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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, Logistics, TCA

Gas-Tax Hike Needed for Roads, Maintenance, Ohio Transportation Panel Says

Ohio Construction on Interstate 75 in Dayton, Ohio. (Skip Peterson/Associated Press)

After two meetings, a committee formed by Gov. Mike DeWine to study options for fixing a shortfall in money for road construction and maintenance has come to a consensus that the state gasoline tax needs to increase.

Jim Siegel | The Dispatch (Columbus, Ohio)
February 7, 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, Editorial

Editorial: Make Infrastructure Great Again

We were surprised that President Donald Trump did not focus more on infrastructure during last week’s State of the Union address, particularly since he chose to include some pointed language to describe the North American Free Trade Agreement.

Transport Topics
February 7, 2019
Government, Business, Safety

Study Shines a Light on the Dangers of Speeding

officer writing driver a ticket iStock

A new study highlighting the perils of speeding on the nation’s highways urges action by policymakers and transportation stakeholders.

Eric Miller | Staff Reporter
February 6, 2019
Government

Andrew Wheeler, Nicole Nason Nominations Advance to Senate Floor

Andrew Wheeler Andrew Wheeler appears before a Senate Environment and Public Works Committee hearing on Jan. 16. (Andrew Harnik/AP)

President Donald Trump’s picks to lead the country’s environmental policies and oversee the surface transportation network advanced to the Senate floor Feb. 5.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
February 6, 2019
Government, Business, Logistics

Intermodal Volume Growth in 2018 Best in Five Years, IANA Report Says

J.B. Hunt intermodal J.B. Hunt

Driven by tight trucking capacity and the threat of tariffs, intermodal volumes increased 5.6% in 2018, their highest growth in five years, according to the Intermodal Association of North America’s annual report.

Jim Stinson | Staff Reporter
February 6, 2019
Government, Business

Trade Gap Narrows to Five-Month Low as Imports Plummet

Trade War Meg Roussos/Bloomberg News

The U.S. trade deficit narrowed in November by more than forecast to a five-month low, as imports tumbled by the most in more than two years amid an intensifying trade war.

Katia Dmitrieva | Bloomberg News
February 6, 2019
Government, Business, Technology

With ELD Rollout in Rearview Mirror, Focus Turns to Fleet Management

Driver using Trimble e-log device With e-log devices now installed in nearly all longhaul trucks, vendors are adding fleet management features to their products. (Trimble Transportation Mobility)

The telematics-for-trucking market experienced a dramatic explosion in growth over the past three years, driven primarily by the federally mandated rollout of electronic logging devices across most of the longhaul trucking sector. Now that the industry has made that transition to electronic logs, the telematics market is bound to undergo a shakeout because there are more ELD suppliers than the industry needs.

Stephen Bennett | Special to Transport Topics
February 6, 2019
Government, Business

More Private Parking Spaces on the Way as Natso, FHWA Count Spots

Love's truck stop outside of Las Vegas Love’s Travel Stops plans to add 40 new locations and more than 3,500 parking spaces in 2019. (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

Some of the nation’s largest travel-stop companies are adding parking spaces and expanding operations in 2019, as national demand for truck parking continues to rise.

Jim Stinson | Staff Reporter
February 6, 2019
Government, Business

Trump Calls Infrastructure Investment ‘A Necessity’

President Donald Trump delivers State of the Union Address Doug Mills/Pool via Bloomberg News

President Donald Trump called investment in infrastructure “a necessity,” but a detailed articulation of a vision for rebuilding the country’s crumbling roads and bridges was absent from a much-anticipated State of the Union address that focused primarily on security concerns and immigration policy.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
February 5, 2019
Government, Business, Fuel

UPS Freight President Rich McArdle Optimistic Infrastructure Bill Will Advance

Quote from Rich McArdle of UPS Freight

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump and the current divided Congress create an opportunity for advancing a long-term infrastructure policy measure in the near future, UPS Freight President Rich McArdle said at a U.S. Chamber of Commerce event Feb. 5.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
February 5, 2019

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