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TRB Panel Explores Ways to Help Regulators Reward Fleets That Exceed Safety Standards

Bendix

WASHINGTON — A Transportation Research Board subcommittee last week continued exploring potential research ideas aimed at assisting federal truck and bus regulators in establishing a congressionally mandated “alternative compliance” program that would reward carriers for exceeding regulatory requirements.

Eric Miller | Staff Reporter
January 16, 2017
Business

FMCSA Declares ‘Call to Action’ to Counter Rise in Traffic Deaths

Eric Miller/TT

WASHINGTON — A top Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration official issued a “call to action” last week, citing preliminary statistics showing that fatalities in crashes involving large trucks and buses increased 7% to 8% in 2016.

Eric Miller | Staff Reporter
January 16, 2017
Business

Researchers Ponder Effects of Automation on Drivers

Ohio Department of Transportation

WASHINGTON — Self-driving trucks may be years away from hitting the streets, but industry researchers already are asking how the technology will change the job and career paths for drivers of commercial trucks and buses.

Daniel P. Bearth | Staff Writer
January 16, 2017
Business

Freight Facilities a Lure for Business, Planners Say

Logistics Park via YouTube

WASHINGTON — Public officials who consider freight transportation of goods use that understanding to recruit business development.

Jonathan S. Reiskin | Associate News Editor
January 16, 2017
Business

Megaships Lucrative for Ocean Carriers, Challenging for Truckers, Ports, Panel Says

Tim Rue/Bloomberg News

WASHINGTON — Megaships are good economically and environmentally for ocean carriers, but they pose significant challenges for ports and trucking companies, according to a panel of experts at the 2017 Transportation Research Board conference here.

Ari Ashe | Staff Reporter
January 16, 2017
Special Coverage, Business

Former Secretary Mineta Receives Medal for Lifetime Achievement From TRB

TRB

Norman Mineta, the country’s secretary of transportation during the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks and a former chairman of the transportation committee in the U.S. House of Representatives, received the lifetime achievement award at the Transportation Research Board’s annual meeting in Washington.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
January 13, 2017
Special Coverage, Business

Drones, 3-D Printing to Speed Change in Freight Transportation

John Sommers II for Transport Topics

WASHINGTON — While freight transportation has undergone enormous change over the past quarter-century, even more is coming and very quickly, driven by demanding customers and an amazing array of technology that might actually allow carriers to satisfy shippers.

Jonathan S. Reiskin | Associate News Editor
January 11, 2017
Government, Business

ATA’s Chris Spear Named to USDOT Committee on Automation

Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg News

Chris Spear, President of American Trucking Associations, is one of 25 members of a U.S. Department of Transportation advisory committee on automation that was announced Jan. 11.

David Elfin | Staff Reporter
January 11, 2017
Special Coverage, Business

TRB Thinkers See Technology Transforming Transportation

David Elfin/Transport Topics

WASHINGTON — A group of transportation thinkers discussed transformational technologies at a Transportation Research Board panel on Jan. 10.

David Elfin | Staff Reporter
January 11, 2017
Special Coverage, Business

What Keeps State DOT Leaders Awake at Night

David Elfin/Transport Topics

WASHINGTON — Delaware’s Jennifer Cohan, Louisiana’s Shawn Wilson, Pennsylvania’s Leslie Richards, Tennessee’s John Schroer, and Utah’s Carlos Braceras convened for a Transportation Research Board panel Jan. 10 to discuss what keeps state DOT leaders awake at night.

David Elfin | Staff Reporter
January 11, 2017

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