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- Panelists Stress Aftertreatment System Maintenance at TMC Meeting
RALEIGH, N.C. — As trucks become more complex and high-tech, so, too, do the repairs and maintenance systems, experts said Sept. 18 at the fall meeting of American Trucking Associations’ Technology & Maintenance Council.
- Ports Post Record Volume as Holiday Season Begins
Major U.S. seaports posted growth in containerized cargo volume for August, the start of the season when retailers begin importing holiday merchandise.
- Federal Reserve Cuts Rate .25%
Federal Reserve policymakers lowered their main interest rate for a second time this year while splitting over the need for further easing, caught between uncertainty over trade and global growth and a domestic economy that’s holding up well.
- Trump Says He Will Strip California’s Clean-Car Authority
President Donald Trump said he will revoke California’s authority to regulate greenhouse gas emissions from autos, confirming a widely-anticipated move that will escalate the ongoing dispute between his administration and California.
- DOT Announces $60 Million in Grants for Automated Projects
The U.S. Department of Transportation has announced $60 million in awards to research groups and state departments of transportation that are exploring projects related to vehicle automation.
- IANA Honors BNSF’s Steve Branscum, CCM’s Mike Wilson
LONG BEACH, Calif. — Steve Branscum, retired group vice president for BNSF Railway, and Mike Wilson, CEO of Consolidated Chassis Management, have received Silver Kingpin Awards from the Intermodal Association of North America during Intermodal Expo 2019 on Sept. 16.
- Imelda Moves Inland, Dumping Inches in Texas
Imelda is threatening to dump up to 18 inches of rain in parts of Southeast Texas and southwestern Louisiana as the tropical depression moves inland over the next few days.
- Intermodal Industry Faces Uncertainties After Strong 2018
LONG BEACH, Calif. — After a banner year in 2018, the intermodal industry is being challenged by a variety of issues, but it remains resilient despite uncertainties.
- GM Makes Concessions on Big-Ticket Employee Health Care
As GM was nearing the expiration of its labor contract with the union last week, the carmaker sought to have hourly workers pay 15% of their health care costs, according to sources familiar with the talks. But by the time the company presented UAW with a deadline offer, GM walked back the proposal and called for keeping contributions steady at about 4%, said the sources.
- Home Construction Jumps to Highest Level Since 2007
U.S. home construction surged in August to the fastest pace since mid-2007 on more apartment projects and single-family houses, a welcome sign for the housing sector that has struggled to gain momentum.
- Perspective: Preparing for Autonomous Repairs
As more and more vehicles with autonomous components enter the transportation landscape, the issue of repair and maintenance for those systems becomes more important for trucking fleets.
- New Walmart Credit Card Looks to Boost E-Commerce
In a sign of how much Walmart Inc. is betting on e-commerce, the retailer’s revamped credit-card program with Capital One Financial Corp. offers better rewards for online shopping and checking out with its mobile app.
- Truck OEMs Say Connectivity Will Drive Future Enhancements
HOUSTON — The growth of connected-truck technology is not only reducing vehicle downtime, but also paving the way for future services and enhancing product development, according to representatives from four truck manufacturers.
- Fleets Using AOBRDs Prepare for ELD Transition as Dec. 16 Deadline Nears
HOUSTON — Fleets have been working closely with their technology suppliers to meet the requirements of the federal electronic logging device mandate before an exemption for older e-log systems expires in less than three months.
- FedEx Freight’s Kelby Bentley Captures 2019 TMCSuperTech Top Honors
RALEIGH, N.C. — FedEx Freight technician Kelby Bentley earned the title of 2019 TMCSuperTech Grand Champion during the fall meeting of American Trucking Associations’ Technology & Maintenance Council here.
- Truckers Tell FMCSA of Concerns About Coercion, Flexibility at HOS Listening Session
WASHINGTON — Drivers and trucking industry representatives had another chance to voice comments on the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s proposal to change certain hours-of-service requirements Sept. 17.
- FedEx Reports Weaker Q1 Earnings, Lowers Earnings Forecast
FedEx Corp.’s fiscal 2020 first-quarter earnings were down as a result of a weakening global economy and increased costs as it expands its service into other business lines, including seven-days-a-week home delivery service, the parcel delivery company said.
- Car Drivers Get 92% of Speeding Citations During CVSA Safety Initiative
Law enforcement officers issued more than 17,000 speeding citations to drivers of cars and trucks traveling on highways in the United States and Canada during Operation Safe Driver Week.
- Senate Subcommittee Advances Fiscal 2020 Transportation Funding Bill
WASHINGTON — An infrastructure grants program managed at the U.S. Department of Transportation would receive $1 billion in the upcoming fiscal year under legislation senators advanced Sept. 17.
- EPA to Strip California’s Car Emissions Authority
The Trump administration will announce it is rescinding California’s authority to regulate greenhouse gas emissions from automobiles at an event at the EPA’s Washington headquarters Sept. 18, according to people familiar with the matter.