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Bill Graves, who served two terms as Kansas governor and whose family once owned a major truck line headquartered in the state, stepped into his new job as president of American Trucking Associations in January 2003.

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TT Archives: ATA Restructuring
10/19/2015 4:00:00 AM
The 1984 annual convention of American Trucking Associations in Las Vegas carried more significance than most, with the adoption of a dues restructuring plan and the naming of Thomas Donohue as president.

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TT Archives: ATA Transition
10/12/2015 4:00:00 AM
The appointment of Edward Buhner of Kentucky as president of American Trucking Associations in 1947, as documented in this Nov. 3, 1947 edition of Transport Topics, set in motion a process that continues today of selecting industry executives to serve as the titular head of ATA for one year.

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TT Archives: ATA’s First Year
10/5/2015 4:00:00 AM
In the Oct. 8, 1934 edition of the A.T.A. Registration Bulletin, the forerunner to Transport Topics, ATA General Manager Edward Loomis captures the excitement and chaos surrounding ATA’s first annual meeting in Chicago.

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TT Archives: EPA Fines Engine Makers
9/28/2015 4:00:00 AM
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said Volkswagen cheated on air-pollution rules for its diesel cars with a defeat device, reminiscent of 1998 when heavy-duty truck manufacturers were doing the same thing.

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TT Archives: Chassis Fee
9/21/2015 4:00:00 AM
The processes in place today for obtaining chassis to haul intermodal shipping containers from ports can be traced, in part, to an announcement in 2009 by Maersk, the world’s largest ocean freight carrier, that it would charge local truckers for the use of its equipment.

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TT Archives: Terrorist Attacks
9/14/2015 4:00:00 AM
Many repercussions on transportation from the attacks on the World Trade Center in New York City and the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia, that fateful morning of Sept. 11, 2001 can be seen in this Sept. 17 edition of Transport Topics.

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TT Archives: CF Closes Its Doors
9/7/2015 4:00:00 AM
The shutdown of Consolidated Freightways on Labor Day in 2002 shocked the industry and, temporarily at least, boosted the fortunes of less-than-truckload freight rivals Arkansas Best Freight System, Yellow Transportation and Roadway Express.

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TT Archives: Hurricane Katrina
8/30/2015 4:00:00 AM
Beyond the human death toll of nearly 2,000 people, high winds and flooding from Hurricane Katrina severely damaged roads and rail lines and would disrupt transportation across a wide swath of the U.S. Gulf Coast, as reflected in this Sept. 5, 2005 edition of Transport Topics.

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TT Archives: Truck Driving Champions
8/24/2015 4:00:00 AM
Seven drivers earned trophies at the first National Truck Driving Championships in St. Louis and were recognized the best in a field of 266 drivers from 41 states in this Sept. 2, 1985, issue of Transport Topics.

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TT Archives: Port Strike Aftermath
8/17/2015 4:00:00 AM
Three weeks after a strike by longshoremen in New York ended in February 1965, truckers struggled to unclog the glut of freight at the port, forcing the first-ever embargo on shipments.

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TT Archives: ATA National Roadeo
8/10/2015 4:00:00 AM
Competition wasn’t as fierce 40 years ago as 171 drivers from 33 states competed in Indianapolis for what would become the National Truck Driving Championships in 1985.

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TT Archives: Hoffa Appeals Conviction
8/3/2015 3:00:00 AM
A comment by Teamsters President James Hoffa that “there would be a new general president” if he is sent to prison for jury tampering is page one news for Transport Topics in 1965.

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TT Archives: Truck Weight Bill
In 1975, President Gerald Ford signed into law a bill allowing states to permit higher truck weights on interstate highways, and it’s worth remembering the reason for the measure – a national speed limit of 55 miles-per-hour had crimped productivity for the nation’s truck drivers.

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TT Archives: Top 100 Rankings
7/20/2015 4:00:00 AM
Transport Topics’ annual ranking of the largest for-hire carriers in the United States and Canada, which began as a modest addition to a Special Report on Finance in the Aug. 21, 1989 edition, took on a new look as the Transport Topics 100 in 1999 and became the Top 100 a few years later.

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TT Archives: Bigger Trailers
7/13/2015 4:00:00 AM
As the 1980s drew to a close, efforts to enact laws in each state permitting use of 53-foot trailers were gaining momentum and now the larger trailers are legal everywhere in the United States with the exception of the District of Columbia.

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TT Archives: Trucks and Emissions
7/6/2015 4:00:00 AM
The starting point for limiting diesel emissions can be traced to a provision in a bill reauthorizing and expanding the Clean Air Act of 1977 that was signed into law by President George H.W. Bush in 1990.

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TT Archives: Trucks vs. Railroads
6/29/2015 4:00:00 AM
Competition from trucking companies was a major concern for freight railroads in 1941, as evidenced by a rash of rail-sponsored legislation to impose tax increases, restrict operations and limit the size and weight of trucks.

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TT Archives: Labor Issues
6/22/2015 4:00:00 AM
While labor issues carried top billing, the May 2, 1949 issue of Transport Topics also featured stories about advertising programs and finance that continue to resonate with today’s trucking industry.

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TT Archives: Labor Contract
6/15/2015 4:00:00 AM
The first National Master Freight Agreement between the Teamsters union and representatives of more than 1,000 trucking companies was signed in Chicago on Jan. 15, 1964.

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TT Archives: Truck Size and Weight
6/8/2015 4:00:00 AM
In 1941, the Interstate Commerce Commission took the first step towards regulating truck sizes and weights at the federal level for goods moving in interstate commerce.

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TT Archives: Energy Crisis
6/1/2015 4:00:00 AM
A shortage of diesel fuel was headline news for trucking even before the Arab oil embargo in October 1973 led to long lines at the gas pump for motorists and calls for energy independence.

