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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

Funding, Freight Among Retiring T&I Chairman Bill Shuster’s Enduring Priorities

Rep. Bill Shuster Bill Shuster will at month’s end vacate his House seat — and with it his perch as chairman of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. (Pablo Martinez Monsivais/Associated Press)

After nearly two decades in Congress, Pennsylvania Republican Rep. Bill Shuster will at month’s end vacate his House seat and with it his perch as chairman of the influential Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
December 6, 2018

Transport Topics Podcasts

RoadSigns podcast

Check out the latest podcast episodes of our RoadSigns and LiveOnWeb programs. Episode 1 of our Season Intersession of RoadSigns, "How Does Congress Say Trucking," is now available. Check back here often as new content is always being added!

Transport Topics
October 22, 2018
Government, Business

Businesses Added a Solid 179,000 Jobs Last Month

Manufacturing Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg News

WASHINGTON — U.S. businesses hired new workers at a solid pace in November, adding 179,000 jobs, according to a private survey.

Christopher Rugaber | AP Economics Writer
December 6, 2018
Government, Business

Productivity Rises 2.3% in Third Quarter

Warehouse Getty Images

WASHINGTON — U.S. productivity grew at an annual rate of 2.3% in the July-September quarter, slower than the previous quarter but still an improvement over the weak annual gains of the past decade. Labor costs rose at a modest pace in the third quarter.

Martin Crutsinger | Associated Press
December 6, 2018
Government, Business

Service Industries Expand to Near-Record Level in November

Target Employee Julio Cortez/Associated Press

A gauge of U.S. service industries unexpectedly rose in November to a near-record level amid gains in business activity and new orders, adding to indications that the sector remains robust in the fourth quarter.

Katia Dmitrieva | Bloomberg News
December 6, 2018
Government, Business, Logistics

China Implementing Agreed-Upon Trade Deals With US, Official Says

Container Ship Simon Dawson/Bloomberg News

China and the United States have reached agreement in the sectors of agriculture, autos and energy, and China will immediately start implementing that consensus, a government spokesman said.

Bloomberg News
December 6, 2018
Government, Business

Rep. DeFazio on Earmarks Ban: ‘Don’t Think We Need That Rule’

Rep. Peter DeFazio DeFazio says the ban on earmarks is no longer necessary. (Zach Gibson/Bloomberg News)

WASHINGTON — The next chairman of the transportation policy panel in the U.S. House of Representatives said the ban on earmarks the GOP imposed nearly a decade ago is no longer needed.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
December 5, 2018
Government, Business, Safety

Port Leaders Express Concern Over Funding Demands From CBP

Port Leaders U.S. Customs and Border Protection

The trade association that represents the nation’s ports has written to the leadership of United States Customs and Border Protection expressing concern about the costs that CBP expects ports to absorb for new and upgraded facilities to house CBP staff.

Dan Ronan | Associate News Editor
December 5, 2018
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment

AOBRD Phaseout Under ELD Rule Could Pose Challenges for Fleets and Vendors, Experts Warn

PeopleNet AOBRD PeopleNet Communications Corp.

ATLANTA — Nearly all motor carriers subject to the federal electronic logging device mandate have complied with that regulation, but another significant transition remains for fleets still using AOBRDs, older e-log systems that predate the ELD rule, industry experts said.

Seth Clevenger | Managing Editor, Features
December 5, 2018
Government, Business, Logistics

Trump Targets Amazon in Call for Higher Postal Shipping Rates

USPS mail truck and delivery driver Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg News

President Donald Trump’s administration is recommending the U.S. Postal Service raise prices for shipping packages, a move that would hit online retailers such as

Ben Brody | Bloomberg News
December 5, 2018
Government, Business, Technology, Safety

Overdue Guidelines for Hair-Sample Testing Crawl Toward Next Step

Hair testing sample Transport Topics file photo

ROCKVILLE, Md. — A draft of proposed mandatory federal guidelines for drug testing using hair samples continues to slowly wind its way through the federal bureaucracy, still months — or perhaps longer — away from being released for public comment.

Eric Miller | Staff Reporter
December 4, 2018