Then and Now

Our industry has changed quite a bit over the years, mostly within the past 10-15 with the ever increasing use of technology to increase efficiency and make the industry a bit more competitive over the transportation sector. Let’s face it technology is here, and it doesn’t look like it is going anywhere. After talking and […]

Deregulation Effects-Analyzing total out come

Before the FMCSA, was the organization called the ICC, or Interstate Commerce Commission.  They regulated the routes and decided who could purchase the rights to that specific lane of transport. The best story I have found is on Estes.com https://www.estes-express.com/about-us/deregulation.html Carriers couldn’t simply continue doing business as usual. They had to apply for rights —or authority—to carry […]

ISTEA of 91

Intermodal Surface Transportation Act of 1991- The Act presented an overall intermodal approach to highway and transit funding with collaborative planning requirements, giving significant additional powers to metropolitan planning organizations. Signed into law on December 18, 1991 by President George H. W. Bush, it expired in 1997. It was preceded by the Surface Transportation and Uniform Relocation Assistance Act […]

Ol’ Days Remembered

You know coming into this business as a young lad, I remember, dispatchers who hated computers.  They always had the Paper stack- Shuffle– and meticulous notes weekly- billing –pay- independent, the list goes on and on…. Stories about ordering phone books from the post office for specific metro areas, to making calls on a rotary […]

Days of Trucking Past- Remembering History

I always get a kick out of listening and learning of the history from the drivers, owners, managers, dispatchers, and mechanics that were operating before my time.  Yes, there are a few around.  I am always listening to the clues, and how the mentality of the industry was prior to the current status. I remember […]