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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

Former White House Infrastructure Guru D.J. Gribbin Still Supports Streamlining

D.J. Gribbin and Donald Trump Gribbin (left) listens as Trump describes in 2017 a regulatory process chart to build a highway. (Evan Vucci/Associated Press)

WASHINGTON — D.J. Gribbin, the architect of President Donald Trump’s 2018 infrastructure proposal, touted the administration’s efforts to streamline the federal permitting process for major infrastructure projects.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
January 17, 2019

Transport Topics Podcasts

RoadSigns podcast

Check out the latest podcast episodes of our RoadSigns and LiveOnWeb programs. Episode 2 of our Season Intersession of RoadSigns, "Is Trucking Charging Toward an Electric Reality?" is now available. Check back here often as new content is always being added!

Transport Topics
January 3, 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 | 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, Logistics, Autonomous

Parcel Lockers, EVs Combine for Energy Savings in Final Mile, Researcher Says

WASHINGTON — Electric trucks and vans show great promise for energy savings in making suburban deliveries for companies such as UPS Inc., according to an Oak Ridge National Laboratory scientist who presented her findings to a forum at the Transportation Research Board’s annual meeting.

Jim Stinson | Staff Reporter
January 16, 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

High Court Rules Independent Contractors May Bypass Arbitration, Challenge Fleets in Court

Supreme Court building Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg News

In a unanimous decision, the U.S. Supreme Court on Jan. 15 limited the ability under federal law for motor carriers to force disputes with owner-operators to be resolved in arbitration, a ruling that could cause an increase in future class-action lawsuits by truck drivers.

Eric Miller | Staff Reporter
January 16, 2019
Government, Business

Homebuilder Sentiment Gauge Rises From Three-Year Low

Home Construction Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg News

Sentiment among U.S. homebuilders rose for the first time in three months amid a decline in borrowing costs, a sign that housing may stabilize in the year ahead even as the industry remains in a broad slowdown.

Chibuike Oguh | Bloomberg News
January 16, 2019
Government, Business, Technology

State Freight Plans Don't Reflect Uniform Metrics, Expert Says

Lama Bou Mjahed “Performance measures are really critical for freight planning,” says Lama Bou Mjahed. (Eleanor Lamb/Transport Topics)

WASHINGTON — State freight plans indicate various levels of detail regarding the ways freight is discussed and measured, according to a transportation expert from Northwestern University.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
January 16, 2019
Government, Business

Home Sales Fall in December; Price Growth at Six-Year Low

Homesales Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg News

U.S. home sales slumped in December, while prices inched up slightly, marking the smallest annual increase since the end of the last housing crash in 2012, according to data from brokerage Redfin.

Prashant Gopal | Bloomberg News
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

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