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Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Logistics

Capitol Agenda for the Week of Nov. 12: Honoring Those Who Served Our Nation

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Robbie Roth of FedEx Freight knows well the bonds that are created by serving in the military and working in the trucking industry.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
November 13, 2018

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RoadSigns podcast

Check out the latest podcast episodes of our RoadSigns and LiveOnWeb programs. Episode 1 of our Season Intersession of RoadSigns, "How Does Congress Say Trucking," is now available. Check back here often as new content is always being added!

Transport Topics
October 22, 2018
Government, Business, Technology

EPA Plans to Review Nitrogen Oxide Emissions Standard for Heavy Trucks

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WASHINGTON — U.S. Environmental Protection Agency officials announced Nov. 13 they have begun an environmental review to reduce nitrogen oxide emissions from heavy-duty truck engines.

Eric Miller | Staff Reporter
November 13, 2018
Business, Technology

Idelic Raises $2 Million in Round Led by Bain Capital Ventures

Idelic, a Pittsburgh-based data and analytics platform for improving transportation industry safety, has closed a $2 million financing round, the company announced in a press release Nov. 9. The round was led by Bain Capital Ventures, with TDF Ventures and SaaS Venture Capital accompanying.

Transport Topics
November 13, 2018
Business, Technology, Logistics, TCA

Amazon Air Takes Delivery of 40th Cargo Plane

Amazon Prime Plane Ted S. Warren/Associated Press on Nov. 12 took delivery of the 40th and final plane in a lease deal for its expanding air-cargo operation. More may be on the way. A senior executive at an aircraft lessor said Amazon was shopping around for more Boeing 767 freighters and had put out a request for proposals for an additional six jets earlier this year.

Matt Day and Dominic Gates | The Seattle Times
November 13, 2018
Business, Technology

VTNA, Trimble to Collaborate on Fleet Management, Maintenance

Volvo truck on display John Sommers II for Transport Topics

Volvo Trucks North America entered into a memorandum of understanding with Trimble Transportation Enterprise to develop future transportation management and fleet maintenance products and services.

Transport Topics
November 13, 2018
Business, Technology, Logistics

TorQuest Partners Invests in Cando Rail

TorQuest Partners, a Toronto-based midmarket private equity firm, has invested in Cando Rail Services Ltd. of Brandon, Manitoba.

Transport Topics
November 13, 2018
Business, Technology, Logistics

Amazon Delivery Centers Look to Bridge the Last Mile

Amazon Delivery Van Ted S. Warren/Associated Press rapidly is adding delivery stations across the country to better handle the rising number of orders it receives, and a big one landed on Centennial’s porch last month.

Aldo Svaldi | The Denver Post
November 9, 2018
Business, Technology, Equipment

Don't Skirt Proper Maintenance on Trailer Aero Devices, Experts Say

Truck Skirt Strehl LLC

Trailer side skirts and various types of air deflectors, which are intended to boost a tractor-trailer’s aerodynamic efficiency, will save motor carriers more fuel with frequent inspections and proper repairs.

John Baxter | Contributing Writer
November 9, 2018
Government, Technology, Equipment

Seeking Alternative Solutions to Salt

Snow Plow Michael Dwyer/Associated Press

A huge swath of the United States lies ­within the “salt belt,” which is the states that use large amounts of salt during the winter to control snow and ice on roadways. These states primarily are located in the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic and Midwest portions of the country.

Katie Pyzyk | Contributing Writer
November 9, 2018
Business, Technology, Equipment, Fuel

Tire Monitoring and Inflation Systems Can Lead to Fuel Savings, Longer Tire Life

Tire Monitoring A technician installs a tire pressure inflation unit on both tractor drive axles. (Aperia Technologies)

Tire failures remain the No. 1 reason for roadside assistance calls. And most tire-related problems come from underinflation as a result of leaks, punctures or just poor maintenance programs.

Steve Sturgess | Contributing Writer
November 9, 2018