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Operational Costs of Trucking
The American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI) is again conducting its annual survey of for-hire motor carriers to collect information on trucking industry operational costs in order to update ATRI’s ongoing Operational Costs of Trucking report. ATRI is seeking cost data from 2016 associated with operating a truck. The final report, which will be made available in early Fall, will support studies related to industry productivity, driver issues, and fuel efficiency. Please note that the questions below are focused on TRUCK-TRACTORS. IF your fleet also operates STRAIGHT trucks, you will have an opportunity at the end of the survey to submit separate cost information for the Straight trucks in your fleet.

All respondents submitting a completed, usable survey will receive an advance copy of the 2017 Operational Costs of Trucking report.

Your survey responses will be kept completely confidential.  Due to the sensitivity of this research, under NO circumstances will we release any of your personal or organizational information.  As needed, ATRI will sign a Non-Disclosure Agreement.

Please note:
  • You can save the survey at any time and complete it at a later date.  Before exiting the survey, click SAVE AND EXIT at the bottom of the screen.  
  • When you click SAVE AND EXIT you will be provided with a URL to use to return to your responses.  Please save the URL in a convenient location or choose to have it emailed to you.
  • You can review and edit your responses as often as you like before submitting to ATRI; simply remember to click SAVE AND EXIT at the bottom of the screen.
  • You will be able to view and print a summary of your responses on page 7 of the survey.  If you need to make changes to the survey, click BACK at the bottom of the page.
  • When you are done with the survey and ready to submit your responses to ATRI, click FINISH at the bottom of the page.   

If you have any questions, please contact Dan Murray at or 651-641-6162. 
Please enter your contact information below.  Occasionally ATRI will follow up with survey respondents to clarify answers.  Your information will be kept strictly confidential.
First Name
Last Name
Position / Title
Street Adress
(Exclude brokerage/logistics revenue)
What is your primary for-hire business type?
(Select one)
*What are the three primary types of commodities that your company hauls?
(While your company may haul multiple commodities, select only the top 3 most frequently hauled commodities.)
What is your company’s fleet size, average age and average number of miles traveled (including owner operators) in a year for each equipment type?
Number of Assets
Average Age
(in years)
Average Miles Per
Year Per Unit
Equipment Type
How many of each of the following trailer types does your company operate (including owner operators) and what is the average age of each trailer type?
Number of Assets Average Age (in years)
Equipment Type
28’ Trailers
45’ Trailers
48’ Trailers
53’ Trailers
Auto Transporter
Refrigerated Trailer
Other (please specify below):
How long do you typically keep your equipment?

Avg. Trade Cycle Specify years or miles
Equipment Type