Government, Business, Safety

Capitol Agenda for the Week of May 21: Summer in the City

New York City traffic on Memorial Day weekend 2017 Scenes such as this one from Memorial Day weekend in New York City in 2017 are sure to be repeated with AAA predicting more than 41.5 million travelers for this year's unofficial start to summer. (Julie Jacobson/Associated Press)

After we dig out those picnic baskets from our coat closets, and pack the car with beach umbrellas, towels and sunblock, we’ll mentally prepare ourselves to sit inside our cars with our loved ones in bumper-to-bumper traffic this Memorial Day. A look at the week ahead for trucking on Capitol Hill.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
May 21, 2018
Government, Business, Equipment, Fuel, Logistics

World Trade, Safety at Risk From New Fuel Rule, Ocean Shipping Group Says

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A group representing the vast majority of the world’s ship owners said world trade is at risk if issues surrounding new fuel rules aren’t resolved quickly, providing the starkest warning yet as to the potential impact of regulations that are due to enter into force in less than two years’ time.

Alaric Nightingale | Bloomberg News
May 21, 2018
Government, Logistics

Canada, Mexico Signal NAFTA Deal Could Be Up to Trump

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With about two weeks left until what may be the final deadline for a new NAFTA this year, Mexico and Canada are signaling there’s a deal to be had — if President Donald Trump wants one.

Josh Wingrove and Andrew Mayeda | Bloomberg News
May 21, 2018
Government, Business

Tennessee Carrier Settles With USPS on Double-Billing Allegations

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Tracie McCormick Inc., doing business as McCormick Trucking, has agreed to pay $750,000 to settle allegations the company double billed the United States Postal Service for hauling mail, the U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Tennessee announced.

Transport Topics
May 21, 2018
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety

Gov. John Kasich Opens Ohio Roads to Autonomous Testing

Ohio smart corridor A truck travels along Ohio's smart corridor. (Ohio Department of Transportation)

Ohio’s public roads and highways are open to autonomous vehicle testing as mandated in an executive order recently signed by Gov. John Kasich.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
May 21, 2018
Government, Business, Logistics

Trump Wanted to Double Amazon Postal Rates, Washington Post Says

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President Donald Trump pushed U.S. Postal Service officials to double package delivery rates paid by Inc. and other companies, the Washington Post reported, highlighting that his beef with the e-commerce giant and founder Jeff Bezos goes beyond tweets.

Spencer Soper and Devin Leonard | Bloomberg News
May 18, 2018
Government, Fuel, Logistics, TCA

Planning Board Wants Virginia to Study Tax Based on Miles Driven

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With the rise of electric and other fuel-efficient vehicles, the state Virginia association of metropolitan planners is asking state Secretary of Transportation Shannon Valentine to take a look at a new way to pay for roads.

Jordan Pascale | The Virginian-Pilot
May 18, 2018
Government, Business, Logistics

US Dashes Hopes for Quick NAFTA Deal Amid ‘Gaping’ Differences

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President Donald Trump’s chief NAFTA negotiator said the United States, Canada and Mexico are “nowhere near close to a deal” to update the region’s 24-year-old free-trade pact as U.S. lawmakers warn that time is almost up to reach a agreement that can pass the current Congress.

Eric Martin Josh Wingrove and Jenny Leonard | Bloomberg News
May 18, 2018
Government, Business, Fuel

American Roadtrippers to Face $3 a Gallon Gas This Summer

Memorial Day 2017 traffic Northbound traffic on the Henry Hudson Parkway, leading out of Manhattan, on the Friday of Memorial Day weekend last year. (Julie Jacobson/AP)

U.S. drivers might be feeling flush after getting tax cuts amid a growing economy as they embark on the summer driving season, but road trips will cost more this year.

Barbara Powell
May 17, 2018
Government, Business, Safety

Industry Leaders Lament Infrastructure Delays at Roundtable

Minnesota roadwork Roadwork in Minnesota by bobex_pics/Flickr

WASHINGTON — If the prevailing wisdom seems to be in favor of getting on with repairing old and building new U.S. infrastructure, why does the nation seem to be in a state of inertia in getting the job done?

Eric Miller | Staff Reporter
May 17, 2018