Government, Business, Safety

IG Report Outlines Top Management Challenges for FMCSA

Vehicle traffic Traffic on Interstate 71 in Kentucky. (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

A federal oversight report calls on the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to provide more “robust oversight” of states’ compliance with commercial driver license and driver medical exam requirements.

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
November 12, 2020
Government, Business, Logistics

DOT Awards $220 Million for Port Infrastructure

Norfolk International Terminals at Port of Virginia Trucks sit at the Norfolk International Terminals at the Port of Virginia. The terminals received $20.1 million to support expansion of the facility’s Central Rail Yard, which will involve the construction of eight tracks. (Port of Virginia)

The U.S. Department of Transportation awarded $220 million in grants to improve port infrastructure, including facilities used by freight vehicles.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
October 16, 2020

Senate Panel Advances USDOT IG Nominee Eric Soskin

Eric Soskin Soskin speaks at a hearing in August. (Screenshot via C-SPAN)

Eric Soskin, the nominee to become the watchdog at the U.S. Department of Transportation, received approval by a Senate panel Sept. 16.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
September 16, 2020
Government, Business, Technology, Safety, Autonomous

DOT Launches Tracking Tool for AV TEST Initiative

Nuro R2 Nuro's R2 autonomous vehicle on a neighborhood street. Other participating companies are Beep, Cruise, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, Local Motors, Navya, Toyota, Uber and Waymo.(Nuro via Associated Press)

U.S. Department of Transportation officials unveiled an online tracking tool for the agency’s Automated Vehicle Transparency and Engagement for Safe Testing (AV TEST) Initiative on Sept. 2.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
September 2, 2020
Government, Business, Technology, Safety, Autonomous

Senate Panel to Consider USDOT IG Nominee Eric Soskin

USDOT sign Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg News

President Donald Trump’s nominee to lead the U.S. Department of Transportation’s internal watchdog division is scheduled to appear before a Senate panel Aug. 6.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
August 4, 2020
Government, Business

New COVID-19 Stimulus With Transportation Aid Stuck in Congress

Houston airport In the Senate plan, the FAA's Airport Improvement Program would receive $10 billion. George Bush Intercontinental Airport by David J. Phillip/AP

With much of the country looking to Washington for assistance, slow-moving negotiations on the next COVID-19 economic stimulus package have been marked by partisan disagreements.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
July 28, 2020

Senate Committee Approves USDOT Nominee Joel Szabat

Joel Szabat Joel Szabat has been carrying out the undersecretary’s duties in an acting capacity. (House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee via YouTube)

The Senate Commerce Committee on July 22 easily approved the nomination of Joel Szabat to become undersecretary of transportation for policy at the U.S. Department of Transportation.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
July 17, 2020

House to Take Up Fiscal 2021 Transportation Funding Bill in July

Nita Lowey House Appropriations Committee Chairwoman Nita Lowey (D-N.Y.) by Andrew Harnik/Associated Press

Legislation that would fund operations at the U.S. Department of Transportation for the next fiscal year will be considered by a House panel in July.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
June 25, 2020
Government, Business

USDOT Nominee Joel Szabat Touts Long-Term Highway Reauthorizations

Joel Szabat Joel Szabat testifies in March during a Senate hearing on the coronavirus pandemic. (C-SPAN)

Multiyear federal guidelines on highway policy contribute to long-term planning at state agencies, USDOT nominee Joel Szabat said June 16.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
June 16, 2020
Government, Business, Technology, Safety, Autonomous

Stakeholders’ Input Key to Shaping AV 4.0, Says USDOT Nominee Finch Fulton

USDOT nominee Finch Fulton Finch Fulton testifies at his nomination hearing for Assistant Secretary of Transportation. (Senate Commerce Committee)

WASHINGTON — Industry stakeholders will assist U.S. Department of Transportation officials in shaping their latest version of guidelines for autonomous vehicles, said Finch Fulton, nominee to become assistant secretary for transportation policy.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
March 12, 2020