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Christenson Transportation Acquires Sharp Transport

Christenson Transportation trucks

Christenson Transportation Inc. has acquired Sharp Transport Inc., headquartered in Ethridge, Tenn. Terms were not disclosed. The company will operate under the name Sharp Transport, a division of Christenson.

January 21, 2022
Government, Business, Logistics

Port of Los Angeles Reports Record Cargo in 2021

Port of Los Angeles

The Port of Los Angeles moved record cargo volumes last year amid an import surge at the biggest U.S. container gateway and supply chain snarls brought on by the pandemic.

Laura Curtis | Bloomberg News
January 21, 2022
Government, Business, Safety, Autonomous

New Car Ratings Include How They Make Drivers Stay Alert

Tesla dashboard

DETROIT — Two organizations that influence many Americans’ automobile-buying decisions will begin rating vehicles on how well they track behavior of motorists who use partially automated driver-assist systems.

Tom Krisher | Associated Press
January 21, 2022
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment

Intel to Build $20 Billion Chip Facility in Ohio

Intel HQ

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Intel will invest $20 billion in a new computer chip facility in Ohio amid a global shortage of microprocessors used in everything from phones and cars to video games.

January 21, 2022
Government, Business, Logistics

Foreign Truckers Must Be Vaccinated to Enter US Starting Jan. 22

Vehicles enter the U.S. from Canada at the Ambassador Bridge in Detroit.

Starting Jan. 22, travelers entering the United States at land ports of entry — notably along the Canadian and Mexican borders — and ferry points who are not U.S. citizens must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, the Department of Homeland Security announced.

Dan Ronan | Associate News Editor
January 20, 2022
Business, Top 100

Heartland Express Reports Earnings Gains on Revenue Loss

Heartland Express truck

Heartland Express Inc. reported fourth-quarter earnings increased 15.1% and a decline in revenue.

Connor D. Wolf | Staff Reporter
January 20, 2022
Business, Logistics

Union Pacific Announces Strong Q4, 2021 Earnings

Union Pacific

Union Pacific Corp. saw strong fourth-quarter earnings and record results for 2021, the company announced Jan. 20.

Dan Ronan | Associate News Editor
January 20, 2022
Business, Technology, Fuel, Autonomous

Subscription Service Delivers a Tesla to Californians in 10 Minutes

A Tesla Model 3

For California drivers who dream of cruising around in a Tesla but can’t afford one — or just have commitment issues — there’s a new option.

Dana Hull | Bloomberg News
January 20, 2022
Government, Business, Safety

Washington Lawmakers Propose Parking, Restroom Bills

Truck Parking

Legislative efforts that would provide more parking for commercial truck drivers and offer increased access to restrooms are under consideration in separate bills in the current 60-day legislative session in Washington state.

Noël Fletcher | Staff Reporter
January 20, 2022
Business, Technology, Fuel, Autonomous

EV Truck Technology Takes Center Stage at CES

Peterbilt 579EV

LAS VEGAS — Electric truck companies showcased just how far the technology has evolved during CES 2022.

Connor D. Wolf | Staff Reporter
January 20, 2022
Government, Business

Trucking Workforce Essential to Supply Chain Resolution, Buttigieg Says

Pete Buttigieg

Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg in a wide-ranging interview with Transport Topics said targeted efforts at his agency aim to address the trucking industry’s shortage of drivers, an issue he listed among key administration priorities as the Biden White House works to alleviate ongoing supply...

Eugene Mulero and Dan Ronan | Staff Reporters
January 20, 2022
Government

Biden, Congressional Dems to Calibrate Build Back Better Act

President Joe Biden

Legislative components of a nearly $2 trillion U.S. House-passed social infrastructure budget likely will be considered separately in Congress over the coming weeks, President Joe Biden said Jan. 19.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
January 20, 2022
Business, Logistics

Freight Costs Expected to Remain High in 2022

accounting

Elevated freight rates are likely to remain through much of this year because of market turmoil, according to experts.

Connor D. Wolf | Staff Reporter
January 20, 2022
Government, Fuel

Diesel Surges Again, Up 6.8¢ to $3.725

Fuel pump

The national average price for diesel surged for the second straight week, climbing 6.8 cents to $3.725 a gallon, according to Energy Information Administration data released Jan. 17.

Connor D. Wolf | Staff Reporter
January 20, 2022
Business, Technology, Logistics, Top 100

Amazon Heads to the Mall With Prototype Clothing Store

How clothing could be displayed at the company's new Amazon Style store concept.

Amazon .com Inc. plans to open a clothing store in a Southern California mall later this year, marking the latest foray into brick-and-mortar for the online retailing giant, which already sells more than 10% of all clothes in the U.S.

Anne D’Innocenzio | Associated Press
January 20, 2022
Government, Business, Safety

Vaccine Mandate Likely Defeated Following Supreme Court Stay

gavel

While the U.S. Supreme Court has remanded the Biden administration’s vaccine-or-test law for large businesses back to a lower court, trucking industry experts said the high court’s action likely spells defeat for the proposal.

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
January 20, 2022
Business, Safety, Logistics

Union Pacific Steps Up Security to Curb L.A. Train Thefts

Union Pacific rail theft

Union Pacific Corp. is erecting physical barriers and increasing its own policing of an area in Los Angeles where people have been stealing goods from its trains.

Thomas Black | Bloomberg News
January 20, 2022
Business, Technology

Toyota Halts Work at Some Plants Amid COVID Disruptions

Toyota logo

Toyota Motor Corp. expanded the idling of its automobile production as rising COVID-19 cases impact its suppliers and operations in Japan.

River Davis | Bloomberg News
January 20, 2022
Business, Equipment

Traton Group Reports Sharp Gains in 2021 Sales, Orders

Traton Group HQ

The Traton Group reported sharp increases in its unit sales and incoming orders for commercial vehicles in 2021 compared with 2020 despite the continuing influence of the COVID-19 pandemic and the difficulties in the supply of semiconductors.

Roger Gilroy | Senior Reporter
January 20, 2022
Business, Technology, Autonomous

Mercedes Taps Luminar for Lidar

Mercedes logo

Mercedes-Benz plans to use laser sensors from Luminar Technologies Inc. in a next-generation vehicle platform to enable semi-autonomous driving features on highways.

Gabrielle Coppola | Bloomberg News
January 20, 2022