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  • Workhorse Delivery Drone Approved for Testing by FAA

    by Super Admin | Mar 01, 2016

    October, 2015 - The Federal Aviation Administration has granted permission for Workhorse Group to test their HorseFly Delivery Drone. The Workhorse technology coupled with an electric truck can dramatically reduce the cost for delivering small packages. For each delivery, a diesel truck costs $1 per mile, an electric truck costs only $0.30 per mile and a drone costs a minimal $0.03 per mile! The thought process is that a five pound book does not require a large truck to drive up the driveway if it can be delivered by the drone. While the drone delivers the smaller package, the truck can continue on to deliver heavier items such as tires.

    HorseFly Delivery Drone

    The Innovation: Talk about a work horse! The HorseFly Delivery Drone is impressive. Its specifications include,

    • 8-Rotor Octo-copter
    • Inflight GPS and Compass
    • Landing infrared camera
    • Weight: 9.5 pounds without the battery (roughly 18 pounds with battery)
    • Payload Capacity: 10 pounds
    • Maximum speed: 50 mph
    • Flight time: 30 minutes

    How it works: The delivery driver assigns the drone a package and a destination using the touchscreen interface in the delivery truck. The drone then launches from the delivery vehicle and navigates itself to the desired delivery location. Meanwhile the truck continues on its delivery route. Once the drone reaches its delivery location, a human pilot takes over and ensures a safe decent and package drop using a multi-camera video feed. When complete, the pilot relinquishes control and the drone flies itself back to the delivery truck where it docks and recharges for its next delivery.

    The purpose:To create a warehouse on wheels. "Our premise with HorseFly is that the HorseFly sticks close to the horse," Steve Burns, Founder and CEO of Workhorse says. "If required, the HorseFly will wirelessly recharge from the large battery in the WorkHorse truck. The fact that the delivery trucks are sufficiently scattered within almost any region during the day makes for short flights, as opposed to flying from the warehouse for each delivery."

    Technology has a way of changing the landscape of nearly every industry and transportation and logistics is no different. It will be interesting to watch as this type of drone technology enters our communities and solves transportation costs/congestion issues.

  • Hours of Service Update

    by Super Admin | Mar 01, 2016

    October, 2015 - 75,000 driver alertness tests, 22,000 days of driver sleep data and 30,000 driver duty cycles later, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration finally announced September 30th that the data collection phase of the 34-restart provision is complete. Now that the collection phase is done, the study team has begun to analyze the data and project to have the final report by the end of the year.

    This study came about due to the amendment to the 2015 Transportation, Housing, and Urban Development Appropriations legislation introduced by Sen. Susan Collins. It suspended the 60/70 hour limit which required that property-carrying drivers stop driving after 60/70 hours on duty in 7/8 consecutive days and had to include two periods from 1 am to 5 am of home terminal time. The rule remains suspended until the FMCSA completes this study. Originally slated to expire September 30, a spokesman from FMCSA confirmed that the voluntary restart provisions remain as is until the final report is issued.

  • Keep up with the FMCSA Rules and Regulations Schedule

    by Super Admin | Mar 01, 2016

    October, 2015 - The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) works to ensure the safety in motor carrier operations and make safety the number one priority when it comes to transportation, as it should be. However, it is no secret that the FMCSA has a reputation for taking a long time to develop rules and regulations and continually pushes back deadlines. Several regulations have been delayed for numerous reasons and the most current reason is the pending confirmation ofScott Darling as the FMCSA Administrator. To help you keep track of what is coming down the pipeline, here is a quick snap shot of the rules, the date they were initiated, their original scheduled dates and their new projected dates.

    FMCSA Rules Schedule
  • Bill Proposes 91,000 Pound Weight Limit

    by Super Admin | Mar 01, 2016

    September, 2015 - In 2014 roughly 69% of U.S. freight tonnage was moved by trucks and over the next decade overall freight tonnage is expected to grow nearly 25%. This means something needs to be done quickly to increase trucking productivity.

