Government, Business, Equipment, TCA

Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy Says Volkswagen Settlement Funds Will Help Update Diesel Trucks

Krisztian Bocsi/Bloomberg News

Connecticut is obtaining $7.5 million from the national Volkswagen settlement over emissions cheating and will use the funds to help replace aging diesel trucks and other equipment.

Bill Cummings | Connecticut Post (Bridgeport, Conn.)
May 31, 2018
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Fuel

More Fleets Request Downsped Engines, Driven by Fuel Savings, GHG Regulations

Cummins X15 engine A Cummins engine. Downsped applications are on the rise. (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

More fleets are requesting downsped engines that run at about 1,100 rpm at highway speeds, significantly slower than previous generations of diesels.

Steve Brawner | Special to Transport Topics
May 30, 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

CP Rail Strike Ends as Company Reaches Deal With Teamsters


Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd. reached a tentative four-year deal with the Teamsters Canada Rail Conference, ending a strike that began late May 29.

Frederic Tomesco | Bloomberg News
May 30, 2018
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Logistics, TCA

Colorado Set to Be First State to Test ‘Smart Pavement’

Integrated Roadways

Tim Sylvester, CEO of Kansas City, Mo.-based Integrated Roadways, thinks his startup company’s “smart pavement” — bristling with sensors and the latest fiber-optic and wireless technology — could be a lifesaver in mishaps.

John Aguilar | The Denver Post
May 30, 2018
Government, Fuel, Logistics, TCA

Fuel Tax Hike Could Pump Up Construction in Missouri


Missouri voters will choose whether to raise the nation’s fourth-lowest gasoline tax when they go to the polls in November.

Kurt Erickson | St. Louis Post-Dispatch
May 30, 2018
Government, Business, Technology, Safety, Fuel

CARB Approves Tougher Opacity Limits

CARB exhaust Getty Images

The California Air Resources Board has approved amendments to toughen state standards on heavy truck smoke opacity limits as well as require motor carriers with two or more trucks to report their annual smoke test results to the agency.

Eric Miller | Staff Reporter
May 30, 2018
Government, Technology, Safety, Logistics

Public Input Wanted for Virginia’s I-81 Improvement Study

Virginia Interstate 81 Interstate 81 near Roanoke, Va., carries heavy traffic. (Virginia Department of Transportation/Flickr)

Virginia transportation officials have planned a series of meetings in June to gather public feedback as their study of the Interstate 81 corridor takes shape.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
May 30, 2018

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner Announces $11 Billion Infrastructure Plan

Downtown Rockford, Ill. Downtown Rockford, Ill. (paulthemapguy/Flickr)

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner announced an $11 billion infrastructure plan May 29 that aims to repair and upgrade the state’s roads and bridges.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
May 30, 2018
Government, Business, Fuel

Diesel Prices Gain 1.1¢ in 10th Straight Increase

Hampha Bouaphanh/Fort Worth Star-Telegram

The U.S. average retail price of diesel increased for the 10th week in a row, nudging up 1.1 cents to $3.288 a gallon, according to the U.S. Department of Energy’s Energy Information Administration report May 28.

Dan Ronan | Associate News Editor
May 29, 2018
Government, Business

Push for NAFTA Deal Continues as Congress, Tariff Deadlines Loom

Canada's Chrystia Freeland Freeland by Jonathan Levinson/Bloomberg News

Canada’s foreign minister is headed to Washington as the clock ticks down to reach a deal on updating the North American Free Trade Agreement that could pass Congress this year and skirt metals tariffs.

Josh Wingrove and Eric Martin | Bloomberg News
May 29, 2018