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Rip Watson

Rip Watson’s professional transportation experience spans more than 40 years, including reporting positions at Transport Topics, Bloomberg News and the Journal of Commerce. During that time, he accumulated in-depth experience as well as insight into all aspects of freight transportation, logistics and passenger travel. He gained first-hand experience while working at CSX, Greyhound and arranging student travel for AFS International. Currently, he edits the Intermodal Association of North America’s Insights magazine. He lives with his family in Baltimore, where he enjoys writing, movies, music, travel and baseball. Fun fact: Rip took his first solo train ride, a roundtrip, at age 11.

Intermodal Appeal Grows as Truckload Capacity Tightens

Will the ELD mandate spur an increase in market share for rail intermodal? Some believe the mandate is a watershed event… Read More

How High Will Truckload Rates Go?

Industry analysts seem to agree that spot and contract rates will keep rising due to the stronger economy and the ELD… Read More

ELDs Add to Pressure on Driver Pay and Truckload Costs

Shippers are already paying more, sometimes a lot more, to move freight, and driver compensation will soon follow that… Read More

Detention in ELD-Land: Will Shippers Change Dock Practices?

What’s been done to reduce detention – at origin and destination – to free up driving time in ELD-land… Read More

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