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- Tonnage Rise Pushes Spot Rates Higher
Truck tonnage rose 8.8% in January on a year-over-year basis, according to American Trucking Associations’ monthly for-hire truck tonnage index.
- Americans’ Economic Expectations Reach Second-Highest Since 2002
Americans’ outlook for the U.S. economy improved in February to the second-highest level since March 2002, indicating lower taxes are resonating, the Bloomberg Consumer Comfort Index showed Feb. 21.
- Texas Official Wants Driverless Lanes on Interstate 35
Bexar County, Texas, Commissioner Kevin Wolff believes that a meeting he had last month in Washington with federal transportation officials could lead to construction of lanes for driverless automated vehicles on the Austin-San Antonio section of Interstate 35.
- Analysis: Self-Driving Cars Need Standardized Software to Avoid Crashes
Fans of self-driving cars will have breathed a sigh of relief at the news that Uber and Google’s Waymo, two giants in the industry, have settled their intellectual-property lawsuit. This removes a huge distraction for companies, and freeing them up to focus on their own research.
- More Vocational Fleets Opting for Automated Transmissions
An aging driver population and the addition of vocational-specific features are the top reasons fleet managers and industry executives cited for growth in two-pedal transmission use among vocational truck buyers.
- Port Tampa Bay Welcomes First Shipment of Bananas in 21 Years
More than two decades after the last bunch arrived on shore, bananas are back at Tampa’s port.
- Truck Driving Makes 2018 List of Toughest Jobs to Fill
The truck driving profession is on the top 10 list for CareerCast’s 2018 Toughest Jobs to Fill report, which CareerCast Online Content Editor Kyle Kensing believes is the result of the recession and skills gap.
- FourKites Garners $35 Million From Investors to Expand Business
FourKites has received $35 million from investors to fund expansion of its shipment tracking technology to new international markets and to develop new products.
- Port of New Orleans ‘Evolution’ Could Include Billion-Dollar Project
Increasingly pressed for space upriver as cargo business continues to grow, Port of New Orleans officials are looking at the idea of building a new $1 billion-plus container terminal and distribution facility on a 675-acre undeveloped tract of land in nearby Meraux — a project that could create thousands of jobs and provide a major boost to St. Bernard Parish’s long-stagnant economy.
- Truckers Against Trafficking Launches ‘Man to Man’ Awareness Campaign
A nationwide campaign aimed at raising awareness about human trafficking, and amplifying industrywide efforts was launched by Truckers Against Trafficking and key partners, the group announced Feb. 21.
- Sales of Existing Homes Unexpectedly Fell in January
Sales of previously owned U.S. homes unexpectedly fell in January to a four-month low, indicating a shortage of available properties is increasingly hindering the real-estate industry, a National Association of Realtors report showed Feb. 21.
- Lawmakers Commence Fiscal 2018 Funding Bill Negotiations
A fiscal 2018 funding bill being negotiated is expected to provide a viable vehicle this year for advancing a meal and rest break provision for truckers which proponents argue would improve safety and efficiency.
- Former Amazon Executive Joins Covenant Transport as Chief Transformation Officer
Covenant Transport Services has hired a former executive at Amazon and rival U.S. Xpress Enterprises to serve in the newly created position of chief transformation officer.
- Idaho Hack Less Severe Than Projections Indicated
A recent cyberattack targeting the Idaho Transportation Department did not jeopardize as many truckers’ personal information as originally feared, according to an agency spokesman
- Opinion: US Gets Serious About Driver Training
While the electronic logging device mandate has been dominating the headlines, a lesser-known provision enacted by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration will require that U.S.-based commercial driver license training facilities prove they meet facility, staff and curriculum requirements.
- Port Authority of N.Y., N.J. to Dedicate $44 Million to Hudson River Tunnel Project
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey voted on Feb. 15 to dedicate $44 million to the multibillion dollar Hudson River tunnel project.
- Daimler Throws Shade at Tesla as Truck Rivalry Heats Up
Daimler AG cast doubt on Tesla Inc.’s plan to deliver electric heavy trucks next year, saying its more modest goal to start selling battery-powered big rigs by 2021 is more realistic.
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- Caltrans Announces $173 Million for Local Transportation Projects
The California Department of Transportation recently awarded a series of grants to local and regional agencies through the Road Repair Accountability Act of 2017.
- Diesel Price Declines 3.6¢ a Gallon
The U.S. retail diesel average declined 3.6 cents to $3.027 a gallon, the Department of Energy reported Feb. 20.
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