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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

Trade Gap Narrows to Eight-Month Low on Plane Exports

Trade Getty Images

The U.S. trade deficit unexpectedly narrowed to an eight-month low in February on a surge in civilian aircraft exports, which may come under pressure after the grounding of Boeing Co.’s 737 Max planes.

Reade Pickert | Bloomberg News
April 17, 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, Safety, Logistics

FMCSA Grants Ag Haulers a Five-Year Exemption Permitting New Cargo Securement Techniques

Strawberries are loaded onto a truck Strawberries are loaded onto a truck in Florida. (Mark Elias/Bloomberg News)

Federal regulators have granted a five-year exemption to the Agricultural & Food Transporters Conference of American Trucking Associations, clearing a variety of alternative methods to secure agricultural commodities grouped into large singular units.

Eric Miller | Staff Reporter
April 17, 2019
Government, Business

Infrastructure Policy On Tap When Trump, Pelosi Meet Again

Donald Trump and Nancy Pelosi President Donald Trump and Nancy Pelosi in March. (Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP)

Amid growing pressure from the transportation community, President Donald Trump and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi intend to meet again soon to discuss infrastructure policy.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
April 17, 2019
Government, Business

As Trade Grows, Port of Oakland Gets Shipping Line to Vietnam

Port of Oakland A containership waits to be unloaded at the Port of Oakland. (Ben Margot/Associated Press)

Boosted by extraordinary trade growth with Vietnam, the Port of Oakland will offer a direct line to the Southeast Asian nation. Pacific International Lines will operate the service using vessels that can carry up to 11,900 20-foot equivalent units.

Jim Stinson | Staff Reporter
April 17, 2019
Government, Business, Logistics

Virginia Lawmakers Approve Gov. Ralph Northam’s Funding Plan for I-81

I-81 at Roanoke, Va. Traffic on Interstate 81 in Roanoke County, Va. (Virginia Department of Transportation/Flickr)

Virginia’s General Assembly has approved Gov. Ralph Northam’s fundraising suggestions for Interstate 81 improvements.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
April 17, 2019
Government, Business, Equipment, Safety

FMCSA, NHTSA Should Study Side Underride Guards, GAO Says

Rear underride guard Insurance Institute for Highway Safety via YouTube

A federal government watchdog study has recommended that federal regulators take steps to collect better data on underride guard crashes and share information with police departments in identifying underride crashes.

Eric Miller | Staff Reporter
April 17, 2019
Government, Business, Technology, Safety

Mapillary Assists Transportation Agencies With Safety

Mapillary street view Street view by Mapillary

Mapillary, a street-level imagery platform, has announced that photologs with 40 million images of about 270,000 miles of road data have been uploaded to its system to improve safety in the commercial and commuter transportation sectors.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
April 17, 2019
Government, Business, Safety

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf Touts $4.5 Billion Infrastructure Plan

Tom Wolf A bridge crosses the Susquehanna River in Harrisburg, Pa. (Paul Taggart/Bloomberg News)

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf recently addressed thousands of township officials in an attempt to rally local support for his $4.5 billion infrastructure plan.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
April 16, 2019
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Autonomous

FMCSA Grants SmartDrive Five-Year Exemption Regarding ADAS Camera Placement

FMCSA A previous application of SmartDrive camera technology. (SmartDrive System Inc.)

Federal trucking regulators on April 15 granted SmartDrive System Inc. a five-year exemption to allow an advanced driver assistance system (ADAS) camera to be mounted lower on truck windshields than currently is permitted.

Eric Miller | Staff Reporter
April 16, 2019
Government, Business, Logistics, TCA

New York Looking to Extend Port Authority to Buffalo

New York Port of New York and New Jersey (Getty Images)

Instead of unloading the containers at the New York port and putting them on trucks there, the idea is to unload the containers onto a train that would take them to Buffalo.

Jonathan D. Epstein | The Buffalo News, N.Y.
April 16, 2019