* New safety rules to deepen truck driver shortage * Truckers may try to raise rates, analysts say * Railroads see opportunity to grab share By Lynn Adler NEW YORK, Dec 21 (Reuters) - A recovering U.S. economy and a shortage of skilled drivers will force the nation's trucking industry to either pass through unpopular price hikes next year or take a hit to their profit margins. Rising demand for consumer and industrial goods means truckers, who haul 70 percent of U.S. freight, are ...
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