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Transport Topics government and regulatory coverage keeps managers of a highly-regulated industry aware of the policy decisions that can shape their businesses. Covering both the legislative and regulatory aspects of policy-making, at both the state and national levels, the news in this category includes looks at infrastructure, hours of service, emissions rules, funding measures, leadership appointments, and more. Readers can follow what’s happening in Congress, at the Department of Transportation and the Federal Motor Carrier Administration, and in state and local governments.

Government, Business, Logistics

New York City to Limit Cars, Trucks on 14th Street in Traffic-Cutting Experiment

John Taggart/Bloomberg News

In an 18-month experiment, the city plans to limit car and truck traffic from a six-block stretch of the road, establishing a corridor featuring express buses, wide bike lanes and pedestrian-friendly walkways. The bus service will start in June.

Henry Goldman | Bloomberg News
April 24, 2019

Transport Topics Podcast: AI and the Back Office

RoadSigns podcast

Check out the latest podcast episodes of our RoadSigns programs. Episode 3 of Season Two, "How does AI Change Trucking’s Back Office?" is now available. Check back here often as new content is always being added!

Transport Topics
March 12, 2019
Government, Business, Logistics

Trump Said to Consider Waiving US Ship Mandate for Natural Gas

Lindsey Janies/Bloomberg News

President Donald Trump is considering waiving the requirement that only U.S.-flagged vessels can move goods from American ports to Puerto Rico or energy-starved areas of the Northeast, according to sources familiar with the deliberations.

Bloomberg News
April 24, 2019
Government, Business, Safety

Ohio Safety Agency Petitions FMCSA for Veteran Driver Exemptions

National Guardsman driving truck U.S. Army National Guard

The Ohio Department of Public Safety has requested exemption from certain commercial driver license regulations to open up truck-driving opportunities for veterans.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
April 24, 2019
Government, Business, Equipment, Safety, Logistics

ATRI Calls for Operational Cost Data From Fleets

ATRI Getty Images

The American Transportation Research Institute is looking for for-hire motor carriers to participate in the annual update to its Operational Costs of Trucking report.

April 24, 2019
Government, Business

Trump, Speaker Nancy Pelosi to Discuss Infrastructure Proposals April 30

Nancy Pelosi Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (Jason Alden/Bloomberg News)

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said she plans to meet with President Donald Trump next week to discuss an infrastructure deal, even as she resists calls from some fellow Democrats to initiate impeachment proceedings against him.

Erik Wasson | Bloomberg News
April 24, 2019
Government, Business, Safety

US House Hearing on Lawmakers’ Priorities Set for May 1

Lawmakers Priorities Adriano Espaillat speaks at a press conference in front of Capitol Hill in 2018. (Alex Brandon/Associated Press)

Concerns related to freight and commuter connectivity, pipelines and air travel will be among the themes the transportation panel of the U.S. House of Representatives is scheduled to address May 1.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
April 23, 2019
Government, Business, Safety

ASCE Pushes to Make Infrastructure Funding Congressional Priority

Infrastructure Funding Road construction to resurface parts of Interstate 65 in Shepherdsville, Ky. (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

As Infrastructure Week inches nearer, the nation’s oldest engineering group is continuing its efforts to promote transportation funding legislation.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
April 23, 2019
Government, Business, Logistics

ATA For-Hire Truck Tonnage Index Slips in March

Car on snowy highway in Chicago Weather in Chicago was a factor. (Nam Y. Huh/AP)

American Trucking Associations’ seasonally adjusted For-Hire Truck Tonnage Index in March declined 2.3% after decreasing 1.5% in February.

Dan Ronan | Associate News Editor
April 23, 2019
Government, Business, Technology, Logistics, Autonomous

Alphabet’s Drone Delivery Business Cleared for Takeoff by FAA

Drone A Wing drone in action, dropping off a package. (Charles Mostoller/Bloomberg News)

An offshoot of Alphabet Inc.’s Google has become the first drone operator to receive government approval as an airline, an important step that gives it the legal authority to begin dropping products to actual customers.

Alan Levin | Bloomberg News
April 23, 2019
Government, Business

New-Home Sales Rise to 16-Month High

Construction George Frey/Bloomberg News

Sales of new U.S. homes unexpectedly rose in March to a 16-month high, with a third straight increase that reflects a boost from lower borrowing costs.

Reade Pickert | Bloomberg News
April 23, 2019