Rhode Island Trucking Industry

Newport Rhode Island
If you are looking to drive in the far northeastern U.S., you can just about put the six New England states in a bucket and pick your poison. Of course, if you want to avoid heavy traffic, you’re best to consider Maine, New Hampshire, or Vermont. But if you like crowds and easy access to the Big Apple, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Rhode Island are likely more to your liking. And if you like toll roads, throw New York and Pennsylvania into the mix, and you’ll be in truck driver heaven! As far as Rhode Island is concerned, if the end of the world within civilization is your thing, you couldn’t make a better choice. No one crosses into Rhode Island unless the intend on staying. You’ll find a seaport or two, but being midway between Boston and New York keeps the traffic down. And while you might have hauled a lot of whale oil out of the state in the 19th century, today you’ll likely carry primary export — scrap metal — most likely the remains of vehicles totaled along the highways in Massachusetts and Connecticut!

Geographic Advantages
Rhode Island is the southeastern most state of New England and the smallest state in the nation. Still, with its ports and riverfronts, the state plays an important role in the region’s trucking industry.

Bordering State/Countries
Rhode Island is bordered by Connecticut and Massachusetts, as well as the Atlantic Ocean.

Rhode Island’s Deep-Water Ports
Rhode Island offers a half-dozen sea going ports, the largest and most northern being the Port of Providence. The remainder are located south of Providence on one of the several islands and peninsulas providing access to the ocean.

Products Moved by Trucks
Whether they are exported out of state, out of the country, or simply remain in the state for use in-state, according to the latest data from World’s Top Exports, the following are the primary products moved by truck drivers and offering truck driving jobs to those calling Rhode Island home:

  1. Miscellaneous precious metal scrap
  2. Gold scrap
  3. Iron or steel scrap
  4. Immunological products (unmixed)
  5. Jewelry articles clad in precious metal
  6. Gold compounds
  7. Silver powder
  8. Jewelry articles containing silver
  9. Imitation jewelry (base metal)
  10. Chemical preparations for photographic purposes

Rhode Island’s Highways
Rhode Island has nearly 13,000 lane miles of roadway offering truck drivers routes across and throughout the state. Only 43 miles of interstate 95 are located in Rhode Island, crossing the state from southwest to northeast. I-70 from Donegal Township, West Virginia to Maryland at Warfordsburg.

For more information on Rhode Island and its truck driver jobs, visit: www.ritrucking.org