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Audit Finds Proposed EPA Glider Rule Repeal Skipped Legal, Health Analyses

Glider Rule A Peterbilt on display at the Fitzgerald Glider Kits booth during an industry show. (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

A new report by the Environmental Protection Agency Inspector General determined that former agency Administrator Scott Pruitt failed to follow legal and public health safeguards in 2017 when he proposed to repeal an Obama-era regulation limiting the number of glider trucks that could be manufactured annually.

Eric Miller | Staff Reporter
December 11, 2019
Government, Business, Fuel

Saudi Aramco Gains 10% in Debut to Clinch Top Seat at $1.8 Trillion

Saudi Aramco debut Saudi Armco and stock market officials celebrate during the official ceremony marking the debut of Aramco's (IPO) on Riyadh's stock market in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, on Dec. 11. (Amr Nabil/AP)

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia — Saudi Arabia’s oil company Aramco gained 10% in its first moments on the stock market Dec. 11 in a dramatic debut that held until closing and pushed its value up to $1.88 trillion, surpassing Apple as the largest listed company in the world.

Aya Batrawy | Associated Press
December 11, 2019
Government, Business, Safety

USDOT Announces ‘Rule for Rules’ to Structure Reforms

Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao by Patrick T. Fallon/Bloomberg News

The U.S. Department of Transportation is seeking to improve the way it proceeds with rulemaking, guidance and enforcement by structuring a series of reforms.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
December 10, 2019
Business, Technology

Barclays: Uber, Lyft ‘Well Positioned’ to Turn a Profit

Uber app The Uber app is seen open on a cellphone in London on Nov. 25, 2019. (Kirsty Wigglesworth/Associated Press)

A new analysis by Barclays Capital of about 2.4 billion taxi and ride-hailing trips in New York City addresses the biggest question investors have about Uber Technologies Inc. and Lyft Inc. When will they turn a profit?

Esha Dey | Bloomberg News
December 10, 2019
Government, Business

NJ to Borrow $500 Million for Transit

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy by Seth Wenig/Associated Press

Governor Phil Murphy’s administration approved $500 million of borrowing without legislative or voter approval to help cash-strapped New Jersey Transit replace decrepit commuter buses and trains.

Elise Young | Bloomberg News
December 10, 2019
Business, Technology, Fuel

NACFE Report Predicts Multiple Fuels Will Give Way to Battery-Electric

NACFE NACFE’s report, “Viable Class 7/8 Electric, Hybrid and Alternative Fuel Tractors,” forecasts commercial battery-electric vehicles and fuel cell trucks will be capable of lower total cost of ownership, compared with baseline diesel trucks, by 2030. (NACFE)

The North American Council for Freight Efficiency forecasts commercial battery-electric vehicles and fuel cell trucks will be capable of lower total cost of ownership, compared with baseline diesel trucks, in the 2030 time frame.

Roger Gilroy | Staff Reporter
December 10, 2019
Business, Technology, Logistics, Perspective

Perspective: New Year, New Logistics Efficiencies

As the year comes to a close, it’s a natural time for companies to look at what worked in 2019 and what didn’t, and make plans for the year ahead. For some companies, taking a hard look at their order fulfillment workflow — and ways it might be streamlined in 2020 — is a New Year’s resolution to consider.

Johannes Panzer | Head of Industry Solutions, E-commerce, Descartes Systems Group
December 10, 2019
Business

Celadon ‘Didn’t Get the Time’ It Needed, Analyst Says

Celadon Celadon headquarters in Indianapolis. (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

A Wall Street analyst who tracks Celadon Group said a lack of time and weakness in the trucking sector contributed to the company’s decision to file for bankruptcy and close its doors. 

Dan Ronan | Associate News Editor
December 10, 2019
Government, Business, Technology, Safety, Autonomous

Tesla on Autopilot Rear-Ends a Parked Cop Car in Connecticut

Tesla Tesla Model X. (Angel Garcia/Bloomberg News)

Another Tesla Inc. vehicle operating on the carmaker’s driver-assistance system branded as Autopilot has crashed into a parked emergency vehicle, eliciting fresh warnings about the shortcomings of automated technology on public roads.

Chester Dawson | Bloomberg News
December 10, 2019
Business, Technology, Autonomous, TCA

Spread the News: Self-Driving Truck Makes Cross-Country Butter Delivery

Self-Driving A Plus.ai truck. (Plus.ai via YouTube)

A Silicon Valley startup has completed what appears to be the first commercial freight cross-country trip by an autonomous truck, which finished a 2,800-mile-run from Tulare, Calif., to Quakertown, Pa., for Land O’Lakes in less than three days. The trip was smooth like butter, 40,000 pounds of it.

Levi Sumagaysay | The Cupertino (Calif.) Courier
December 10, 2019

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