Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety

ATA’s Chris Spear Charges Fleets to Plan for Future When Developing Workforce

Platooning vehicles Automated vehicles ultimately can reduce wastefulness and help entice younger drivers to consider careers in trucking, ATA President Chris Spear says (Peloton Technology)

NASHVILLE, Tenn.— Trucking companies need to “look beyond the hood” when cultivating a workforce, monitoring on the road ahead for issues that will shape their businesses in years to come, American Trucking Associations President Chris Spear said here.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
February 22, 2018
Government, Technology, Autonomous

DOT Schedules March 1 Listening Session on Automated Vehicles

Elaine Chao (Manuel Balce Ceneta/Associated Press)

Executives from the commercial and passenger transportation industries will have an opportunity to recommend policy directives to federal officials during a forum the U.S. Department of Transportation will host March 1.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
February 22, 2018
Government, Business, Logistics

White House Signals New Trade Deals Must Help Those Left Behind

Oliver Contreras/Sipa USA/TNS

The White House signaled President Donald Trump will pay close attention to the fate of workers left behind by globalization as a new benchmark for negotiating trade deals around the world.

Andrew Mayeda | Bloomberg News
February 22, 2018
Government, Business, Logistics, TCA

Port of Vancouver Works on Strategic Plan Update

Image courtesy of Port of Vancouver USA

A lot has happened since the Port of Vancouver comprehensively updated its strategic plan about a decade ago, and port officials have decided that it’s time to update their guiding document.

Dameon Pesanti | The Columbian (Vancouver, Wash.)
February 22, 2018
Government, Business

ATA’s Bob Costello Says Driver Shortage Will Press Fleets

Costello Eleanor Lamb/Transport Topics

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The freight market is booming, but carriers — and the trucking industry as a whole — will suffer unless companies can find enough drivers, according to American Trucking Associations Chief Economist Bob Costello.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
February 22, 2018
Government, Business, Fuel

Poll Shows Split on Fuel-Tax Increase for Infrastructure as Conservatives Push Back

Grover Norquist Norquist has chimed in as an opponent of increasing fuel taxes. (Andrew Harnik/Bloomberg News)

A recent Quinnipiac University poll found people are near evenly split on the subject of raising fuel taxes to fund infrastructure projects, with a slight majority supporting the idea.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
February 22, 2018
Government, Logistics, TCA

With $2.5 Billion in Backed-Up Highway Projects, North Texans Turn Up the Heat on Austin

Tim Patterson/Flickr

The anger and frustration of motorists stuck on LBJ Freeway may soon spread to users of a trio of other crowded North Texas roadways.

Ray Leszcynski | The Dallas Morning News
February 22, 2018
Government, Technology, TCA

SamSam Virus Demands Bitcoin from Colorado DOT, State Shuts Down 2,000 Computers

Vincent Mundy/Bloomberg News

Colorado Department of Transportation employees resorted to pen and paper on Feb. 21 after nasty ransomware hijacked computer files and demanded payment in bitcoin for their safe return.

Tamara Chuang and David Migoya | The Denver Post
February 22, 2018
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Autonomous, TCA

Washington, D.C., Dips Its Toe Into Self-Driving Cars

Autonomous car company Torc completed an autonomous cross-country trip in 2017, from Washington, D.C., to Seattle. (Torc)

Washington, D.C., is preparing for a future with self-driving cars by inviting companies to test their autonomous vehicle technology in the District.

Skip Descant | Government Technology
February 22, 2018
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Autonomous, TCA

Texas Official Wants Driverless Lanes on Interstate 35


Bexar County, Texas, Commissioner Kevin Wolff believes that a meeting he had last month in Washington with federal transportation officials could lead to construction of lanes for driverless automated vehicles on the Austin-San Antonio section of Interstate 35.

Bruce Selcraig | San Antonio Express-News
February 21, 2018