Business Economics

, Volume 48, Issue 3, pp 195–201 | Cite as

The Trucking Industry: The Lynchpin of the U.S. Economy

  • Bob Costello
Focus on Industries and Markets


This paper describes the role of trucking in the U.S. economy; the major changes that have impacted the industry since the mid-1950s; its current and future position vs. other freight transportation modes, especially rail; and competition within the trucking industry.


trucking freight transportation deregulation interstate highway system inventory management intermodal competition 


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