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WASHINGTON — Technology is changing the transportation landscape as freight carriers move toward self-driving vehicles and public officials look for new ways to develop infrastructure and prepare for what could be a major shift in traffic patterns and driving behavior.

Characterizations of Andrew Wheeler’s tenure as acting administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency fell mostly along party lines during his confirmation hearing to lead the agency, with Democratic members of a senate panel criticizing his efforts to roll back Obama-era regulations for fuel efficiency and carbon emissions from power plants, while Republican members praised the nominee for his leadership on environmental efforts.

U.S. trailer orders plummeted to 27,800 units in December, off 40% compared with 45,802 a year earlier, reflecting lengthy backlogs and suddenly cautious fleets, ACT Research Co. reported.

WASHINGTON — D.J. Gribbin, the architect of President Donald Trump’s 2018 infrastructure proposal, touted the administration’s efforts to streamline the federal permitting process for major infrastructure projects.

In a unanimous decision, the U.S. Supreme Court on Jan. 15 limited the ability under federal law for motor carriers to force disputes with owner-operators to be resolved in arbitration, a ruling that could cause an increase in future class-action lawsuits by truck drivers.

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