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Government, Business

ATA Takes Aim at Driver Shortage

ATA President Chris Spear ATA President Chris Spear. (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

ORLANDO, Fla. — Trucking and government leaders at American Trucking Associations’ annual Management Conference & Exhibition set their sights on solving perhaps the industry’s most persistent challenge — recruiting and retaining professional drivers.

Seth Clevenger | Managing Editor, Features
October 26, 2017
Government, Safety

Senate Panel Schedules Hearing With FMCSA Nominee Ray Martinez

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President Donald Trump’s choice for the top job at the federal trucking regulatory agency will tell senators Oct. 31 why they should confirm him.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
October 26, 2017
Government, Business, Fuel

Trump’s Economic Adviser Floats Idea of Gas Tax Hike for Infrastructure

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President Donald Trump’s chief economic adviser raised the possibility of increasing the federal gasoline tax next year to help pay for the administration’s $1 trillion infrastructure plan, U.S. Representative Tom Reed said.

Erik Wasson and Mark Niquette | Bloomberg News
October 25, 2017
Government, Business

Canadian Trucking Groups Call for Zero Tolerance as Marijuana Legalization Looms

Canadian trucks at the U.S. border Trucks cross the Canada-U.S. border (Thinkstock)

Canadian trucking associations are calling for a zero-tolerance policy for marijuana use among drivers as the country prepares to legalize the drug for recreational purposes in July 2018.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
October 25, 2017
Government, Technology, Safety, Logistics, TCA

Maryland Governor Promises Traffic Signals With Artificial Intelligence to Ease Highway Congestion

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Drivers in 14 state highway corridors in Maryland will see their travel times cut over the next year as a result of a $50 million upgrade to traffic signals, Gov. Larry Hogan said Oct. 25.

Michael Dresser | The Baltimore Sun
October 25, 2017
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Logistics, Autonomous

Amazon’s Dream of Drone Deliveries Gets Closer With Trump’s Executive Order

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Drone deliveries got a step closer to reality as the White House issued an order giving local governments more authority to conduct tests of the burgeoning new technology.

Alan Levin | Bloomberg News
October 25, 2017
Government, Logistics, TCA

Illinois Considering Closing Some Highway Rest Areas

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The state of Illinois is considering how to rehab, or possibly close, some state rest areas, and has even launched a public survey about travelers’ likes and dislikes of the interstate highway stops — drawing thousands of responses so far.

Mary Wisniewski and Ese Olumhense | Chicago Tribune
October 25, 2017
Government

FMCSA Hosts Webinar on HOS Concerns

Drivers switching jobs around the time the federally mandated electronic logging device rule takes effect need to report their previous seven days of service to their new employer, just as they would have when paper logbooks were the norm, government officials said

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
October 25, 2017
Government, Business

Committee OKs Trombino as New FHWA Chief

The Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works voted to approve the nomination of Paul Trombino, President Donald Trump’s pick to lead the Federal Highway Administration, on Oct. 25.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
October 25, 2017
Government, Business, Logistics, TCA

Jacksonville Approves $1.5 Million for Bridge Ramp Demolition to Improve Truck Access to Port

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It was first about public safety. Then, modernizing city roads. Now Jacksonville, Fla., Mayor Lenny Curry says he wants to demolish the elevated ramp connecting the Hart Bridge to downtown so cargo trucks can better access the port.

Christopher Hong | The Florida Times-Union (Jacksonville, Fla.)
October 25, 2017

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