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Trucking Industry's Great Work in 2020 Will Pay Dividends in 2021, ATA’s Spear Says

Chris Spear ATA President Chris Spear testifies on Capitol Hill last February. In a recent interview with Transport Topics Radio, Spear said 2020 was a defining year for trucking. (Ways & Means Committee via YouTube)

The trucking industry’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic has brought with it a boost in public perception that will endure for years to come, American Trucking Associations President Chris Spear told Transport Topics.

Dan Ronan | Associate News Editor
December 28, 2020
Government, Business, Technology, Safety

Oregon Commission Approves $2.2 Billion for Transportation Improvement Program

Oregon Trucks travel on Interstate 5 outside Albany, Ore. (Oregon Department of Transportation)

The Oregon Transportation Commission approved an initial plan to invest approximately $2.2 billion in future projects through the Statewide Transportation Improvement Program.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
December 28, 2020
Government, Business, Safety, Logistics

Effect of COVID-19 on Trucking Monopolizes 2020 Top 10 Stories

Truck passing under sign thanking truck drivers on road The pandemic dominated the top 10 stories of 2020. Truckers' efforts in helping the country move forward received a lot of attention as well. (shaunl/Getty Images)

Here are the 10 most-read stories on the Transports Topics website in 2020, based on Google Analytics. Unsurprisingly, COVID-19 dominated the headlines.

December 26, 2020
Government, Business, Safety

Brent Spence Bridge Reopens Ahead of Schedule

Brent Spence Bridge Completed Brent Spence Bridge project by Kentucky Transportation Cabinet via YouTube

Transportation officials opened the newly repaired Brent Spence Bridge connecting Ohio and Kentucky on Dec. 22, one day ahead of schedule.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
December 23, 2020
Government, Business, Safety, Logistics

Wreaths Across America Day Takes Place With Help of Trucking Industry

Girl kneels next to stone during Wreaths Across America Day 2020 A girl kneels next to a tombstone at Arlington National Cemetery during Wreaths Across America Day on Dec. 19, 2020. (Susan Patton/Wreaths Across America)

The final resting places of 1.7 million American veterans were adorned with holiday wreaths this year as organizers of the annual Wreaths Across America Day worked to ensure the nation’s fallen received this honor despite challenges presented by the pandemic.

Dan Ronan | Associate News Editor
December 22, 2020
Government, Business, Technology, Safety, Logistics, Autonomous

Maryland Framework Offers Connected, Automated Vehicle Guide

Fort McHenry toll plaza in Maryland Traffic at the Fort McHenry toll plaza on Interstate 95 in Maryland. (Maryland Transportation Authority)

With an eye toward the future of transportation technology, Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan released the state’s Connected and Automated Vehicle Strategic Framework.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
December 22, 2020
Government, Business, Equipment, Safety, Fuel

Colorado Partners Release Truck Safety Video for I-70 Travel

Interstate 70 Hanging Lake Tunnel near Glenwood Springs, Colorado A look at the eastbound entrance to of the Interstate 70 Hanging Lake Tunnel near Glenwood Springs, Colo. (Willowpix/Getty Images)

As a way to educate truckers, the Colorado Department of Transportation released a video on the challenges and best practices associated with navigating Interstate 70’s mountainous terrain.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
December 18, 2020
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Fuel, Logistics, Autonomous

Year in Review: COVID-19, Infrastructure, Regulations Dominate 2020

Truckers Drivers stand with ATA President Chris Spear (third from left), Trump and DOT chief Elaine Chao (right) during a celebration of truckers. (Jeremy Kirkpatrick/American Trucking Associations)

The memory of 2020 will be forever linked to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
December 18, 2020
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Fuel, Logistics

Year in Review: Trucking Emerges Strong After Challenging 2020

Pfizer vaccines loaded on truck Boxes containing the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine are loaded onto a truck for shipping at the Pfizer Global Supply Kalamazoo manufacturing plant in Portage, Mich., on Dec. 13. (Morry Gash, Pool/AP)

Trucking emerged from one of the most challenging years on record strong and battle-tested, as robust freight demand propelled by soaring demand for consumer goods amid the coronavirus pandemic boosted spot rates and lifted financial results for many publicly traded fleets.

Roger Gilroy | Senior Reporter
December 18, 2020
Government, Business, Safety

Asked and Answered: FMCSA Experts Address HOS Questions

Trucker looking at ELD While operating under the shorthaul exception, drivers are not required to fill out a log with a graph grid or use an electronic logging device; they can use a time record instead. (MiX Telematics)

FMCSA officials addressed concerns related to the final rule on hours-of-service regulations during an online question-and-answer session on the final rule Dec. 17.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
December 18, 2020

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