Government, Business, Technology, Autonomous

Amazon’s Zoox Gets Green Light for Robotaxi Tests in California

A Zoox self-driving car is operated outside the company's headquarters in California. A Zoox self-driving car is operated outside the company's headquarters in California. (Michael Short/Bloomberg News)

Amazon .com Inc.’s self-driving-car unit, Zoox Inc., is getting a green light from California to test autonomous vehicles on public roads without a safety driver, becoming the fourth company to receive the state’s blessing for truly driverless testing.

Chester Dawson | Bloomberg News
September 18, 2020
Government, Safety

FHWA Issues Emergency Funding for Fire-Ravaged States

California wildfire The August Complex Fire burns near Lake Pillsbury in the Mendocino National Forest, Calif., on Sept. 16, 2020. (Noah Berger/Associated Press)

The Federal Highway Administration has directed funding to assist with repairing infrastructure that has been damaged by wildfires in Oregon and California.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
September 17, 2020
Business, Technology, Fuel

ExxonMobil to Distribute Renewable Diesel

Exxon sign Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg News

ExxonMobil announced an agreement with Global Clean Energy Holdings to purchase 2.5 million barrels of renewable diesel per year for five years.

August 14, 2020
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Fuel

Caltrans Turns to Recycled Bottles for Repaving Project

Recycled roadway Caltrans workers repaving state Route 162 between the Feather River and Christian Avenue in Oroville. (Caltrans)

The California Department of Transportation is repaving a segment of a state highway using only recycled materials in a pilot project.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
August 11, 2020
Government, Business, TCA

United Airlines Eyes Mammoth Bay Area Job Cuts

United Airlines United Airlines planes parked at Newark Liberty International Airport in Newark, N.J., on July 1, 2020. (Seth Wenig/Associated Press)

United Airlines has issued a formal notice to state officials that the air carrier intends to chop more than 6,000 jobs at San Francisco International Airport.

George Avalos | The (San Jose) Mercury News
July 20, 2020

TravelCenters to Open First California TA Express

A TravelCenters of America in Tennessee A TravelCenters of America in Greeneville, Tenn. The TA Express in Bakersfield will be the first one in the state of California. (Peggy Smith/Transport Topics)

TravelCenters of America signed a franchise agreement with CSG Petroleum to open its first TA Express in California, the company announced June 23.

June 26, 2020
Business, Technology, Fuel

CHBC Names Bill Zobel Executive Director

The California Hydrogen Business Council announced the appointment of Bill Zobel as its executive director.

June 9, 2020
Government, Business, Logistics

GSA to Expand California’s Busiest Truck Checkpoint

Otay Mesa Port of Entry in San Diego Cars that have just crossed into the U.S. from Mexico wait to speak to a U.S. Customs and Border Protection officer at the Otay Mesa Port of Entry in San Diego. (Bloomberg)

The General Services Administration is preparing to start work on an expansion project for the Otay Mesa Land Port of Entry, California’s busiest border crossing point for commercial trucks.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
May 29, 2020
Government, Business, Safety

California Agency Approves $17.4 Billion for Highway Projects

California state Route 1 near Big Sur California state Route 1 near Big Sur. (bluejayphoto/Getty Images)

The California Transportation Commission recently approved $17.4 billion to support about 900 projects outlined in the State Highway Operation and Protection Program.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
May 15, 2020
Government, Business

California Trucking Association Continues Fight Against AB 5

Purple truck on California road A truck travels on a road in California. (vitpho/Getty Images)

The California Trucking Association continues to lay the legal groundwork to block the state from enforcing a law aimed at reclassifying owner-operators as motor carrier employees.

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
May 11, 2020