Government, Business, Technology, Fuel

Los Angeles Nixes Plan to Upgrade Three Natural Gas Generators

LNG Ken James/Bloomberg News

Los Angeles will ditch a plan to spend billions rebuilding three natural gas-fired power plants as the city moves toward getting all of its electricity from renewable energy.

Mark Chediak | Bloomberg News
February 14, 2019
Government, Business

FMCSA Sued by California Over Uniform Meal-and-Rest-Break Declaration

Trucks parked at a truck stop Russ MacNeil

California officials are suing the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration over the agency’s determination that federal rest-break laws pre-empt California’s separate meal-and-rest-break requirements.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
February 11, 2019
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Fuel

Colorado Joining California in Mandating Electric-Vehicle Sales

Tesla sales lot in Chicago A Tesla sales lot in Chicago. Colorado joins California in mandating that automakers sell more electric cars in the Rocky Mountain state. (Teresa Crawford/Associated Press)

Colorado moved to boost electric-car sales by taking the first step toward adopting a zero-emission-vehicle mandate patterned after one in California that’s under threat from the Trump administration.

Ryan Beene | Bloomberg News
January 18, 2019
Government, Business, Logistics, TCA

California Port Truckers and Other Workers Gain on Pay to Start 2019

Los Angeles Downtown Los Angeles (Getty Images)

For minimum-wage earners, port truckers, farm laborers, sexual harassment victims, nursing mothers, high-powered female executives and workers injured on the job, 2019 offers reason to celebrate. A score of new state laws took effect on Jan. 1, expanding the rights of many employees while placing fresh restrictions on businesses.

Margot Roosevelt | Los Angeles Times
January 2, 2019
Government, Business, Safety

California Trucking Chief: Freight Projects Could Be Hurt by Fuel Tax Hike Repeal

Fuel Tax Hike Repeal Containerships dock at the Port of Los Angeles. (Tim Rue/Bloomberg News)

Repealing the fuel tax hike enacted last year as part of the Road Repair and Accountability Act would mean stripping funding for key projects along some of California’s most important freight corridors, according to California Trucking Association CEO Shawn Yadon.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
October 29, 2018
Government, Business, Safety

ASCE Accelerates Part of California Scorecard Ahead of Election

California Scorecard Aerial view of Sacramento River and Interstate 5. (Shutterstock)

The American Society of Civil Engineers’ California Infrastructure Report Card Committee released a portion of the state’s scorecard months ahead of schedule to raise awareness about infrastructure and funding issues.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
October 10, 2018
Government, Business, Safety

PHMSA Exempts Hazmat, Secure-Cargo Carriers From California Rest Rule

Hazardous materials placards FMCSA

The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration has pre-empted motor carriers hauling hazardous materials, explosives and security-sensitive cargo from California’s meal-and-rest-break requirements.

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
September 20, 2018
Government, Business, TCA

I-5 Reopens With Restrictions in Fire-Ravaged California

A truck drives next to the Delta Fire burning on I-5 A tractor-trailer drives next to the Delta Fire burning on Interstate 5 near Shasta-Trinity National Forest, Calif. (Ben Newburn/U.S. Forest Service via Associated Press)

An extended stretch of Interstate 5 in Shasta County has reopened with restrictions after five days of closure caused by the raging Delta Fire, which has ignited big rigs and cars, injured at least one person and consumed more than 49,000 acres as of Sept. 10, according to the U.S. Forest Service.

Michael McGough | Sacramento Bee
September 11, 2018
Government, Business

California Eyes Future Projects to Relieve Freight Congestion

Road construction in Sacramento Road construction along Interstate 80 near Sacramento. (Rich Pedroncelli/Associated Press)

Truck traffic moving through Sacramento may be alleviated by a series of projects the California Department of Transportation has outlined to ease congestion along major freight corridors over the next 10 years.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
March 26, 2018
Government, Safety

California Transportation Commission Adopts Infrastructure Improvement Plan

California roadwork California roadwork by John Sommers II for Transport Topics

The California Transportation Commission adopted the 2018 State Transportation Improvement Program, which is expected to fund more than $3 billion in transportation projects over the next five years, at a March 21 meeting.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
March 22, 2018