    As the law currently sit, a freight shipping truck's maximum weight is 80,000 lbs. With the impending driver shortage, truck weight limit is an area that has been revisited and scrutinized. Last week on a telephone press briefing, Representative Reid Ribble (R-WI) introduced a bill titled, the Safe, Flexible and Efficient (SAFE) Trucking Act. Based on U.S. Department of Transportation safety and road wear data, this bill proposes to equip tractor-trailers with a sixth axle and increase the federal weight limit to 91,000 lbs. Immediate safety concerns are raised with the idea of increasing weight limits, and is said safety has played a large factor in the development of this proposal. In order to ensure safe stopping distance and road wear, the U.S. DOT confirms that this would stay compliant with existing federal bridge formula and the mandatory sixth axle preserves current, if not better, stopping distance and road wear.

    "The SAFE Trucking Act will help us safely move more of the things Americans want with fewer trucks taking up space on the road, and it is based on data to ensure that truck stopping times and pavement wear are as good or better than our current trucks. When we can increase efficiency, decrease traffic, and make everyone safer in the process, that is a win, and the SAFE Trucking Act is able to help us achieve all these objectives." Ribble said.

    The SAFE Act specifically refers to only single trailers and does not include modifications to doubles or triples. Europe and Canada are already practicing similar guidelines with six axle trucks carry up to 100,000 lbs. safely. In the U.S., Maine was granted the ability to carry out such rules five years ago and since then their fatalities on the road have reached the lowest in 70 years. The implementation of this bill will be voluntary and the control and authority over their roads will remain with each individual State to determine the adoption of this bill.

    The American Trucking Associations still has yet to express an opinion on the proposed bill while the Trucking Alliance spoke out about the potential for this bill to drive up operating costs and drive down truck driver wages. The discussion continues as to whether this is a viable option withstrong opinions on both sides.

  • Truck Platooning Technology is Making Gains

    by Super Admin | Mar 01, 2016

    Platooning Trucks
    Photo credit: Peloton Technology, Inc.

    September, 2015 - Efficiency is always the goal and with this topic comes the idea of truck platooning. Truck platooning is when two tractor-trailers travel closely, roughly 40-50 feet part, create an air flow that pushes both trucks forward. This saves on fuel but it creates a huge risk in safety because there is less reaction time. However, now technology is being developed that allows trucks to platoon without sacrificing safety. Peloton Technology, Inc. is the lead in this new technology.

    Peloton Technology, Inc. has developed a wireless electronic communications system that allows two trucks to communicate information such as braking and acceleration so the trucks will react simultaneously in important situations, such as, when they need to brake quickly. This eliminates the delay in human reaction time and allow the trucks to gain from platooning without risking safety. The Peloton System also includes a video feed from a camera in the front truck sent wirelessly to the rear truck so their vision is not impaired.

    The American Transportation Research Institute and Auburn University found that platooning technology could save 5-10% on fuel. The North American Council on Freight Efficiency confirmed that Peloton’s technology saved about 10% on fuel for the rear truck and 4.5% for the lead truck.

    Research continues on Peloton’s system and with investors like Lockheed Martin, the technology is progressing and may be closer than we think. Fleet Owner released a great article by Larry Kahaner that dives into more questions about platooning trucks.

  • Home Building on the Rise Means an Increase in Hauls for Trucking

    by Super Admin | Mar 01, 2016

    September, 2015 - home building
    Since the Great Recession the housing market has seen its share of hardships and slowly struggled to bounce back. Over the past years we have been seeing the market make slow gains. This month national wide housing has increased 0.2% to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.206 million units, the highest it has been since October of 2007. Single family home starts increased 12.8% from June to July, the best pace since December 2007, but multifamily homes fell 17%.

    Chief Economist David Crowe of the NAHB states, “single-family starts are improving at a slow and sometimes intermittent rate as consumer confidence gradually rebounds. Continued job and economic growth will keep single-family housing moving forward.” Tom Woods, NAHB Chairman, a home builder from Blue Springs, MO adds, “Our builders are reporting more confidence in the market, and are stepping up production of single-family homes as a result.”

    New building permits issued also dropped from June to July however they remain higher than the previous July. Despite the slight drop, confidence for homebuilders and the market for newly built homes rose a percentage and remains positive.

