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FCC Considers Taking Away Spectrum Used by Transportation Industry

Ajit Pai, FCC chairman FCC Chairman Ajit Pai. (Evan Vucci/Associated Press)

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai wants to slash, or even end, public- and private-sector transportation interests’ exclusive access to a slice of spectrum known as Dedicated Short Range Communications.

Roger Gilroy | Staff Reporter
November 25, 2019
Government, Business, Safety, Logistics

Los Angeles Feasibility Study Will Look at Congestion Pricing

View of Los Angeles at dusk Los Angeles is listed three times on the American Transportation Research Institute’s truck bottlenecks report, which was unveiled Feb. 12. (Getty Images)

Los Angeles has joined the metropolitan areas that are exploring congestion pricing systems.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
November 25, 2019
Government, Business, Safety, Fuel

US House Transportation Committee Advances Pipeline Safety Bill

oil pipeline An oil pipeline. The House Energy and Commerce Committee advanced the measure Nov. 19. (Getty Images)

Legislation that aims to enhance safety across pipeline systems, as well as tackle concerns related to climate change, recently was advanced by a panel in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
November 25, 2019
Government, Business, Technology, Safety

FMCSA to Announce Two-Year Delay in Implementing ELDT Rule

Truck Training America student driver practices behind the wheel A Truck Training America student practices behind the wheel at the Truck Training America commercial driving school in Shepherdsville, Ky. (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

Federal trucking regulators are nearing completion of a formal notice that they plan to delay implementation of the Entry Level Driver Training rule by up to two years after it was set to go into effect on a limited basis Feb. 7.

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
November 25, 2019
Business, Technology, Safety, Autonomous, TCA

Partially Autonomous Truck Undergoes Tests in Illinois

Autobon A view from "behind the wheel" of a past Autobon AI test at the Chicagoland Speedway. (Autobon AI via Youtube)

Krystian Gebis did not have to keep his hands on the wheel when he operated a specially modified Peterbilt semi truck along a test track last month. The steering wheel turned by itself.

Mary Wisniewski | Chicago Tribune
November 25, 2019
Government, Business, Safety, Logistics

For Hemp Transporters, Idaho Roads May Resemble Obstacle Course

Idaho Gov. Brad Little Idaho Gov. Brad Little by Otto Kitsinger/Associated Press

Idaho Republican Gov. Brad Little has issued an executive order that will permit motor carriers to transport hemp through the state that in recent months has been a risky proposition for truck drivers.

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
November 22, 2019
Government, Business, Safety, TCA

Bill Would Let Amtrak Sue Freight Railroads

Amtrak train Ron Antonelli/Bloomberg

CARBONDALE, Ill. — U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) introduced legislation Nov. 21 that would extend to Amtrak the ability to sue freight railroads if it believes that they are failing to give preference to passenger rail operating on their rail lines, as federal law requires.

Molly Parker | The Southern Illinoisan (Carbondale)
November 22, 2019
Business, Technology, Safety, Autonomous

Waymo Offers Autonomous Car Guide for First Responders

Waymo vehicle and first responders Waymo via YouTube

PHOENIX — Google spinoff Waymo is trying to educate emergency responders on how to deal with its autonomous vehicles.

November 22, 2019
Business, Equipment, Safety

Treatments, Tools Help Fleets Battle Corrosion, Snow Accumulation

A. Duie Pyle truck moves underneath a snow scraper Less-than-truckload carrier A. Duie Pyle uses snow-removal equipment from Scraper Systems to clear the top of a trailer. (A. Duie Pyle)

Snow and ice, as well as the chemicals used to keep highways clear, can bring additional challenges to fleets during winter months.

Mindy Long | Special to Transport Topics
November 22, 2019
Business, Equipment, Safety

Fleets Take Precautions to Keep Equipment Running in Extreme Weather

Winter Weather A Ryder truck gets fuel on a snowy day. (Ryder System Inc.)

As temperatures drop, drivers and technicians have to take extra precautions to ensure equipment operates properly and everyone remains safe.

Mindy Long | Special to Transport Topics
November 22, 2019