ATRI Issues Call for Motor Carriers to Participate in Annual Operational Costs Data Collection

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Dan Murray
(651) 641-6162
May 26, 2021
 
Arlington, Virginia –The American Transportation Research Institute today issued a call for motor carriers to participate in ATRI’s annual update to its Operational Costs of Trucking report.
 
Now in its 13th year, ATRI’s annual Operational Costs of Trucking collects cost information derived directly from trucking fleets and owner-operators, and is among the most requested ATRI research studies. ATRI’s annual analysis is used as a key benchmarking tool by motor carriers of all sizes. Public sector agencies also utilize ATRI’s real-world data analysis to make better-informed transportation planning and infrastructure investment decisions. Most recently, ATRI’s Operational Costs of Trucking data was used to quantify impacts from the I-40 bridge closure in Memphis.
 
“While 2020 was a challenging year for everyone, America’s trucking industry kept moving and freight demand has since returned to pre-pandemic levels. Understanding how 2020 affected fleet costs – from driver pay to insurance to vehicle leases – will help the industry better position itself for future global emergencies,” said Carbon Express President Steve Rush.
 
Among the for-hire fleet metrics being requested by ATRI are driver pay, fuel costs, insurance premiums and lease or purchase payments. Carriers and owner-operators are asked to provide full-year 2020 cost per mile and/or cost per hour data using the easy-to-use online data entry form.
 
“ATRI’s annual Ops Costs analysis provides a one-stop shop for fleets of all sizes to benchmark their metrics against their peers. Our members appreciate that ATRI’s analysis includes a focus on small carrier costs,” said Tom Weakley, director of the OOIDA Foundation.
 
For-hire motor carriers are encouraged to provide operational cost data to ATRI by Friday, August 20, 2021. ATRI’s data collection form, which protects all confidential information, is available here. Participating motor carriers will receive an advance copy of the full report.
 
ATRI is the trucking industry’s 501c3 not-for-profit research organization. It is engaged in critical research relating to freight transportation’s essential role in maintaining a safe, secure and efficient transportation system.