California

Government, Business, Safety

Freight Economy Among Priorities of California’s Long-Term Plan

California Traffic on Interstate 80 in Fairfield, Calif. (David Paul Morris/Bloomberg News)

Improving freight movement in support of a strong economy is one of the priorities listed in the California Department of Transportation’s long-range transportation plan.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
March 5, 2021
Government, Fuel

California Lawmakers Propose Ban on Fracking by 2027

Pump jacks operating in Bakersfield, Calif. (Jae C. Hong/Associated Press)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — New legislation would ban all fracking in California by 2027, taking aim at the powerful oil and gas industry in a state already planning to ban the sale of new gas-powered cars by 2035.

Adam Beam | Associated Press
February 17, 2021
Government, Business

Group of Uber, Lyft Drivers Ask California Court to Scrap Ballot Measure

A rideshare car displays Lyft and Uber stickers in downtown Los Angeles. (Richard Vogel/Associated Press) A rideshare car displays Lyft and Uber stickers in downtown Los Angeles. (Richard Vogel/Associated Press)

A group of ride-hail and delivery drivers are suing to invalidate the California ballot measure approved in November that declared them independent contractors, the latest volley in the state’s yearslong struggle over whether gig workers are employees.

Josh Eidelson | Bloomberg News
January 12, 2021
Government, Business, Safety

California Commission Approves $2 Billion in Infrastructure Projects

California A project to add express lanes to I-105 in Los Angeles is supported by the funding. (Patrick T. Fallon/Bloomberg News)

The California Transportation Commission has approved $2 billion for 56 new projects, some of which aim to improve the movement of goods and reduce congestion.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
December 4, 2020
Government, Business, Fuel

California Seeks 150 Participants for Road User-Charge Research

Traffic on Interstate 80 in Fairfield, Calif. Traffic on Interstate 80 in Fairfield, Calif. (David Paul Morris/Bloomberg News)

As part of continued work to study an alternative to the state fuel tax, the California Department of Transportation is seeking 150 volunteers for road user-charge research.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
November 16, 2020
Government, Business, Safety

Arkansas Approves Sales Tax; Rideshare Drivers Score Win in California

Interstate 30 in Arkansas Traffic moves toward the Interstate 403 and I-30 interchange in Little Rock, Ark. The existing 0.5% sales tax for transportation purposes was established in 2012. (Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department)

Although the next occupant of the White House remained unclear the day after the election, certain transportation-related issues were definitively settled at the state level Nov. 3.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
November 4, 2020
Government, Business, Technology, Fuel

California Allows Private Sales of Electricity as Motor Truck Fuel

Volvo A Volvo VNR Electric truck model being charged. (Volvo Trucks North America)

Volvo Trucks North America announced it, and other industry associations and companies, helped facilitate the modification of California utility rules to give private entities the ability to sell electricity as a motor fuel at publicly accessible charging stations for medium- and heavy-duty electric vehicles.

Roger Gilroy | Senior Reporter
November 3, 2020
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Fuel

VTNA Awarded $21.7 Million in Grants to Deploy Electric Trucks

Volvo VNR Electric truck parade A Volvo VNR Electric recently led a clean-energy truck parade of Southern California fleet operators to commemorate the recent opening of the new Port of Long Beach bridge. (Volvo Trucks North America)

VTNA said it was awarded $21.7 million in federal and state grants to deploy 70 VNR Electric trucks in Southern California for regional freight distribution and drayage.

October 19, 2020
Government, Business, Technology, Fuel

Electrifying California Cars Could Crush the Grid, or Save It

Tesla vehicles sit in a lot at a Tesla store in Colma, Calif., on Sept. 24. Tesla vehicles sit in a lot at a Tesla store in Colma, Calif., on Sept. 24. (David Paul Morris/Bloomberg News)

Electrifying all new cars in California could be an immense burden on the state’s struggling power grid — or a whole new line of defense against blackouts.

September 28, 2020
Government, Business, Technology, Fuel

California Aims to End Sales of New Gas-Powered Cars, Trucks by 2035

California Gov. Gavin Newsom tours the Building Resilience Center in Paradise, Calif. California Gov. Gavin Newsom urged state residents to "pull away from the gas pumps." (Carin Dorghalli/The Chico Enterprise-Record via AP)

California will aim to halt sales of new gasoline-powered passenger cars and trucks by 2035, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Sept. 23, a move he says would cut greenhouse gas emissions by 35% in the nation’s most populous state.

Adam Beam | Associated Press
September 23, 2020

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