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What You Missed in the Biz Brief This Week: August 14, 2013

Posted in: Industry Trends & News


In today’s information-overloaded business world, we often find ourselves deluged with literally hundreds of news items from dozens of sources. While it is likely impossible to read every article and remain productive, by not doing so we risk missing the one article that could change a key business practice or thought process. And that is where the NATSO Foundation’s newest publication, Biz Brief, provides assistance! The NATSO Foundation's Biz Brief is a daily collection of the most relevant business intelligence for truckstop and travel plaza operators. 

While we think the Biz Brief is a must-read every day, if you only read ten news articles this week, these ten most-clicked Biz Brief articles are the ten to read. 

  1. ATRI, FHWA Release Survey of Top 100 Significant Freight Highways
    The American Transportation Research Institute and the Federal Highway Administration have released their 2013 report detailing the top 100 freight-significant highway locations in the U.S. I-290 at I-90/I-94 in Chicago ranks as the most congested freight highway in the country. Click here to read more >

  2. Refinery Diesel Margins Soar
    U.S. refiners are expanding their diesel production capacity and their export capabilities amid strong demand for diesel outside of the U.S. Current diesel margins, which are at $16 per barrel, are twice the level of gasoline margins. Consequently, refiners are involved in significant reinvestment to improve distillate production. Click here to read more >

  3. RIN Prices Fall on Speculation That RFS Will be Lowered
    With EPA's announcement that it will adjust the renewable fuel standard (RFS) next year, refiners hope that RIN prices will moderate. Click here to read more >
  4. New Pilot Travel Centers Unit in New Mexico
    Pilot Flying J announced the opening of its newest facility on Interstate 40 in Moriarty, N.M. The company's 664th location will offer Subway and Cinnabon food offerings. Click here to read more >

  5. CNG Explained
    Two executives with AMP Americas debunk several myths about CNG and LNG. Click here to read more >

  6. Transportation Industry Leaders Join Together to Promote Natural Gas
    Carriers, shippers and fuel distributors are working together to increase both the number of natural gas-powered Class 8 trucks on the road as well as the number of natural gas fueling stations nationwide. Click here to read more >

  7. I-70 Coalition Considers Tolls to Relieve Congestion
    A panel studying I-70 congestion suggests tolling a 53-mile stretch of the interstate to facilitate traffic, particularly on weekends. A $3.5 billion plan being studied would add two to three reversible toll lanes and include several new tunnel openings. Click here to read more >

  8. 1,000 Weeks Of Diesel Price History
    The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) reported the retail price of on-highway diesel for the 1,000th time in April of this year. 1,000 weeks ago prices were remarkably stable in comparison to current times. Only once in the 1990s did diesel move by as much as 5 cents in a single week. Click here to read more >

  9. EPA Sets 2013 Renewable Volumes; Plans to Address Ethanol Blend Wall
    In announcing the final required volumes of renewables to be blended into the nation's fuel supply by refiners, the EPA also said it will address the ethanol blend wall issue by proposing "to use flexibilities in the RFS statute to reduce both the advanced biofuel and total renewable volumes in the forthcoming 2014 RFS volume requirement proposal." Click here to read more >
  10. Arizona Seeks Statewide Tolling Ban
    Tolling is clearly losing what little popularity it ever had. Proponents of a tolling ban in Arizona are seeking to add the measure to a statewide ballot for a decision by voters. In Texas, legislators reached an agreement that basically prohibits funds generated by a new transportation funding bill from being used to develop toll roads. Click here to read more >

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Roger Cole

Roger Cole

Roger Cole serves as edior of the NATSO Foundation's Biz Brief. The Biz Brief is a daily e-newsletter created to provide readers with business intelligence tailored specifically for truckstop and travel plaza owners and operators. Cole shifts through hundreds of news sources daily, selects the most relevant and timely news and then editorially distills it into a must-read briefing.