is 64 part Carbon to 1 part Oxygen. So releasing more carbon into the air can not be good for the environment, but I can see what they are thinking. The fact that you can get multiple truck loads on one train and they are much more efficient between stops.

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