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Government, Business

Former Secretary Ray LaHood’s Roadmap for an Infrastructure Plan

Ray LaHood Former Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood testifies on infrastructure investment Feb. 7. (House Transportation & Infrastucture Committee via YouTube)

A former DOT chief lays out a four-step plan to put America "back in the transportation business again." Here's Capitol Agenda's look at the week ahead for trucking on Capitol Hill.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
February 11, 2019

Transport Topics Podcasts

RoadSigns podcast

Check out the latest podcast episodes of our RoadSigns and LiveOnWeb programs. Episode 2 of our Season Intersession of RoadSigns, "Is Trucking Charging Toward an Electric Reality?" is now available. Check back here often as new content is always being added!

Transport Topics
January 3, 2019
Business, Safety, TCA

Pennsylvania Trucker Quietly Goes About Amassing More Than 2 Million Safe Miles

group International Foodservice Distributors Association

Some people talk a good game, but that doesn’t describe Tim Palkovic. Ask the 60-year-old driver for Curtze Food Service what makes him a good truck driver, and he laughs a little as his silver Freightliner rolls down Interstate 90, headed west and home after a night pulling a pair of 28-foot trailers from Erie to Buffalo, N.Y., to Kenmore, N.Y., and back to Erie.

Jim Martin | Erie, Pa. Times-News
February 11, 2019
Business, Safety, Fuel

TransCanada: Keystone Pipeline Likely Source of Oil Spill in Missouri

Keystone document Brett Gundlock/Bloomberg News

TransCanada Corp. said its Keystone pipeline, which carries Canadian crude to the United States, likely was the source of an oil spill in Missouri that prompted the company to shut a segment of the line.

Bloomberg News
February 11, 2019
Business, Technology, Top 100

Walmart Wants to Expand Reach in Online Advertising

Walmart Patrick T. Fallon/Bloomberg News

Walmart Inc. is big in almost every way — 4,755 stores, 1.5 million employees and $380 billion in revenue in the United States alone. But one part of the world’s largest retailer remains minuscule. “We have a tiny ad business,” CEO Doug McMillon told investors in October. “It could be bigger.”

Matthew Boyle | Bloomberg News
February 11, 2019
Business, Technology

Tesla CEO Elon Musk Visits Norway to Address Service Capacity Issues

Elon Musk Tesla CEO Elon Musk (Qilai Shen/Bloomberg News)

Tesla Inc. CEO Elon Musk visited Norway to accelerate a fix to service capacity in a key market for the carmaker after delays and bottlenecks angered customers in Scandinavia’s richest nation.

Mikael Holter | Bloomberg News
February 11, 2019
Government, Business, Logistics

Analyst Says Fuel Supply Inadequate for Ocean Shippers to Comply With New Rule

Ship Akio Kon/Bloomberg News

Not enough low-sulfur fuel oil is available to replace the fuels used by marine shippers ahead of a fast-approaching regulation, according to analysis by Wood Mackenzie.

Erin Douglas | Houston Chronicle
February 11, 2019
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Fuel, Logistics, Autonomous, TCA

Robot Package Delivery Trucks Developed in Detroit Ready for China, US

Quadrobot CEO and Chairman Mike Wang Quadrobot CEO and Chairman Mike Wang via Detroit Free Press/Tribune Content Agency

Looking like a delegation of toasters from space, a generation of electrically powered, self-driving mail trucks will roll out of a suburban Detroit industrial park later this year. Their mission: Revolutionize mail and package delivery.

Mark Phelan | Detroit Free Press
February 11, 2019
Business, Logistics

Tech Startup ePallet Raises $3 Million to Fund 2019 Growth

ePallet Inc., a California-based firm that provides technology to enable food shippers and consumers to buy and sell products in pallet-size quantities direct from manufacturers and food processing firms, has said it has raised $3 million in funding.

February 11, 2019
Government, Business, Technology

Elon Musk's SpaceX Launch Site Risks Being Split in Two by Border Wall

A SpaceX rocket under construction The Starship Hopper test vehicle sits under construction near Boca Chica, Texas. (Austin Barnard/Bloomberg News)

Elon Musk’s SpaceX has a big stake in the battle over border security being waged in Congress: a launchpad on the U.S.-Mexico border that it plans to use for rockets carrying humans around the world and eventually to Mars.

Erik Wasson | Bloomberg News
February 8, 2019
Business, Logistics, Top 100

U.S. Xpress Enterprises' Efficiency Moves Pay Off

U.S. XPress truck drives by headquarters TT file photo

Efforts by dry van truckload carrier U.S. Xpress Enterprises to boost profits by improving the efficiency of its trucking operations are paying off.

Daniel P. Bearth | Staff Writer
February 8, 2019