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Possibilities, Costs ‘Enormous’ for A2A Rail

Alaska railroad Railroad track by the Lower Trail Lake in the Chugach National Forest in Alaska. Canadian rail lines currently get as close to Alaska as Whitehorse in the Yukon. (Getty Images)

The backers of a new rail line to link Alaska to Canada and Lower 48 markets insist it would generate upward of $5 billion of freight revenue through the state.

Elwood Brehmer | Alaska Journal of Commerce
December 5, 2019
Government, Business

US Trade Gap Narrows 7.6% to $47.2 Billion in October

Shipping container is lifted off the back of a truck on Seattle's Harbor Island A shipping container is lifted off of a truck at a terminal on Harbor Island in Seattle on Oct. 2, 2019. The trade gap still is 1.3% wider so far this year than it was in January-October 2018. (Elaine Thompson/Associated Press)

WASHINGTON — The U.S. trade deficit narrowed in October as imports fell faster than exports. The politically sensitive trade gap with China dropped.

Paul Wiseman | Associated Press
December 5, 2019
Government, Business

DHL Index on Strength of International Economy Shows Only Slight Dip

Port in Qingdao, China Containers are piled up at a port in Qingdao in east China's Shandong province. (Chinatopix via AP)

Despite persistent concerns of a worldwide economic slowdown, a new report from logistics and shipping company DHL says international trade remains strong, with only a slight decline in its overall DHL Global Connectedness Index.

Dan Ronan | Associate News Editor
December 5, 2019
Government, Business

Transportation Construction Market Will Grow in 2020, ARTBA Forecasts

Road work in Indiana Construction on an Indiana road. (Indiana Department of Transportation)

The transportation construction market is expected to grow by about 5% in 2020, according to the American Road and Transportation Builders Association’s annual economic forecast. 

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
December 5, 2019
Government, Business, Technology

No 'Soft Enforcement' After AOBRD ELD Exemption Ends Dec. 16

Trimble Duo ELD Trimble Duo ELD by Trimble

Commercial vehicle inspectors will not offer a “soft enforcement” grace period for truckers who have not migrated to electronic logging devices from grandfathered automatic onboard recording devices by Dec. 17, the date that full enforcement of the federal ELD rule takes effect.

Eric Miller | Staff Reporter
December 5, 2019
Government, Business

Impeachment Politics Threaten Legislative Agenda, Key Lawmakers Argue

Mitch McConnell Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) by Timothy D. Easley/Associated Press

With the impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump entering a new phase this month, congressional leaders continue to criticize each other over inaction on legislation to keep the federal government funded through fiscal 2020, a new trade agreement and infrastructure policy.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
December 5, 2019
Government, Technology, Safety

Hair Drug-Testing Rule Could Become Public in Early 2020, Official Says

hair drug test Quest Diagnostics

ROCKVILLE, Md. — A proposed federal rule that would allow motor carriers to drug test their drivers and prospective employees using hair samples continues to wind its way slowly through the bureaucracy, but could be made public as soon as early next year.

Eric Miller | Staff Reporter
December 5, 2019
Government, Business

Democrats See USMCA Deal Near, Urge Mexico to Accept Compromise

Mexico’s top trade negotiator, Jesus Seade Mexico’s top trade negotiator, Jesus Seade by David Kawai/Bloomberg News

House Democrats said Dec. 4 that a deal on the stalled U.S.-Mexico-Canada free-trade agreement is within reach and urged Mexico to accept a compromise on labor-rights enforcement.

Erik Wasson and Eric Martin | Bloomberg News
December 4, 2019
Government, Business, Technology, Fuel

California Cuts Electric Car Rebates, Drops Luxury Models

Tesla at dealership in Colorado Car buyers wanting to purchase a high-end Tesla costing more than $60,000 will no longer be eligible for CARB's rebate program. (David Zalubowski/Associated Press)

California’s rebate program to coax more drivers to buy electric vehicles just got less generous, especially for those looking to spend on a luxury model.

Dustin Gardiner | San Francisco Chronicle
December 4, 2019
Government, Business, Safety

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy Announces More Than $161 Million in Municipal Aid Grants

New Jersey Traffic moves along the New Jersey Turnpike. (Emile Wamsteker/Bloomberg News)

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy recently announced more than $161 million in municipal aid grants for hundreds of cities and towns. 

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
December 4, 2019

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