Government, Business, Technology, Safety, Opinion

Opinion: A Sensible Way to Lower the CDL Age Requirement

For interstate carriers, allowing younger drivers to earn a CDL would vastly widen the pool of drivers and limit the loss of candidates to other careers. And that’s why some legislators are seeking a solution.

Laura McMillan | Vice President of Training Development, Instructional Technologies Inc.
September 17, 2018
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Logistics, Autonomous, Top 50

North Carolina Town Eyes Drones as Future of Package Delivery

A Flytrex delivery drone Flytrex

Holly Springs, N.C., hopes to be among the first spots in the United States where drones are used for package delivery.

Joe Antoshak | Staff Writer
September 17, 2018
Government, Business, Technology, Autonomous

Podcast Debut: ‘RoadSigns’ Tackles Autonomous

RoadSigns podcast

Welcome to the inaugural episode of Transport Topics' new podcast: RoadSigns. Our debut episode focuses on how the trucking industry’s steady and ongoing development of autonomous technology may someday affect truck drivers. Click to listen!

Transport Topics
June 11, 2018
Government, Business

Gains Among Automakers Help Spur Factory Production in August

Car factory in Tennessee Erik Schelzig/Associated Press

U.S. factory production rose in August amid broad-based gains that included automakers, providing support for economic growth this quarter, Federal Reserve data showed Sept. 14.

Katia Dmitrieva | Bloomberg News
September 14, 2018
Government, Business

Resilient Infrastructure Is Focus of ARTBA Annual Convention

A U.S. Army helicopter transports material to repair the Guajataca Dam A U.S. Army helicopter transports material to repair the Guajataca Dam, damaged during Hurricane Maria, in Quebradillas, Puerto Rico, on Oct. 17, 2017. (Ramon Espinosa/AP)

The potential long-term benefits associated with investing in resilient infrastructure will be examined at the upcoming American Road and Transportation Builders Associations annual convention in New York City.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
September 14, 2018
Government, Business

Florence Batters Rain-Ravaged Carolinas

Hurricane Florence in New Bern, N.C. Hurricane Florence leaves a path of destruction in New Bern, N.C. (The Washington Post via YouTube)

WILMINGTON, N.C. — Hurricane Florence lumbered ashore in North Carolina with howling 90 mph winds and terrifying storm surge Sept. 14, splintering buildings and trapping hundreds of people in high water as it settled in for what could be a long and extraordinarily destructive drenching.

Jonathan Drew | Associated Press
September 14, 2018
Government, Business

Longshoremen, Port Group Reach Six-Year Labor Agreement

Port of Jacksonville, Fla. TT file photo

Members of the U.S. Maritime Alliance said they have ratified a new six-year contract with the International Longshoremen’s Association, the largest union of maritime workers in North America.

Dan Ronan | Associate News Editor
September 14, 2018
Government, Business

August Retail Sales Fall Short of Analysts’ Estimates

Retail sales Rogelio Solis/Associated Press

U.S. retail sales rose by less than forecast in August after an upwardly revised July gain as purchases of automobiles and clothing fell, suggesting households took a breather from spending.

Sho Chandra | Bloomberg News
September 14, 2018
Government, Technology, Logistics

Lanehub Expands Shipment Matching Service for Backhauls

Lanehub technology Lanehub via YouTube

Lanehub, a collaborative transportation platform, has introduced Backhaul Assist to help shippers market excess freight-hauling capacity to other companies.

Transport Topics
September 14, 2018
Government, Business, TCA

Import Surge Drives Busiest August in Port of Oakland’s 91-Year History

Port Oakland Port of Oakland (Ken James/Bloomberg News)

The Port of Oakland on Sept. 13 reported the busiest August in its 91-year history, a record start to its peak season with imports up 9.2% from a year ago.

John Woolfolk | The Mercury News
September 14, 2018
Government, Business, Technology, Autonomous, TCA

Autonomous Vehicles to Bring Groceries to Oklahoma City Residents

Udelv self-driving vehicle Udelv

Don’t worry, you haven’t fallen, but the turnip truck is about to start driving itself.

David Dishman | The Oklahoman (Oklahoma City, Okla.)
September 14, 2018