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- Walmart’s Robert Benton Crowned Grand Champion in Delaware
HARRINGTON, Del. — Robert Benton, a driver for Walmart Transportation, won the Grand Champion prize at the Delaware Truck Driving Championships on May 18.
- RyderGyde App Accessible in Canada
Ryder System Inc. announced its RyderGyde app is now available to its customers in Canada.
- Sen. Wicker: Figuring Out Funding for 'Really Big' Infrastructure Package 'Will Take Time'
While congressional transportation leaders continue to negotiate a massive infrastructure package, agreement over ways to fund its policy initiatives has not been reached, the leader of the Commerce Committee in the U.S. Senate said May 16.
- Amazon Proposes Airfreight Hub in Florida
LAKELAND, Fla. — Amazon is looking to make a more than $100 million investment in Lakeland.
- Cummins Increases Presence in Indiana
Independent engine maker Cummins Inc. announced that its headquarters of Columbus, Ind., will be the primary North American manufacturing center and corporate hub for its electrified power business with a significant presence at the Columbus engine plant.
- Accuride Names Robin Kendrick CEO; He Will Begin Tenure June 1
Accuride Corp., a supplier of wheels and wheel-end systems to the global commercial vehicle industry, appointed Robin Kendrick to the post of CEO, effective June 1.
- Experts: Public-Private Partnerships Could Plug Federal Government Shortfalls in Infrastructure Funding
WASHINGTON — As Congress looks to find common ground on a $2 trillion proposal that would ensure long-term infrastructure funding on the federal level, states could look more to public-private partnerships as a means of paying for local projects, experts said.
- US Lifts Steel, Aluminum Duties on Canada, Mexico
President Donald Trump said the U.S. will lift steel and aluminum tariffs on Canada and Mexico, boosting efforts to encourage lawmakers to ratify his new North American trade deal.
- Gas-Tax Hike Is in Play as Trump Weighs Infrastructure Politics
The Trump administration hasn’t ruled out increasing the gas tax to help finance a $2 trillion infrastructure plan, but the idea has little support among officials who are wary of a politically risky move heading into the 2020 election.
- NTSB: Autopilot Was in Use Before Tesla Hit Semitrailer
DETROIT — A Tesla Model 3 involved in a fatal crash with a semitrailer in Florida on March 1 was operating on the company’s semi-autonomous Autopilot system, federal investigators have determined.
- Ohio Competition Gets Underway With Scott Woodrome Favored to Win
SANDUSKY, Ohio — Defending national Grand Champion Scott Woodrome of FedEx Freight is back at the Ohio TDC beginning his quest to repeat.
- Port of Oakland Assures Tenants A’s Stadium Won’t Hurt Business
OAKLAND, Calif. — The Port of Oakland’s board of commissioners May 13 unanimously approved an exclusive negotiating term sheet that would give the Oakland A’s four years to obtain land use permits, conduct an environmental review and do other preparatory work needed to eventually lease the 50-acre Howard Terminal — one of six marine terminals at the port.
- Ford Sticks With Hybrids as Other Automakers Rush to All-Electric Vehicles
DETROIT — While other automakers — notably crosstown rival General Motors and German giant Volkswagen — shift their focus to vehicles powered by electricity alone, Ford continues to develop and invest in hybrids, which combine gasoline engines with electric batteries.
- April Trailer Orders Slide Amid Scarce Production Slots
U.S. trailer orders in April dropped 40% compared with a year earlier to 13,200 as open production slots in 2019 remained scarce, FTR reported, citing trailer makers’ preliminary data.
- Committee Against Human Trafficking Reviews Draft of Final Report
WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Advisory Committee on Human Trafficking is one step closer to submitting the final version of its capstone report.
- Trump Delays Imposing Tariffs on Auto Imports, Parts
WASHINGTON — Caught in a sprawling trade dispute with U.S. rival China, President Donald Trump decided against declaring commercial war on America's friends: The White House said May 17 that he is delaying for six months any decision to slap import taxes on foreign cars, a move that would hit Europe and Japan especially hard.
- Unmanned Truck Operates on Public Road in Sweden
An unmanned, self-driving truck now is hauling cargo on a short stretch of public road in Sweden.
- US Gasoline Traders Would Rather Export Than Ship to New York
The busiest U.S. fuel pipeline is running below capacity, as Gulf Coast refiners get fatter margins exporting to Latin America than shipping to New York.
- Hub Group Enhances Visibility, Arrival Estimates
Hub Group introduced enhanced end-to-end visibility, which the trucking and supply chain company said will deliver real-time estimated-time-of-arrivals, unveiling the new options May 16.
- Rockford Airport to Add 500 Jobs
ROCKFORD, Ill. — A $9 million federal grant will pay for expanded parking for cargo jets at Chicago Rockford International Airport, where the nation’s 22nd-busiest airfreight hub soon will add 500 jobs.
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