ATRInsider February 2022 | Vol. 18 Issue 1
ATRI's 2022 Truck Bottleneck Analysis Creates Roadmap for Decision Makers to Prioritize Infrastructure Investments
ATRI recently released its 2022 list of the most congested bottlenecks for trucks in America.

For the fourth year in a row, the intersection of I-95 and SR 4 in Fort Lee, New Jersey is once again the Number One freight bottleneck in the country. 

The rest of the Top 10 includes:

  • Cincinnati: I-71 at I-75
  • Houston: I-45 at I-69/US 59
  • Atlanta: I-285 at I-85 (North)
  • Atlanta: I-20 at I-285 (West)
  • Chicago: I-290 at I-90/I-94
  • Los Angeles: SR 60 at SR 57
  • Dallas: I-45 at I-30
  • San Bernardino, California: I-10 at I-15
  • Chattanooga, Tennessee: I-75 at I-24

ATRI’s analysis, which utilized data from 2021, found traffic levels rebounded across the country as more Americans returned to work and consumer demand for goods and services continued to grow. Consequently, supply chain bottlenecks occurred throughout the country. Average rush hour truck speeds were 38.6 MPH, down more than 11 percent from the previous year.

As part of the 2022 analysis, ATRI is providing visual animations created with truck GPS data for select bottleneck locations. (Read More)
New ATRI Research Evaluates Motor Carriers Strategies for Responding to Rising Insurance Costs
ATRI recently released a report analyzing trucking industry impacts from the rising costs of insurance. This analysis, a top priority of ATRI’s Research Advisory Committee, utilized detailed financial and insurance data from dozens of motor carriers and commercial insurers. The report assesses immediate and longer-term impacts that rising insurance costs have on carrier financial conditions, safety technology investments and crash outcomes as well as strategies used by carriers to manage escalating insurance costs.

The study found that carrier strategies included decreasing insurance coverage levels, raising deductibles and/or Self-Insurance Retention (SIR) levels, and decreasing investments in other cost centers. In spite of this increased liability exposure, out-of-pocket incident costs and carrier crash involvement remained stable or decreased among a majority of respondents.

Despite reductions in insurance coverage, rising deductibles and improved safety, almost all motor carriers experienced substantial increases in insurance costs from 2018 to 2020. Premiums increased across all fleet sizes and sectors, with small fleets paying more than three times as much as very large fleets on a per-mile basis. (Read More)
Two Industry Leaders Appointed to ATRI Board of Directors
Srikanth Padmanabhan
President, Engine Business
Lou Rivieccio
President, Corporate Transportation
The American Transportation Research Institute has appointed two new members to its board of directors:

  • Srikanth Padmanabhan, Cummins, Inc., President, Engine Business
  • Lou Rivieccio, UPS, President, Corporate Transportation

The appointments were made in October by ATRI Chairman of the Board Judy McReynolds, ArcBest Corporation Chairman, President and CEO.

Mr. Padmanabhan has served as President, Engine Business at Cummins, Inc since April, 2016. In this role he has led customer focused innovation to make Cummins the leading powertrain supplier with a portfolio ranging from diesel and natural gas to hybrid and electric powertrains. In 2018, he and his team successfully drove the nearly $10 billion business to achieve profitable revenue growth and manufacture close to 1.5 million engines globally. He has been with Cummins, Inc. for 30 years and has held multiple management and leadership positions within the company. As a diverse global leader, he has lived and worked in India, United States, Mexico and the United Kingdom. Mr. Padmanabhan holds a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the National Institute of Technology in Trichy, India and a PhD in Mechanical Engineering from Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa. He is also a graduate of the Advanced Management Program from Harvard Business School. Mr. Padmanabhan and his wife live in Columbus, Indiana and together they have a daughter who is currently in college.

Mr. Rivieccio has held his current position at UPS since March, 2021. He is responsible for overseeing the Transportation Operations for the U.S. which is comprised of 125K employees. Prior to his current role Lou served as president of UPS Europe until March, 2018. Based in Brussels, he led more than 49,000 employees and was responsible for all UPS business and operations in nearly 60 countries and territories across Europe. A native of New York, Mr. Rivieccio joined UPS in 1984 as a part-time employee in package operations. He then went on to hold a series of operations and management positions in North America. Lou holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from St. Thomas Aquinas College in New York. He is also a graduate of the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan and the Columbia Senior Executive Program at the Columbia University, Graduate School of Business.

