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Business, Technology, Equipment, Fuel

Electric Trucks Show Rapid Development

Class 8 International tractor equipped with TransPower electric drive system Class 8 International tractor equipped with a TransPower electric drive system. (TransPower)

WASHINGTON — Electric-vehicle technology for the medium- and heavy-duty sector is developing rapidly, but the price and range of these vehicles must improve for widespread deployment to take hold, industry experts said.

Seth Clevenger | Managing Editor, Features
January 11, 2018
Government, Business

Trade Experts Expect to See a ‘Zombie’ NAFTA

Mexico Border Associated Press

WASHINGTON — The most likely scenario of what will happen if negotiations to reset terms for the North American Free Trade Agreement are successful — or not — is that President Donald Trump announces, probably via Twitter, a U.S. withdrawal from the deal. This would leave what experts call a zombie NAFTA.

Daniel P. Bearth | Staff Writer
January 11, 2018
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Autonomous

TRB Picks New Leaders, Honors Others for Service, Achievements

WASHINGTON — Each year, the annual meeting of Transportation Research Board brings together industry stakeholders from around the world to feast on a smörgåsbord of facts and figures, ideas, analysis and exhibits that push the frontier of geekiness.

Daniel P. Bearth | Staff Writer
January 11, 2018
Government, Business, Safety

TRB Researchers Look at Safety, Relationship Between Pay and Driver Fatigue

Truck driver in his cab Thinkstock

WASHINGTON — The wages earned by truck drivers are too low, forcing them to work long hours, according to a report presented to trucking industry researchers at the annual meeting of the Transportation Research Board here.

Daniel P. Bearth | Transport Topics Senior Features Writer
January 11, 2018
Business, Technology, Equipment, Fuel

Alternative-Fuel Station Planning Software Launched

A new project-planning application offers a way for companies, organizations and government entities to harmonize the often-varied requirements attached to long-range initiatives, including some that potentially affect the transportation industry.

Burney Simpson | Staff Reporter
January 9, 2018
Government, Business

Federal Trucking Regulators to Detail Priorities for 2018 at TRB

Trucks on a highway frankieleon/Flickr

Federal trucking regulators will offer updates on their safety priorities and regulatory actions planned for 2018 during the Transportation Research Board’s annual conference, scheduled to take place Jan. 7-11 in Washington, D.C.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
December 14, 2017
Business

TRB Panel Explores Ways to Help Regulators Reward Fleets That Exceed Safety Standards

Bendix

WASHINGTON — A Transportation Research Board subcommittee last week continued exploring potential research ideas aimed at assisting federal truck and bus regulators in establishing a congressionally mandated “alternative compliance” program that would reward carriers for exceeding regulatory requirements.

Eric Miller | Staff Reporter
January 16, 2017
Business

FMCSA Declares ‘Call to Action’ to Counter Rise in Traffic Deaths

Eric Miller/TT

WASHINGTON — A top Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration official issued a “call to action” last week, citing preliminary statistics showing that fatalities in crashes involving large trucks and buses increased 7% to 8% in 2016.

Eric Miller | Staff Reporter
January 16, 2017
Business

Researchers Ponder Effects of Automation on Drivers

Ohio Department of Transportation

WASHINGTON — Self-driving trucks may be years away from hitting the streets, but industry researchers already are asking how the technology will change the job and career paths for drivers of commercial trucks and buses.

Daniel P. Bearth | Senior Features Writer
January 16, 2017
Business

Freight Facilities a Lure for Business, Planners Say

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WASHINGTON — Public officials who consider freight transportation of goods use that understanding to recruit business development.

Jonathan S. Reiskin | Associate News Editor
January 16, 2017

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