UPS Freight improves transit times on 1,900 lanes in western states

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UPS Freight announced Wednesday, Oct. 8, the final phase of its 2008 network enhancements, speeding up transit schedules on more than 1,900 traffic lanes in eight western states. The improvements mark the third round of network enhancements over the past five months by UPS’s heavy freight division.

Overall, the company says it has improved some 12,000 lanes over the past year-and-a-half, offering faster service covering two-thirds of all U.S. ZIP codes. “UPS is on a path to create a combination of reliability, technology and speed that no other competitor can match,” says Jack Holmes, president of Richmond, Va.-based UPS Freight. “Reducing transit times, guaranteeing deliveries and using advanced tracking technology all combine to provide maximum value for our customers.”

The company says the latest enhancements cut at least a day from transit times for shipments originating in service centers in Arizona, California, Colorado, Illinois, Kansas, Missouri, Oregon and Washington. Specific enhancements include such lanes as Denver to Miami; Portland, Ore., to Memphis, Tenn.,; and Bakersfield, Calif., to Cleveland, with all now falling under UPS Freight’s three-day delivery schedule.

In August, UPS Freight revised its network to establish two-day lanes from Chicago to Dallas, Boston to St. Louis and Philadelphia to Miami; the enhancements also expanded the next-day footprint of UPS Freight to include Cincinnati to Memphis and Columbus, Ohio, to Charlotte, N.C. Earlier this year, UPS Freight announced new on-time performance guarantees, which will be extended to the newly enhanced western transit times at no additional cost.

Specific lane enhancements and updated time-in-transit maps can be viewed at