Government, Business

RhodeWorks Architect Gov. Gina Raimondo Wins Primary

Gina Raimondo Raimondo celebrates the night of her primary victory. (Elise Amendola/Associated Press)

Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo, creator of the controversial RhodeWorks program, will remain on the ballot for this year’s general election to take on two-time rival Allan Fung.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
September 13, 2018
Government, Business, Technology

All Railroads Should Install PTC by Dec. 31 Deadline, NTSB Tells Congress

Commuters board a Caltrain car Commuters board a Caltrain car at the transit station in Millbrae, Calif. (Jeff Chiu/AP)

Equipping the country’s freight and commercial trains with technology designed to automatically slow down or stop trains traveling at dangerous speeds would improve safety, the head of the National Transportation Safety Board told Congress Sept. 13.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
September 13, 2018
Government, Business, Technology, Autonomous

Podcast Debut: ‘RoadSigns’ Tackles Autonomous

RoadSigns podcast

Welcome to the inaugural episode of Transport Topics' new podcast: RoadSigns. Our debut episode focuses on how the trucking industry’s steady and ongoing development of autonomous technology may someday affect truck drivers. Click to listen!

Transport Topics
June 11, 2018
Business, Technology, Equipment, Fuel, TCA

Pittsburgh to Receive Eight New Charging Stations for Electric Vehicles

Charging Stations A Duquesne Light Co. truck at Pittsburgh's National Drive Electric Week. (AdamSolarRides via Youtube)

Pittsburgh Parking Authority garages will see nearly double the number of electric vehicle charging stations through a gift from Duquesne Light Co.

Bob Bauder | The Tribune-Review, Greensburg (Pa.)
September 13, 2018
Business, Technology

Walmart Gives Facelift With Eye on Urban Shoppers

Urban Shoppers Employees at the fulfillment center in Kansas City, Kan. (Daniel Acker/ Bloomberg News)

Walmart Inc. has refurbished its site to cater even more to the city dwellers who make up the bulk of its shoppers.

Matthew Boyle | Bloomberg News
September 13, 2018
Government, Business

Core Inflation Unexpectedly Cools as Apparel Costs Fall

Alex Atkins, 13, looks for a new pair of shoes to go with his new school uniforms at a clothing store Rogelio Solis/Associated Press

A gauge of underlying U.S. inflation unexpectedly cooled in August as apparel prices fell by the most in about seven decades and medical-care costs declined, offering Americans a respite from accelerating price gains.

Katia Dmitrieva | Bloomberg News
September 13, 2018
Business, Technology, Equipment

TMC Set to Crown Next SuperTech Grand Champ

Mark McLean Last year's Grand Champion, Mark McLean. (Jaclyn O'Laughlin)

The Technology & Maintenance Council of American Trucking Associations is hosting its 2018 fall meeting and national technician skills competitions through Sept. 20 in Orlando, Fla.

Fran Matso Lysiak | Equipment Editor
September 13, 2018
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Fuel

Continued Testing, Cleaner Fuel Proposed for Diesel Engines

Cleaner fuel Neste's renewable diesel plant operates in Singapore. (Munshi Ahmed/Bloomberg News)

Diesel fuel still has a large role to play in achieving greater emissions reductions in heavy-duty trucks, experts said during a recent conference in San Francisco. Separately, they urged more in-use testing of engines to verify the gains, and increased use of renewable diesel, which is chemically similar to petroleum diesel, but cleaner.

Roger Gilroy | Staff Reporter
September 13, 2018
Government, Business, Technology

FMCSA Website Logs More Than 1,700 Comments on Potential HOS Changes

Trucks parked at a truck stop Trucks are parked at a Love's Travel Stop. (Russ MacNeil)

In written comments reacting to potential changes to federal driver hours-of-service rules, truckers clearly favor a potential plan by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to give them more flexibility with their driving and workday hours.

Eric Miller | Staff Reporter
September 13, 2018

Benefits Again on the Rise as Carriers Seek to Bolster Workforce

U.S. Xpress reefer in front of company HQ U.S. Xpress Enterprises, which launched a scholarship program, is among the carriers trying to bolster driver ranks by using novel incentives in their recruitment efforts. (TT File Photo)

Wages and bonuses for drivers aren’t the only incentives that are increasing as the trucking industry tries to keep up with the demands of a strong economy and a driver shortage, estimated to be at least 50,000 and expected to grow.

Dan Ronan | Associate News Editor
September 13, 2018
Government, Business

Fed Survey Finds Concerns About Rising Trade Tensions

Rising Trade Tensions Victor J. Blue

WASHINGTON — The Federal Reserve reported Sept. 12 that its latest survey of business conditions nationwide found rising concerns over the impact Trump administration trade policies could have on the economy.

Martin Crutsinger | Associated Press
September 13, 2018