Wednesday, October 21, 2015

"Back To The Future" - Evolution of the Transportation Industry

Remember the movie trilogy  "Back To The Future"? Well today would mark the day that Marty McFly and Doc Brown travel in their infamous Delorean to our current day! The promises of hover boards and flying cars never quite came to reality but there would be several notable changes to the evolution of our society from 1955 to 2015. The most obvious would be our technological advances such as computers, Internet, and mobile phones. Doc Brown would have surely been in awe at the marvels of so much information at our fingertips! But it's not only our technology that has evolved over the last 60 years, so has the transportation industry!

During the 1950's, Marty and Doc would been looking at diesel fuel prices of 14.9 cents a gallon and trucks with refrigerated trailers running on propane and diesel in order to keep their frozen goods on ice. It would have also been rarer for long-haul trucks to be seen driving around small town America. It wasn't until the 1960's that the U.S. Interstate Systems started to expand allowing cities and small towns to be connected making for delivery routes. By the 1970's trucking was seen as a "rockstar" way of life with movies and songs glamorizing life on the road! Even though the 70's boasted a lot of glitz and glam for the industry, beneath that, a movement was being made to deregulate a standing law that would make way to an insurgence of new drivers and carriers. By 1980, the Motor Carrier Act was deregulated and the new Act now prohibited rate bureaus from interfering with any carriers rights to publish its own rates, it also eliminated most restrictions on commodities that could be carried and deregulated the routes that carriers could use and the geographical regions that they could serve. As a result of this, there was a large increase in transportation companies and drivers! By 1990 there were more than forty thousand licensed carriers in the U.S., that was more than doubled than what it was back in the 1980's. Moving forward into the 21st Century, the transportation industry continues to grow in leaps and bounds. Long-haul trucks are seen on our highways daily and over 70% of 11 billion tons of freight is moved by trucks. The United States alone has over 750,000 motor carriers and a Global Insights study predicted in 2014 a shortage of drivers requiring an additional 111,000 jobs! So not only has trucking evolved, it has grown into one of the largest means of transporting goods globally. Who knows what the future has in store, maybe we will eventually have flying trucks like in the movies and take the transportation industry to a whole new level! Imagine that......GREAT SCOTT!!!

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