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Government, Business

Port of Baltimore Awarded $6.6 Million to Upgrade Berth Accommodations

Port of Baltimore Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg News

The federal government will contribute $6.6 million to deepen a second container berth at the Port of Baltimore’s Seagirt Marine Terminal, according to the Maryland Port Administration.

Jim Stinson | Staff Reporter
December 7, 2018

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RoadSigns podcast

Check out the latest podcast episodes of our RoadSigns and LiveOnWeb programs. Episode 1 of our Season Intersession of RoadSigns, "How Does Congress Say Trucking," is now available. Check back here often as new content is always being added!

Transport Topics
October 22, 2018
Government, Business, Technology

Managing Online Reviews: New Tools Help Fleets Safeguard Reputations

Truckers concerned about the havoc online reviews can wreak on their fortunes can take heart: The latest crop of online review software enables you to establish a powerful command center to monitor and influence your company’s reputation.

Joe Dysart | Webology 101
December 7, 2018
Business, Technology, Equipment

Sunsetting of Older Wireless Networks Will Force Fleets to Replace Hardware

in-cab communication Fleets soon will need to replace in-cab communications and tracking systems that rely on 2G and 3G (Trimble Transportation Mobility)

Wireless service is changing, and so the trucking technologies that rely on it must change, too, vendors of communications and tracking systems said.

Stephen Bennett | Special to Transport Topics
December 7, 2018
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety

Awake and Aware

Trucker using video technology Lytx Inc.

Distracted and drowsy driving creates risk for drivers as well as fleets, but various forms of technology can alert drivers to these hazards and enable fleets to tailor training to prevent future events.

Mindy Long | Contributing Writer
December 7, 2018
Business, Technology, Safety

Cybercrime: Yes, It Can Happen to Your Fleet

Cybercrime Zephyr18/iStock/Getty Images Plus

Cyberattacks have become one of the top risks facing U.S. businesses, and trucking and logistics companies are no exception. Despite the increasing sophistication of these attacks, it’s still tempting to dismiss the threat — to think it’ll never happen to you. But the danger is very real and must be taken seriously by transportation firms of all sizes.

Seth Clevenger | Managing Editor, Features
December 7, 2018
Business, Safety

DOT’s Committee Against Human Trafficking Holds First Meeting

Human Trafficking Paris (left) with other committee members. (Eleanor Lamb/Transport Topics)

WASHINGTON — Targeted outreach efforts and training are key to reaching industry representatives who can aid in the fight against human trafficking, according to Kendis Paris, executive director of Truckers Against Trafficking.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
December 6, 2018
Business, Equipment

Utility Trailer Unveils Enhanced Floor Technology

Utility Trailer Manufacturing Co. announced the roll out of its new flooring technology.

Transport Topics
December 6, 2018
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Editorial

Editorial: Catching Up With the Pace of Change

The trucking industry has been through quite a period of transformation during the past 12 months. Perhaps it’s time to take a breather — and take stock of where we are. As 2018 draws to a close, things aren’t as hectic as they were one year ago, but change still persists.

Transport Topics
December 6, 2018
Government, Business, Technology, Fuel

Congress Should Raise Fuel Tax for Infrastructure Projects, New Report Recommends

The "Spaghetti Bowl" interchange near downtown Las Vegas The "Spaghetti Bowl" interchange near downtown Las Vegas. (TT File Photo)

Federal policymakers should raise and index federal fuel taxes to address immediate funding needs for the vast network of infrastructure projects and transportation corridors nationwide, recommended authors of a National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine report published Dec. 6.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
December 6, 2018
Business, Logistics, Top 50

Freight Forwarder BDP International Selects Greenbriar as Equity Partner

Freight forwarder BDP International has selected Greenbriar Equity Group, a New York-based investment firm, as its first strategic equity partner, according to a statement issued by the company Dec. 6.

Transport Topics
December 6, 2018