    This report is consistent with the NAHB’s forecast for a slow strengthening of the single-family housing sector in 2015. David Crowe said, "job and economic gains should keep the market moving forward at a modest pace throughout the rest of the year.” The slow gains and positive outlook in the housing market is good news for flatbed and other trucking operations. An increase in building means an increase in hauling everything from building supplies to household appliances and goods.


    home buildingthe Great Recesmarket has seen its share of hardships and slowly struggled to bounce back. Over the past years we have been seeing the market make slow gains. This month national wide housing has increased 0.2% to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.206 million units, the highest it has been since October of 2007. Single family home starts increased 12.8% from June to July, the best pace since December 2007, but multifamily homes fell 17%.

    Chief Economist David Crowe of the NAHB states, “single-family starts are improving at a slow and sometimes intermittent rate as consumer confidence gradually rebounds. Continued job and economic growth will keep single-family housing moving forward.” Tom Woods, NAHB Chairman, a home builder from Blue Springs, MO adds, “Our builders are reporting more confidence in the market, and are stepping up production of single-family homes as a result.”

    New building permits issued also dropped from June to July however they remain higher than the previous July. Despite the slight drop, confidence for homebuilders and the market for newly built homes rose a percentage and remains positive.

    This report is consistent with the NAHB’s forecast for a slow strengthening of the single-family housing sector in 2015. David Crowe said, "job and economic gains should keep the market moving forward at a modest pace throughout the rest of the year.” The slow gains and positive outlook in the housing market is good news for flatbed and other trucking operations. An increase in building means an increase in hauling everything from building supplies to household appliances and goods.

    home buildingSince the Great Recession the housing market has seen its share of hardships and slowly struggled to bounce back. Over the past years we have been seeing the market make slow gains. This month national wide housing has increased 0.2% to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.206 million units, the highest it has been since October of 2007. Single family home starts increased 12.8% from June to July, the best pace since December 2007, but multifamily homes fell 17%.

    Chief Economist David Crowe of the NAHB states, “single-family starts are improving at a slow and sometimes intermittent rate as consumer confidence gradually rebounds. Continued job and economic growth will keep single-family housing moving forward.” Tom Woods, NAHB Chairman, a home builder from Blue Springs, MO adds, “Our builders are reporting more confidence in the market, and are stepping up production of single-family homes as a result.”

    New building permits issued also dropped from June to July however they remain higher than the previous July. Despite the slight drop, confidence for homebuilders and the market for newly built homes rose a percentage and remains positive.

    This report is consistent with the NAHB’s forecast for a slow strengthening of the single-family housing sector in 2015. David Crowe said, "job and economic gains should keep the market moving forward at a modest pace throughout the rest of the year.” The slow gains and positive outlook in the housing market is good news for flatbed and other trucking operations. An increase in building means an increase in hauling everything from building supplies to household appliances and goods.

  • Are You Ready for the ELD Mandate?

    by Super Admin | Mar 01, 2016
    August, 2015 - The ELD mandate is almost here. September 30 has been announced as the date for the final ruling. With its release just around the corner, now is the time to learn more. John Gaither, Regional Sales Manager at GPS insight, will be speaking at afree webinar on the topic. The webinar will describe, what the ruling actually means for businesses, who will be affected, compliance standards, and the benefits for managers and drivers. This new regulation faces two last hurdles before being released. It currently sits with the Office of the Secretary of Transportation and then will go to the Office of Management and Budget. The ELD mandate aims to improve overall fleet management, but with new tools comes a learning curve. Make sure you are prepared.
  • 3-Month Highway Bill Approved

    by Super Admin | Mar 01, 2016

    August, 2015 - The quest for a long-term highway bill is still ongoing, but recent
    strides were made last week when thehighway Senate passed the three-month extension of Federal highway funding. This bill is on its way to the President for approval. Once signed, it will provide $8 billion in funding until October 29. The patch was passed by a 91-4 vote.

    With this bill passed, road funding will continue another three months but a long-term plan is sorely needed. The House and Senate will have a short window to develop a multi-year long term funding solution.

    This patch is the 34th short-term transportation extension since 2009 and hopefully the last. The Senate voted 65-34 on a six-year highway bill that will be a starting point for negotiations with the House after the August recess.

