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Toyota Having Trouble Keeping Hybrid Car Models in Stock

Toyota RAV4 Prime The 2021 Toyota RAV4 Prime is shown at the AutoMobility L.A. auto show Nov. 21, 2019, in Los Angeles. (Marcio Jose Sanchez/Associated Press)

Toyota Motor Corp. has a problem with selling its hybrids — it can’t get enough of them.

Chester Dawson | Bloomberg News
December 5, 2019
Government, Business

Enhance Freight Connectivity in Next Highway Bill, Executives Tell US House Panel

Erin Aleman Erin Aleman by House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee via YouTube

Consideration in Congress of an extensive update to federal transportation guidelines must prioritize sustainable funding that enhances freight connectivity and reduces congestion, industry stakeholders told lawmakers on Capitol Hill on Dec. 5.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
December 5, 2019
Business, Top 100

Class 8 Orders Slump for Weakest November Since 2015

Freightliner eCascadia Freightliner eCascadia battery-electric truck by DTNA

Preliminary North American Class 8 net orders for November passed 17,000 and hit the second-highest point reached this year, but analysts at two data-tracking firms said it did nothing to alter the slumping direction of the overall trend.

Roger Gilroy | Staff Reporter
December 5, 2019
Government, Business, Logistics, TCA

Possibilities, Costs ‘Enormous’ for A2A Rail

Alaska railroad Railroad track by the Lower Trail Lake in the Chugach National Forest in Alaska. Canadian rail lines currently get as close to Alaska as Whitehorse in the Yukon. (Getty Images)

The backers of a new rail line to link Alaska to Canada and Lower 48 markets insist it would generate upward of $5 billion of freight revenue through the state.

Elwood Brehmer | Alaska Journal of Commerce
December 5, 2019
Government, Business

US Trade Gap Narrows 7.6% to $47.2 Billion in October

Shipping container is lifted off the back of a truck on Seattle's Harbor Island A shipping container is lifted off of a truck at a terminal on Harbor Island in Seattle on Oct. 2, 2019. The trade gap still is 1.3% wider so far this year than it was in January-October 2018. (Elaine Thompson/Associated Press)

WASHINGTON — The U.S. trade deficit narrowed in October as imports fell faster than exports. The politically sensitive trade gap with China dropped.

Paul Wiseman | Associated Press
December 5, 2019
Government, Business

DHL Index on Strength of International Economy Shows Only Slight Dip

Port in Qingdao, China Containers are piled up at a port in Qingdao in east China's Shandong province. (Chinatopix via AP)

Despite persistent concerns of a worldwide economic slowdown, a new report from logistics and shipping company DHL says international trade remains strong, with only a slight decline in its overall DHL Global Connectedness Index.

Dan Ronan | Associate News Editor
December 5, 2019
Government, Business

Transportation Construction Market Will Grow in 2020, ARTBA Forecasts

Road work in Indiana Construction on an Indiana road. (Indiana Department of Transportation)

The transportation construction market is expected to grow by about 5% in 2020, according to the American Road and Transportation Builders Association’s annual economic forecast. 

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
December 5, 2019
Government, Business, Technology

No 'Soft Enforcement' After AOBRD ELD Exemption Ends Dec. 16

Trimble Duo ELD Trimble Duo ELD by Trimble

Commercial vehicle inspectors will not offer a “soft enforcement” grace period for truckers who have not migrated to electronic logging devices from grandfathered automatic onboard recording devices by Dec. 17, the date that full enforcement of the federal ELD rule takes effect.

Eric Miller | Staff Reporter
December 5, 2019
Business, Technology, Equipment, Fuel

GM to Build $2.3 Billion Battery Plant in Lordstown, Ohio

General Motors CEO Mary Barra General Motors CEO Mary Barra. The new plant will not be at the site of the closed Chevrolet Cruze compact factory. That plant was sold to an electric pickup-truck startup called Lordstown Motors Corp. (Paul Sancya/Associated Press)

General Motors Co. and its battery partner, South Korea’s LG Chem Ltd., will jointly invest $2.3 billion in a new electric vehicle battery plant to be built in Lordstown, Ohio, the same city where the automaker controversially idled and then sold a 53-year-old compact-car factory.

David Welch | Bloomberg News
December 5, 2019
Government, Business

Impeachment Politics Threaten Legislative Agenda, Key Lawmakers Argue

Mitch McConnell Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) by Timothy D. Easley/Associated Press

With the impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump entering a new phase this month, congressional leaders continue to criticize each other over inaction on legislation to keep the federal government funded through fiscal 2020, a new trade agreement and infrastructure policy.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
December 5, 2019