Government, Safety, Fuel, TCA

Bill to Reshape Colorado Oil, Gas Regulations Coming Soon, Democrats Say

fracking Fracking taking place in Colorado. (Matthew Staver/Bloomberg News)

Tighter rules on Colorado oil and gas development struck out at the ballot box in November and at the state Supreme Court in January. Now, Democrats, who control the Legislature, plan to introduce a sweeping bill to redefine the Colorado Oil & Gas Conservation Commission’s mission to emphasize public health and safety.

Conrad Swanson | The Gazette (Colorado Springs, Colo.)
February 25, 2019
Government, Business, Safety, TCA

Caltrans Scrambles to Hire Road Maintenance Workers

Construction site Traffic moves on the old Gerald Desmond Bridge next to its replacement bridge under construction in Long Beach, Calif. (Jae C. Hong/Associated Press)

Caltrans will consider hiring nearly anyone for 333 maintenance jobs it is trying to fill. The transportation department is on a spree to hire enough workers to improve road upkeep as called for in a 2017 gas tax bill that in November survived an initiative that would have repealed it.

Wes Venteicher | The Sacramento Bee (Sacramento, Calif.)
February 19, 2019
Business, Logistics, TCA

Port Tampa Bay Soon Will Welcome Largest Cargo Ships in Port History

Tampa CMA CGM ship that will be coming to Port Tampa Bay. (Port Tampa Bay)

The biggest containerships ever seen in Tampa Bay will begin making weekly calls at Port Tampa Bay from Asia starting in May, port officials announced Feb. 19.

Richard Danielson | Tampa Bay Times (St. Petersburg, Fla.)
February 19, 2019
Business, Technology, Equipment, TCA

Toyota Acquires Chicago-based Hoist Liftruck

Hoist Hoist Liftruck Manufacturing

Toyota Industries North America has acquired Chicago-based Hoist Liftruck Manufacturing. The company will be renamed Hoist Material Handling.

The Times | Munster, Ind.
February 19, 2019
Government, Business, Logistics, Top 50, TCA

XPO Denies Memphis Plant Closing Is Retaliation

XPO Logistics XPO Logistics

XPO Logistics Inc. confirmed Feb. 14 that it will close a facility in Memphis, Tenn., where some employees have made allegations of pregnancy discrimination and sexual harassment, and the next day CEO Brad Jacobs said a customer's request prompted the decision.

Paul Schott | Connecticut Post (Bridgeport, Conn.)
February 19, 2019
Government, Business, Safety, TCA

Trucking Companies Question Pennsylvania Travel Ban Citations

Truck Elaine Thompson/Associated Press

DUNMORE, Pa. — State police issued more than 800 citations statewide to drivers violating the commercial vehicle ban during the Feb. 12 winter storm. Troopers say they were strongly enforcing the ban as a way to prevent crashes and keep highways clear.

WNEPTV | WilkesBarre Pa
February 15, 2019
Government, Safety, TCA

Ohio DOT Chief Paints Dire Picture of State’s Infrastructure Funding

Ohio Construction taking place along Interstate 270 in Ohio. (Ohio DOT)

The state transportation director gave Ohio lawmakers a blunt assessment of Ohio’s road construction money situation Feb. 13, and it wasn’t pretty.

Jim Siegel | The Dispatch (Columbus, Ohio)
February 13, 2019
Business, Safety, TCA

Pennsylvania Trucker Quietly Goes About Amassing More Than 2 Million Safe Miles

group International Foodservice Distributors Association

Some people talk a good game, but that doesn’t describe Tim Palkovic. Ask the 60-year-old driver for Curtze Food Service what makes him a good truck driver, and he laughs a little as his silver Freightliner rolls down Interstate 90, headed west and home after a night pulling a pair of 28-foot trailers from Erie to Buffalo, N.Y., to Kenmore, N.Y., and back to Erie.

Jim Martin | Erie, Pa. Times-News
February 11, 2019
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Fuel, Logistics, Autonomous, TCA

Robot Package Delivery Trucks Developed in Detroit Ready for China, US

Quadrobot CEO and Chairman Mike Wang Quadrobot CEO and Chairman Mike Wang via Detroit Free Press/Tribune Content Agency

Looking like a delegation of toasters from space, a generation of electrically powered, self-driving mail trucks will roll out of a suburban Detroit industrial park later this year. Their mission: Revolutionize mail and package delivery.

Mark Phelan | Detroit Free Press
February 11, 2019
Business, Technology, Logistics, TCA

Tesla to Cut 1,000 Jobs Starting March 20

Tesla Elon Musk at Tesla headquarters in Palo Alto, Calif. (David Paul Morris/Bloomberg News)

Tesla’s Fremont factory will be the hardest hit in California by the global job cuts the electric vehicle maker announced last month.

Levi Sumagaysay | The Mercury News (San Jose, Calif.)
February 8, 2019