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Title: IMHO, The truck capital of the United States is...
Post by: Rich Reinhart on April 27, 2011, 08:09:53 PM
New Jersey. I spend quite a bit of time in the Garden State every week and the collection of trucks always blows me away. Every size, type and vintage can be seen every day.
Title: Re: IMHO, The truck capital of the United States is...
Post by: coloradogreen on April 27, 2011, 08:12:10 PM
This thread oughta' be interesting...

Troy.
Title: Re: IMHO, The truck capital of the United States is...
Post by: Pascal Pion on April 27, 2011, 08:14:20 PM
Michigan. The busiest border crossing between Canada and the USA is Detroit so you can imagine how many truck per day goes in and out of Michigan...
Title: Re: IMHO, The truck capital of the United States is...
Post by: doug mckenzie on April 27, 2011, 08:53:22 PM
Michigan. The busiest border crossing between Canada and the USA is Detroit so you can imagine how many truck per day goes in and out of Michigan...


Naaah ,,,,,,,,,

Joisey by far.

Detroit/Windsor might be the busiest border crossing, but traffic's been down in numbers for some time now.
Title: Re: IMHO, The truck capital of the United States is...
Post by: Chris_E on April 28, 2011, 07:24:04 AM
 Interesting thread, indeed.  I'd agree with NJ, especially the northern part.
Title: Re: IMHO, The truck capital of the United States is...
Post by: Rick Sousa on April 28, 2011, 07:37:35 AM
I agree with Jerzee ( in the East) especially Sunday nights trying to get over the GW northbound. The City of Angels (in the West) it is a big country :-\
Title: Re: IMHO, The truck capital of the United States is...
Post by: CarpeViam on April 28, 2011, 07:53:54 AM
I propose 2 options:

1) Dallas/Fort Worth for having large assembly plants for 2 different OEM's and the headquarters for one of them: Peterbilt (plant and headquarters) in Denton and International's SST plant in Garland.

2) Louisville, KY the location of MATS, arguably the most important show for all the North America truck OEM's. The show where most new models are unveiled.
Title: Re: IMHO, The truck capital of the United States is...
Post by: norseman on April 28, 2011, 08:45:22 AM
2) Louisville, KY the location of MATS, arguably the most important show for all the North America truck OEM's. The show where most new models are unveiled.

Not sure about Louisville. Yeah, I hear ya on the show and all, but there isn't a decent truck stop anywhere near the place, and the truck capital of the US surely needs to have at least one decent truck stop...?

I really have no opinion on what the truck capital of the US is. To me all the different areas I have been are equally interesting in their own way, so I'll leave that up to the more opinionated people, hehe. :D

Jan.
Title: Re: IMHO, The truck capital of the United States is...
Post by: charlie on April 28, 2011, 12:12:26 PM
New Jersey. I spend quite a bit of time in the Garden State every week and the collection of trucks always blows me away. Every size, type and vintage can be seen every day.[/co

I gotta go along with Rich's statement and not just because i live in the Garden State.  Having a north south route (I-95) that sees traffic from Quebec & the Maritimes as well as Florida and the rest of the south running up and down the east coast 24/7/365 is a big plus.

From an east west perspective I-80, I-78 and the PATP bring an extradorinary amount of truck traffic from the west coast, southwest and the plains not only to NJ but to other neighboring states. Add the ports and several large industrial parks and sooner or later you'll see just about everything you're looking for truckwise here (providing it's legal).
Title: Re: IMHO, The truck capital of the United States is...
Post by: rex012 on April 28, 2011, 12:34:57 PM
i say long beach, CA. over 8 million loaded containers are hauled out of here. the net worth is estimated at over 140 billion dollars. Its on the busiest stretch of US highway: the 710 interstate highway. Over 10,000 tractor trailers drive on this road daily. it provides over 800 million dollars plus a year of transportation revenue..... do i need to say more?
Title: Re: IMHO, The truck capital of the United States is...
Post by: Running Pete on April 28, 2011, 01:13:27 PM
Denton, Texas. ;D
Title: Re: IMHO, The truck capital of the United States is...
Post by: Chris_E on April 28, 2011, 01:14:10 PM
You could argue that any city with a port is a large hub for truck traffic.  I think Philadelphia has an insane amount of trucks, but PA is a fairly large state and a lot of it's either farmland or wooded area.  So I wouldn't say it was the truck capital of the world.  I thought Iowa could be considered it because of Iowa 80, but other than that, you don't really hear about Iowa all that much.
Title: Re: IMHO, The truck capital of the United States is...
Post by: charlie on April 28, 2011, 01:25:55 PM
i say long beach, CA. Over 10,000 tractor trailers drive on this road daily. do i need to say more?

