How the U.S. Economy Rates in 2022
June 23, 2022
In a bid to combat inflation and fast price gains, the Federal Reserve raised interest rates this June by 75 basis-points. Chair Jerome Powell also indicated the likelihood of another large increase in July. Is the economy well-positioned to deal with higher interest rates while still recovering from the pandemic?
How to Build Up Trucking's Workforce With Labor Secretary Marty Walsh
May 16, 2022
ATA Chief Economist Bob Costello estimates that the industry needs at least 80,000 drivers today and more in the future to account for rising freight levels. The Biden administration has made efforts in the past year to encourage more men and women to enter the trucking industry. With the Department of Transportation and Department of Labor working in cooperation with industry stakeholders for paid apprenticeship and training programs, how successful are these efforts? In this special edition of Newsmakers, Labor Secretary Marty Walsh joins TT's Eugene Mulero and Dan Ronan to discuss the industry's workforce concerns, changing perceptions of trade professions, and partnering with public and private groups to work toward a common goal.
Passing the Torch: A Career Committed to Improving Infrastructure
April 8, 2022
Reflecting on the passage of the infrastructure bill, which projects will offer the most benefit to the trucking industry and what were some of the missed opportunities? As House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman, Rep. Peter DeFazio recognizes the value in investing in commercial transportation improvement projects like port modernization and workforce development. In this special edition of Newsmakers, Rep. Peter DeFazio joins TT's Eugene Mulero and Dan Ronan to discuss how Congress might respond to rising fuel costs, the problem with truck parking, and his decision to retire at the end of this term.
Safety in Numbers: NTSB's Jennifer Homendy
February 24, 2022
After Utah lowered the legal limit for blood-alcohol concentration in drivers to 0.05, the number of alcohol-related fatalities dropped by about 20% and the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is now recommending other states follow suit.
How ATA Stopped the Vaccine Mandate
February 11, 2022
Join TT’s Dan Ronan as he interviews ATA President Chris Spear and gets a behind-the-scenes look at how ATA took the industry’s case against the vaccine-or-test mandate all the way to the Supreme Court – and won.
The Federal Response to a Disrupted Supply Chain
January 19, 2022
By the end of last year, the long-awaited $1 trillion infrastructure policy bill was signed into law, the holiday season saw the vast majority of packages delivered with minimal delays, and the USDOT announced more than $241 million in grants to domestic ports.
Analyzing the Industry's Most Critical Concerns
November 16, 2021
At the American Trucking Associations' 2021 Management Conference & Exhibition, the American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI) released their annual report "Critical Issues in the Trucking Industry." For the fifth year in a row, the driver shortage led the list of top industry concerns.
How to Profile Victims and Perpetrators of Human Trafficking
October 12, 2021
Annual domestic estimates of trafficking victims regularly reach the hundreds of thousands. To aid law enforcement in combatting this crime, Truckers Against Trafficking trains truck drivers and other transportation professionals to observe their surroundings and look out for particular characteristics of human traffickers and their victims.
Investing in the Nation's Highways
August 24, 2021
On August 10, the Senate passed the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act and it now moves to the House for consideration. The passage of the bill would mean new funding for surface transportation programs, including the greatest investment in the nation's bridges since the formation of the Interstate Highway System.
Observe & Report: Training to Combat Human Trafficking
July 19, 2021
Current domestic estimates put the number of victims of human trafficking in the hundreds of thousands. One of the locations often exploited by traffickers is truck stops, given the transient nature of the crime. To help address this, Truckers Against Trafficking regularly partners with trucking companies, commercial truck driving schools, and law enforcement agencies to train drivers to recognize potential signs of human trafficking
What We Know About the Economy in 2021
February 1, 2021
2021 welcomes a new administration and offers a new climate in which to negotiate freight hauling, but it must also contend with some of 2020's ailments, including a continuing pandemic and the wildly disparate performance of different business sectors. ATA Chief Economist Bob Costello joins TT's Dan Ronan to discuss this interesting economic moment and what it means for the trucking industry.
2020 Year in Review: Technology, Business, Government
December 22, 2020
We asked Transport Topics reporters for technology, business and government to try to put 2020 into perspective by identifying the three most significant stories of the year in their coverage area. Here's what they said.
2020 Year in Review: Government
December 18, 2020
Transport Topics government reporters Eugene Mulero, Eleanor Lamb and Eric Miller recap their top three most significant government stories of 2020, part of our Year in Review package.
Taking Aim at Nuclear Verdicts
November 9, 2020
No fleet wants to be the next one to make news for being on the wrong end of a multimillion dollar settlement. And, yet, the latest research from American Transportation Research Institute shows the numbers rising.
February 28, 2020
Transport Topics' video coverage of the 2020 Technology & Maintenance Council in Atlanta.
2020 TMC Recap: Collaboration Rules the Day
February 27, 2020
Joe Howard, Transport Topics executive editor, gives his take on the TMC annual conference this year.
FMCSA Announces Tech-Celerate Now at 2020 TMC
February 25, 2020
Tech-Celerate Now, FMCSA’s first-of-its-kind program to bring together government agencies and private sector industry leaders to promote advanced driver assist systems, got a boost at American Trucking Associations’ Technology & Maintenance Council annual meeting.