Archive for August, 2017

Loan to improve driver jobs

Tuesday, August 8th, 2017

A new loan from the Department of Transportation will improve the road along with driver jobs.

The Department of Transportation’s Build America Bureau (Bureau) will provide up to a $628.93 million Transportation Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (TIFIA) loan to the Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA), at 2.91% with a term of 35 years after substantial completion for the I-405 Improvement Project (Project).  The TIFIA loan represents 33% of eligible project costs totaling $1.91 billion.

The I-405, a major highway in Southern California, is a major link between Los Angeles, Orange, and San Diego counties.  It is also an essential part of the National Highway System and an integral part of the FHWA’s Primary Freight Network offering direct access to the Port of Los Angeles and Port of Long Beach, two of the busiest ports in the nation.

The Project will be built on a 16-mile corridor in northwest Orange County on the I-405 (the San Diego Freeway) between State Route 73 (SR-73) and Interstate 605 (I-605).  Once complete, it will add one new General Purpose (“GP”) lane and one new toll lane in each direction.  The new tolled express lanes will combine with the existing high occupancy vehicle (“HOV”) lanes to create two Express Lanes in each direction in the I-405 median from SR 73 to I-605.  The Project will also replace 18 bridges, and includes the construction of new and widened bridges, improvements to the auxiliary lanes, utility relocations, new sound walls, and additions to the tolling and Transportation System Management and Transportation Demand Management systems.

According to OCTA, the project will create approximately 42,000 jobs during construction, improve safety, reduce congestion and emergency access time to highway incidents, and reduce annual vehicle hours of delay along the corridor by two million hours in the opening year.

OCTA has stated that a TIFIA secured loan is critical to ensuring its ability to secure the entire funding amount required to construct and maintain the Project.  Over its 35-year life, OCTA estimates that the TIFIA loan will save OCTA about $300 million, and will also ensure accelerated delivery of the Project using the design-build model.  Without the TIFIA loan, it is likely that the Project could be delayed.

National tour spotlights driver jobs

Tuesday, August 1st, 2017

A new campaign is putting the spotlight on driver jobs.

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) today announced its electronic logging device (ELD) Implementation National Tour – a public education and outreach campaign geared towards helping commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers transition to ELDs.

In several cities across the country, FMCSA subject matter experts will lead driver-focused presentations and panel discussions on ELD implementation.

As required by law, all carriers subject to the ELD Rule must convert from paper logs or logging software to a registered ELD if they do not have an Automatic On-Board Recording Device (AOBRD) by December 18, 2017.

FMCSA agency staff at their interactive exhibit booth will answer questions, provide consumer-friendly resources and materials, and review drivers’ and carriers’ responsibilities.

FMCSA’s ELD Implementation National Tour dates and locations are as follows:

  • July 13-15 – Iowa 80 Truckstop Jamboree (Walcott, Iowa)
  • August 24-26 – Great American Trucking Show (Dallas, Texas)
  • September 25-27 – North American Commercial Vehicle Show (Atlanta, Georgia)
  • October 14-15 – California Trucking Show (Ontario, California)
  • October 21-24 – American Trucking Associations Management Conference & Exhibition (Orlando, Florida)
  • November 6-8 – Women in Trucking Accelerate! Conference & Expo (Kansas City, Missouri)

Colorado Man Named Driver of the Month at National Carriers

Tuesday, August 1st, 2017

National Carriers, Inc. has named Chris Back of Colorado Springs, CO as Driver of the Month for June 2017. Back drives a company truck throughout the United States. He has delivered refrigerated goods to National Carrier’s customers for the past 15 years.

Back stated, “I came to NCI in 2002 as an owner operator. As I prepared to upgrade my truck last year I decided the new emission standards requirements were expensive and potentially could add high maintenance cost to my business. NCI offered me an opportunity as a company driver operating a new Kenworth T-680 tractor equipped with an automatic transmission, APU, invertor, and they pay all the operating expenses – I couldn’t pass it up!”

“Drivers ask why I stay at National Carriers. I tell them it’s a combination of steady freight, good miles, great equipment and top pay. When I’ve had a problem in the past I share it with management and it is addressed quickly. NCI has been good to me,” Back concluded.

NCI spokesperson Ed Kentner remembers Back attending orientation with his four month old daughter in tow. “When Chris attended orientation his wife and daughter joined him. The company has always had an open door policy for family involvement. His daughter, Amanda, is now fifteen years old and still rides with dad when her school schedule allows for it.”

Each Driver of the Month is a finalist for NCI Driver of the Year 2017 with each monthly winner receiving a $500 bonus. National Carriers Driver of the Year is awarded a $5000 prize at the NCI Driver of the Year Banquet held in Arlington, Texas in the spring of 2018.

 

Chris Amanda plane

Company Information

National Carriers is a diversified motor carrier servicing all 48 states in the continental United States with transportation offerings which include refrigerated, livestock, and logistics services. At National Carriers, our mission is “to be the safest, most customer-focused, and successful motor carrier in our class.”  

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