Government, Business

IG Report Recommends Better Office Space Utilization at DOT

USDOT The outside of the DOT headquarters in Washington. (WikiMedia)

There is room for improvement in how officials across the U.S. Department of Transportation manage their office space, the department’s inspector general determined in a recent report.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
April 15, 2019
Government, Business, Technology, Autonomous, TCA

Secretary Elaine Chao Announces New Transportation Technology Council

Elaine Chao U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao (Kathleen Galligan/Detroit Free Press)

The federal government is creating a council to address oversight gaps created by emerging technologies, such as autonomous vehicles, that fall within the jurisdiction of multiple Department of Transportation agencies.

Renzo Downey | The Austin, Texas American-Statesman
March 14, 2019
Government, Business

Former Transportation Secretary Mary Peters to Receive Lifetime Achievement Honor at TRB

Mary Peters Peters (PhoenixChamber via YouTube)

Mary Peters, the country’s secretary of transportation during the second half of the George W. Bush administration, will be honored with a lifetime achievement award at the Transportation Research Board’s annual meeting in Washington in January.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
November 1, 2018
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Logistics

Capitol Agenda for the Week of Oct. 8: Federal Funding for Roads on Tribal Lands

Hopi Reservation, Arizona Hopi Reservation in Arizona, by Wayne Dupre via YouTube

A funding opportunity of $300 million for the building and repairing of surface transportation at tribal and federal lands has been made available, the U.S. Department of Transportation announced Oct. 3. Here's a look at the week ahead for trucking on Capitol Hill.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
October 5, 2018
Government, Business, Safety

DOT Debuts Contest to Develop Innovative Ways to Analyze Crash Data

Concerned about a rise in highway fatalities in recent years, the U.S. Department of Transportation is launching a contest for cash prizes with the goal of finding “innovative analytical visualization tools” that will reveal insights into serious crashes and improve understanding of transportation safety.

Eric Miller | Staff Reporter
June 14, 2018
Government, Business, Technology, Logistics, Autonomous

Capitol Agenda for the Week of May 7: Little Bills

Kevin Hassett Hassett via C-Span

The art of the deal under the Trump administration is taking us from the promise of having a huge infrastructure package to asking us to settle for smaller, tinier measures. Essentially, you get what you can.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
May 9, 2018
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Autonomous

You Can Say That Again!

Trump and trucks on the White House lawn. ELDs and HOS. Autonomous and all-electric technology. Ailing infrastructure and driver wellness. If it made the news in 2017, then Transport Topics covered it. How well do you know who said what over the past 12 months. Take this quiz and find out!

Transport Topics
December 13, 2017
Government, Business

Stakeholders Respond to DOT Request for Comment on Rules, Regulations

From burdensome and outdated record-keeping to hazardous materials handling to an electronic logging device mandate soon to go into effect, truckers and an array of transportation-related trade associations have handed federal regulators a list for tweaking or eliminating dozens of rules and regulations.

Eric Miller | Staff Reporter
November 30, 2017
Government, Safety

DOT to Require Testing for Synthetic Opioids Beginning Jan. 1

Drug testing urine specimen TT File Photo

Beginning Jan. 1, truck drivers being administered random pre-employment and post-accident drug tests will be screened for four additional synthetic opioids, the highly addictive drugs that likely will require medical experts to consider prescriptions that balance pain mitigation with safety performance.

Eric Miller | Staff Reporter
November 30, 2017
Government, Business, Safety

USDOT Boosts Emergency Aid for Puerto Rico, US Virgin Islands

Hurricane Maria YouTube

Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands will receive additional funds to help agencies there pay for highway infrastructure that was damaged by back-to-back hurricanes in September, the U.S. Department of Transportation announced Nov. 22.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
November 22, 2017