  • ATA Predicts Growth in Freight for Trucking

    by Super Admin | Mar 01, 2016

    August, 2015 - The American Trucking Associations released a new report projecting an increase in freight volumes by nearly 29% over the next 11 years. Bob Costello, ATA Chief Economist, says, “Continued population growth, expansion of the energy sector and foreign trade will boost trucking, intermodal rail and pipeline shipments in particular. The outlook for all modes of freight transportation remains bright.”

    By the year 2026 Forecast, a collaboration between ATA and IHS Global Insight, estimates a 28.6% increase in freight tonnage and a 74.5% increase in freight revenues putting revenue at $1.52 trillion in 2026.

    Forecast also projects that trucking will remain the dominant mode of freight transportation but its share of tonnage will dip from 68.8% in 2014 to 64.6% in 2026. Pipeline volumes will increase an average of 10.6% a year and the share of freight will increase from 10.8% in 2015 to 18.1% in 2026. Railroad share of freight tonnage will decrease from 14.2% in 2015 to 12.3% in 2026. Intermodal freight will be the second fastest growing mode at 4.5% per year through 2021 and then increase by 5.3% per year after. Class 8 truck numbers are expected to grow from 3.56 million to 3.98 million by 2026.

    Forecast can be purchased at www.atabusinesssolutions.com or by calling 1-866-821-3468.

  • Hourly Pay for Truck Drivers Soon to be Mandated?

    by Super Admin | Mar 01, 2016

    July, 2015 - A new piece of legislation called, the Truck Safety Act, was introduced late last week in the U.S. Senate by Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ). Sen. Booker is part of the Surface Transportation and Merchant Marine Infrastructure committee, a subcommittee of the Senate Commerce Committee.

    Five key topics are addressed in the Truck Safety Act, including:

    • Minimum Insurance – increase the minimum insurance level from $750,000 to $1.5 million
    • Collision Avoidance Systems – require crash avoidance systems in all commercial motor vehicles
    • Speed Limiting Devices – require commercial motor vehicles to have speed limiting devices
    • Driver Compensation – mandate employers to compensate truck drivers hourly
    • Excessive Commuting – study the effect of long commutes some drivers have to their base of operation

    This bill was praised by several safety advocates including, Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety, the Truck Safety Coalition, Parents Against Tired Truckers, Citizens for Reliable and Safe Highways and the Consumer Federation of America. The groups pointed out as total tonnage of truck freight shipments are predicted to increase as much as 63% by 2040, new requirements for advanced crash avoidance systems and speed limiter devices are critical. Many in the transportation industry, however disagree with parts of the proposal. The American Trucking Associations and the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA) both contend that an increase to the minimum insurance level is unnecessary, because as it currently sits, more than 99 percent of crashes are already covered. The OOIDA also questions theeffectiveness of speed limiting devices. They state, research shows uniformed highway speeds are what needs to be addressed - speed differentials increase the risk of crashes therefore the speed limiting devices may in fact be less safe.

    Several new bills are being purposed calling for increased safety measures and improved infrastructure. How those initiatives are to be carried out is still to be determined.

  • GROW AMERICA – What You Need to Know

    by Super Admin | Mar 01, 2016

    July, 2015 - Most will agree that America’s infrastructure system needsGROW Americaa major overhaul. The US Department of Transportation is pushing for more funding to be made available. GROW AMERICA is a six-year bill that will increase our transportation investment by 6%. The FY 2016 budget offers $478 billion in funding for a six-year reauthorization proposal to modernize our infrastructure.

    Why is this needed?

    The 2015 Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) program received 950 pre-applications to its call for transformative and innovative capital programs. These applications total over $14.5 billion, over 29 times the $500 million available through TIGER. A study conducted by Beyond Traffic found 65% of the roads are in less than good condition, one out of four bridges crossed need to be replaced and there is a backlog of $86 billion in repairs for public transit. There is predicted to be an increase in the demand on the transportation system over the next 30 years. The population will grow by 70 million and freight traffic is expected to increase 45%. What these statistics point to is the uniform need for transportation capital program.

    GROW AMERICA Act would be a long-term transportation bill to address these growing critical infrastructure projects. It will increase safety across all modes of transportation, strengthen theTIFIA and RRIF loan programs and help make jobs and education more accessible.

    Check out their video.

