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Business, Safety, Government

Railroads, Transport Union Reach Accord

U.S. freight railroads have reached a tentative contract with about 81,000 workers represented by the United Transportation Union, Bloomberg reported Thursday.

January 24, 2008
Government, Business, Safety, Fuel

Maine Suspends Some Weight Restrictions Due to Fuel Prices

Maine Gov. John Baldacci (D) signed a bill to temporarily allow trucks hauling forest products to exceed state weight limits by 5% in hopes of helping them offset high fuel prices, the Associated Press reported.

January 23, 2008
Business, Logistics, Technology, Equipment, Safety

Descartes Acquires Fluensee’s MobiTrac

Canadian Logistics software provider Descartes Systems Group said it has acquired Fluensee Inc.’s MobiTrac fleet management business.

January 22, 2008
Business, Government, Safety, Logistics, Technology, Equipment, Autonomous

Panel Urges Infrastructure Overhaul

WASHINGTON — In a controversial report calling for huge new spending on the national transportation system, a congressional commission last week made several recommendations that would affect trucking, including new flexibility in the federal driver hours-of-service rule in congestion-prone areas.

January 21, 2008
Business, Safety, Government

DOT’s Peters Disavows Commission’s Proposals

WASHINGTON — A congressional report calling for a huge new federal investment in transportation infrastructure financed by hefty tax increases brought sharp opposition from Republicans, including Transportation Secretary Mary Peters, who led the commission.

January 21, 2008
Business, Safety

Rail, Intermodal Traffic Gain

Dan De Los Monteros for TT

Rail carload and intermodal traffic rose for week ended Saturday compared with a year ago, the Association of American Railroads said.

January 17, 2008
Business, Safety, Government

Fed ‘Beige Book’ Cites Softer Freight Volumes

Economic activity increased modestly from of mid-November through early January, although demand for transportation services was generally weak, the Federal Reserve said.

January 17, 2008
Business, Safety, Government to Close for Holiday, Inauguration Day

Transport Topics Online will be closed Monday, Jan. 19, for Martin Luther King Jr. Day, and Tuesday, Jan. 20, due to the presidential inauguration. Please check back on Wednesday, Jan. 21, for the latest trucking and freight transportation news.

January 16, 2008
Business, Safety, Government, Equipment

Letters to the Editor: HOS, Owner-Operators, Driver Training, Traffic Jams

I think everyone is becoming tired of the continued drama from the hours-of-service debacle. Does the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration really believe they can reissue the same rules the courts have thrown out twice and they will now be accepted?

January 16, 2008
Government, Business, Safety, Fuel, Autonomous

EPA Completes Draft ‘Greenhouse’ Regs

The Environmental Protection Agency has completed its draft of new regulations to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions from cars and trucks, Bloomberg reported.

January 16, 2008