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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, TCA

Florida Farmers Push Protection as Trump Seeks USMCA Approval

Farmers (Eve Edelheit/Bloomberg News)

Manatee County, Fla., tomato farmer Gary Reeder says he has seen the county’s tomato industry “basically cut in half” during his lifetime. Reeder says Florida tomato farmers struggle to compete with their counterparts in Mexico.

Zac Anderson | The Sarasota, Fla., Herald Tribune
March 21, 2019

Transport Topics Podcasts: AOBRDs and ELDs

RoadSigns podcast

Check out the latest podcast episodes of our RoadSigns programs. Episode 1 and 2 of Season Two, "The AOBRD Phaseout" and "What Does the Future Hold for ELDs?" are now available. Check back here often as new content is always being added!

Transport Topics
March 12, 2019
Government, Business

FMCSA Relaxes HOS Rules as Flooding Ravages Midwest

BNSF train in floodwaters in Plattsmouth, Neb. A BNSF train sits in floodwaters from the Platte River in Plattsmouth, Neb., on March 17. (Nati Harnik/AP)

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration on March 19 declared a state of emergency in 16 Midwestern states that have been saturated by heavy rains. Hours-of-service regulations have been relaxed for haulers involved in relief efforts in the affected areas.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
March 21, 2019
Government, Business

Philadelphia Fed’s Factory Outlook Is Weakest in Three Years

Manufacturing Daniel Acker/Bloomberg News

The six-month outlook for manufacturing in America’s mid-Atlantic region slumped to a three-year low, another sign that expectations for weaker global growth may be weighing on producers.

Jeff Kearns | Bloomberg News
March 21, 2019
Government, Business, Logistics

Jobless Claims Fall More Than Expected to Four-Week Low

Jobs Mark Kauzlarich/Bloomberg News

Filings for U.S. unemployment benefits fell more than expected to a four-week low, as the labor market tightens further following the end of a five-week government shutdown.

Katia Dmitrieva | Bloomberg News
March 21, 2019
Government, Business

Traders Place Bets on Rate Cut From Fed

Federal Reserve Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg News

Bond traders have a decent record when it comes to nailing the Federal Reserve’s path relative to official guidance. So while Chairman Jerome Powell says the policy rate is “in a good place,” history suggests his next move could align with what futures are showing — a rate cut.

Liz Capo McCormick | Bloomberg News
March 21, 2019
Government, Business, Logistics

UK Trucker Shortage to Worsen After Brexit, Haulage Group Says

Brexit Luke MacGregor/Bloomberg News

Brexit is set to exacerbate a chronic shortage of drivers among U.K. haulage companies, according to a study from the International Road Transport Union.

Irene Garca Prez | Bloomberg News
March 21, 2019
Government, Business, Logistics

Trump Suggests GM Should Sell Idled Ohio Auto Plant

GM General Motors shuttered the Lordstown, Ohio plant that was producing the Chevy Cruze. (Allison Farrand/Bloomberg News)

President Donald Trump said March 20 that General Motors Co. should sell an idled plant in Lordstown, Ohio, or restart production. The company said it’s received inquiries about factory.

Margaret Talev | Bloomberg News
March 21, 2019
Government, Business

Court Dismisses ATA’s Lawsuit Against Rhode Island Truck Tolls

Truck passes under Rhode Island toll gantry A truck passes under a toll gantry in Rhode Island. (

A federal judge has dismissed the trucking industry’s lawsuit against Rhode Island for its trucks-only tolling system.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
March 20, 2019
Government, Business, Safety, TCA

Rail Closures Disrupt Livestock Feed Supplies for California Farms

Union Pacific Train TT File Photo

Some farms, dairies and feed companies in the San Joaquin Valley of California are facing shortages of livestock feed supplies after deadly river flooding in the Midwest closed major railroad shipping corridors in recent days.

Tim Sheehan | The Fresno, Calif. Bee
March 20, 2019
Government, Technology

House Transportation Panel Seeks Whistleblower Input

Whistleblower form on House T&I site The whistleblower web form at

An online presence for sharing potentially sensitive information about operations at federal transportation agencies was unveiled by a committee in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
March 20, 2019