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7.3 years in 2012 to 7.8 years in 2013. In addition to average costs per mile,


ATRI’s report documents average costs per hour and includes cost breakouts by industry sector. ATRI also reports average cost per mile by region of the country, with the Northeast coming in the highest at $1.76 per mile.


While marginal cost points can have


variability from year to year, the respective cost share ratio of each of the line-items tends to remain relatively stable over time. Fuel now consistently represents the largest share of total average marginal cost for motor carriers (38%), followed by driver wages and equipment lease or purchase payments. Driver benefits, repair and maintenance, insurance premiums, permits and licenses, tires, and toll costs have each consistently represented 10 percent or less of average total marginal costs throughout the years of this study. “Carriers have experienced significant


increases in equipment and labor costs, as well as second-level line items like tolls and health care benefits. Given tightening capacity and strengthening freight demand, ATRI’s operational costs report enables


FUEL NOW CONSISTENTLY REPRESENTS THE LARGEST SHARE OF TOTAL


AVERAGE MARGINAL COST FOR MOTOR CARRIERS (38%), FOLLOWED BY DRIVER WAGES AND EQUIPMENT LEASE OR PURCHASE PAYMENTS.


carriers to evaluate business opportunities wisely,” commented AndrewBoyle, Executive Vice President of Boyle Transportation and a member of ATRI’s Research Advisory Committee. Since its original publication in 2008,


the Operational Costs of Trucking reports continue to be one of the most requested ATRI reports among industry stakeholders. Also


new this year, ATRI has publishing a one-page fact sheet with the key findings of the report. The full report and fact sheet can be obtained fromATRI at www.atri-online.org. RW


Rebecca M. Brewster is President and COO of the American Transportation Research Institute. To learn more about ATRI and order a free copy of the 34-hour restart analysis, visit us online at www.atri-online.org


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