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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, Safety

FMCSA Grants One HOS Exemption, Receives Request for Another

FMCSA Chickens are transported for processing. (Getty Images)

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has granted reprieve from hours-of-service rules to one group and received an exemption request from the rules from another.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
February 5, 2019

Transport Topics Podcasts

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, Technology, Logistics

N.Y. Mayor Says Amazon Will Prevail as City Needs Tech

Amazon Jeenah Moon/Bloomberg News

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio said he thinks Amazon.com will prevail in building its huge new campus in the city — despite an opponent being recommended to serve on a board with veto power over the transaction.

Henry Goldman and Spencer Soper | Bloomberg News
February 5, 2019
Government, Business

Tariffs Deliver on One Front, IIF Study Finds

Xi Jinping President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping (Qilai Shen/Bloomberg News)

President Donald Trump’s tariffs on imports from China continue to attract opposition from economists and much of the business community. They also may be delivering on at least one goal of the administration’s trade wars: reducing imports of targeted products from China.

Shawn Donnan and Jordan Yadoo | Bloomberg News
February 5, 2019
Government, Business, Logistics, TCA

Truckers, Residents Voice Concerns Over Aging Syracuse Viaduct

Walmart Truck A Walmart truck crossing a bridge on Interstate 81 in Pennsylvania. (Carolyn Kaster/Associated Press)

AUBURN, N.Y. — U.S. Rep. John Katko held a town hall meeting regarding the fate of an aging viaduct in the center of Syracuse on Feb. 4, listening to concerns regarding the trucking industry, lakes, pollution and traffic.

Patrick Lohmann | Syracuse, N.Y. Media Group
February 5, 2019
Government, Safety

Shoshana Lew Approved as Colorado DOT Chief

Interstate 70 near Silverthorne, Colo. Interstate 70 near Silverthorne, Colo. (Thomas Peipert/AP)

The Colorado Senate on Feb. 4 unanimously approved Shoshana Lew, a public servant with state and federal government experience, to lead the Colorado Department of Transportation.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
February 5, 2019
Government, Business, TCA

Agency Seeks $15 Million for First Phase of Dredging at Florida Port

Port St. Joe St. Joseph Bay from the shore in Port St. Joe, Fla. (Fisherbray/Flickr)

The agency overseeing the Port of Port St. Joe in Florida has submitted a pre-application to Triumph Gulf Coast, Inc. seeking $15 million for the first phase of dredging the federally authorized shipping channel.

Tim Croft | The Star (Port St. Joe, Fla.)
February 5, 2019
Government, Business, Safety

FMCSA Drops Plan for Split Sleeper Berth Pilot Program

Split Sleeper Berth TT File Photo

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has scrapped plans for a 12-month split sleeper berth pilot program designed to collect real-world data on the safety of drivers who split their sleeper berth time in a variety of ways.

Eric Miller | Staff Reporter
February 5, 2019
Government, Business, Technology, Safety

Standardizing Collision Avoidance Systems Is One of NTSB’s Most Wanted Safety Improvements

NTSB Chairman Robert Sumwalt NTSB Chairman Robert Sumwalt by Eleanor Lamb/Transport Topics

WASHINGTON — Automobile and truck manufacturers should develop a standard practice of installing collision avoidance technology in their vehicles, according to the National Transportation Safety Board, which named the system as one of its 10 Most Wanted Transportation Safety Improvements.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
February 4, 2019
Government, Business, Technology

Transportation Groups Want State of the Union to Highlight Infrastructure Needs

President Donald Trump President Donald Trump (Face The Nation via YouTube)

Transportation priorities need to be included in President Donald Trump's State of the Union address, industry stakeholders say. Here's your Capitol Agenda look at the week ahead for trucking on Capitol Hill.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
February 4, 2019
Government, Business, Technology, TCA

California Commits Billions to Advance EV Programs

Tesla A Tesla Model S at a Supercharging station. (Charles Krupa/Associated Press)

A review conducted by the San Diego Union-Tribune showed various state agencies have committed $2.46 billion in public funds — some of it already spent and the rest planned over a number of years — for programs aimed at luring drivers out of cars and trucks powered by internal combustion engines and encouraging them into zero- or low-emission vehicles.

Rob Nikolewski | The San Diego Union-Tribune
February 4, 2019

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