Hot Sheet
A Publication of the Colorado Motor Carriers Association
December 7, 2021


Annual Trucking Trends Report Shows Impact of Pandemic on Industry
Trucking Remained Dominant Mode of Freight in Challenging Year

Arlington, Virginia – The trucking industry moved 10.23 billion tons of freight in 2020, generating $732.3 billion in revenue, according to the latest edition of American Trucking Associations’ American Trucking Trends 2021.

“We knew that the pandemic had a significant impact on our industry, but this year’s Trends shows that despite those challenges, the trucking industry remained our nation’s lifeline – delivering the life-saving and life-sustaining essentials our country needed in a time of great need,” said ATA Chief Economist Bob Costello. “Trends is an indispensable resource for anyone  looking to understand the trucking industry.”

Among the findings in trends:

  • In 2020, trucks moved 10.23 billion tons of freight – down from 11.84 billion tons the previous year.
  • The industry collected 80.4% of the nation’s freight bill, unchanged from the previous year, while generating $732.3 billion.
  • Trucking employed 7.65 million people in industry-related jobs, including 3.36 million professional truck drivers.
  • Women made up 7.8% of the nation’s drivers – an all-time high – and minorities account for 42.3% of truck drivers.
  • Trucking remains a small business industry: 91.5% of fleets operate six or fewer trucks, and 97.4% operate less than 20.
  • Trucks moved 70.9% of the value of surface trade between the U.S. and Canada and 83.8% of cross-border trade with Mexico, for a total of $695 billion worth of goods.

“Having good data is a prerequisite to making good decisions – and year in and year out, Trends provides the kind of up-to-date, accurate data about the industry that decision makers need,” said ATA President and CEO Chris Spear. “That data is why Trends is found on the desks of countless elected officials, regulators and industry executives across the country.”


The Silent Auction is now LIVE – Bid early and often! Register to bid HERE!

(Auction closes TONIGHT at 8pm)


Shop online for all your holiday gifts!  There is something for everyone on your shopping list!

Ticket Packages are available for the Broncos, the Avalanche and the Nuggets, as well as Ski Loveland, the Colorado Symphony and various Museums.

Limited Edition artwork and vintage jewelry.

Baskets full of holiday cheer, spirits, spa treatments and hard-to-get items.  View Silent Auction Highlights.

Safety Symposium Tomorrow!

If you haven’t already done so, register today for our Safety Symposium.  You’ll need time to get the Zoom links before the Symposium starts tomorrow morning at 8am. 

Contact Patti at 303-433-3375 ext. 104 if you have any questions.   Register HERE.


Thanks to our sponsor:

Webinar: Elevate Your Fleet With RNG
Using Renewable Natural Gas at Altitude


December 15th, 2021 ~ 3PM MST | 2PM PT


Presented by the Colorado Motor Carriers Association, a Redmark partner


Join us on Wednesday, December 15th, from 3 PM - 4 PM MST to hear from industry experts about the incentives, infrastructure, and technologies available to help fleets use renewable natural gas. 

In this webinar, presented by the Colorado Motor Carriers Association, speakers from Cummins, CMCA, X3CNG, Waste Management, UPS, and more will address common concerns about RNG.

Topics will include fueling infrastructure, tax credits and incentives, engine technologies, and vehicle performance. Local fleet managers will share their own experience of using natural gas vehicles for all types of operations, including in Colorado's mountain terrain.

Introducing CMCA’s New MarketPlace for Products and Services


CMCA now has a new, improved MarketPlace that is easy to access right on our website.  On the CMCA Marketplace you will find listings for all the CMCA members who offer products and services including, but not limited to, banking, insurance, trailer sales, drug & alcohol testing and more.   You can now browse the Marketplace as your one-stop shop for all products and services.


You will find companies listed in alphabetical order or select by category and the name of the company along with contact information and website to make your search that much easier. Find your next service or product with CMCA’s transportation professionals in the Marketplace.

LAST CHANCE for Training This Year: 
Class prices are increasing in 2022. Sign up for classes through the end of the year before the price increases.
Unless otherwise noted, these classes and events will take place in-person pending any changes in COVID regulations.
December 8, 2021 - Disc Brake Certification (9am-Noon)
December 9, 2021 - Drug/Alcohol Policies & Procedures (CANCELLED)
December 9, 2021 - Drug/Alcohol Reasonable Suspicion (1pm-4pm)
December 16, 2021- Hours of Service/ELD Compliance (8am-Noon)

TopTech Competition - Call For Entries

April 23, 2022

Lincoln College of Technology, Denver


We strongly urge you to encourage your Technicians to participate in the Colorado TopTech Skills Competition.  The TopTech Skills competition is open to ALL member and non-member Technicians.


Entry fee is $50 per contestant.

Sponsorships available.

Click here for more info.

I-70 Glenwood Canyon Emergency Project, week of Dec. 6-11th

The CDOT Geohazard team is working concurrently with the emergency project in the canyon. On Tuesday, Dec. 7, Wednesday, Dec. 8 and Thursday, Dec. 9 safety critical rock scaling operations will be taking place to remove debris and repair damage to eight existing rockfall fences on the north slope in Glenwood Canyon.


While rocks are being scaled, traffic stops on I-70 will be required for westbound traffic only. Traffic holds for eastbound traffic will be intermittent for safety critical operations, but could expand if necessary. These holds are expected to last 20-30 minutes, depending on the work taking place, before traffic is released. The hours of operation will be 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. and crews will be monitoring traffic impacts. This work is contingent on the weather forecast. Motorists should expect delays due to traffic volumes.


Motorists planning to travel on I-70 in Glenwood Canyon should pay attention to road conditions on and weather forecasts. Rest area and recreation path information is also available at I-70 safety closure information can be found on CDOT’s website by clicking here




Upcoming Work

  • Clayton Street at 46th South Avenue to close overnight on Wednesday, Dec. 15 – Friday, Dec. 17
  • Columbine Street between 45th and 46th North avenues to close starting on Saturday, Dec. 18 – Thursday, Dec. 23

See all Permanent Closures Here

Nighttime general construction the week of Dec. 5 and 12, 2021 will occur at the following locations:

  • Brighton Boulevard and I-70 interchange
  • 46th Avenue and Union Pacific Railroad crossing
  • I-70 and 46th Avenue between York Street and Colorado Boulevard
  • I-70 between Colorado Boulevard and Quebec Street
  • Stapleton Drive (north and south) between Colorado Boulevard and Quebec Street
  • I-70 between Quebec Street and I-225 interchange
For a broader list of construction and traffic impacts, visit Navigate North Denver.

Last Chance to Attend Perfect Pairings - December 7th


It’s not too late to join the CMC Foundation at the Wedgewood / Brittany Hill for our Perfect Pairings: Tastes of Colorado & Silent Auction.  Call Patti at 303-433-3375 ext 104.


If you can’t make it – the Auction Website is live and bids will be accepted until 8:00pm tonight.  Register to bid here:


Click here for more information and to register. 

  Safety Symposium Tomorrow!

If you haven’t already done so, register today for our Safety Symposium.  You’ll need time to get the Zoom links before the Symposium starts tomorrow morning at 8am.

Contact Patti at 303-433-3375 ext. 104 if you have any questions

Register HERE.

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