  • Phase 2 GHG Rules Will Cut Pollution and Save Money According to the Feds

    by Super Admin | Mar 01, 2016

    June, 2015 - On June 19, a new proposal to extend fuel-economy and greenhouse-gas emissions rules was announced by the federal government.

    Phase 2 of the regulations for 2021 to 2027-model trucks and tractors and 2018-to-2027 MY trailers would cover entire vehicles. EPA trailer standards would begin to take effect in model year 2018 for certain trailers, while NHTSA’s standards would be in effect as of 2021.

    About $10,000 to $12,000 in new equipment would be needed by a tractor-trailer to meet the requirements, said Gina McCarthy, EPA’s administrator.

    A 60-day public comment period will follow the proposal’s publication in the Federal Register, the Administrators said. And NHTSA and EPA will host two public hearings and continue an “open-door policy of meeting with stakeholders over the course of the comment period."

  • Technology and the Future of Trucking

    by Super Admin | Mar 01, 2016

    Using technology to increase performance and safety.

    June, 2015 - There are quite a few technology advances that have the ability to increase truck performance, elevate driver safety and performance, as well as improve fuel usage. In most cases, the ROI on technology investments is immediate. In trucking there are many new emerging technology to increase safety, productivity and fuel consumption that are interesting to explore.

    Recently the NTSB recommended strongly that there should be a stability-control mandate that would ensure that tanker rigs (with GVWRs over 10,000 lbs) are retrofitted with stability-control systems. They would also like to have stability standards enforced for all commercial motor vehicles and buses. These stability control systems widens the center of gravity impacting how easily a truck can roll-over in the event of a sharp turn.

    Mobile Apps can impact trucking in a big way.

    E-Z Pass daily toll transactions enable transponder-equipped commercial vehicles to bypass designated weight stations, port-of-entry facilities eliminating the need to stop. Each time a truck has to stop it can costs up to $10.50. These types of technologies can save time, money and fuel.

    Electronic Logging – less fatigue?

    According to a recent Department of Transportation report, a final rule is expected to be published Sept. 30, 2015 that mandates the use of electronic logging devices by drivers and fleets. Enforcement of the mandate would begin Sept. 30, 2017.

    As of 2014 75% of the industry does not have these logging devices. Analysts expect 100% compliance within a year or two of the rule going into effect.

  • The Impact of 3D Printing on Transportation

    by Super Admin | Mar 01, 2016

    May, 2015 - It seems like business is booming in the world of transportation. The busy season is upon us, fuel prices are low, the economy is recovering and only the driver shortage continues to weigh on our minds. Times like these create space to look to the future and weigh any proactive steps that should be taken early to keep business humming. Reviewing the potential impact of 3D printing on transportation may be a good place to start.

    3D-printing’s ability to significantly lower the number of parts needed to create a final product can reduce shipping volumes across North America. As 3D printing moves from prototype to production in the next few years, 41% of air cargo, 37% of ocean container shipments and 25% of trucking freights may be impacted.

    Although wide-spread 3D printing is still years away, according to Strategy& there are 4 options to getting a clear picture of your company’s potential impact and options for moving forward:

    • Stay the Course – This is the right step if you don’t believe your company will be impacted by 3D printing.
    • Rebalance – This is the right step if you believe 3D printing will have an impact. This may include shifting your portfolio to products that may not be impacted by 3D printing.
    • Adjust Network – Take this step if you believe your current network is not well positioned “for the rise of localized production and transportation.”
    • Introduce New Services – Evaluate the opportunity to branch into a completely new service.

    Read the full article from Strategy& for more.

  • Beyond Compliance

    by Super Admin | Mar 01, 2016

    What does that mean to you?

    May, 2015 - The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is seeking your comments on a program they are considering. According to Truckinginfo, the program, “Beyond Compliance,” would consider a motor carrier’s “proactive voluntary implementation of state-of-the-art best practices and technology” when evaluating their overarching safety program.

    How can you get involved? You have 60-days to include comments and answer questions the FMCSA has posted. View and comment on the Beyond Compliance Program.

