Government, Business, Fuel

Diesel Leaps 6.8¢ to $3.239 a Gallon; California Nears $4

Speedway station in Zelienople, Pa. Speedway station in Zelienople, Pa., by Keith Srakocic/AP

The U.S. average retail price of diesel fuel surged 6.8 cents to $3.239 a gallon, the eighth straight week that trucking’s main fuel has gone up in price, according to the weekly report from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Energy Information Administration on May 14.

Burney Simpson | Staff Reporter
May 14, 2018
Government, Business, Technology, Safety

Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao Keeps All Options Open for Funding Infrastructure

Elaine Chao Chao by Yuri Gripas/Bloomberg

The Trump administration still is sifting through a slew of financing mechanisms, from a vehicle miles traveled fee to a fuel tax, to bolster infrastructure funding, according to Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, who delivered keynote remarks May 14 to kick off Infrastructure Week.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
May 14, 2018
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Logistics, Autonomous

Capitol Agenda for the Week of May 14: Big Orange Cone

Traffic cones in Las Vegas Eugene Mulero/Transport Topics

Downtown Las Vegas is under construction. The consistent rise in tourism and population persuaded city and state officials to invest in wider roadways, additional transit and walkability options, and improve connectivity across freight corridors.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
May 14, 2018
Government, Business, Logistics

Trump Derides NAFTA as Deal Deadline Looms

Evan Vucci/AP

Paul Ryan said he needs notice of a NAFTA deal by May 17 if the current Congress is going to be able to vote on it, suggesting talks are pushing up against the constraints of U.S. trade law, even as President Donald Trump continues to deride the existing pact.

Eric Martin Josh Wingrove and Jenny Leonard | Bloomberg News
May 14, 2018
Government, Safety

Iowa DOT’s Five-Year Transportation Plan Targets Interstates, Bridges

I-74 construction Construction on the I-74 bridge. (I-74 Mississippi Bridge)

Iowa Department of Transportation officials have unveiled a $3.4 billion plan to support roadway and bridge projects over the next five years.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
May 11, 2018
Government, Business, Technology, Fuel

Parties to White House Biofuel Deal Disagree What’s Agreed

A research associate takes a sample of algae being cultivated for biofuel research in California, U.S. Photographer (David Maung/Bloomberg News)

A tentative deal on U.S. biofuel policy struck at the White House would allow year-round sales of higher-ethanol gasoline in exchange for possible policy changes to rein in compliance costs for refiners.

Jennifer A. Dlouhy and Mario Parker | Bloomberg News
May 11, 2018
Government, Business, Technology, Autonomous, TCA

Rhode Island to Explore Autonomous Shuttle Pilot

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The self-driving car wave could be headed to Rhode Island. The state’s Department of Transportation has released a request for proposals in its bid for a public-private partnership to test autonomous vehicles, likely in the form of small driverless shuttles in the Providence area.

Skip Descant | Government Technology
May 11, 2018
Government, Business, Logistics

Postal Service: More Financial Loss as Mail Delivery Slumps

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The U.S. Postal Service reported another quarterly loss May 11 after an unrelenting drop in mail volume and costs of its health care and pension obligations outweighed strong gains in package deliveries.

Hope Yen | AP
May 11, 2018
Government, Business, Safety

FMCSA Chief Ray Martinez to Speak at House Transportation Hearing

Ray Martinez Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg News

The country’s top trucking regulator will be among the officials scheduled to update House policymakers during a hearing May 22, several individuals with knowledge of the hearing told Transport Topics.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
May 11, 2018
Government, Business, Logistics, TCA

PortMiami on Track for Trade Record in 2018

Harshil Shah/Flickr

After disappointing years from 2006 to 2014, things are looking up at PortMiami. In March, the port handled 97,577 TEUs of cargo — the second-highest monthly total in the port’s history — and, so far, cargo traffic is up 5.8% over the same period in fiscal 2017.

Mimi Whitefield | Miami Herald
May 11, 2018