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Rhode Island, New York Top Advocates Group Highway Safety Ranking

States Left: wellesenterprises/Getty Images; Right: Grafissimo/Getty Images

Rhode Island and New York have tied for the top spot on Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety’s list evaluating states’ road safety enforcement efforts.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
January 11, 2021
Government, Business, Technology, Safety

Railroads Achieve Full Positive Train Control Implementation, FRA Says

Railroad engineer using PTC technology A Union Pacific engineer using PTC technology. The technology is operational across the 57,536 railroad route miles as required by federal law, the FRA said Dec. 29. (Union Pacific)

The country’s freight and passenger railways are operating with automatic braking system technology, according to the Federal Railroad Administration.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
January 11, 2021
Government, Business, Technology, Safety

ELDs Have Improved HOS Compliance in First Year Since Full Implementation

ELD inspector An ELD inspector. Since the ELD rule’s initial December 2017 compliance date, roadside driver inspections with hours-of-service violations have dropped by more than 50%. (FMCSA)

The federal electronic logging device mandate has leveled the playing field among motor carriers and reduced driver hours-of-service violations, but it may still be too early to determine how ELDs have affected safety on the nation’s roadways, industry experts said.

Mindy Long | Special to Transport Topics
January 11, 2021
Government, Business

Biden’s Go-Big Stimulus Plans Will Test Closely Divided Senate

President-elect Joe Biden's interest in a large stimulus bill likely will face a test in the Senate. President-elect Joe Biden's interest in a large stimulus bill likely will face a test in the Senate. (Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images)

President-elect Joe Biden’s plan to pass a multitrillion-dollar economic stimulus package early in his administration faces challenges in a closely divided U.S. Senate, with a potential impeachment trial for Donald Trump that could add to delays.

January 11, 2021
Government, Business, Safety

Indonesian Divers Find Parts of Wrecked Boeing Plane in Java Sea

Indonesian Navy divers pull out airplane pieces during a search operation for the Sriwijaya Air passenger plane. On Jan. 10, Indonesian Navy divers pull out airplane pieces during a search for the Sriwijaya Air passenger plane that crashed Jan. 9. (Achmad Ibrahim/Associated Press)

Authorities said they determined the location of the crash site and black boxes of a Boeing 737-500 on Jan. 10, a day after the aircraft crashed into the Java Sea with 62 people on board shortly after taking off from Indonesia’s capital.

Victoria Milko and Edna Tarigan | Associated Press
January 11, 2021
Government, Business, Safety

ASCE to Release New Infrastructure Study

Closed bridge in Pennsylvania A closed bridge in Pittsburgh. (SerrNovik/Gettty Images)

A new report chronicling infrastructure concerns around the country will be unveiled Jan. 12, the American Society of Civil Engineers recently announced.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
January 8, 2021
Government, Business, Safety

PennDOT Says Licensing Law Will Increase Safety, Opportunities for Drivers

snow plow JonathanLesage/Getty Images

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation recently commended a new state law related to licensing and credentialing that includes provisions associated with commercial driver license holders.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
January 8, 2021
Government, Business, Technology, Fuel

Ship Orders Slump 50% With Owners Unsure Which Fuel to Use

Ships sit under construction at a shipyard in South Korea in June. (SeongJoon Cho/Bloomberg News) Ships sit under construction at a shipyard in South Korea in June. (SeongJoon Cho/Bloomberg News)

Ship owners facing looming deadlines to use less-polluting fuels have slashed the number of new vessels on order because they don’t know which alternative technology to switch to.

January 8, 2021
Government, Business

Trucking Jobs Gain in December Outweighed by Wider Labor Trouble

A worker preps food at a restaurant in downtown Memphis, Tenn. (Nina Westervelt/Bloomberg News) A worker preps food at a restaurant in downtown Memphis, Tenn. (Nina Westervelt/Bloomberg News)

The U.S. labor market lost jobs in December for the first time in eight months, yet transportation-related businesses showed solid growth, the Labor Department said Jan. 8.

Olivia Rockeman | Bloomberg News
January 8, 2021
Government, Business

Biden Selects Boston Mayor Marty Walsh for Labor Secretary

Marty Walsh Boston Mayor Marty Walsh in 2016. (David Paul Morris/Bloomberg)

President-elect Joe Biden has selected Boston Mayor Marty Walsh to serve as secretary of the Department of Labor.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
January 7, 2021

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