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ATA projecting strong growth for trucking during next decade

The trucking industry will continue to gain tonnage share from an overall increasing freight volume from now to 2014, projects the American Trucking Associations in its U.S. Freight Forecast to 2024.

Freight volumes will increase for all modes of transportation by 20 percent, and freight revenue will grow by 63.6 percent to $1.3 trillion a year by 2024, ATA says.

ATA’s also forecasting that trucking’s share of tonnage will grow a few percentage points during the next 10 years to 70.8 percent from 2012’s 68.5 percent.

Truckload volumes will grow 3.2 percent through 2018 and then 1.1 percent annually to 2024, while less-than-truckload volume will see growth of 3.5 percent annual to 2018 and then 2.4 percent to 2024, the report forecasts.

Rail will see a decline in market share, while intermodal will grow rapidly, ATA projects, seeing about a 5 percent annual increase between now and 2014.

The report is available for purchase at or by calling 866-821-368.

Old Lady Driver
Old Lady Driver

And as the young people coming up to become the drivers of those trucks are not prepared to submit to the rules and regulations required for establishing themselves as truck drivers....who is going to drive them?  Electronic devices are only an aid to those who know the basic responsibility of interacting with others in traffic.  Electronic trucks that drive themselves is a bit too far into the future.. No?