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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, Fuel

Oil Extends Longest Rally in 17 Months as Supplies Seen Tighter

Oil Rig Taylor Weidman/Bloomberg News

Oil extended its longest run of daily gains in 17 months on renewed efforts by the U.S. and China to reach a trade deal, and expectations the market will be tightened by OPEC’s output cuts.

Grant Smith | Bloomberg News
January 8, 2019

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RoadSigns podcast

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Transport Topics
January 3, 2019
Government, Business, Fuel

Diesel Average Drops 3.5¢ to $3.013 a Gallon

Trucks refuel John Sommers II for Transport Topics

The U.S. average retail price of diesel dropped 3.5 cents to $3.013 a gallon, the U.S. Energy Information Administration reported Jan. 7, even as crude oil prices saw renewed vigor and broached the mark of $50 per barrel.

Jim Stinson | Staff Reporter
January 7, 2019
Government, Business, Logistics, Top 50, Top 100

Trucking Industry Expected to See Slower Growth in 2019

Nussbaum Transportation truck Nussbaum Transportation in 2018 introduced an employee ownership plan. (Nussbaum Transportation Services)

After a 2018 that saw record-setting levels of freight-hauling demand and driver pay as tonnage levels reached a 20-year high, the trucking industry is expected to remain strong in 2019 but undergo a bit of a cool-down, economists say.

Dan Ronan | Associate News Editor
January 7, 2019
Government, Business

Capitol Agenda for the Week of Jan. 7: The DeFazio Era Begins

New House speaker Nancy Pelosi (left) with Rep. Peter DeFazio (right) New House speaker Nancy Pelosi (left) with Rep. Peter DeFazio (right) by Alex Brandon/AP

Oregon Democrat Peter DeFazio was first elected to Congress in 1986. Now as the chairman of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, will he be the one to orchestrate an infrastructure funding plan? Here's the week ahead for trucking on Capitol Hill.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
January 7, 2019
Government, Business, Technology, Safety

Midwest States Launch Program to Address Truck Parking Issues

truck parking B Christopher — Alamy

A group of eight Midwestern states has launched a system to inform truckers about parking availability along interstate highways. Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio and Wisconsin launched the Trucks Park Here program.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
January 7, 2019
Government, Business

Service Firms Grew at Slower Pace in December

Retail worker Julio Cortez/Associated Press

WASHINGTON — U.S. service firms grew in December at the slowest pace in five months, a possible indication that various headwinds from turbulent markets to trade tensions could be having an impact on economic activity.

Martin Crutsinger | Associated Press
January 7, 2019
Government, Business, Logistics

Sears Said to Weigh Liquidation as Lampert’s Bid Falls Short

Sears Patrick T. Fallon/Bloomberg News

Sears representatives summoned liquidation firms and other advisers to emergency meetings on Jan. 4 after rejecting Lampert’s $4.4 billion bid to buy and operate Sears stores.

Eliza RonaldsHannon and Lauren ColemanLochner | Bloomberg News
January 7, 2019
Government, Fuel

Oil Set for Longest Gain in 17 Months on US Economy, OPEC Cuts

Oil Rig Brittany Sowacke/Bloomberg News

Oil headed for its longest stretch of daily gains in more than 17 months as the U.S. Federal Reserve sought to ease investor concerns, China moved to stimulate its economy and OPEC production cutbacks took effect.

Grant Smith | Bloomberg News
January 7, 2019
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Fuel, Logistics, Autonomous

Infrastructure, Trade Loom Large for Trucking in the New Year

Infrastructure stellalevi

Infrastructure and trade loom large for trucking in the year ahead as freight carriers adjust to a slower, but still positive, rate of economic growth in 2019, according to industry experts interviewed by Transport Topics.

Daniel P. Bearth | Staff Writer
January 4, 2019

Senate Confirms Transportation Nominations

Surface Transportation Board logo Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg Finance LP

Moments before bringing the 115th session of Congress to a close, the U.S. Senate on Jan. 2 easily confirmed the nominations of Martin Oberman and Patrick Fuchs for posts on the Surface Transportation Board.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
January 4, 2019