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Government, Business, Technology, Safety, Autonomous

Gov. Bruce Rauner Establishes ‘Autonomous Illinois’ Initiative

Traffic heading into downtown Chicago Traffic heads into downtown Chicago. (Shutterstock)

Gov. Bruce Rauner has directed the Illinois Department of Transportation to establish the “Autonomous Illinois” initiative with the goal of providing a venue to research and test emerging safety technologies.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
October 29, 2018
Government, Business

Missouri Measure Could Unclog Cargo Routes

Cargo Routes An Estes Express Truck on the Mississippi River Bridge on I-70 in St. Louis. (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

A trucker who regularly drives throughout Missouri said Proposition D is an important step in easing freight movement on increasingly congested routes.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
October 29, 2018
Government, Business, Technology, Autonomous

Podcast Debut: ‘RoadSigns’ Tackles Autonomous

RoadSigns podcast

Welcome to the inaugural episode of Transport Topics' new podcast: RoadSigns. Our debut episode focuses on how the trucking industry’s steady and ongoing development of autonomous technology may someday affect truck drivers. Click to listen!

Transport Topics
June 11, 2018
Government, Business, Safety

Proposed Colorado Projects Could Ease Flow of Freight

Colorado Projects Traffic backs up on Interstate 70 near Silvethorne, Colo. (Thomas Peipert/Associated Press)

Although the Colorado Motor Carriers Association is publicly neutral on Propositions 109 and 110, Vice President Patti Gillette acknowledges that the projects recommended would ease congestion and improve safety.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
October 29, 2018
Government, Business, Safety

California Trucking Chief: Freight Projects Could Be Hurt by Fuel Tax Hike Repeal

Fuel Tax Hike Repeal Containerships dock at the Port of Los Angeles. (Tim Rue/Bloomberg News)

Repealing the fuel tax hike enacted last year as part of the Road Repair and Accountability Act would mean stripping funding for key projects along some of California’s most important freight corridors, according to California Trucking Association CEO Shawn Yadon.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
October 29, 2018
Government, Business, Safety

Transportation Funding Questions to Appear on State Midterm Ballots

Transportation Funding Questions Traffic sits on Interstate 5 in Sacramento, Calif. (Max Whittaker/Bloomberg News)

As midterm elections draw near, voters in several states will face ballot questions related to transportation revenue at the polls Nov. 6.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
October 29, 2018
Government, Business

TAEC Leadership Award Goes to Arkansas Trucking Association President Shannon Newton

Arkansas Trucking Association President Shannon Newton Shannon Newton, president of the Arkansas Trucking Association and recipient of the TEAC Leadership Award. (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

AUSTIN, Texas — Shannon Newton, president of the Arkansas Trucking Association, received American Trucking Associations’ President’s Trucking Association Executives Council Leadership Award on Oct. 29, during the federation’s Management Conference & Exhibition here.

Eric Miller | Staff Reporter
October 29, 2018
Government, Business, Safety

Infrastructure Failing as Funding Remains Elusive, Experts Say

Infrastructure Failing Crete's Tonn Ostergard (left), ATRI's Rebecca Brewster and ATA's Bob Costello address the crowd during an education session. (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

AUSTIN, Texas — The Highway Trust Fund, struggling to stay relevant amid a shifting transportation environment, can be fixed with more money flowing in from fuel sales, trucking industry experts said as they advocated for repairing and expanding the nation’s infrastructure.

Roger Gilroy | Staff Reporter
October 29, 2018
Government, Business, Equipment, Safety, Fuel

EPA Honors 21 ATA Members With SmartWay Excellence Awards

AUSTIN, Texas — Twenty-one American Trucking Associations members received the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s SmartWay Excellence Award.

Eric Miller | Staff Reporter
October 29, 2018
Government, Business, Equipment

Peterbilt Announces Updates to Paccar Engines

Peterbilt exhibit at MCE Joe Howard/Transport Topics

AUSTIN, Texas — Peterbilt Motors Co. announced from the American Trucking Associations Management Conference & Exhibition here that it will offer two new ratings on the MX-13 engine for the 2019 model year: a 455-horsepower “multitorque” version with variable torque ratings of 1,650 and 1,850 pound-feet, and a 405-horsepower version with 1,650 pound-feet of torque.

Joe Howard | Executive Editor
October 29, 2018
Government

Democrats Look to Push Infrastructure Plan if They Retake House

Truck on Bridge John Taggart/Bloomberg News

Democrats are planning to pursue a major U.S. transportation and infrastructure measure if they retake control of the U.S. House in the Nov. 6 midterm elections, but the same question that helped stall Donald Trump’s trillion-dollar initiative remains: How would it be funded?

Mark Niquette and Alan Levin | Bloomberg News
October 29, 2018

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