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- Editorial: Giving Thanks — And Giving Aid
The holiday season has officially arrived. But it’s important to remember the tragedy involving wildfires in California. The trucking industry, as always, is answering the call in times of need.
- Truck Tonnage Surges 9.5% in October
Truck tonnage surged in October after a brief lull in September as shippers stockpiled goods ahead of possible tariffs on imports from China, according to data released Nov. 20 by American Trucking Associations.
- Border Wall, Mueller Probe Complicate Lame-Duck Federal Funding Negotiations
Congressional Republican leaders adamant about avoiding a partial government shutdown ahead of a Dec. 7 funding deadline have yet to outline an endgame to ongoing negotiations that have been marked by pressures from the White House and their Democratic counterparts.
- R.J. Corman Railroad Acquires Six Rail Companies
R.J. Corman Railroad Co. has acquired six rail companies, according to a Nov. 5 press release.
- Freelancer Acquires Channel 40, Launches New Freight Marketplace
Freelancer, a jobs and crowdsourcing marketplace, has acquired Channel 40, an enterprise marketplace that connects freight owners with transport operators. Freelancer also has launched Freightlancer.com, a global marketplace for freight, shipping and transportation.
- Safer Solutions Sought for Hazmat Drivers Traveling Colorado’s Treacherous Loveland Pass
With its 180-degree bends, 7% grades, dangerous drop-offs and strong wind gusts, the hazardous material truck drivers hauling heavy petroleum loads who make the 9.5-mile journey though Colorado’s Loveland Pass call the drive a “white-knuckle experience.”
- Trucking Crews Begin Assistance Effort for California Residents Affected by Wildfires
With donations to help those affected by the recent California wildfires arriving from around the country, trucking fleets are bracing to help deliver supplies for relief efforts. “Commercial truck drivers and motor carriers are offering assistance in a variety of manners,” said Shawn Yadon, president of the California Trucking Association. “The trucking industry is a very giving industry.”
- Tesla Looks to Trucking for Ways to Accelerate Deliveries of Model 3 Cars
Elon Musk is doing everything he can to speed up deliveries of the Tesla Model 3, including the tantalizing prospect that he may have purchased a trucking company to augment capacity provided by existing vehicle haulers.
- Department of Interior Moves to Expand Drilling in Alaskan Oil Reserve
The Trump administration is moving to expand the territory open for oil exploration in Alaska’s National Petroleum Reserve, a process that could shift drilling rigs closer to herds of caribou and flocks of threatened birds.
- Labor Participation at Full Employment, Study Shows
The U.S. labor market doesn’t have much more room to tighten, according to a new study from the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco that examines trends in the number of Americans who are either working or looking for jobs.
- Home Construction Rises 1.5% in October
U.S. home construction improved 1.5% in October, but in a troubling sign, groundbreakings for single-family houses fell.
- Amazon, Target Waive Minimum Purchase for Free Holiday Shipping
Amazon.com and Target Corp. have opened the floodgates on free shipping. Recent moves by the retailers to eliminate minimum-purchase amounts for free shipping have boosted the share of online orders that get delivered gratis, according to data from retail analytics company DynamicAction.
- Truck Makers, Suppliers Aim to Combat Road Salt Corrosion With Protective Coatings
When winter weather arrives, what also comes with it is the use of road salt, which exacerbates truck corrosion.
- Elon Musk Reopens Door to Daimler With Vow to Inquire About Electric Van
Elon Musk floated the idea of working with a familiar ally on electric work vans after being guilt-tripped on Twitter for using fuel-burning vehicles to service Tesla Inc. models.
- Fleet Management, Technology Deemed Essential for Cutting Freight Emissions
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Global efforts to improve freight efficiency and reduce carbon emissions will require a multifaceted approach that includes not only vehicle technology, but also better fleet management and capacity utilization, experts said.
- Trump to Nominate Andrew Wheeler for Top Job at EPA
President Donald Trump announced his intent to nominate Andrew Wheeler for the administrator role at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, where he currently serves as acting administrator.
- Diesel Falls Again, Drops 3.5¢ to $3.282 a Gallon
The U.S. average retail price of diesel dropped 3.5 cents to $3.282 a gallon in data reported Nov. 19 as crude oil prices fell amid persistent concerns about oversupply.
- ASCE Gives Pennsylvania Infrastructure a C- Again
Pennsylvania has again earned a C- on the American Society of Civil Engineers’ infrastructure report card. That grade is just above the group’s grade of D+ for the nation’s infrastructure in 2017.
- Low-Viscosity Engine Oils Will Support Push for Improved Fuel Economy, Shell Says
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — The perpetual drive toward improved fuel economy and tighter emission controls for diesel engines will push the trucking industry toward increasingly efficient, low-viscosity engine oils, technology experts at Shell Lubricants said.
- Connecticut Report Projects Tolls Could Raise $1 Billion a Year
The Connecticut Department of Transportation released a study Nov. 14 which stated that electronic tolls posted on highways throughout the state could raise nearly $1 billion a year, but the study comes at a time when a tolling program underway in neighboring Rhode Island faces a court challenge.
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