Well yeah.......NJTP between Exit 11 and Exit 14 (15 mile stretch) handles 200,000 vehicles per day. Roughly a minimum of 12% (24,000) are trucks.
Title: Re: IMHO, The truck capital of the United States is...
Post by: coloradogreen on April 28, 2011, 01:53:03 PM
From a historical perspective, I'll throw Denver's hat in the ring. Aside from being the headquarters of some of the biggest, most famous trucking companies, Denver was also a hub for many carriers due to the length-restriction change... Navajo, P.I.E., Ringsby, ICX, and many other's were headquartered or had major hubs in Denver... and if we're speaking on a state-wide level then Greeley will have Monfort on the list, too.

But, recently, Colorado has become less truck friendly, so, I'm not sure we could contend as the truck capital currently. Historically, however, I think we're in the running.

Troy.
Title: Re: IMHO, The truck capital of the United States is...
Post by: Rick Sousa on April 28, 2011, 02:11:43 PM
My recollection of Colorado would be Watson Bros., Rio Grand Motorways,City Markets and Safeway intrastate and beyond..  Like you mentioned the West opened up from there almost every carrier heading West went through there or Cheyenne or Albuquerque back in the day.
Title: Re: IMHO, The truck capital of the United States is...
Post by: Mackinac359 on April 28, 2011, 04:26:04 PM
 ;D

Tim

Denton, Texas. ;D
Title: Re: IMHO, The truck capital of the United States is...
Post by: Rich Reinhart on April 28, 2011, 06:08:19 PM
i say long beach, CA. Over 10,000 tractor trailers drive on this road daily. do i need to say more?

Well yeah.......NJTP between Exit 11 and Exit 14 (15 mile stretch) handles 200,000 vehicles per day. Roughly a minimum of 12% (24,000) are trucks.

Agreed..I spent 10 minutes at Exit 7A on the New Jersey pike and counted over 150 trucks pass by me just in the northbound lanes..
Title: Re: IMHO, The truck capital of the United States is...
Post by: rex012 on April 29, 2011, 05:20:07 PM
i say long beach, CA. Over 10,000 tractor trailers drive on this road daily. do i need to say more?

Well yeah.......NJTP between Exit 11 and Exit 14 (15 mile stretch) handles 200,000 vehicles per day. Roughly a minimum of 12% (24,000) are trucks.

if you put the 710 in to that perspective you have the santa fe rail road up the road and the longbeach/ san pedro harbors all within a twenty miles radius. the traffic is so bad at times it looks like a stationary parking lot the closer you get to the rail road the worse it gets rush hour is at 3 and you can be stuck for atleast 45 min trying to move a mile . The railroad alone has over 15,000 in coming or out going while the long beach harbor rush around is early morning like at 7 trucks are lined up miles backed up waiting to enter the piers. The 710 is just a 23 mile freeway running from east los angeles to long beach seeing a combined vehicle count of over 275,000 a day. pretty impressive huh ??? no wonder it was the top transited freeway  in the US a year or two ago..
Title: Re: IMHO, The truck capital of the United States is...
Post by: Rafael Perez on May 04, 2011, 12:18:30 PM
I'll say New Jersey and Pennsylvania! ;D
Title: Re: IMHO, The truck capital of the United States is...
Post by: Philatruck on May 04, 2011, 12:48:24 PM
I think Philadelphia and greater Philadelphia ( Buck County/King of Prussia area for example) is where I see the most truck activity. There are lots of trucks in NJ I do have to agree, especially in the Camden Area.
Title: Re: IMHO, The truck capital of the United States is...
Post by: Chris_E on May 04, 2011, 06:44:38 PM
I think Philadelphia and greater Philadelphia ( Buck County/King of Prussia area for example) is where I see the most truck activity. There are lots of trucks in NJ I do have to agree, especially in the Camden Area.

Despite being from this area, I'm inclined to disagree.  This place is DEAD on weekends.  When I got to my grandparent's house on weekends traveling I-95, I probably can count the number of trucks I see on one hand.  When I got to visit my other grandpop in North Jersey, we take the NJTP and I usually see at least 100 trucks if not more.
Title: Re: IMHO, The truck capital of the United States is...
Post by: Jimmy B on May 05, 2011, 01:18:30 AM

To me all the different areas I have been are equally interesting in their own way, so I'll leave that up to the more opinionated people, hehe. :D

Jan.

I'm an opinionated fellow, but I absolutely agree with your statement, each region has it's interesting facets that make for great truck spotting.  Also if anything, the regional aspect of trucking has taken a back seat with the overall homogenization of the industry compared to 20, 30 and 40 years ago. Somewhat do to the big mega McCarriers and the uniformity in federal rule making filtering down to the state level. I mean, a Swift semi looks the same whether it's in New Jersey or California. Now give me one of those Mack red and green painted heating oil trucks from the east, wow. Or a COE truck and trailer bull wagon out west, another wow. Anyway, I think most will get my drift.

