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Operating a Cooperative Motor Truck Route

Description: This bulletin discusses how rural communities can form and operate a cooperative association to transport produce and other goods to market by using motor trucks. It provides instructions for drafting a charter, managing membership, and highlights problems such associations often face while also explaining the many benefits of these associations.
Date: 1919
Creator: Yohe, H. S.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

History and Expansion of Bus and Truck Traffic in the United States

Description: This is a study of the beginning and growth of automotive transportation, the development of transportation of merchandise by means of motor trucks, the development of passenger traffic of motor busses, the co-ordination of railroad and highway transportation, and the state and federal efforts to regulate the trucking industry.
Date: 1951
Creator: Rutherford, Robert B.
Partner: UNT Libraries

[George Underwood with Truck]

Description: Photograph of George Underwood. He poses with one foot inside the passenger side of a pick-up truck, and he reads a newspaper. A group of several trees can be seen in the background.
Date: unknown
Creator: Dalco Photography
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

Motor trucks on Corn-Belt farms.

Description: Describes the benefits of using motor trucks on farms in the Corn Belt, based on a survey of farmers in that region who own trucks. Discusses profitability, efficiency, and compares the use of trucks to the use of horses.
Date: March 1923
Creator: Tolley, H. R. (Howard Ross), 1889-1958 & Church, L. M. (Lillian M.), 1872-1939
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Investigation of Class 2b Trucks

Description: The popularity of trucks in the class 2 category--that is, those with a 6,000 to 10,000 pounds (lbs) gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR)--has increased since the late 1970s/early 1980s. The purpose of this research is to identify and examine vehicles in the upper portion of the class 2 weight range (designated as vehicle class 2b) and to assess their impact. Vehicles in class 2b (8,500-10,000 lbs GVWR) include pickup trucks, sport utility vehicles (SUVs), and large vans (i.e., not minivans). Oak Ridge National Laboratory researched each individual truck model to determine which models were class 2b trucks and arrived at four methodologies to derive sales volumes. Two methods--one for calendar year and one for model year sales--were recommended for producing believable and reliable results. The study indicates that 521,000 class 2b trucks were sold in calendar year 1999--6.4% of sales of all trucks under 10,000 lbs. Eighty-two percent of class 2b trucks sold in 1999 were pickups; one third of class 2b trucks sold in 1999 were diesel. There were 5.8 million class 2b trucks on the road in 2000, which amounts to 7.8% of all trucks under 10,000 lbs. Twenty-four percent of the class 2b truck population is diesel. Estimates show that class 2b trucks account for 8% of annual miles traveled by trucks under 10,000 lbs and 9% of fuel use. Data on class 2b trucks are scarce. As the Tier 2 standards, which apply to passenger vehicles in the 8,500-10,000 lb GVWR category, become effective, additional data on class 2b trucks may become available--not only emissions data, but data in all areas. At the moment, distinguishing class 2b trucks from class 2 trucks in general is a substantial task requiring data on an individual model level.
Date: April 3, 2002
Creator: Davis, S. C.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Development of LNG-Powered Heavy-Duty Trucks in Commercial Hauling

Description: In support of the U.S. Department of Energy's development, deployment, and evaluation of alternative fuels, NREL and the Trucking Research Institute contracted with Detroit Diesel Corporation (DDC) to develop and operate a liquid natural gas fueled tractor powered by a DDC Series 50 prototype natural gas engine. This is the final report on the project.
Date: December 3, 1998
Creator: Corporation, Detroit Diesel & Institute, Trucking Research
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Heavy Vehicle Propulsion Materials Program

Description: The objective of the Heavy Vehicle Propulsion Materials Program is to develop the enabling materials technology for the clean, high-efficiency diesel truck engines of the future. The development of cleaner, higher-efficiency diesel engines imposes greater mechanical, thermal, and tribological demands on materials of construction. Often the enabling technology for a new engine component is the material from which the part can be made. The Heavy Vehicle Propulsion Materials Program is a partnership between the Department of Energy (DOE), and the diesel engine companies in the United States, materials suppliers, national laboratories, and universities. A comprehensive research and development program has been developed to meet the enabling materials requirements for the diesel engines of the future. Advanced materials, including high-temperature metal alloys, intermetallics, cermets, ceramics, amorphous materials, metal- and ceramic-matrix composites, and coatings, are investigated for critical engine applications.
Date: April 26, 1999
Creator: Diamond, S. & Johnson, D. R.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

The Detroit Diesel DELTA Engine for Light Trucks and SUVs - Year 2000 Update

Description: Detroit Diesel Corporation (DDC) is developing the DELTA 4.0L V6 engine, specifically for the North American light truck market. This market poses unique requirements for a diesel engine, necessitating a clean sheet engine design. DELTA was developed from a clean sheet of paper, with the first engine firing just 228 days later. The process began with a Quality Function Deployment (QFD) analysis, which prioritized the development criteria. The development process integrated a co-located, fully cross-functional team. Suppliers were fully integrated and maintained on-site representation. The first demonstration vehicle moved under its own power 12 weeks after the first engine fired. It was demonstrated to the automotive press 18 days later. DELTA has repeatedly demonstrated its ability to disprove historical North American diesel perceptions and compete directly with gasoline engines. This paper outlines the Generation 0.0 development process and briefly defines the engine. A brief indication of the Generation 0.5 development status is given.
Date: June 19, 2000
Creator: Hakim, Nabil S.; Freese, Charles E. & Miller, Stanley P.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Cargo Tank Trucks: Improved Incident Data and Regulatory Analysis Would Better Inform Decisions about Safety Risks

Description: A letter report issued by the Government Accountability Office with an abstract that begins "The Department of Transportation's (DOT) Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration's (PHMSA) incident data cannot be used to reliably identify risks from incidents involving collisions with and spills from tank trucks' bottom lines ("wetlines") because the incidents are not specifically identified in PHMSA's database and the data contain inaccuracies. PHMSA requires carriers to report hazardous material incidents, but the reporting form does not specifically capture wetline incidents. PHMSA officials identify wetline incidents through a resource-intensive process of reviewing carrier-reported incident narratives and other information. However, GAO found that the narratives do not always clearly indicate whether an incident is wetline related and that information about the consequences of incidents, including fatalities, is not always accurate. PHMSA has made efforts to improve its data, such as adding quality checks, but this has not affected how wetline incidents are reported, and inaccuracies remain."
Date: September 11, 2013
Creator: United States. Government Accountability Office.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Heavy vehicle industry site visits: comments from companies and conclusions from technical committee

Description: This report documents the results of several visits with industry as part of the Department of Energy (DOE), office of Transportation Technology, Office of Heavy Vehicle Technology, supported Heavy Vehicle Aerodynamics Project. The purpose of the DOE Heavy Vehicle Aerodynamics Project is to use government resources to bring the aerodynamic expertise available in government organizations and academia to bear in assisting the heavy vehicle industry to reduce aerodynamic drag on trucks. The obvious payback from this investment is the reduction in fuel usage and derivative reduction in the US's dependence on foreign oil imports. This report covers 2 projects: (1) The stated purpose of Project 1 was to provide near-term impact through emphasis on existing tools and capabilities and to focus on the trailer drag problem. (2) The stated purpose of Project 2 was to provide the tools necessary to accomplish the longer term goal of a fully-integrated, aerodynamic tractor-trailer combination.
Date: February 1, 1998
Creator: McCallen, R.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

[Interstate Clean Transportation]. Final Report for FG02-99EE50591

Description: The Interstate Clean Transportation (ICTC) purpose is to develop a public-private partnership dedicated to accelerating the market penetration of clean, alternative fuel vehicles (AFVs) in interstate goods movement. In order to foster project development, the ICTC activity sought to increase awareness of heavy-duty AFVs among truck fleet operators.
Date: July 19, 2002
Creator: Wendt, Lee
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Zone 4 Study: Shielded Lift Truck Refurbishment/Replacement

Description: The Zone 4 Stage Right Shielded Lift Trucks (SLT's) will likely need refurbishment or replacement within the next two to five years, due to wear. This document discusses the options to provide a long term and reliable means of satisfying Zone 4 material movement and inventory requirements.
Date: September 2002
Creator: Amai, Wendy A.; Jones, James F.; Lennox, R. Charleene & Simon, Ronald W.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department