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Senate Commerce Committee Approves Airline Safety Bill

Sen. Roger Wicker at a hearing in May 2020. (Al Drago/Bloomberg News) Sen. Roger Wicker speaks at a hearing in May. (Al Drago/Bloomberg News)

Legislation designed to advance safety improvements across the aviation industry was approved by the Senate Commerce Committee Nov. 18.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
November 25, 2020
Government, Safety

FHWA Proposal Would Allow States More Flexibility With Design Standards

Highway construction A crew works on a highway. The proposed rule would allow states to undertake resurfacing, restoration and rehabilitation projects on all National Highway System roadways. (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

The Federal Highway Administration published a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that would allow state departments of transportation more flexibility with design standards when repairing highways and interstates.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
November 25, 2020
Government, Business

US Recovery More Tenuous as Jobless Claims Rise, Incomes Fall

People dine at a restaurant in San Diego, Calif. (Bing Guan/Bloomberg News) People dine at a restaurant in San Diego, Calif. (Bing Guan/Bloomberg News)

Applications for U.S. state unemployment benefits unexpectedly posted the first back-to-back weekly increase since July, while Americans’ incomes and savings fell last month.

Henry Ren and Reade Pickert | Bloomberg News
November 25, 2020
Government, Business, Equipment, Fuel

High Freight Demand Provides Momentum for Trucking Industry

Trucks John Sommers II for Transport Topics

Economic indicators suggest the trucking industry could be poised for growth in 2021, after the coronavirus pandemic caused a topsy-turvy year in 2020 marked by unpredictable demand and continued uncertainty in the driver pool.

Connor D. Wolf | Staff Reporter
November 24, 2020
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Fuel

Operational Cost of Trucking Down 9.3%, ATRI Finds

Trucks (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

Costs associated with trucking operations have decreased, according to the American Transportation Research Institute.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
November 24, 2020
Government

COVID-19 Aid, Government Funding Lead Lame-Duck Agenda

Nancy Pelosi (left) by Susan Walsh/AP; Mitch McConnell by Patrick Semansky/AP Nancy Pelosi (left) by Susan Walsh/AP; Mitch McConnell by Patrick Semansky/AP

Members of Congress return to Capitol Hill after Thanksgiving to close out a post-election lame-duck session that will include government funding legislation and the possibility of a new round of COVID-19 relief aid.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
November 24, 2020
Government, Business, Fuel

Oil Jumps Past $45, Dow Eclipses 30,000

Crude oil pipework is seen in an oilfield in Russia. Crude oil pipework is seen in an oilfield in Russia. (Andrey Rudakov/Bloomberg News)

Oil reclaimed heights not seen since the pandemic shocked markets in the spring, with the start of the U.S. presidential transition and improved vaccine prospects infusing optimism across markets.

Andres Guerra Luz | Bloomberg News
November 24, 2020
Government, Safety

North Dakota Tops Reason Foundation’s Annual Highway Report

North Dakota's Badlands A road traversing North Dakota's Badlands. The state also topped Reason Foundation’s previous Annual Highway Report. (garylestrangephotography/Getty Images)

North Dakota has the best state-owned road system in the country, according to Reason Foundation’s recently released Annual Highway Report.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
November 24, 2020
Government, Business, Technology, Safety, Logistics

Economic Outlook Bright for Holidays

Economy CentralITAlliance/Getty Images

Goods are pouring into ports, being delivered by trucks to warehouses and e-commerce locations, and retailers are restocking their shelves as the holiday shopping season gets into full swing. It’s also a major reason why trucking continues to outperform the overall U.S. economy.

Dan Ronan | Associate News Editor
November 24, 2020
Government, Business

US Consumer Confidence Falls as Virus Surge Dampens Expectations

A shopper rides an escalator at the Hudson Yards mall in New York. A shopper rides an escalator at the Hudson Yards mall in New York. (Peter Foley/Bloomberg News)

U.S. consumer confidence fell in November to a three-month low as the coronavirus resurgence prompted a slide in Americans’ expectations for the economy and job market.

Jarrell Dillard | Bloomberg News
November 24, 2020

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