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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

More Women See Roles Expanding on Family Farms

Farmers Daniel Acker/Bloomberg News

As the average U.S. farmer ages, more women are stepping up as decision makers to help feed a booming global population.

Bloomberg News
April 12, 2019
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

Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont Pitches Fewer Tolls Than Originally Planned

Ned Lamont Protesters against tolls stand in front of the Connecticut State Capitol. (Jessica Hill/Associated Press)

Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont has revealed that an updated plan for toll roads in his state will involve no more than 50 tolling gantries, fewer than had been proposed in an early plan.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
April 12, 2019
Government, Business

Consumer Sentiment Falls as Outlook for Economy Weakens

TT File Photo

U.S. consumer sentiment fell in April for the first time in three months, missing estimates, as the long-term economic outlook dropped to the lowest in more than a year and enthusiasm over tax cuts waned.

Reade Pickert | Bloomberg News
April 12, 2019
Government, Business

Speaker Nancy Pelosi Eyes as Much as $2 Trillion for Infrastructure

Nancy Pelosi House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says the White House plan for infrastructure that includes just $200 billion in federal dollars is inadequate and a "nonstarter." (J. Scott Applewhite/Associated Press)

WASHINGTON — On April 4, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi dialed up the president and requested a meeting. She talked to Donald Trump about working together on an infrastructure package.

Lisa Mascaro | Associated Press
April 12, 2019
Government, Safety

DOT Announces $25 Million for Flood-Ravaged Nebraska

Flooding of BNSF train tracks in Plattsmouth, Neb. Floodwaters surround a damaged section of BNSF train tracks in Plattsmouth, Neb. (Daniel Acker/Bloomberg News)

Nebraska will receive millions in federal funds to repair infrastructure that has been damaged by severe flooding in the region.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
April 12, 2019
Government, Business

Road Builders Coalition Visits Washington in May to Push for Trust Fund Fix

Road construction near Las Vegas Road construction near Las Vegas. (Eleanor Lamb/Transport Topics)

The Transportation Construction Coalition of road builders and labor unions is scheduled to meet for its annual advocacy meeting in Washington next month to call for long-term funding for infrastructure projects nationwide.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
April 12, 2019
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Editorial

Editorial: Keeping Up With the ‘Hands’ of Time

The notion of being a “hands-on” worker still carries weight in professional circles. Increasingly, though, some of the things that once were decidedly “hands-on” are becoming much more “hands-off” thanks to the march of technological innovation.

Transport Topics
April 11, 2019
Government, Business, Fuel

Senate Panel Advances Diesel Emissions Legislation

exhaust from diesel truck Getty Images

Legislation that aims to facilitate emissions reduction from diesel engines was easily approved April 10 by the committee that oversees surface transportation policy in the U.S. Senate.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
April 11, 2019
Government, Business, Logistics

Hemp Transport Legality Awaits Appeals Court Decision in Idaho Lawsuit

Trailer full of seized hemp Idaho State Police confiscated this load of industrial hemp in January. (Idaho State Police)

A decision expected soon by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals could send a clear signal to truckers and shippers on the legality of transporting industrial hemp across state lines.

Eric Miller | Staff Reporter
April 11, 2019
Government, Business, Fuel

With an Eye on Trump, Refiners Tout IMO Clean Fuel Rule as US Win

oil Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg News

U.S. oil refiners, in line for a windfall from new ship-fuel rules, are taking steps to lock in the change quickly, concerned it could fall victim to President Donald Trump’s re-election push.

Stephen Cunningham | Bloomberg News
April 11, 2019

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