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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

Domestic Discretionary Spending Slashed in Trump’s $4.7 Trillion Budget Proposal

budget Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg News

President Donald Trump will propose a U.S. budget that wouldn’t balance for 15 years, even assuming stronger economic growth than private forecasters expect and with deep domestic spending cuts that have little chance of passing Congress.

Justin Sink and Erik Wasson | Bloomberg News
March 11, 2019

Transport Topics Podcasts: AOBRDs and ELDs

RoadSigns podcast

Check out the latest podcast episodes of our RoadSigns programs. Episode 1 and 2 of Season Two, "The AOBRD Phaseout" and "What Does the Future Hold for ELDs?" are now available. Check back here often as new content is always being added!

Transport Topics
March 12, 2019
Government, Business, Logistics, Top 100

Tennessee Panel OKs $10 Million for FedEx Project in Memphis

Gibson Guitar factory The former Gibson Guitar factory in Memphis. (Adrian Sainz/AP)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — A Tennessee panel has approved a $10 million economic development grant to establish the FedEx Logistics headquarters in downtown Memphis.

March 11, 2019
Government, Business, Logistics

Pelosi Says Trump Willing to Work With Dems on Infrastructure

Nancy Pelosi U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, speaks during a luncheon event at the Economic Club of Washington D.C. (Alex Edelman/Bloomberg News)

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said President Donald Trump “assured” her that they could work together on two bipartisan priorities: increasing infrastructure spending and reining in drug prices.

Anna Edgerton and Carlyann Edwards | Bloomberg News
March 8, 2019
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Fuel

2019 TMC Photo Gallery

Look back at photos from American Trucking Associations' 2019 Technology & Maintenance Council annual meeting at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, March 17-21.

Transport Topics
March 8, 2019
Government, Business, Safety

Railroad Representatives Petition FMCSA for HOS Exemption

A Cranemaster crane rerails some railcars. A Cranemaster crane returns some railcars to the rails. (Cranemasters Inc.)

Two companies and a trade association representing railroad employees have petitioned the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration for relief from certain hours-of-service rules.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
March 8, 2019
Government, Business, Safety

EPW Chairman John Barrasso Calls for Confirmation of FHWA Nominee Nicole Nason

John Barrasso Barrasso (Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg News)

Sen. John Barrasso, chairman of the Environment and Public Works Committee, pressed his colleagues to support the confirmation of Nicole Nason to lead the Federal Highway Administration.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
March 8, 2019
Government, Business

Hiring Plunges to 20,000 as Wage Gains Top Estimates

Job Fair Getty Images

U.S. hiring was the weakest in more than a year while wage gains were the fastest of the expansion and the unemployment rate fell, a possible sign that America’s jobs engine is starting to slow down. Treasuries rose while the dollar and stock futures fell.

Jeff Kearns | Bloomberg News
March 8, 2019
Government, Business, Technology, Safety, Autonomous

First Responders Work With Developers to ‘Teach’ Self-Driving Cars to Pull Over

Tesla Autopilot screen An instrument panel indicates Autopilot is active inside a Tesla Model S. (Christopher Goodney/Bloomberg)

What happens when police need to stop a driverless car?

Ira Boudway | Bloomberg News
March 8, 2019
Government, Business, Logistics

Trade War Leaves Pacific Northwest Port Growth at Risk

Port A United Grain Corp. employee stands on a ship. (Moriah Ratner/Bloomberg News)

An industry that saw dramatic growth in the 10 years before Donald Trump became president is now concerned his administration’s trade tussle with China, and the lack of a deal with Japan, will cut future growth short.

Shruti Singh | Bloomberg News
March 8, 2019
Government, Business

Housing Starts Rebound in January by More Than Forecast

Construction site Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg News

U.S. new-home construction rebounded by more than expected in January amid strength in single-family starts and a nine-month high for permits, signaling the market is stabilizing thanks to lower mortgage rates.

Katia Dmitrieva | Bloomberg News
March 8, 2019