I'd also like to interject that busiest, may not always be the best. I'll let the crowd decide where the capital of trucking is while I'm out taking photos no matter where I go...

Jimmy B
Title: Re: IMHO, The truck capital of the United States is...
Post by: norseman on May 05, 2011, 02:06:31 AM
I'd also like to interject that busiest, may not always be the best.

I will have to agree with that statement for sure. Sometimes quality beats quantity all to heck. ;)

Jan.
Title: Re: IMHO, The truck capital of the United States is...
Post by: Mackinac359 on May 05, 2011, 03:22:24 AM
Let me say this - the truck capitol for spotting trucks is always the place that I am not at when I have a good vantage point and a fully charged camera. :-\

Tim
Title: Re: IMHO, The truck capital of the United States is...
Post by: Rich Reinhart on May 05, 2011, 07:39:39 PM
I'd also like to interject that busiest, may not always be the best.

I will have to agree with that statement for sure. Sometimes quality beats quantity all to heck. ;)

Jan.

True and thats my main thing, I can take you to out of the way places to watch Diamond Reo Tri axles and R Model milk trucks..That beats a TL fleet any day
Title: Re: IMHO, The truck capital of the United States is...
Post by: Jimmy B on May 06, 2011, 12:49:02 AM
Rich,

That was my point, the drift of what I was trying to say, doesn't matter where I am, I'm going to be taking photos and it will be of what makes a region just a little bit different than the rest of the country. And, if I ever get back east, I'd certainly call on you for pointers on where to go and what to look out for...

Jimmy B
Title: Re: IMHO, The truck capital of the United States is...
Post by: Rich Reinhart on May 06, 2011, 01:38:47 PM
Rich,

That was my point, the drift of what I was trying to say, doesn't matter where I am, I'm going to be taking photos and it will be of what makes a region just a little bit different than the rest of the country. And, if I ever get back east, I'd certainly call on you for pointers on where to go and what to look out for...

Jimmy B

I agree..I love the southern California grocery haulers and the oil field rigs in west Texas.. The main point I was driving at is what do you think the "capital" is and why? Love to see what others have.

Jimmy if you ever make it here I will personally drive you to all the good spots and buy you lunch in the Philadelphia sandwich establishment of your choice..
Title: Re: IMHO, The truck capital of the United States is...
Post by: HuntFlatbed on May 06, 2011, 04:17:20 PM
I humbly submit my area.  I am nearly at the junction of I-80 and I-29.  I have all the East-West traffic on I-80 and the North-South traffic on I-29. 
Title: Re: IMHO, The truck capital of the United States is...
Post by: c.j. hall on May 09, 2011, 08:50:59 PM
I say Fontana California is truck capital also,
Title: Re: IMHO, The truck capital of the United States is...
Post by: Ray F on May 09, 2011, 09:20:00 PM
US30 in Lancaster Should be in the Top 10 List IMO !!!!  8)
Title: Re: IMHO, The truck capital of the United States is...
Post by: jimh721 on May 09, 2011, 09:45:36 PM
Having done the cross country trip a few times, it sure is great to stop in the rest areas and truck stops.
You need to bring a few extra memory cards.
But I agree with some of you guy's that Jersey sure is a busy truck state, The Turnpike, all the east/ west
interstates, The Ports of Elizabeth and Newark and all the piggyback yards.

BUT

Nothing beats The Cross Bronx Expressway. Its only about six miles long. But pound for pound its got the most
trucks. That does not include the vocational trucks that are everywhere.
The USDOT says its the worst highway in the country, even beats all of Calif, The Long Island Exp and all the others.
I love to listen to the traffic reports " The Cross Bronx is bumper to bumper from New Rochelle to The G W "
Thats not only once a month or once a week, thats everyday, all day.
and the best part is you get the newest of the new and the oldest of the old.
But those dang chain link fences they put on the overpasses sure dosn't make it easy to take pictures.
And if The Yankee game is letting out, your gonna sit for a while
And if there is a accident, you better pack a lunch
There is no place like The Cross bronx
Anybody want a guided tour, just call me.


Jim
Title: Re: IMHO, The truck capital of the United States is...
Post by: Jimmy B on May 09, 2011, 11:25:17 PM
I agree..I love the southern California grocery haulers and the oil field rigs in west Texas.. The main point I was driving at is what do you think the "capital" is and why? Love to see what others have.

Jimmy if you ever make it here I will personally drive you to all the good spots and buy you lunch in the Philadelphia sandwich establishment of your choice..

I'll take you up on that if I ever make that far east for sure!

Thanks,

Jimmy B