Transportation Archive

Arkansas Unemployment Rate Falls to 6.2 Percent But Labor Force Smaller

by Lee Hogan 7/18/2014 09:42 am

Arkansas' unemployment rate fell for the ninth consecutive month in June to 6.2 percent. It marks the fourth consecutive month that the state's unemployment rate has been below 7 percent.

Maverick USA Ditches Waiting Period for Driver Bonuses

by Marty Cook 7/17/2014 03:39 pm

Maverick USA Inc. of North Little Rock says it will make performance bonuses available to all drivers without a waiting period.

TAC Air to Buy Supermarine FBO at Clinton National Airport

by Lance Turner 7/15/2014 03:39 pm

TAC Air agrees to purchase the assets of Supermarine of Little Rock LLC's fixed base operation at Clinton National Airport in Little Rock.

J.B. Hunt Quarterly Profit Rises 6.5 Percent to $93.4M

by Marty Cook 7/15/2014 08:37 am

J.B. Hunt Transport Services Inc. of Lowell reports second-quarter profit of $93.4 million, or 79 cents per share, up 6.5 percent from $87.7 million, or 73 cents per share, in the same quarter last year. But CEO John Roberts III cited a "difficult driver recruiting environment" that has challenged growth.

Metroplan Study: Financial Commitment Key to Conway-LR Bus Service

by Lee Hogan 7/14/2014 11:02 am

A feasibility study released by Metroplan on an express bus service between Conway and Little Rock found that capital costs, funding sources and operating responsibility would be obstacles in the implementation of the route.

Steve Landers Sr. On His Lessons Learned Before Leaving the Lot

by Arkansas Business Staff 7/14/2014 12:00 am

Steve Landers Sr. has been in the auto sales business for 43 years but has been transitioning out of the day-to-day operation of the enterprise. He will remain a consultant at the former Landers Auto Group, taking care of customers and working on putting together auto groups.

Tracy Morgan Sues Wal-Mart for Crash That Killed 1 in New Jersey

by Associated Press 7/12/2014 10:47 am

Former "Saturday Night Live" star Tracy Morgan has sued Wal-Mart over a highway crash involving one of its drivers that left him seriously injured and a fellow comedian dead.

Sign-hanging, Island Building Closing Lanes at Big Rock Interchange in LR

by Associated Press 7/11/2014 03:40 pm

The state Highway and Transportation Department said Friday that the eastbound lane of Financial Center Parkway from Hermitage Road to Interstate 630 will be closed so crews can build traffic islands amid a construction project. Work will take place next Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Installation of Overhead Signs Will Close 430/630 Ramp Tuesday Night

by Associated Press 7/8/2014 08:54 am

The work will require the closing of the I-430 southbound to I-630 eastbound loop ramp. Traffic will be detoured to Shackleford Road to access I-630 eastbound.

New Interchange Opens on I-49 in Springdale

by Associated Press 7/7/2014 02:48 pm

The Don Tyson Interchange is set to open Monday afternoon in Springdale. City officials say the new interchange should help relieve traffic congestion on Sunset Avenue, which is the main roadway used to get into and out of Springdale from the interstate.

Central Flying Service Still Aloft After 75 Years

by Brandon Riddle 7/7/2014 12:00 am

Born out of wartime-driven pursuits, Central Flying Service in Little Rock has since propelled itself as an aviation pioneer after 75 years in business, an anniversary the company celebrates this year. The fixed-base operator's founding mission as a flight school is still ingrained in its current philosophy.

Lawsuits Pending In Fatal Crash

by Brandon Riddle 7/7/2014 12:00 am

Central Flying is defending itself in three lawsuits filed following a Jan. 24, 2013, incident that killed a pilot and his three passengers near Monroe, Louisiana.

Little Rock Zone MSAs See Modest Growth

by Arkansas Business Staff 7/7/2014 12:00 am

Employment grew modestly in the first quarter of 2014 in the Little Rock zone, according to the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis. The Little Rock zone includes all of Arkansas except the northeast.

Shannon Newton Takes Driver's Seat at Arkansas Trucking Association

by Marty Cook 7/7/2014 12:00 am

Shannon Newton, 35, was named president of the Arkansas Trucking Association June 11, replacing Lane Kidd, who stepped down in February after 22 years.

Frank Lloyd Wright House Already Drawing Museum Visitors

by Arkansas Business Staff 7/7/2014 12:00 am

Interest in the reconstruction of the Bachman Wilson House on the grounds of Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville is so great that people have been bringing lawn chairs to watch the work progress.

No Daily Report, E-newsletters on Friday

by Arkansas Business Staff 7/3/2014 10:01 am

Arkansas Business will not send the Daily Report or weekly industry e-newsletters on Friday, the Fourth of July. Arkansas Business Publishing Group offices will be closed Friday as well, reopening on Monday. ABPG wishes everyone a happy Fourth.

ArcBest Moves Up 38 Spots in Fortune 1000

by Arkansas Business Staff 7/2/2014 02:32 pm

ArcBest Corp. of Fort Smith, formerly known as Arkansas Best Corp. and parent company to ABF Freight and other related businesses, has moved up in the Fortune 1000.

Trail Boosts Springdale's Downtown Effort

by Marty Cook 6/30/2014 12:00 am

The city of Springdale's master plan calling for rejuvenating its downtown is estimated to be about $20.5 million in improvements, coinciding with the opening of the Razorback Greenway trail later this year.

Revised Figures Show Improved Rate for Arkansas Growth

by Arkansas Business Staff 6/30/2014 12:00 am

A government report earlier this month on gross domestic product included revised figures that affected data on Arkansas' growth rate back to 1997, according to Michael Pakko, the state economic forecaster.

Stallion Transportation's Butch Rice on the Biggest Challenge Facing the Trucking Industry

by Arkansas Business Staff 6/30/2014 12:00 am

In 1992, Butch Rice opened Stallion Transportation Group with two employees in a 450-SF office in North Little Rock. Today, the company occupies an 18,100-SF office, a 12,000-SF maintenance facility and an 11-acre drop yard at its headquarters in Beebe.