ATRI seeks carriers to participate in its annual operational cost study

Updated Feb 27, 2024
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American Transportation Research Institute

The American Transportation Research Institute is asking motor carriers to participate in its annual update to its Operational Costs of Trucking report.

ATRI’s Operational Costs of Trucking is a trusted resource for benchmarking costs and operations, according to a statement from the organization. ATRI collects data confidentially from for-hire motor carriers of all sectors, regions, and sizes – from one-truck owner-operators to 10,000-truck fleets – to produce insights on key industry trends that guide decision-makers of all kinds.

Cost metrics requested by ATRI include driver pay, insurance premiums, and equipment lease or purchase payments. Carriers and owner-operators can submit these costs for the year 2023 on a per-mile or per-hour basis with an online data entry form or an emailed PDF form. Additional questions cover operational metrics such as the percentage of empty miles, dwell time per stop, and driver turnover.

All participating motor carriers receive a customized report that compares their fleet’s costs and operations to peer carriers of the same sector and size, as well as an advance copy of the full report.

“We contribute data to ATRI’s Operational Costs every year because its findings are indispensable to our operations,” said Jason Higginbotham, Ozark Motor Lines Chief Financial Officer. “The customized peer-group analysis provides us an essential update on how our fleet performs, while the full report allows us to identify industry-wide trends and communicate them to our partners.”

For-hire motor carriers are encouraged to provide operational cost data to ATRI by Friday, April 26. ATRI’s data collection form is available online here, along with a sample customized report and FAQ. All confidential information is protected, and it is published only in anonymized, aggregate form.