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- Experts: As a Funding Tool, Tolling May Benefit From an Image Shift
WASHINGTON — Transportation experts said recasting tolling’s image from an unpopular fundraising mechanism may increase its attractiveness to the public.
- Industry Leaders Express Cautious Optimism Over Senate EPW Bill
WASHINGTON — The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee’s forthcoming highway policy bill will serve as an important first step on the legislative journey to reauthorize the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act, industry experts said.
- FMCSA Proposes Two-Year Delay of Entry-Level Driver Training Rule Due to IT Glitches
Federal trucking regulators have proposed a two-year delay for compliance of certain provisions in the Entry Level Driver Training rule to allow more time for development of the secure electronic transfer of information to the certified training provider registry and state driver licensing agencies.
- Transportation Investment Bills Can Succeed With Officials’ Support, Experts Say
WASHINGTON — Support from state and local officials is vital for the success of transportation funding measures, according to road building experts.
- Peloton to Develop System for Driverless Following Truck in Platooning
Peloton Technology Inc. announced it is expanding its vision for truck platooning and driver productivity.
- Ports Report Strong TEU Numbers at Halfway Mark of 2019
Most of the nation’s seaports reached the halfway point of 2019 reporting increased volume in 20-foot equivalent units (TEUs) compared with a year ago, which was a banner year for moving cargo.
- Federal Inactivity Drives State Creativity With Infrastructure Funding
In the absence of a strong federal partner, states clamoring for infrastructure funds have taken financing measures into their own hands.
- Cummins Executive to US House Panel: Investments in Low-Emissions Technologies Critical
WASHINGTON — Federal policymakers crafting comprehensive transportation legislation should consider enhancing investments in low-emissions technologies across the freight sector, an executive with Cummins Inc. told a congressional panel July 16.
- Drone Tech Firm Cites Security in Cutting Ties With China’s Top Manufacturer
A supplier of drone technology to dozens of state and local law enforcement and public safety agencies, located in the United States and a handful of other countries, will stop working with Chinese drone manufacturers, citing security concerns.
- Renault to Invest in Jiangling Electric Car in China
Renault SA will invest 128.5 million euros ($144 million) for a 50% stake in a venture with Jiangling Motors Corp. to develop electric vehicles in China, part of a push by the French company to make further inroads into the world’s biggest car market.
- Housing Starts Fall in June on Fewer Multifamily Units
New home construction fell in June for a second month as a drop in apartment building outweighed a pickup in single-family projects.
- Orlando Says It’s Open for Business as Automated Technology Hub
The Automated Vehicles Symposium conference is attracting some of the heaviest hitters in autonomous vehicles and could be the first step in making Central Florida a hub for the fast-emerging driverless car industry.
- Trump Says He Could Impose More China Tariffs
President Donald Trump reiterated that he could impose additional tariffs on Chinese imports if he wants, after promising to hold off on more duties in a trade-war truce he reached with China’s Xi Jinping last month.
- FMCSA Imposes Lifetime Ban on Truckers Convicted of Human Trafficking
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has announced a final rule that permanently bans commercial motor vehicle drivers who have been convicted of human trafficking.
- ARTBA Chairman Bob Alger Calls on Congress to Restore Highway Trust Fund
Congress needs to restore a federal highway account headed toward insolvency to provide funding certainty across the infrastructure construction sector, the leader of a national transportation advocacy group told lawmakers July 16.
- June Trailer Orders Nosedive
Net preliminary U.S. trailer orders for June plummeted to just more than 5,000 units as demand in the largest segment, dry vans, was weak and cancellations mounted, FTR reported, adding it was the lowest total since September 2009.
- WTO Issues Mixed Ruling Over US Duties for Subsidized Chinese Goods
The World Trade Organization on July 16 delivered a mixed judgment over America’s sanctions on subsidized goods produced by Chinese state-owned enterprises.
- Boeing 737 Max Groundings to Affect 2020 Results, Ryanair Says
The extended grounding of Boeing Co.’s 737 Max plane forced Ryanair Holdings to scale back growth plans for next summer, putting the airline industry on notice that the crisis is starting to affect longer-term plans.
- J.B. Hunt Reports Mixed 2Q Results
J.B. Hunt Transport Services Inc. reported net income fell and revenue increased in the second quarter amid mixed results in its business units.
- Cowan Acquires Carlisle Carrier, Expanding Northeastern Footprint
Baltimore trucking company Cowan Systems has acquired Carlisle Carrier Corp. of Mechanicsburg, Pa.