Government, Technology, Equipment, TCA

Sacramento Begins Experiment With Digital License Plates

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The digital license plate on display outside Sacramento City Hall on June 4 does a lot of things other technology can already do.

Ben Miller | Government Technology
June 7, 2018
Government, Safety, Logistics, TCA

Roadcheck Focuses on Fatigued Truck Drivers

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BRANDON, Iowa — Officer Chris Wicklund with the Iowa Department of Transportation’s Motor Vehicle Enforcement Agency peered into the red Kenworth’s engine, slid under the semitrailer on a mechanic’s creeper and checked the driver’s log book.

Mitchell Schmidt | The Gazette (Cedar Rapids, Iowa)
June 7, 2018
Government, Business, Logistics, TCA

Texas Planning Group Outlines Regional Freight Corridor

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In Texas, Sherman-Denison Metropolitan Planning Organization officials expect to present the draft version of a regional freight corridor plan later this summer.

Michael Hutchins | Herald Democrat (Sherman, Texas)
June 7, 2018
Government, Business, Logistics, TCA

Bill Targets Driver Shortage With Age-Restriction Reduction

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In an attempt to close a truck driver shortage cited by industry insiders, Ninth District Rep. Trey Hollingsworth is co-sponsoring a bill that would lower the age when commercial motor vehicle drivers are able to travel across state lines from 21 to 18.

Danielle Grady | The Evening News and The Tribune (Jeffersonville, Ind.)
June 5, 2018
Government, Safety, TCA

Revised Weight Limits for Bridges Add Time, Money in Wisconsin

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When Kevin Nelson hauls corn from his farm south of Osseo, Minn., to grain bins in Winona, Minn., lately he has added extra travel time and is paying more at the pump.

Julian Emerson | Leader-Telegram, Eau Claire, Wis.
June 1, 2018
Government, Business, Technology, Fuel, TCA

Energy Revolution: California Approves $768 Million for Electric Vehicles

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California’s electric utility companies will spend nearly $768 million on charging infrastructure for electric cars, trucks and buses, under a series of proposals approved May 31 by state regulators.

David R. Baker | San Francisco Chronicle
June 1, 2018
Government, Business, Equipment, TCA

Mack Defense Wins Army Contract Valued at Up to $296 Million

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Mack Defense of Upper Macungie Township, Pa., has landed one of its largest contracts, a deal that has the potential to keep the Mack Trucks’ subsidiary busy for the next seven years.

Jon Harris | The Morning Call (Allentown, Pa.)
May 31, 2018
Business, Technology, Equipment, Autonomous, TCA

GM Partners With Tech Investment Firm to Bring Self-Driving Vehicles to Market Next Year

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General Motors Co. and the SoftBank Vision Fund are partnering to invest in GM Cruise to bring self-driving vehicles to market by next year, the company said May 31.

Jamie LaReau | Detroit Free Press
May 31, 2018
Government, Business, Equipment, TCA

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

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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, 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