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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, Fuel

Fuel Producers, ATA Seek Supreme Court Review of Oregon Low-Carbon Fuel Program

Supreme Court Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg News

American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers and American Trucking Associations have asked the U.S. Supreme Court to reject an appeals court ruling that upheld the state of Oregon’s program to reduce the carbon intensity of fuel by 10% by 2025.

Eric Miller | Staff Reporter
January 14, 2019

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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, Technology, Safety

TRB Leaders Unveil Critical Issues

TRB Leaders Katie Turnbull (Eleanor Lamb/Transport Topics)

WASHINGTON — Transportation Research Board executives unveiled their list of critical issues at the group’s annual meeting Jan. 14.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
January 14, 2019
Government, Business, Fuel

Petroleum Industry Meeting World Demand While Polluting Less, Institute Reports

The Royal Dutch Shell Plc Norco Refinery at night in Norco, La. Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg News

The U.S. petroleum industry is meeting record world demand while decreasing the amount of carbon emissions released into the skies, but challenges lie ahead if it hopes to maintain that momentum, according to the American Petroleum Institute’s annual report, “State of American Energy 2019.”

Jim Stinson | Staff Reporter
January 14, 2019
Government, Business, Autonomous

Communication, Teamwork Necessary to Adopt Autonomous Technology, Experts Say at TRB

Washington State Transportation Secretary Roger Millar Washington State Transportation Secretary Roger Millar at TRB. (Eleanor Lamb/Transport Topics)

WASHINGTON — Cooperation from both private sector and federal partners can ease the process for states that are in the midst of adopting automated technology, according to Washington State Transportation Secretary Roger Millar.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
January 14, 2019
Government, Business, Logistics

Growth in Same-Day Delivery Set to Explode, Experts Say

EDR Group CEO Peter Plumeau EDR Group CEO Peter Plumeau by Jim Stinson/Transport Topics

WASHINGTON — Time-sensitive delivery is here to stay, and that will change methods of freight movement, said one expert speaking at the Transportation Research Board’s annual meeting.

Jim Stinson | Staff Reporter
January 13, 2019
Government, Business

Experts Discuss Recommendations, Research Related to Accelerated Bridge Construction

Adam Stockin, a supervising structural engineer for WSP, and Suriyanarayanan Sadasivam, a lead researcher for the firm’s advisory services. WSP's Adam Stockin, a supervising structural engineer, speaks as Suriyanarayanan Sadasivam, a lead researcher for the firm’s advisory services, looks on. (Eleanor Lamb/Transport Topics)

WASHINGTON — Proactive planning and effective collaboration with partners are two tips for success for agencies embarking on accelerated bridge construction (ABC) projects, according to two experts from the engineering services firm WSP.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
January 13, 2019
Government, Business, Logistics

Urban Planners Confront Challenges of Final-Mile Freight Delivery

Speakers at a session titled “Identifying Research Priorities in Last-Mile Delivery for 2019 and Beyond” addressed the challenges of urban freight, especially in the final mile of the commercial journey.

Jim Stinson | Staff Reporter
January 13, 2019
Government, Business, Safety

Cathy Gautreaux Leaving FMCSA for NHTSA

Gautreaux Gautreaux (Eric Miller/Transport Topics)

Cathy Gautreaux, deputy administrator for the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, will be leaving the agency, an agency spokesman confirmed.

Transport Topics
January 11, 2019
Government, Technology, Equipment, Safety

Sen. Roger Wicker to Lead Commerce Committee in 116th Congress

Roger Wicker Wicker (Zach Gibson/Bloomberg News)

The Senate Republican caucus chose Mississippi Sen. Roger Wicker to lead the Commerce Committee in the 116th Congress. Wicker succeeds Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.), who was promoted to the role of assistant Republican leader.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
January 11, 2019
Government, Business, Safety

Kansas, Ohio Governors-Elect Announce DOT Director Picks

DOT Director Laura Kelly (John Hanna/Associated Press) and Mike DeWine (John Minchillo/Associated Press)

The newly elected governors of Kansas and Ohio have announced their choices to lead their states’ departments of transportation.

Transport Topics
January 11, 2019

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