Why Bulk Carriers Should Care About MAP-21

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BulkLoadsNow.com examines how the legislation of Map -21 will affect the bulk freight industry, specifically agricultural commodities and weight increases

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Allowing more weight will bring more business for trucking, opposed to rail.

After a series of nine extensions on the nation's transportation projects, which amounted to a 30-month stretch, the MAP-21 bill, also known as Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century, was signed by President Obama on July 6, 2012. The series of laws take on a two year agreement, beginning in 2013, by which $105 billion is allocated to funding a federal-aid highway program, developing a National Freight Strategic Plan, regulating the requirement of electronic logging devices for recording hours of service in commercial vehicles, and studying the effects of truck, size, weight and driving hours on highway safety and infrastructure.

This new bill could bring with it drastic improvements for the bulk freight trucking industry. By updating national highway infrastructure funding, carriers can continue to see improvements on highways and local roads which leads to efficiency gains in their trucks. This also will lead to safer roads and could impact the outcome of truck size and weight studies.

Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century will allocate part of its funds to research. This research could change the bulk freight industry drastically if found that the effects of truck, size and weight don't heavily affect highway safety and infrastructure. According to Jared Flinn, operating partner of Bulk Loads Now LLC, "It will make trucks more competitive. Allowing more weight will bring more business for trucking, opposed to rail."

Additionally, the National Freight Strategic Plan will also provide incentives for states that fund projects that improve freight movement. They must focus on improving the resilience of freight transportation through safety, security, productivity and reduced congestion.

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BulkLoadsNow.com is an online community of professionals in North American’s bulk freight industry. Our shipper members are transportation logistics managers of grain, fertilizer, aggregates, feed ingredients and all agriculture commodities. Our carrier members pull hopper bottoms, walking floors, end dump trailers, belt trailers, live floors, pneumatic and liquid tankers. We provide to our members the industry’s most innovative bulk freight solutions including an enhanced load board, database of all carriers in North America, instant communication tools, industry forums and news updates, and much more. For more information visit http://www.bulkloadsnow.com

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