Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Logistics, Autonomous

Capitol Agenda for the Week of Oct. 1: T&I Chairmanship and the Elephants in the Room

Reps. Sam Graves (left) and Jeff Denham Republican Reps. Sam Graves of Missouri (left) and Jeff Denham of California. (Eleanor Lamb/Transport Topics)

The two Republicans vying for the chairmanship of the transportation panel in the House say they will make it a priority to craft legislation aimed at rebuilding the country’s roads and bridges. Here's a look at the week ahead for trucking on Capitol Hill.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
October 1, 2018
Government, Business

Trump Clinches Rebranded NAFTA as Canada Joins Pact With Mexico

Trucks at border Jorge Duenes/Reuters

U.S. President Donald Trump is set to sign a successor to the North American Free Trade Agreement that will revise a deal he once called a “disaster,” easing uncertainty for companies reliant on tariff-free commerce.

Bloomberg News
October 1, 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

Commodities Market Absorbs Another Quarterly Loss

Gold Bloomberg News

Commodities just posted the longest losing streak in more than three years, and analysts and investors are giving conflicting signals over whether the worst is over.

Marvin G Perez and Susanne Barton | Bloomberg News
October 1, 2018
Government, Business, Technology, Fuel

Tesla’s Elon Musk Out as Chairman, Stays as CEO in SEC Settlement

Tesla's Elon Musk Tesla's Elon Musk (Patrick T. Fallon/Bloomberg News)

Elon Musk will give up the role of Tesla Inc. chairman and pay a $20 million penalty to settle fraud charges brought by the U.S. over his claims about taking the company private.

Dana Hull and Ben Bain | Bloomberg News
September 29, 2018

Trump Signs Spending Plan, Avoids Government Shutdown

Donald Trump Olivier Douliery/Abaca Press/TCA

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump signed an $854 billion spending bill Sept. 28 to keep the federal government open through Dec. 7, averting a government shutdown in the weeks leading up to November’s pivotal midterm elections.

Jill Colvin and Catherine Lucey | Associated Press
September 28, 2018
Government, Business

US Stocks See Best Quarterly Gain in Five Years

Stock wall photo Kiyoshi Ota/Bloomberg News

U.S. stocks ended virtually unchanged to cap the best quarterly advance in five years.

Jeremy Herron and Sarah Ponczek | Bloomberg News
September 28, 2018
Government, Business, Technology

Senate Commerce Committee to Review Positive Train Controls Oct. 3

Commuters board a Caltrain car at the transit station in Millbrae, Calif. Commuters board a Caltrain car at the transit station in Millbrae, Calif. (Jeff Chiu/AP)

A U.S. Senate panel on Oct. 3 will review the progress of railroads’ implementation of automatic braking technology.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
September 28, 2018
Government, Business, Fuel

Oil Industry Money Pours Into Fight Over Washington Carbon Fee

Petroleum plant Ted S. Warren/Associated Press

A campaign bankrolled by the oil industry has raised $20.46 million to defeat a carbon-pollution fee on the ballot in Washington state aiming at tackling climate change.

Phuong Le | Associated Press
September 28, 2018
Government, Technology, Fuel

Consumer Spending Up 0.3% in August

Consumer Chuck Burton/Associated Press

U.S. consumer spending edged up a moderate 0.3% in August, the smallest gain in six months, as sales of cars and other durable goods fell.

Martin Crutsinger | Associated Press
September 28, 2018
Government, Business, Technology

Tesla Tumbles Most Since 2015 on Worry About a Musk-Free Future

Elon Musk Carla Gottgens/Bloomberg News

It is nearly impossible to imagine Tesla Inc. without Elon Musk, its chairman, CEO, largest shareholder and public face. But a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission lawsuit has raised questions about the executive’s future at the clean-energy company, sending shares spiraling.

Dana Hull Keith Naughton and David Welch | Bloomberg News
September 28, 2018