State Announces Second Reverse Trade Mission
Sept. 7-10

"Bringing the World to Nebraska" is the mission of the State’s Second Reverse Trade Mission (RTM), slated for Sept. 7 through Sept. 10 in conjunction with the annual Nebraska Diplomats Passport to Nebraska Weekend.

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Nebraska Ranks #2 in U.S. Long Haul Freight Activity

Companies wanting to locate in high traffic hubs will find the U.S. second highest rate of long haul freight activity in the State of Nebraska.

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ATA Releases Latest Edition of American Trucking Trends

American Trucking Association has released the latest edition of its annual statistical compendium.

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Nebraska Ranks in the Top

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Talent & Innovation Initiative Bills Signed

The Nebraska Legislature passed and Gov. Dave Heineman signed the final measures of a four-part legislative package into law, the Talent and Innovation Initiative, which is aimed at advancing business innovation and strengthening workforce recruitment efforts in Nebraska.

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Nebraska ranks #2 in u.s. long haul freight activity

Companies wanting to locate in high traffic hubs will find the U.S. second highest rate of long haul freight activity in the State of Nebraska. The ranking was recently unveiled in the 2010 INRIX National Traffice Scorecard Annual Report.

The "freight activity by state" ranking is new to this year's report and not only highlights the importance of states with significant corridors - Nebraska's I-80 among them - but states with key corridors in combination with one or more crossroad city. According to INRIX, "These top five have on avarage twice the relative long haul freight activity as compared to the average state."

Additionally, the Omaha, Neb. - Council Bluffs, Iowa metropolitan area ranks a 40 in overall activity and 37 in activity/mile (both out of a possible 99) earning the area a solid 107% of activity/mile when compared to average. Further analysis reveals that the Heartland metropolitan area significatly outranks a number of major heavily populated metropolitan hubs, key among them - seven of the top ten population centers: New York-Northern New Jersey-Living Island NY-NJ-PA; Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana CA; Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington PA-NJ-DE-MD; Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown TX; Miami-Fort Lauderdale-Pomoana Beach Fl; Washington-Arlington-Alexandria DC-VA-MD-WV; and Boston-Cambridge-Quincy MA-NH.

Also factoring heavily into the consideration of choosing certain key hubs over others in which to operate is an Analysis of the Operational Costs of Trucking produced by the American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI) in 2008. ATRI developed the analysis at the behest of policymakers, led by the U.S. Department of Transportation in reponse to mounting infrastructure improvement needs and dwindling state budgets. ATRI found a significant lack of accurate and publicly available information on the full marginal cost of operating a truck one mile or one hour in standard operating conditions. So the Institute developed, beta-testes and distributed a survey to a cross-section of for-hire motor carriers, representing the industry's predominant sectors.

Total marginal costs for the industry were $1.73 per mile and $83.68 per hour. Marginal costs were split into vehicle- and driver-based categories. Top costs for all carriers across the board were diesel fuel/oil, driver wages, and truck/trailer lease, or purchase payments. To access a copy of this report and other ATRI studies, go to:

Interestingly an important conclusion from the data is that long haul freight activity is neither a rural or urban issue, but rather, impacts both equally.

First published in 2007, the INRIX National Traffic Scorecard Annual Report has analyzed and compared traffic congestion status throughout the top metropolitan markets in the U.S. and the nation as a whole. Its initial 2007 Scorecard demonstrated that GPS-based probe vehicle data ably provides comprehensive, consistent and timely measurement of traffic congestion nationwide.

Someof this year's key scorecard findings include:

  • The Travel Time Tax (a key traffic congestion indicator) for the U.S. was 9.7% in 2010, and increase of 11% from the previous year, yet 27% off the peak reach in 2007.
  • The nation's most clogged travel corridors can cost users more than 80 hours of annual delay during the evening peak period alone.
  • The greater Los Angeles area's freeway system is more congested than any other U.S. city, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands based on all measurements.


To get a more in-depth look at the scorecard, go to: