Heavy Hitters: How the 2017 Hurricane Season is Impacting Transportation

As Hurricane Ophelia churned out in the Atlantic this past week, first veering away from the US east coast before heading towards Ireland and Britain, she became part of the historical 2017 hurricane season. In fact, the storm officially became the 10th consecutive storm to grow to hurricane strength — a streak of systems that… Continue Reading

Operation Safe-Driver Week: Oct. 15-21

In an effort to combat unsafe driving behaviors by both truckers and passenger cars, the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) and Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) have joined forces to promote “Operation Safe-Driver Week.” Beginning on Oct. 15th and carrying on until the 21st, law enforcement nation-wide will begin a campaign of heavily increased… Continue Reading

California Wildfires

Tuesday, October 10, 2017  –  California has declared a state of emergency in counties currently under siege by fast-moving, deadly wildfires. Thousands of homes and buildings have been destroyed and an estimated 25,000+ people were evacuated from  Napa, Sonoma, and Mendocino counties. Officials report that fire crews are still battling at least 16 fires and… Continue Reading

Weather Related Service Update: Tropical Storm Nate

Friday, October 6, 2017  –  As hurricane season starts to wind down, Odyssey is currently monitoring Tropical Storm Nate which is forecast to hit the US as a category 1 hurricane over the weekend. New Orleans and parts of Southeast Louisiana may begin experiencing hurricane conditions Saturday with landfall expected late Saturday evening or early… Continue Reading

Weather Related RAIL Service Update: 09/22/2017

The railroads have made progress towards returning to normal service in areas impacted by Harvey and Irma. In Texas,  the three major railroads had effectively restored service on their networks by the end of last week. Union Pacific (UP) announced that Gulf Coast rail operations have been fully restored – BNSF and KCS made similar… Continue Reading

Severe Weather Alert: Transportation Impacts 09/15/2017

Much of the southern United States now faces months — if not years — of cleanup and reconstruction in the aftermath of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. With transportation disruptions, extended power outages, a drop in fuel production, and manufacturing halted for a period after each storm, recovery will take time. Transportation Mode Updates from Carrier… Continue Reading

Severe Weather Alert: Transportation Impacts 09/12/2017

Irma weakened to a tropical depression Monday night, with 35 mph winds and heavy rainfall as it continued northwest along its path. As Florida begins to assess damage left by Irma, officials in Georgia expanded the state of emergency to include all counties as the state grappled with flooding and power outages. Despite Irma’s westward… Continue Reading

Severe Weather Alert: Transportation Impacts 09/11/2017

As Hurricane Irma lays its assault on the Florida peninsula, it threatens the region’s primary commerce corridors with tropical conditions forecasted to reach Memphis and Charlotte over the next few days. Also, Harvey relief efforts may be impacted by the latest storm. Recovery from both systems could last months. Transportation Mode Updates from Carrier Assessments… Continue Reading

National Truck Driver Appreciation Week 2017

This week, September 10-16, 2017, is National Truck Driver Appreciation Week. This is an extremely special week every year when America takes the time to honor all 3.5 million professional men and women professional truck drivers for their hard work and commitment to delivering goods safely, securely and on time. It is the opinion of… Continue Reading

Severe Weather Alert: Transportation Impacts 09/08/2017

The catastrophic flooding that followed Hurricane Harvey had a major impact on families and businesses in Texas and parts of Louisiana. Over the past two weeks much work has been done to restore service in the affected areas but there remains progress to be made, particularly in places like Houston where the damage was significant…. Continue Reading