Government, Business, Technology, Safety, Editorial

Editorial: New FMCSA Chief Shows Vision

Ray Martinez, the newly installed head of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, made the rounds last week, speaking first to trucking executives at American Trucking Associations’ midyear management meeting May 20 and then to lawmakers in the House of Representatives in Washington at a hearing by the Highways and Transit Subcommittee.

Transport Topics
May 24, 2018
Government, Business, Logistics

Trump’s Auto-Tariff Threat Adds New Pressure to NAFTA Talks

David Maung/Bloomberg News

President Donald Trump’s threat to impose sweeping new tariffs on imported automobiles may be an attempt to pressure his NAFTA partners into striking a deal that would help drive manufacturing jobs back to the United States.

Jenny Leonard | Bloomberg News
May 24, 2018
Government, Business, Technology, Autonomous

Podcast Debut: ‘RoadSigns’ Tackles Autonomous

RoadSigns podcast

Welcome to the inaugural episode of Transport Topics' new podcast: RoadSigns. Our debut episode focuses on how the trucking industry’s steady and ongoing development of autonomous technology may someday affect truck drivers. Click to listen!

Transport Topics
June 11, 2018
Government, Business, Logistics

1Q Numbers for Ports Show Continued Strong Growth

Port of Los Angeles A truck leaves a terminal at the Port of Los Angeles. (Tim Rue/Bloomberg)

With data now in for the first third of the year, operators of some of the nation’s ports said they are setting records as the economy keeps booming — even as volume dipped at the nation’s largest port.

Dan Ronan | Associate News Editor
May 24, 2018
Government, Business, Fuel

Start of Summer Driving Season Means More Motorists, Analysts Say

Memorial Day traffic Memorial Day travel (Rick Bowmer/Associated Press)

The unofficial start of the summer driving season is finally upon us and that means for millions of drivers it will be that time again to hire a dogsitter, pack the swimsuits, sunblock and folding chairs, and drive to the beach (or lake, or pool) to stay cool.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
May 24, 2018
Government, Business, Technology, Autonomous

Uber Ends Testing of Self-Driving Cars, Trucks in Arizona

Uber trucks Uber Advanced Technologies Group

Uber Technologies Inc. confirmed it is shutting down its autonomous vehicle operations in Arizona, including its self-driving trucks, two months after one of its self-driving passenger cars struck and killed a pedestrian in the state.

Seth Clevenger | Managing Editor, Features
May 24, 2018
Government, Business, Safety, Logistics

Nation’s Ports Seek Billions in Multimodal Funding to Stay Competitive

Port of Oakland Container ships unload their cargo at the Port of Oakland, Calif. (Ken James/Bloomberg News)

The American Association of Port Authorities believes that in order for America’s ports to remain efficient and competitive during the next decade, more than $20 billion will be needed specifically to improve multimodal and rail access.

Dan Ronan | Associate News Editor
May 24, 2018
Government, Business, Fuel, Logistics

Brazilian Trucker Strike Starting to Wear on Economy

Paulo Fridman/Bloomberg News

A truckers strike in Brazil over higher diesel prices has left at least one McDonald’s in Copacabana struggling to serve its customers. The last perishable food delivery received at the restaurant was May 18, manager Yladian Barbosa told O Globo newspaper.

Christiana Sciaudone Raymond Colitt and David Biller | Bloomberg News
May 24, 2018
Government, Fuel, Logistics, TCA

Missouri Lawmakers Send 10¢ Gas Tax Proposal to November Ballot


Missouri voters will have the opportunity in November to vote on a tax increase that would fund road and bridge projects across the state.

Emily Younker | The Joplin (Mo.) Globe
May 24, 2018
Government, Business

House Appropriators Keep Meal-and-Rest-Break Provision in Transportation Bill

Truck driver taking a break Getty Images

A provision aimed at ensuring uniformity nationwide for meal-and-rest-break laws for truck drivers will stay in a House funding bill after surviving a Democratic-led effort to remove it May 23.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
May 23, 2018
Government, Logistics

Shuster to Take Another Shot at Infrastructure This Summer

Olivier Douliery/Bloomberg News

The outgoing chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee is making a final push before he retires to piece together a long-stalled infrastructure package before Congress adjourns.

Shaun Courtney | Bloomberg News
May 23, 2018