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Government, Business, Technology, Equipment

US, Mexico to Cooperate on Semiconductors, Electric Vehicles

Blinken US Secretary of State Antony Blinken waves in front of US Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo. (Associated Press Photo/Fernando Llano)

MEXICO CITY — Mexico and the United States plan to take advantage of the Biden administration’s massive investment in semiconductor production to push the integration of their supply chains and cooperate on expanding the production of electric vehicles through Mexico’s nationalized lithium industry, officials from both countries said Sept. 12.

September 13, 2022
Government, Safety

Rhode Island to Repave Pothole-Ridden I-295

pothole kozmoat98/Getty Images

Rhode Island Gov. Dan McKee has kicked off repaving the state’s Interstate 295 corridor, a key north-south freight route last paved 18 years ago and known as a poster child for potholes.

Noël Fletcher | Staff Reporter
September 13, 2022
Government, Business, Fuel

US Inflation Falls for 2nd Straight Month on Lower Gas Costs

Inflation Daniel Acker/Bloomberg News

WASHINGTON — Sharply lower prices for gas and cheaper used cars slowed U.S. inflation in August for a second straight month, though many other items rose in price, indicating that inflation remains a heavy burden for American households.

Christopher Rugaber | Associated Press
September 13, 2022
Government, Fuel

Diesel Drops 5.1¢ to $5.033 in Second Straight Decline

Diesel delivery to Mississippi gas station Fuel is distributed to a service station in Mississippi. The Gulf Coast dropped 3.6 cents to settle at $4.76 a gallon. (Rogelio V. Solis/Associated Press)

The national average price of diesel slid 5.1 cents to $5.033 a gallon, according to Energy Information Administration data released Sept. 12.

Connor D. Wolf | Staff Reporter
September 12, 2022

FHWA Nominee Shailen Bhatt to Appear at Senate EPW Hearing

Capitol Agenda by Eugene Mulero

Shailen Bhatt, a veteran transportation manager picked to lead the Federal Highway Administration, will field questions from members of the Environment and Public Works Committee on Sept. 14. Here's your Capitol Agenda look at the week ahead for trucking on Capitol Hill.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
September 12, 2022
Government, Business

Decline in Demand to Affect Trucking Freight, Economists Say

Federal Reserve building One economist anticipates three more rate hikes totaling 125 basis points at upcoming Federal Reserve meetings this year. (Al Drago/Bloomberg News)

The upcoming retail holiday season is likely to see slower sales below the surging pace of 2021 as the U.S. economy’s pace of growth slows to a much lower level, which will have an impact on the amount of freight shipped by trucking.

Dan Ronan | Senior Reporter
September 12, 2022
Government, Business, Technology, Fuel, Autonomous, TCA

Pennsylvania Turnpike Explores Electrified Road Services for EVs

Pennsylvania turnpike Jan Murphy/Tribune News Service

The Pennsylvania Turnpike is jumping into solar energy production to power its maintenance and office buildings with a long-term goal: using solar-generated power to electrify portions of the toll road so electric vehicles can charge as they travel.

Ed Blazina | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
September 12, 2022
Government, Business, Technology, Safety

NHTSA Needs a New Chief With Road Deaths at 20-Year High

Ann Carlson Ann Carlson takes over at NHTSA until a permanent administrator is nominated. Traffic by Ross D. Franklin/Associated Press

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is operating without a Senate-confirmed leader again, leaving a void atop the agency tasked with preventing road injuries and deaths even as the number of fatalities moves sharply in the wrong direction.

Keith Laing | Bloomberg News
September 12, 2022
Government, Business, Technology, Fuel

Biden to Boost Biomanufacturing to Compete with China

soybeans (Rory Doyle/Bloomberg News)

President Joe Biden is poised to sign an executive order Sept. 12 to help expand U.S. biomanufacturing and reduce reliance on China.

Riley Griffin | Bloomberg News
September 12, 2022
Government, Business, Logistics

Unions Blast Rail Move to Delay Shipments Before Deadline

CSX train CSX, Union Pacific, BNSF, Norfolk Southern, Kansas City Southern and other railroads are involved in the talks. (Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg)

OMAHA, Neb. — The heads of the nation’s two largest rail unions said Sept. 11 that the freight railroads’ move to begin delaying some shipments ahead of this week’s looming strike deadline is only an attempt to get shippers to increase the pressure on Congress to intervene and block a work stoppage by imposing a contract on workers.

Josh Funk | Associated Press
September 12, 2022