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Tesla on Autopilot Rear-Ends a Parked Cop Car in Connecticut

Tesla Tesla Model X. (Angel Garcia/Bloomberg News)

Another Tesla Inc. vehicle operating on the carmaker’s driver-assistance system branded as Autopilot has crashed into a parked emergency vehicle, eliciting fresh warnings about the shortcomings of automated technology on public roads.

Chester Dawson | Bloomberg News
December 10, 2019
Government

Maryland Transportation Secretary Pete Rahn to Step Down

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan and Transportation Secretary Pete Rahn Maryland Transportation Secretary Pete Rahn (right) stands with Gov. Larry Hogan as he announces a plan to spend $765 million to build a new Harry Nice Bridge in Newburg, Md., on Nov. 21, 2016. (Brian Witte/Associated Press)

Maryland Transportation Secretary Pete Rahn, who has led the Maryland Department of Transportation since 2015, is stepping down.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
December 10, 2019
Government, Technology

AASHTO, ATA Push Back on Potential FCC Spectrum Changes

AASHTO's King Gee AASHTO's King Gee (right) by Eugene Mulero/Transport Topics

WASHINGTON — Groups representing state-level transportation agencies and the trucking industry continued to press a federal agency to reserve a wireless spectrum for transportation-only usage.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
December 10, 2019
Government, Business

House Democrats Plan USMCA Vote as Nancy Pelosi Lauds Revised Deal

USMCA Pelosi via J. Scott Applewhite/Associated Press

House Democrats plan a vote the week of Dec. 16 on the U.S.-Mexico-Canada free-trade agreement, Speaker Nancy Pelosi told her members, saying the deal was changed to meet her demands.

Erik Wasson | Bloomberg News
December 10, 2019
Government, Business, Safety, Logistics

PennDOT P3 Project Will Address I-81 Improvements

Interstate 81 A 4.5-mile portion of Interstate 81 near Wilkes-Barre, Pa., will see improvements, including widening both directions to three lanes. (Doug Kerr/Flickr)

Leaders within the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation have approved a public-private partnership to reconstruct a portion of Interstate 81.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
December 10, 2019
Government, Business

Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont Proposes Truck Tolls

Ned Lamont Ned Lamont via Jessica Hill/Associated Press

A trucks-only tolling system in Connecticut is part of the latest iteration of Gov. Ned Lamont’s transportation investment plan.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
December 10, 2019
Government, Business

Joseph Campbell Wins Kenworth Truck as Part of Military Hiring Program

Joseph Campbell accepts the award with his family Joseph Campbell, winner of the Transition Trucking: Driving for Excellence Award, accepts the award with his father, Joseph H. Campbell Sr. (from left), mother Littie A. Campbell, and wife Debra Campbell, in Washington. (Courtesy Paul Feenstra)

Military veteran Joseph Campbell, a driver for Roehl Transport, won the Transition Trucking: Driving for Excellence Award on Dec. 6 at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

Dan Ronan | Associate News Editor
December 9, 2019
Government, Business, Fuel

Diesel Drops 2.1¢ to $3.049 a Gallon

Driver pumping diesel The only area of the country where the average diesel price rose is New England, where it rose 0.7 cent. The West Coast saw the biggest drop at 5.7 cents. (Thinkstock Images)

The U.S. average retail price of diesel dropped 2.1 cents to $3.049 a gallon, the Department of Energy reported Dec. 9.

Jim Stinson | Staff Reporter
December 9, 2019
Government, Business, Technology, Fuel

Germany Edges Out Norway as Europe’s Biggest Electric Car Market

 Renault ZOE model A participant inspects a Renault Zoe model at COP22 village in Marrakech, Morocco, on Nov. 8, 2016. (Mosa'ab Elshamy/Associated Press)

Germany has pulled ahead of Norway for sales of all-electric cars since the start of the year, putting Europe’s biggest auto market in position to become the regional leader on an annual basis for the first time.

Oliver Sachgau | Bloomberg News
December 9, 2019
Government

By Washington Standards, Infrastructure Had a Moment in 2019

President Donald Trump Trump's impeachment inquiry didn't completely detract from infrastructure policy in 2019. The Senate introduced a five-year highway authorization measure, and the House held several hearings on autonomous technology. (NBC News via YouTube)

Despite the attention-grabbing impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump, the Environment and Public Works Committee in the U.S. Senate managed to advance a five-year highway reauthorization measure this summer. It was a modest step forward for policymakers, even though a long-term funding fix for highway programs was left unresolved. Here's your Capitol Agenda look at the week ahead for trucking on Capitol Hill.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
December 9, 2019

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