Government, Business, Fuel, TCA

Oregon Considers Making VMT Fee Mandatory

Oregon Traffic on Interstate 5 in Oregon. (Oregon DOT via Flickr)

Oregon lawmakers are considering a bill that would require owners of new, fuel-efficient cars and trucks pay a fee for every mile they drive beginning in 2026.

Andrew Theen |
April 21, 2021
Business, Technology, Top 100, TCA

FedEx Close to a Deal to Lease Site North of Seattle

FedEx FedEx Express cargo aircraft at the company's main hub in Memphis, Tenn. (FedEx Corp.)

Boeing is close to finalizing a deal to transfer the lease of its Dreamlifter Operations Center at Paine Field in Everett, Wash., to air cargo carrier FedEx Corp., according to a document reviewed by the Seattle Times that outlines terms of the discussion.

Dominic Gates | The Seattle Times
April 20, 2021
Business, Safety, TCA

Truck Driver Has Quite a Fish Story to Tell

Fish hits truck driver's windshield A bird drops its payload and a fish smacks into the windshield of a Ward Transport truck. (Ward Transport via Twitter)

An unlucky fish saw bad go to worse when it was caught by a hungry bird, dropped from the sky and landed on the windshield of a moving truck on Interstate 73 in North Carolina. See the video.

Mark Price | The Charlotte (N.C.) Observer
April 19, 2021
Government, Business, TCA

Port Manatee Sees Record Container Cargo Business

Port Manatee in Florida Manatee County Port Authority

PORT MANATEE, Fla. — In spite of the COVID-19 pandemic, Port Manatee is experiencing a boom in business with containerized cargo trade increasing nearly 74% in the six months ending March 31, compared to the same period a year earlier.

James A. Jones Jr. | The Bradenton (Fla.) Herald
April 16, 2021
Business, Technology, Autonomous, TCA

Cruise to Operate Autonomous Vehicle in Dubai

Cruise vehicle Cruise vehicle by Stephen Brashear for Cruise

DETROIT — Autonomous electric shuttles slated to be built in Detroit will be on the streets of Dubai after an agreement between self-driving company Cruise, which is largely owned by General Motors Co., and Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority.

April 13, 2021
Business, Technology, Autonomous, TCA

Domino’s Uses Nuro Vehicles for Autonomous Delivery in Houston

Domino's Nuro Domino’s and Nuro launched autonomous pizza delivery in Houston. (Domino's/Nuro)

Domino’s, the world’s largest pizza company, on April 12 began offering autonomous pizza delivery services to select customers in Houston through a partnership with self-driving delivery vehicle company Nuro.

Erik Bascome | Staten Island Advance, N.Y.
April 13, 2021
Business, Logistics, Top 100, TCA

Covenant Realigns Top Management

Covenant truck Covenant Transport

Covenant Transportation Group Inc. is realigning its senior management team at its Chattanooga, Tenn., headquarters three years after making its biggest purchase in the company’s 35-year history.

April 12, 2021
Government, Business, Technology, Autonomous, TCA

Why Remote Control Isn’t Required for Self-Driving Vehicles

 General Motors' Cruise AV, an autonomous electric vehicle, on display in Detroit in January 2019. (Paul Sancya/AP) GM's Cruise has logged more miles than many other autonomous companies testing the vehicles on California roads. (Paul Sancya/Associated Press)

WASHINGTON — As autonomous vehicle testing advances without cohesive federal guidelines, companies are operating under inconsistent or nonexistent rules for how and whether a vehicle is monitored and controlled on the road.

April 7, 2021
Business, Technology, Logistics, Autonomous, Top 100, TCA

UPS Orders Electric Aircraft to Transport Cargo Between Facilities

An artist rendering of a UPS electric Vertical Takeoff and Landing aircraft. An artist rendering of an electric Vertical Takeoff and Landing aircraft. (UPS Inc.)

UPS Inc. is ordering 10 electric aircraft that are designed to take off and land like a helicopter, allowing it to fly cargo directly between its facilities in small markets and bypass airports.

Kelly Yamanouchi | The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
April 7, 2021
Government, Business, Logistics, TCA

Georgia Ports Authority OKs $205 Million for Savannah Expansion

A containership operated by Cosco moves toward the Port of Savannah's Garden City Terminal in May 2017. A containership operated by Cosco moves toward the Port of Savannah's Garden City Terminal in May 2017. (J. Scott Trubey/The Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

The board of the Georgia Ports Authority voted March 29 to spend $205 million to expand the Savannah facility, adding to $100 million authorized several months ago.

Michael E. Kanell | The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
March 30, 2021