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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

Economic Growth: First Quarter Looking Good, Rest of Year Is Not

Justin Ide/Bloomberg News

Economists expect U.S. first-quarter growth to decelerate less than previously thought even as they cut forecasts for the rest of the year, projecting a second-quarter rebound will fade as the effects of tax cuts wane.

Reade Pickert and Catarina Saraiva | Bloomberg News
April 11, 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, TCA

Teamsters, YRC Freight Reach Tentative Deal Through 2024

YRC Freight TT File Photo

Unions for workers at Overland Park, Kan.-based YRC Freight and two affiliated companies reached a tentative labor agreement that would result in wage increases over the next five years for most who are covered under the proposal.

Steve Vockrodt | The Kansas City Star
April 11, 2019
Government, Business

Jobless Claims Unexpectedly Fall, Hitting New 49-Year Low

Jobs David Paul Morris/Bloomberg News

Filings for U.S. unemployment benefits unexpectedly dropped, falling to the lowest level since October 1969, as the tight labor market showed little sign of easing.

Reade Pickert | Bloomberg News
April 11, 2019
Government, Business, Fuel

Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao Reminds House Panel: White House Open to All Infrastructure Funding Options

Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao House Appropriations Committee/YouTube

WASHINGTON — Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao reaffirmed the Trump White House’s desire to partner with congressional transportation leaders on an infrastructure policy package that would reflect the views of Democrats and Republicans.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
April 10, 2019
Government, Business, Technology

Electric-Vehicle Tax Credits Get Bipartisan Boost in Senate

Tesla Alex Kraus/Bloomberg News

A bipartisan group of senators introduced legislation April 10 that would extend a lucrative tax credit for electric vehicles that could benefit companies such as Tesla Inc. and General Motors Co.

Ari Natter | Bloomberg News
April 10, 2019
Government, Business, Safety

FHWA Grant Supports Truck Parking Project Along I-10

1-10 in Houston 1-10 in Houston by Shutterstock

The Federal Highway Administration has awarded the Texas Department of Transportation nearly $7 million to fund a truck parking availability system along Interstate 10 in four states.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
April 10, 2019
Government, Business, Fuel, Opinion

Opinion: Congress Must Act on Infrastructure Crisis

ATA President Chris Spear: American Trucking Associations is stepping up our call on Washington with a new media and grassroots advocacy campaign that turns up the pressure on Congress and the administration to enact comprehensive infrastructure funding legislation.

Chris Spear | President and CEO, American Trucking Associations
April 10, 2019
Government, Business

Ohio DOT Announces Leadership Changes

Ohio DOT Kirk Slusher, new assistant director of field operations for Ohio DOT, speaks to press at a DOT event in 2018. (WFIN Radio via YouTube)

The Ohio Department of Transportation has announced a change in leadership at the statewide and district levels.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
April 10, 2019
Government, Technology, Fuel, Autonomous

$59 Million in Vehicle Technologies Research Funding Available, Energy Department Announces

Electric truck charging Topics for funding include infrastructure for alternative fuel vehicles, such as electric trucks. (Orange EV)

The Energy Department on April 3 announced that about $59 million is available for stakeholders seeking to develop projects that prioritize energy-efficient mobility systems, improve materials for powertrains, co-optimize advanced engine and fuel technologies, and create new mobility options.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
April 10, 2019
Government, Business, Safety

Boosting Safety a Priority for Next Highway Bill, House Democrats Say

Highway Bill Rep. Peter DeFazio speaks during a House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee hearing. (Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg News)

WASHINGTON — Enhancing safety programs with the goal of reducing roadway and pedestrian fatalities nationwide will be a priority for lawmakers writing the next highway policy bill, the top transportation authorizer in the U.S. House of Representatives said April 9.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
April 9, 2019