Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety

DOT IG to Audit FRA Vehicle-Train Collision Data

Vehicle-Train Collision Shutterstock

Citing a persistent increase in the number of vehicle-train collisions at highway-rail grade crossings in recent years, the Department of Transportation Office of Inspector General has informed the Federal Railroad Administration that it is conducting an audit of the agency’s incident data.

Eric Miller | Staff Reporter
September 5, 2018
Government, Business, Safety

AFL-CIO’s Richard Trumka: Trump Inactive on Infrastructure

Richard Trumka Trumka. (Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg News)

President Donald Trump’s inaction on a long-term infrastructure plan has been detrimental to the country’s labor force, a key national union labor leader recently said on Fox News Sunday.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
September 4, 2018
Government, Business, Equipment, Safety

Truckers to Call for More Safety Measures on Alaska’s Dalton Highway

Dalton Highway A view of Dalton Highway. (Alaska Department of Transportation)

Representatives of the Alaskan trucking community plan to call for improved maintenance efforts along Dalton Highway, a harrowing route in the northeastern part of the state that became the site of a driver’s fatal crash Aug. 24.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
September 4, 2018
Business, Safety, TCA

Truck Driver Shortage Constrains Booming Texas Oil Fields

Driver shortage in Texas oil fields Trucks parked near Pecos, Texas. Thousands of drivers are needed in the Texas oil fields. The driver shortage is pinching the production boom there. (Callaghan O'Hare/Bloomberg News)

In the busy oil fields south of San Antonio, some big rig trucks sit empty.

Mark Collette | Houston Chronicle
August 31, 2018
Government, Business, Equipment, Safety

DOJ, Trailer Manufacturers Argue Over Regulations

Trailer Manufacturers A C.R. England Inc. trailer. (Stemco)

Attorneys for the U.S. Department of Justice and trailer manufacturers are sparring in court over just how much information the government should provide in a lawsuit about whether truck trailers should for the first time be subject to federal emissions requirements.

Eric Miller | Staff Reporter
August 30, 2018
Government, Safety

AASHTO Announces 12 America’s Transportation Awards Finalists

America's Transportation Awards The Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge Replacement Project in progress. (Caltrans via Youtube)

The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials has revealed which 12 transportation projects have entered the final phase of the America’s Transportation Awards competition.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
August 30, 2018
Government, Business, Safety

Mid-America States Receive AASHTO Transportation Awards

Missouri I65 Interstate 65 in Missouri. (Counselman Collection/Flickr)

Five Midwestern states recently earned awards from the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials for outstanding transportation projects.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
August 30, 2018
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Fuel

Aperia Offers Chrome Wheel Cover Option

Chrome Wheel Cover Aperia's Carter speaks during an industry tradeshow in 2017. (Joseph Terry/Transport Topics)

Aperia Technologies Inc., a supplier of tire-inflation technologies for commercial vehicle tractors and trailers, announced the release of a new chrome cover for the Halo Tire Inflator.

Transport Topics
August 30, 2018
Government, Business, Safety, Fuel

Drowning in Dirty Water, Permian Seeks $22 Billion Lifeline

Permian Workers connect drill bits and collars used to extract petroleum on a drilling rig in the Permian Basin outside of Midland, Texas. (Brittany Sowacke/Bloomberg News)

In the dry, dusty plains of West Texas, home to America’s most prolific oil play, the problem isn’t too little water, it’s too much of it.

David Wethe and Kevin Crowley | Bloomberg News
August 30, 2018
Government, Business, Technology, Safety

FMCSA Making Progress as It Evaluates Possible CSA Changes, but Concerns Linger

FMCSA's Joe DeLorenzo, left, and Ray Martinez FMCSA's Joe DeLorenzo, left, and Ray Martinez (Eric Miller/Transport Topics)

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration officials held their first public meeting Aug. 30 to drill down on portions of their action plan to evaluate possible sweeping future changes to the Compliance, Safety, Accountability program’s Safety Measurement System used to identify motor carriers at high risk for future crashes.

Eric Miller | Staff Reporter
August 29, 2018