Business, Technology, TCA

Drones, Artificial Intelligence Creep Into Road Construction

A drone inspects a bridge MNDOT

High above the Balfour interchange on State Route 4 in Brentwood, Calif., a drone buzzes, its sensors keeping a close watch on the volumes of earth being moved to make way for a new highway bypass.

Erin Baldassari | East Bay Times
July 26, 2017
Government, Equipment, Fuel, TCA

Analysis: Reluctant States Raise Gas Taxes to Repair Roads

Foggy Gas Station Tim Vrtiska/Flickr

Motorists don’t like to pay more at the pump, and lawmakers worry that if they raise taxes on gasoline, they’ll be voted out of office.

Sophie Quinton |
July 26, 2017
Government, Business, Logistics, TCA

Cargo Activity at Illinois Airport Jumps 39% as UPS, Amazon Flights Increase

Amazon Plane Chicago Rockford International Airport

More jobs and cash have landed at Chicago Rockford International Airport, where cargo volume is up nearly 40% for the first six months of the year compared with the first half of 2016.

Isaac Guerrero | Rockford (Ill.) Register Star
July 26, 2017
Government, TCA

Idaho Man Pleads Guilty to Making Thousands of False Statements to FMCSA

A 27-year-old Kuna, Idaho, man pleaded guilty July 24 to making thousands of false statements to the U.S. Department of Transportation.

Ruth Brown | The Idaho Statesman
July 25, 2017
Government, Business, TCA

‘Architect’ of Pilot Flying J Fuel Rebate Scam Strikes Deal to Plead, Cooperate

Pilot Flying J Headquarters raymondclarkeimages/Flickr

The man dubbed by the FBI as the architect of the diesel fuel rebate scam by executives of the nation’s largest truck stop chain has struck a deal to confess, court records show.

Jamie Satterfield | Knoxville (Tenn.) News-Sentinel
July 25, 2017
Government, Safety, TCA

Minnesota’s Riskiest Spans Repaired a Decade After Fatal I-35W Bridge Collapse

Aging bridge in Minnesota An aging bridge in Minnesota. (Matt Zaske)

Minnesota has repaired or replaced about 120 bridges in the past decade as part of a special funding program authorized after an Interstate 35W span plunged into the Mississippi River, killing 13 people and injuring 145 others.

Janet Moore and MaryJo Webster | Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
July 24, 2017
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, TCA

House Panel Approves Self-Driving Measure That Pre-empts State Regulations

Daimler Future Truck Daimler's Future Truck, an autonomous vehicle, or AV. (Daimler AG)

The U.S. House Subcommittee on Digital Commerce and Consumer Protection unanimously approved a legislative markup July 19 to advance self-driving vehicle technology. Navigating the autonomous vehicle landscape has been difficult because of the traditional boundaries it breaks.

Ryan McCauley | Government Technology magazine
July 24, 2017
Government, Business, TCA

With Two Industrial Parks on the Horizon, Illinois County Hopes to Adopt Freight Plan

With proposals for two large scale industrial parks in the works — in Crete, Ill. and Elwood, Ill. — Will County officials say they hope their soon-to-be-adopted Community Friendly Freight Mobility Plan will help local leaders minimize the impacts of these sizable projects.

July 24, 2017
Government, Business, TCA

Port Panama City Moves Forward on New East Terminal

Panama City Port Panama City Port Authority

The Panama City Port Authority on July 20 moved forward with plans for its new East Terminal.

July 24, 2017
Business, TCA

FedEx Announces Retirement of Legal Chief Christine Richards

FedEx Corp.’s chief legal officer, Christine Richards, is retiring Sept. 30.

Wayne Risher | The Commercial Appeal (Memphis, Tenn.)
July 21, 2017