“Our board plays a critical role in guiding and shaping ATRI’s research priorities,” said ATRI President and COO Rebecca Brewster. “We are fortunate to have a very engaged Board of Directors and look forward to working with Srikanth and Lou.” 

A complete listing of the ATRI Board of Directors is available here.
2021 ATRI Contributors
Thank You for Your Support!
A&M Transport
Ability TriModal Transportation Services 
Acuity Insurance
Alabama Trucking Association
Amanda Schuier
Amazon Smile Foundation
ArcBest Corporation
Arizona Trucking Association
Arkansas Trucking Association
Artex Risk Management
Atlantic Bulk Carrier Corp.
Ben BanksBest Way Express
Bison Transport
Boyle Transportation
Brenda Neville
Bulldog Hiway Express
C.H. Robinson Worldwide
California Trucking Association
Carbon Express
Cargo Transporters
Carla Rose
Central Oregon Truck Company
Charlie Hoekema Trucking, Inc.
Chris Spear
Colorado Motor Carriers Association
Combined Transport 
Co-Pilot Vision Systems
Covenant Transport
Cummins Inc.
Dan Murray
Daseke, Inc.
Dave Huneryager
David and Betsy Manning
Deco Systems Inc.
Doug Voss
Eagle Transport
FedEx Corporation 
Florida Trucking Association
Fullbay, Inc.
Garner Transportation Group
Georgia Motor Trucking Association
Grand Island Express
Great West Casualty Company
Greg and Val Owen 
Groendyke Transportation
Higginbotham Insurance
Hoekstra Transportation, LLC
Idaho Trucking Association
Illinois Trucking Association
Indiana Motor Truck Association
Iowa Motor Truck Association
J and M Tank Lines, Inc.
James Burg Trucking Company
Jeff Short
Kansas Motor Carriers Association
Keller Logistics Group
Kenan Advantage Group
Kentucky Trucking Association
K-Limited Carrier, Ltd.
Louisiana Motor Transport Association
LTL Service, Inc.
Lynden Incorporated
Maine Motor Transport Association
Maryland Motor Truck Association
Maverick Transportation
Michael Ahart
Midwest Peterbilt Group
Mike Tunnell
Minnesota Trucking Association 
Mississippi Trucking Association
Missouri Trucking Association
Motor Carrier Insurance Education Foundation
Motor Transport Association of Connecticut
National Tank Truck Carriers
Nebraska Trucking Association
Nevada Trucking Association
New Hampshire Motor Transport Association
New Mexico Trucking Association
NFI Industries
North Carolina Trucking Association Foundation
North Dakota Motor Carriers Association
Ohio Trucking Association
Oklahoma Trucking Association
Old Dominion Freight Line
Oregon Trucking Association
Ozark Motor Lines
Paul Enos 
Pennsylvania Motor Truck Association
PGT Trucking LLC
Pitt Ohio
PrePass Safety Alliance
Pressure Systems International
Prime, Inc.
Quality Carriers
Rebecca Brewster
Rhode Island Trucking Association
Rich and Lisa Bren
Ruan Transportation Management Systems
Shorty and Ro Whittington 
South Carolina Trucking Association
Specialized Carriers & Rigging Association
TAEC Region II
TCSI-Transland, Inc.
TCW, Inc.
Tennessee Trucking Association
Texas Trucking Association
Thrive Regional Partnership
Todd Reiser
Toledo Trucking Association
Tommy Hodges 
Total Transportation of Mississippi LLC
Transport Safety Logic, LLC
Trucking Association of New York
Usher Transport
Vermont Truck and Bus Association
Vertical Alliance Group
Werner Enterprises
West Side Transport
Wisconsin Motor Carriers Association
Wyoming Trucking Association

Contrbutions in Memory of:
Thomas R. Schilli
Kenneth Vieth
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