I don't think I'd characterize the LTL trucking business as being parti8cularly profitable, except in a relative sense (to each other). LTL trucking has had a tough row to hoe the last couple of decades, and the roadside is littered with their carcasses (abandoned terminals). Forget the Interstates, Mason-Dixons,etc of bygone years. Recent years have seen a batch of mid and large sized regional/national carriers go by the board--Preston, A-P-A, Carolina, then the biggie, CF, while J Hoffa was spending his members millions trying and failing to unionize Overnite--now owned by UPS. Roadway is slowly being sucked into Yellow. Plus a host of other regionals failing. Virtually all of these companies were unionized. Virtually all of the truckload carriers out there are not. Relativel few of these LTL guys shipped by rail, and when they did id was usually overflow especially here in the east. They are limited by agreement to nmt 28% rail intermodal, but most union carriers aren't anywhere near that at present. Most of what they do move by rail in in the west,e.g. Chicago- LA where it is tough to compete with rail transit time without team drivers, which is big bucks. Jim The Erie Lackawanna Mailing List Sponsored by the ELH&TS http://www.elhts.org ------------------------------
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