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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

STB Rule May Help Boost Competition for Railroad Shipments


OMAHA, Neb. — Companies that have plants served by only one railroad may soon be able to get a bid from another railroad if their service is bad enough under a new rule that was proposed Sept. 7.

Josh Funk | Associated Press
September 8, 2023

TT Podcasts: RoadSigns Archive

RoadSigns 102

How can autonomous trucks fit into the freight transportation industry? Host Seth Clevenger chats with Waabi's Vivian Sun and's Jan Becker.

Government, Logistics

Biden Will Nominate Michael Whitaker as Next FAA Chief

Michael Whitaker, FAA Administrator nominee

President Joe Biden will nominate Michael Whitaker to lead the Federal Aviation Administration after his first choice withdrew in March after facing opposition from Republican senators.

David Koenig | Associated Press
September 7, 2023
Government, Business, Technology

California Charging Infrastructure Lags Behind Targets

EV charging

Concerns are growing that California is falling behind in its ability to provide enough electric vehicle charging options to meet its own aggressive targets.

Keiron Greenhalgh | Staff Reporter
September 7, 2023
Government, Business, Private

Kroger, Albertsons In Talks to Sell Stores to C&S, SoftBank

The SoftBank Corp. logo

Kroger Co. and Albertsons Cos. are selling some of their stores in an effort to win regulatory approval for their $25 billion merger, according to people familiar with the matter.

September 7, 2023

Senate Could Consider FY24 Transportation Bill Next Week

Chuck Schumer

Legislation to fund the U.S. Department of Transportation through fiscal 2024 will be considered in the Senate as early as the week of Sept. 11.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
September 7, 2023
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Autonomous

Trucking Trade Groups Generally Support AEB Proposal

AEB rendering

Organizations representing heavy trucks were generally supportive of a joint proposed rule to require automatic emergency braking technologies on heavy trucks — with caveats.

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
September 7, 2023
Government, Equipment, Logistics

New York’s Port of Oswego Wins $4 Million Federal Grant

Ship at Port of Oswego

Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo has announced a $4 million economic development grant to New York’s Port of Oswego to buy new cargo-handling equipment and improve rail infrastructure.

Noël Fletcher | Staff Reporter
September 7, 2023
Government, Business, Equipment, Logistics

Jaxport to Buy Two Ship-to-Shore Cargo Cranes

Blount Island Marine Terminal

Florida state legislators have given Jacksonville Port Authority officials a $30 million check to purchase two new ship-to-shore container cranes for the Blount Island Marine Terminal.

Noël Fletcher | Staff Reporter
September 6, 2023

NDAA on Congressional Leaders’ Fall Radar

Truck inspected at military base

With lawmakers returning to Capitol Hill after the Labor Day holiday, attention will be devoted to arriving at a final version of the National Defense Authorization Act.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
September 6, 2023
Government, Business

US Trade Deficit Widened by Less than Expected in July

Cargo ship in New Jersey

The U.S. trade deficit widened in July by less than forecast, reflecting an increase in exports of cars and services.

Vince Golle | Bloomberg News
September 6, 2023