  • Centerline at NPTC Annual Conference

    by Super Admin | Mar 01, 2016
    April, 2015 - The NPTC annual education management conference got underway Sunday, April 26th. This annual celebration of achievement will include the Class of 2015 Certified Transportation Professionals (CTP) awards including our own Robert Lewis, CTP who works on our dedicated driver solution team. As our team is on the ground in Cincinnati they will experience all the NPTC has to offer including connecting with customers and prospects. Key topics that will be discussed include: adapting to challenges as leaders; creating a culture of driver retention and best practices in driver compensation and incentives. Look for updates and blog posts from the team as they deepen their business connection and provide insights into how Centerline partners with customers to meet the growing demands for capable and fully compliant drivers across North America.
  • National Hiring Standard for Carriers

    by Super Admin | Mar 01, 2016

    New Bill Introduced to Set National Hiring Standard for Carriers

    March, 2015 - This new House Bill introduced by Rep. John Duncan (R-TN) would provide a non-CSA hiring standard and mandate that before hiring a motor carrier, the shipper, receiver, forwarder or broker would have confirm that the carrier is properly registered with FMCSA, has the required minimum insurance and does not have an “unsatisfactory” safety rating.

    According to the Transportation Intermediaries Association (TIA) this bill would clarify and standardize industry best practices for hiring safe motor carriers. TIA president and CEO Robert Voltman was quoted in a Truckinginfo article as saying, “the current state of CSA and the ever-increasing threat of negligent selection lawsuits based on the BASIC data are hurting the transportation industry. This national hiring standard reinforces the safety related and licensing process already established by FMSCA, helps small business across America and improves overall safety of the transportation industry.” 

  • FMCSA to Launch Restart Study in January

    by Super Admin | Mar 01, 2016
    January 2015 - According to the FMCSA, they are on track to launch the 34-hour restart study. The participants will include both drivers and carriers. Congress suspended the 34-hour restart provision until after this study is complete. There will be a contract from FMCSA released this month. The study will compare five months of experience by drivers operating under the more restrictive rule those working under the current ruling. 

    The agency is looking for participation and has set up a website that spells out the terms of the study and provides links for more information. They are specifically seeking drivers who typically drive 60-70 hours a week and at night, as well as carriers that have drivers that fit that profile. Learn more about participating in the study.
  • Centerline Drives Growth

    by Super Admin | Mar 01, 2016

    Poised for growth: new Office in South Carolina

    November 2014 - As part of its strategy to be responsive to customer's needs for professional drivers nationwide, Centerline, a TrueBlue Company, launched its newest office in Greenville, South Carolina. From this location, Centerline will serve the needs of the local market and its existing national accounts. 

    "South Carolina is a great fit for us," said Centerline President, Jill Quinn. "I'm excited to bring our talented teams to the area so we can provide driver solutions to our existing national accounts that are looking to maximize their productivity. We also look forward to attracting new customers through the additional depth we now offer with this location."

    This latest market launch is the first new office of 2014. It joins a network of 10 additional locations launched in 2013 to expand Centerline's national footprint.  

    "We remain poised for growth in the future and will use our extensive transportation staffing background to meet the needs of our customer's requests for CDL drivers wherever they are needed to improve their productivity," said Jill Quinn

  • Forbes Recognizes TrueBlue for Third Time

    by Super Admin | Mar 01, 2016

    May, 2014 - TrueBlue has been named to the Forbes 2014 list of 100 “Most Trustworthy Companies.” It is the third time that TrueBlue has been recognized for its governance and accounting transparency.

    James Kaplan of GMI ratings, which compiled the rankings for Forbes, said companies on the 2014 list are, “The 100 with the most sterling reputations this year.”

    “We are proud to be recognized again for performing with openness and integrity and displaying the utmost in corporate accountability and transparency,” TrueBlue CEO Steve Cooper said. “We’ve built our business on being responsible to customers, our temporary associates, our employees and our shareholders. Our success is defined by the level of trust we have earned, and I appreciate all our teams do to make it a priority to exceed the expectations of our stakeholders.”

    GMI Ratings reviewed the accounting and governance practices of more than 8,000 publicly-traded companies in North America. GMI considered risk factors including high-risk events, revenue and expense recognition methods, SEC actions, and bankruptcy risk to indicate a company’s credibility. Companies that generated the 100 highest scores for trustworthy behavior over the four quarters of the previous fiscal year made the list.

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