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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, Technology, Autonomous

Tesla Autopilot Doesn’t Live Up to Name, Buttigieg Says

Tesla Inc.’s "Autopilot" name for its trademark driver-assistance system lacks “common sense,” according to Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg.

Keith Laing | Bloomberg News
March 14, 2023

TT Podcasts: RoadSigns

Todd Cotier has always had an eye for detail, and he brings the same spirit of quality and responsibility to the big stage as the new TMC chairman.

Government, Fuel

Diesel Down 3.5¢ to $4.247

The national average price for diesel slipped 3.5 cents to $4.247 a gallon, according to Energy Information Administration data released March 13.

March 13, 2023

Senate Leaders Champion Biden’s Budget Proposal

Capitol Agenda: Democratic leaders in the Senate touted the Biden administration’s budget plan for boosting safety and supply chain connectivity.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
March 13, 2023
Government, Business, Safety

Tire Sustainability Remains Top Priority for Industry

“End-of-life” tires that can no longer be retreaded are often stored in a drop trailer and taken away to a recycling facility. Tire industry experts say that’s the preferred environmental practice.

Stephen Bennett | Special to Transport Topics
March 13, 2023
Government, Equipment, Safety, Logistics

Railroads Warned About Car Flaw That Could Cause Derailments

OMAHA, Neb. — U.S. railroads were warned to take certain cars out of service March 9 after Norfolk Southern discovered loose wheels on a car involved in last weekend’s derailment in Ohio.

Josh Funk | Associated Press
March 10, 2023
Government, Business

February Adds 311,000 Jobs Despite Fed’s Rate Hikes

WASHINGTON — America’s employers added a substantial 311,000 jobs in February, fewer than January’s huge gain but enough to keep pressure on the Federal Reserve to raise interest rates aggressively to fight inflation.

Christopher Rugaber | Associated Press
March 10, 2023
Government, Business, Safety, Logistics

Trucking Critical to Port of Milwaukee’s New Export Facility

The Port of Milwaukee’s new $40 million agricultural maritime export facility not only marks its largest cash infusion since the 1950s, but also will open doors to more overseas markets using its multimodal infrastructure.

Noël Fletcher | Staff Reporter
March 9, 2023

DOT’s Fiscal 2024 Budget Request Boosts Safety, Supply Chain Programs

Safety and freight connectivity programs are prioritized in the White House’s fiscal 2024 budget request for the U.S. Department of Transportation.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
March 9, 2023
Government, Equipment, Fuel

Keystone Oil Spill Probe Seen Cutting Back Pipeline Flows

A U.S. probe into the 13,000-barrel oil spill on TC Energy’s Keystone pipeline is expected to cut into crude flows ahead of the summer driving season.

March 8, 2023
Government, Business, Equipment

House Lawmakers Propose 12% Excise Tax Repeal

Legislation to repeal a tax on the purchase of new trucks was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
March 8, 2023