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TT Archives: V-E Day
5/25/2015 4:00:00 AM
The Allies victory in Europe sparked hopeful comment among trucking industry officials about the easing of war-time restrictions on the production of new commercial vehicles and shortages of parts, tires and motor fuel.

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TT Archives: Highway Bill Becomes Law
5/18/2015 4:00:00 AM
With U.S. lawmakers still grappling with the next iteration of highway funding legislation, the headline in the July 2, 1956 issue of Transport Topics commemorates passage of the first long-term highway bill, allocating $50 billion towards construction of 750,000 miles of interstate highways.

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TT Archives: Freightliner's New Tractor
5/11/2015 4:00:00 AM
In 1995 Freightliner introduced its Century Class tractor during the American Trucking Associations annual conference.

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TT Archives: Substance Abuse Testing
5/4/2015 4:00:00 AM
In 1994, after several years of preparation alcohol testing was announced for truck and bus drivers in both interstate and intrastate commerce. These regulations “build on the transportations industry‘s track record with drug testing over the past three years,” said Transportation Secretary Federico Pena.

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TT Archives: Speed Limiters
4/27/2015 4:00:00 AM
In 2006, ATA asked the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to require heavy trucks not only to install the speed limiters but to limit truck speeds to 68 mph.

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TT Archives: NAFTA Passes
4/20/2015 4:00:00 AM
On Nov. 17, 1993 the House of Representatives passed the North American Free Trade Agreement Implementation Act, which required the border be opened to Mexican carriers.

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TT Archives: Logistics 50
4/13/2015 4:00:00 AM
The Top 50 list of the largest logistics companies in North America makes its debut in the Sept. 30, 2002 issue of Transport Topics.

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TT Archives: Gas Tax
4/6/2015 4:00:00 AM
After what reporter Thomas Strah described in this Aug. 16, 1993 edition of Transport Topics as “dramatic and partisan legislative showdown,” Congress passed a bill raising the federal tax on gasoline and diesel by 4.7 cents a gallon.

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TT Archives: Alternative Fuels
3/30/2015 4:00:00 AM
The trucking industry’s Interest in alternative fuels has been building for a while and is expected to continue despite lower oil prices in recent months.

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TT Archives: Bush Presents Driver of the Year Award
3/23/2015 4:00:00 AM
In 1981 Kenneth Olson accepted the “Driver of The Year Trophy” recognizing 42-years of accident free driving for Murphy Motor Freight Lines Inc., from Vice President George Bush.

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TT Archives: Driver Licensing
3/16/2015 4:00:00 AM
This edition of Transport Topics from Oct. 27, 1986 highlights the passage of legislation that marked the beginning of the process that has led to current efforts to establish minimum training standards for entry-level commercial vehicle drivers.

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TT Archives: Roads and Ports
3/9/2015 4:00:00 AM
A report by Commerce Secretary Luther Hodges 50 years ago put the cost of the completing the interstate highway system at $48.6 billion, an increase of $5.8 billion from earlier estimates, due to changes in highway design and traffic data.

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TT Archives: ATA on the Move
3/2/2015 4:00:00 AM
The opening of new offices for American Trucking Associations in Alexandria, Virginia, is recorded in the Jan. 28, 1985 edition of Transport Topics with a ribbon cutting featuring ATA President Thomas J. Donohue, Gov. Charles Robb and DOT Deputy Secretary James Burnley IV.

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TT Archives: TMC
2/23/2015 4:00:00 AM
Founded in 1956 as the Maintenance Committee of the Regular Common Carrier Conference, this 1979 edition of Transport Topics marked the beginning of full council status within American Trucking Associations for what is now the Technology & Maintenance Council.

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TT Archives: Trucking Deregulation
2/16/2015 4:00:00 AM
It’s been nearly 35 years since the landmark Motor Carrier Act of 1980 was signed into law by President Carter, ushering in a new era of deregulation for the trucking industry.

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TT Archives: Driver Shortage
2/9/2015 4:00:00 AM
In this issue of Transport Topics, back in 1995, the trucking industry was facing the same problem we are today, driver shortage.

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TT Archives: U.S. to Reduce Dependence on Foreign Oil
2/2/2015 4:00:00 AM
This headline in the Jan. 20, 1975 edition of Transport Topics reflects one of many steps taken by the United States to reduce the country’s dependence on foreign oil following the Arab oil embargo in 1973.

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TT Archives: Highway Funding
1/26/2015 4:00:00 AM
In this issue of Transport Topics, President Eisenhower’s Advisory Committee on a National Highway Program proposed increasing the nation’s highway expenditures by $101 billion over the next 10 years, expanding the National System of Interstate Highways to 400,000 miles.  

TT Archives: U.S. Department of Transportation Starts
1/19/2015 4:00:00 AM
Pictured in this issue of  Transport Topics, DOT’s first secretary, Alan S. Boyd, celebrated the department's first official day of operation on April 1, 1967, by riding in the hot air balloon “Golden Bear” with balloonist Don Piccard.

TT Archives: Nixon Presents Driver of the Year Award
1/12/2015 4:00:00 AM
Receiving the “Driver of the Year” award would be a memorable moment for any truck driver so honored, but it was extra special for Raymond Motor Transportation driver Clarence Hoffman in 1972 when he was presented the trophy by President Nixon.

Ahead of 80th Anniversary, Transport Topics Opens the Archives
1/5/2015 4:00:00 AM
The first edition of Transport Topics carried a date of Sept. 2, 1935, and was a four-page issue. Take a look back at our very first front page as Transport Topics launches a weekly online archive project, building toward our 80-year anniversary.



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