Transportation Research Board

Government, Business

Minority Fellow Studies Truck Air Quality

The Transportation Research Board this year named 21 students from 14 schools its TRB Minority Student Fellows as part of its work promoting minority participation in transportation. The 9-year-old program provides funding for students from select historically black colleges and universities and Hispanic-serving institutions to attend TRB’s annual meeting and present their research papers.

January 16, 2018

Editorial: Trucking at TRB’s Forefront

Hours of highly detailed discussion at this month’s Transportation Research Board annual meeting focused on some of the most daunting long-range challenges facing the transportation industry. But one issue near and dear to the hearts of Transport Topics readers — hauling cargo — was at the forefront, be it along electrified highway corridors or across the last mile.

January 12, 2018
Government, Business, Safety

TRB Researchers Look at Safety, Relationship Between Pay and Driver Fatigue

Truck driver in his cab Thinkstock

WASHINGTON — The wages earned by truck drivers are too low, forcing them to work long hours, according to a report presented to trucking industry researchers at the annual meeting of the Transportation Research Board here.

January 11, 2018
Business, Technology

Einride Showcases Unmanned, All-Electric ‘T-pod’ at TRB

Einride’s Falck with the T-pod Einride’s Falck with autonomous T-pod on display at TRB. (Seth Clevenger/Transport Topics)

WASHINGTON — Einride, a Swedish technology startup that plans to begin moving cargo in that country later this year with unmanned, all-electric vehicles, recently showcased its vision for freight transportation to industry researchers in the United States.

Seth Clevenger | Managing Editor, Features
January 10, 2018
Government, Business

Southeast Ports Experiment With Inland Terminals Boosting Shorthaul Intermodal

Chatsworth Port Appalachian Regional Port (Georgia Ports Authority)

WASHINGTON — Shippers traditionally hire trucking companies to move loads within 500 miles but place some of their longhaul freight on the railroads, however port authorities are beginning to successfully use intermodal service to divert truck traffic from congested container terminals.

Ari Ashe | Staff Reporter
January 9, 2018
Government, Business

State DOT Leaders Stress Importance of Connections With Freight Movers

Minnesota DOT's Charles Zelle Minnesota DOT's Charles Zelle at TRB in Washington. (Eleanor Lamb/Transport Topics)

WASHINGTON — State departments of transportation could benefit from establishing a rapport with freight movers and companies that need goods to be moved, according to Utah Department of Transportation Director Carlos Braceras.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
January 9, 2018
Government, Business

Ag Industry, Ports Adjusting to Fast-Changing Landscape

WASHINGTON — The agricultural industry and the ports that serve it are simultaneously working to respond to an evolving business landscape that includes everything from making room at East Coast ports for Neopanamax containerships to serving overseas demand for fresh fish, industry experts said here.

Joe Howard | Executive Editor
January 9, 2018
Government, Business

P3s Not Suited for All Infrastructure Projects, US DOT Official Says

WASHINGTON ­— A federal transportation official reminded state and municipal agencies charged with advancing infrastructure projects of the need to review the costs and potential benefits associated with public-private partnerships.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
January 8, 2018
Government, Business

Federal Research Program Gives States Room to Repair Highways, Test Technology

A tanker truck travels near Yarmouth, Maine A tanker truck travels on Route 1 near Yarmouth, Maine. (Robert F. Bukaty/Associated Press)

WASHINGTON — The Maine Department of Transportation is in the process of repaving major routes with better-quality pavement with help from a federal research partnership.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
January 8, 2018

Freight Shippers Want Predictability, Researchers Say

WASHINGTON — People who study shippers said senders and receivers of freight want predictability — even as the economy and technology change rapidly.

Jonathan S. Reiskin | Associate News Editor
January 15, 2014