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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, Safety

PennDOT Officials Assess 19 Responses on Truck Parking Solutions

Truck Parking Solutions Aerial photo of a rural interstate truck stop in Brookville, Pa. (Getty Images)

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation is reviewing industry responses to its request for input on the prospect of initiating a public-private partnership to help the state address its shortage of truck parking.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
February 12, 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

Small Businesses Not Optimistic Over Economic Outlook

Small Business Scott Eells/Bloomberg News

Sentiment among U.S. small businesses slumped in January to the lowest level since Donald Trump became president as the economic outlook weakened amid the longest-ever U.S. government shutdown.

Chibuike Oguh | Bloomberg News
February 12, 2019
Government, Business, Safety

Top 100 Truck Bottlenecks: Texas Tops 2019 ATRI List With 13

Bottlenecks Traffic travels toward the George Washington Bridge. ATRI ranks this area as having the nation’s worst bottleneck. (George McNish/North Jersey Media Group)

The passage to the George Washington Bridge on the New Jersey side of the Hudson River has once again been named the country’s worst bottleneck for trucks. See a map of the 2019 Top 10 and the list of the Top 100.

Eugene Mulero and Melissa Gamache | Staff Reporters
February 12, 2019
Government, Business, Fuel

Diesel Price Freezes at $2.966 a Gallon

Diesel pumps in the snow TT File Photo

The U.S. average retail price of diesel froze during the week of Feb. 11, remaining at $2.966 a gallon.

Jim Stinson | Staff Reporter
February 11, 2019
Government, Business

FMCSA Sued by California Over Uniform Meal-and-Rest-Break Declaration

Trucks parked at a truck stop Russ MacNeil

California officials are suing the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration over the agency’s determination that federal rest-break laws pre-empt California’s separate meal-and-rest-break requirements.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
February 11, 2019
Government, Business

Maryland Bill Would Allow Counties to Veto State Toll Plans

Maryland The Chesapeake Bay Bridge. (formulanone/Flickr)

A Maryland legislator introduced a bill that would require the state to get majority approval from counties before installing tolls on highways and bridges that run through those counties.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
February 11, 2019
Government, Business

Former Secretary Ray LaHood’s Roadmap for an Infrastructure Plan

Ray LaHood Former Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood testifies on infrastructure investment Feb. 7. (House Transportation & Infrastucture Committee via YouTube)

A former DOT chief lays out a four-step plan to put America "back in the transportation business again." Here's Capitol Agenda's look at the week ahead for trucking on Capitol Hill.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
February 11, 2019
Government, Business, Logistics

Analyst Says Fuel Supply Inadequate for Ocean Shippers to Comply With New Rule

Ship Akio Kon/Bloomberg News

Not enough low-sulfur fuel oil is available to replace the fuels used by marine shippers ahead of a fast-approaching regulation, according to analysis by Wood Mackenzie.

Erin Douglas | Houston Chronicle
February 11, 2019
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Fuel, Logistics, Autonomous, TCA

Robot Package Delivery Trucks Developed in Detroit Ready for China, US

Quadrobot CEO and Chairman Mike Wang Quadrobot CEO and Chairman Mike Wang via Detroit Free Press/Tribune Content Agency

Looking like a delegation of toasters from space, a generation of electrically powered, self-driving mail trucks will roll out of a suburban Detroit industrial park later this year. Their mission: Revolutionize mail and package delivery.

Mark Phelan | Detroit Free Press
February 11, 2019
Government, Business, Technology

Elon Musk's SpaceX Launch Site Risks Being Split in Two by Border Wall

A SpaceX rocket under construction The Starship Hopper test vehicle sits under construction near Boca Chica, Texas. (Austin Barnard/Bloomberg News)

Elon Musk’s SpaceX has a big stake in the battle over border security being waged in Congress: a launchpad on the U.S.-Mexico border that it plans to use for rockets carrying humans around the world and eventually to Mars.

Erik Wasson | Bloomberg News
February 8, 2019