Government, Fuel, Logistics, TCA

California Republicans Spot Political Opportunity in Fight for Repeal of New Gas, Diesel Tax

David Paul Morris/Bloomberg News

Just weeks before it takes effect, California’s new gas tax increase is again under attack, with Republicans mounting a growing campaign against the higher levies.

Patrick McGreevy and Christine Mai-Duc | Los Angeles Times
October 9, 2017
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Autonomous, TCA

Self-Driving Big-Rig Technology Moving Quickly Down the On-Ramp

Daimler AG

While advancements in autonomous — or self-driving — cars get much of the attention, development of self-driving commercial vehicles is speeding forward.

Judy Keen | Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
October 9, 2017
Business, Logistics, TCA

World Direct Shipping to Double Port Manatee Service

Port Manatee

Six months after extending its agreement with Port Manatee, Fla., through 2019, ocean carrier World Direct Shipping is adding a second weekly sailing between Veracruz, Mexico, and the Palmetto port.

Mike Garbett | The Bradenton (Fla.) Herald
October 6, 2017
Business, Logistics, TCA

West Memphis, Tenn., Beefing up Deepwater Port’s Rail Service

A $10.9 million upgrade of West Memphis port facilities is under way, increasing connectivity among river, road and rail traffic and offering potential for up to 3,000 new jobs.

Wayne Risher | The Commercial Appeal (Memphis, Tenn.)
October 6, 2017
Government, Technology, Equipment, Autonomous, TCA

Bill Allowing 80,000 Self-Driving Cars on the Road Passes Senate Panel

A row of Google self-driving Lexus cars at a Google event outside the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, Calif. Eric Risberg/AP

WASHINGTON – On a unanimous voice vote, a Senate committee approved legislation Oct. 4 that authorizes self-driving car makers to sell as many as 80,000 vehicles a year within three years that would be exempt from current safety standards as manufacturers develop technology for autonomous vehicles.

Todd Spangler | Detroit Free Press
October 5, 2017
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Autonomous, TCA

Self-Driving Vehicles Raising Big Questions Around Drunk Driving, Seat Belts, Open Container Laws and More

Marco Verch/Flickr

The idea of highways being filled with self-driving cars may be alluring, but it has highway safety experts raising numerous questions about common contemporary issues like drunk driving, seat belt use and how other motorists might react to a car without a driver behind the wheel.

Skip Descant | Government Technology
October 5, 2017
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Logistics, Autonomous, TCA

Australia Expands Use of Caterpillar’s Self-Driving Truck Technology

Caterpillar Inc.

Self-driving truck technology being developed by Caterpillar Inc. at its Tucson, Ariz., division headquarters will soon be used more extensively by iron ore mines in Australia

Gabriela Rico | The Arizona Daily Star
October 3, 2017
Business, Logistics, TCA

FedEx Hiring 2,600 in Memphis to Handle Peak Season Demand

FedEx Corp. trucks sit lined up in a parking lot of the company's ship center near the Memphis International Airport in Memphis, Tenn. Andrea Morales/Bloomberg News

FedEx will hire 2,600 people in Memphis to help meet peak season demand.

Wayne Risher | The Commercial Appeal (Memphis, Tenn.)
September 28, 2017
Government, Business, Logistics, TCA

Norfolk Southern Refused to Hire or Keep People With Medical Problems, Federal Agency Says in Lawsuit

Emmett Tullos/Flickr

Norfolk Southern Corp. systematically refused to hire or retain people with a wide range of real or perceived medical problems including cancer, diabetes, arthritis and heart problems, the federal government claims in a federal lawsuit filed Sept. 27 in Pittsburgh

Brian Bowling | The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
September 28, 2017
Business, Safety, Logistics, TCA

Truck-Driving Heroes, On and Off the Clock, Honored by FedEx Freight for Going Extra Mile

Sean Davis/Flickr

Like many a Good Samaritan, Blake Carter shrugged off his golden deed as what anyone should have done in the same circumstance.

Wayne Risher | The Commercial Appeal (Memphis, Tenn.)
September 28, 2017