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Transportation businesses face a host of dynamic risk issues that can significantly impact their financial and operational health. The news in this category focuses on the latest safety and security initiatives, resources and regulations and addresses topics that include fleet safety, claims administration, driver hiring and retention, risk management and compliance.

Government, Safety

Heidi King Renominated to Lead NHTSA

Heidi King C-SPAN

President Donald Trump on Jan. 16 nominated Heidi King to lead the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and also announced more nominees for senior roles at other agencies that oversee safety and commerce.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
January 18, 2019
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Autonomous

Presence of Autonomous Vehicles Felt in US

Autonomous Vehicles A Nuro vehicle. (Nuro via Facebook)

WASHINGTON — Technology is changing the transportation landscape as freight carriers move toward self-driving vehicles and public officials look for new ways to develop infrastructure and prepare for what could be a major shift in traffic patterns and driving behavior.

Daniel P. Bearth | Staff Writer
January 17, 2019
Government, Business, Technology, Safety

TRB Panelists Outline Benefits of Freight Data

Freight Data Eren Yuksel (Eleanor Lamb/Transport Topics)

WASHINGTON — Analyzing and visualizing data can help state departments of transportation and planning organizations better understand traffic flow, safety concerns and capacity needs, according to a group of panelists assembled at the Transportation Research Board’s annual meeting Jan. 16.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
January 17, 2019
Government, Business, Technology, Safety

Former Transportation Secretary Mary Peters Receives Lifetime Achievement Award

Mary Peters Peters (PhoenixChamber via YouTube)

WASHINGTON — Mary Peters, one of two secretaries of transportation during President George W. Bush’s tenure, was recognized with a lifetime achievement award at the annual meeting of the Transportation Research Board.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
January 16, 2019
Government, Technology, Safety

Innovation in DOTs Often Starts With On-the-Ground Employees, Experts Say

Mindy Heinkel “Who better to improve the work environments than the people who are out there on the road getting their boots dirty?” says Mindy Heinkel. (Eleanor Lamb/Transport Topics)

WASHINGTON— Transportation employees who work alongside roads and behind the wheels of maintenance vehicles can offer valuable perspectives on worthwhile projects, according to panelists gathered to discuss innovation at the Transportation Research Board’s annual meeting Jan. 15.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
January 15, 2019
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Fuel, Logistics, Autonomous

Capitol Agenda for the Week of Jan. 14: The Transportation Industry's Big 12

Graphic of TRB's Top 12 issues for policymakers 2019 Debra Devine/Transport Topics

Organizers for this year's gathering of the Transportation Research Board in Washington have come up with a list of a dozen topic areas that policymakers need to address to ensure a sustainable transportation network.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
January 15, 2019
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Autonomous

Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao Announces Proposal Covering Drone Operations

Chao Chao (Eleanor Lamb/Transport Topics)

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Transportation is ready to issue a new proposed rule that will allow more freedom for people operating drones, according to Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
January 14, 2019
Government, Business, Technology, Safety

TRB Leaders Unveil Critical Issues

TRB Leaders Katie Turnbull (Eleanor Lamb/Transport Topics)

WASHINGTON — Transportation Research Board executives unveiled their list of critical issues at the group’s annual meeting Jan. 14.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
January 14, 2019
Government, Business, Safety

Cathy Gautreaux Leaving FMCSA for NHTSA

Gautreaux Gautreaux (Eric Miller/Transport Topics)

Cathy Gautreaux, deputy administrator for the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, will be leaving the agency, an agency spokesman confirmed.

Transport Topics
January 11, 2019
Government, Technology, Equipment, Safety

Sen. Roger Wicker to Lead Commerce Committee in 116th Congress

Roger Wicker Wicker (Zach Gibson/Bloomberg News)

The Senate Republican caucus chose Mississippi Sen. Roger Wicker to lead the Commerce Committee in the 116th Congress. Wicker succeeds Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.), who was promoted to the role of assistant Republican leader.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
January 11, 2019

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