The US economy is growing and so is the population, both of which are leading freight companies of all types to see increased growth in the number and weight of goods shipped around the country. Truck load (TL) freight volumes increased 2.8% in 2017 over 2016 which is far higher in comparison to 2016 versus 2015. Fourth quarter of 2017 for TL alone was at 7% growth year over year.
spring fuel prices
The east coast attainment areas (Major Cities and Surrounding Counties) are emptying out of winter grade Reid Vapor Pressure (RVP) gasoline and lower RVP Summer grade gasoline is already in the major pipelines.