Government, Business, Equipment, Fuel

TRB Truck Size and Weight Panel Faces Political Headwinds Over Heavier, Larger Trucks

Twin 33-foot trailers Twin 33-foot trailers. Two Florida trucking companies are testing the fuel and capacity efficiency of Twin 33s on highways in the Sunshine State, a member of a TRB committee says. (TT File Photo)

WASHINGTON — Members of the Transportation Research Board’s Truck Size and Weight Committee said they continue to face stiff headwinds to garner public and political support for heavier and longer trucks, despite evidence that demonstrates the potential for reducing carbon emissions and increasing cargo efficiency.

Eric Miller | Staff Reporter
January 23, 2019
Government, Business, Technology, Safety, Autonomous

Autonomous Technology Promises Safety Benefits, TRB Speakers Say

Neil Pedersen TRB Executive Director Neil Pedersen. (Transportation Research Board via Twitter)

WASHINGTON — While the debut of automated vehicles in the marketplace remains years away, the technology already available has the potential of improving safety for commercial drivers, officials and experts at the annual meeting of the Transportation Research Board here said.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
January 23, 2019
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Autonomous

Presence of Autonomous Vehicles Felt in US

Autonomous Vehicles A Nuro vehicle. (Nuro via Facebook)

WASHINGTON — Technology is changing the transportation landscape as freight carriers move toward self-driving vehicles and public officials look for new ways to develop infrastructure and prepare for what could be a major shift in traffic patterns and driving behavior.

Daniel P. Bearth | Senior Staff Writer
January 17, 2019
Government, Business, Technology, Safety

TRB Panelists Outline Benefits of Freight Data

Freight Data Eren Yuksel (Eleanor Lamb/Transport Topics)

WASHINGTON — Analyzing and visualizing data can help state departments of transportation and planning organizations better understand traffic flow, safety concerns and capacity needs, according to a group of panelists assembled at the Transportation Research Board’s annual meeting Jan. 16.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
January 17, 2019
Government, Business, Technology, Safety

Former Transportation Secretary Mary Peters Receives Lifetime Achievement Award

Mary Peters Peters (PhoenixChamber via YouTube)

WASHINGTON — Mary Peters, one of two secretaries of transportation during President George W. Bush’s tenure, was recognized with a lifetime achievement award at the annual meeting of the Transportation Research Board.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
January 16, 2019
Government, Business

FMCSA Says Rate of Truck-Occupant Deaths and Fatal Crashes Continues to Climb

police car flashing lights Getty Images

WASHINGTON ­­— Federal trucking regulators expressed concern over increasing numbers of large-truck-involved fatal crashes in work zones and a continuing increase in the number of fatalities of large-truck occupants.

Eric Miller | Staff Reporter
January 15, 2019
Government, Business

State DOT Leaders Urge Federal Action on Long-Term Infrastructure Funding

Carlos Braceras, executive director of AASHTO Carlos Braceras, executive director of AASHTO, leads panel discussion on infrastructure funding. (Eugene Mulero/Transport Topics)

WASHINGTON — Congress and the White House should focus on crafting a long-term highway bill over the next year that would ensure certainty in funding for big-ticket projects around the country, a group of state transportation leaders said Jan. 15.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
January 15, 2019
Government, Technology, Safety

Innovation in DOTs Often Starts With On-the-Ground Employees, Experts Say

Mindy Heinkel “Who better to improve the work environments than the people who are out there on the road getting their boots dirty?” says Mindy Heinkel. (Eleanor Lamb/Transport Topics)

WASHINGTON— Transportation employees who work alongside roads and behind the wheels of maintenance vehicles can offer valuable perspectives on worthwhile projects, according to panelists gathered to discuss innovation at the Transportation Research Board’s annual meeting Jan. 15.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
January 15, 2019
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Fuel, Logistics, Autonomous

Capitol Agenda for the Week of Jan. 14: The Transportation Industry's Big 12

Graphic of TRB's Top 12 issues for policymakers 2019 Debra Devine/Transport Topics

Organizers for this year's gathering of the Transportation Research Board in Washington have come up with a list of a dozen topic areas that policymakers need to address to ensure a sustainable transportation network.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
January 15, 2019
Government, Business

Infrastructure Funding: Can Automated Weigh Station Screening Be a Revenue Source?

Andrew Martin, a senior research scientist at the University of Kentucky’s Transportation Center. Andrew Martin, a senior research scientist at the University of Kentucky’s Transportation Center. (Eleanor Lamb/Transport Topics)

WASHINGTON — Automated weigh station technology can generate money for state transportation and law enforcement agencies, according to Andrew Martin, a senior research scientist at the University of Kentucky’s Transportation Center.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
January 14, 2019

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