Government, Business, Technology, Safety

Municipalities Tasked With Climate-Resilient Infrastructure, FEMA Says

Superstorm Sandy A man walks through floodwaters in Hoboken, N.J., on Oct. 30, 2012, after Superstorm Sandy. (Emile Wamsteker/Bloomberg)

WASHINGTON — Federal Emergency Management Agency Administrator Brock Long said although the agency takes into account rising seas when preparing for disasters, advancing resilient infrastructure projects begins at municipalities.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
May 17, 2018
Government, Business, Technology, Safety

Lawmakers Stress Highway Funding, but an Infrastructure Bill Remains Months Away

Sam Graves Rep. Sam Graves (R-Mo.) addresses the Coalition for America’s Gateways and Trade Corridors meeting May 16. (Eleanor Lamb/Transport Topics)

WASHINGTON — An infrastructure package will probably take a back seat to bills relating to the Federal Aviation Administration, farming and water resources, which will continue to dominate Congress’ attention in the coming months, according to Rep. Sam Graves (R-Mo.).

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
May 17, 2018
Government, Fuel, Editorial

Editorial: Paying at the Pump for Infrastructure

Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao kicked off Infrastructure Week with the hopeful message that the Trump Administration is keeping its options open for ways to pay for its planned 10-year, $1.5 trillion infrastructure program. But that message — and, perhaps, the very goal of the weeklong initiative itself — was somewhat offset by the reality that U.S. lawmakers likely won’t get anything done on infrastructure this year.

Transport Topics
May 17, 2018
Government, Business, Safety

Australian Ambassador Tells Lawmakers to Consider Infrastructure Privatization

Hockey Hockey via Bipartisan Policy Center

WASHINGTON — With many American policymakers struggling to identify a long-term path for funding their big-ticket infrastructure projects, Australia’s ambassador to the United States has proposed a rather simple approach: privatize the projects.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
May 17, 2018
Government, Business

Trump’s China Tariffs Will Pinch US Consumers, Retailers Warn

Carolyn Cole/Los Angeles Times/TNS

Americans will pay more for everything from big-screen TVs to school supplies if the Trump administration follows through on threats to slap tariffs on Chinese imports, U.S. retailers warned.

Mark Niquette and Andrew Mayeda | Bloomberg News
May 16, 2018
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety

CVSA Symposium Emphasizes Advances in Brake Technology

Foot on brake pedal TT file photo

SCHAUMBURG, Ill. — The trouble with brakes is that so many things can go wrong. That was one of the takeaways from the first day of a two-day Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance brake symposium aiming to educate motor carriers, commercial vehicle inspectors and technicians on the latest advances and challenges in keeping brakes in good working order.

Eric Miller | Staff Reporter
May 16, 2018
Government, Business, Fuel, Logistics

Uniform Road Laws, Reduced Congestion Could Ease Interstate Trucking, Experts Say

Oil tanker North Dakota An oil tanker truck drives along a road in Williston, N.D. (Daniel Acker/Bloomberg)

WASHINGTON — Harmonization among states on road laws relating to capacity would vastly improve interstate trucking, according to industry experts.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
May 16, 2018
Government, Business, Equipment, Safety, TCA

Millions Spent to Clean Up California’s Diesel Trucks, but Is It Enough?


This spring, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency awarded nearly $6.4 million to the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District to replace older diesel trucks for those that run nearly 90% cleaner, and older farm tractors for those that meet the latest emissions standards.

Steven Mayer | The Bakersfield Californian
May 16, 2018
Government, Business, Logistics

Oakland Port Ban on Coal Shipments Blocked by US Judge

David Paul Morris/Bloomberg News

A federal judge struck down the city of Oakland, Calif.’s ban prohibiting companies from transporting coal through an export terminal that U.S. miners see as a key link to overseas markets.

Joe Ryan | Bloomberg News
May 15, 2018
Government, Business, Logistics

NAFTA Trio Set to Miss Ryan’s May 17 Target Without Deal

Ildefonso Guajardo Villarreal, Mexico's secretary of economy, from left, Chrystia Freeland, Canada's minister of foreign affairs, and Bob Lighthizer, U.S. trade representative. (David Kawai/Bloomberg News)

NAFTA negotiators from the United States, Canada and Mexico are poised to miss the deadline this week cited by House Speaker Paul Ryan, the latest blown marker for reworking the 24-year-old deal.

Eric Martin Jenny Leonard and Josh Wingrove | Bloomberg News
May 15, 2018