Government, Business

Pennsylvania Legalizes Gambling at Truck Stops

Pennsylvania made gambling at truck stops legal A truck fuels at a Pennsylvania Pilot Flying J. The state now allows gambling at truck stops, airports and online, after the governor there signed a bill widening gaming options. (TT File Photo)

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf signed a law Oct. 30 that expands the state’s gaming options by allowing gambling at truck stops, in airports and online.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
November 7, 2017

Rhode Island Truck-Only Tolling Plan Pushed to Spring 2018

Morrow Long/Flickr

Rhode Island transportation officials are delaying implementation of the initial phase of a trucks-only toll plan until February or March to shore up work on the plan’s environmental permitting, technical, engineering and financial requirements, a state Department of Transportation spokesman said.

Eric Miller | Staff Reporter
November 7, 2017
Government, Safety

Senate Panel to Vote on FMCSA Nominee Ray Martinez

Ray Martinez Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg News

The Senate Commerce Committee has scheduled a Nov. 8 hearing to consider the nomination of Ray Martinez as the country’s top trucking regulator.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
November 7, 2017
Government, Business, Safety

Building Resilient Communities Best Way to Reduce Risks, FEMA Chief Says

Hurricane Maria 411 via YouTube

The extreme weather events that destroyed vital infrastructure this year in Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands illustrate the need to build resilient communities, Federal Emergency Management Agency Administrator Brock Long said

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
November 7, 2017
Government, Business

Bid to Save Pacific Rim Trade Pact Comes to a Head

Tomohiro Ohsumi/Bloomberg News

The push to salvage a Pacific Rim trade pact will come to a head this week as nations diverge on whether it should be preserved, abandoned or renegotiated from scratch after President Donald Trump pulled the U.S. out of the deal.

Josh Wingrove and Maiko Takahashi | Bloomberg News
November 7, 2017
Government, Business, Fuel

Diesel Jumps 6.3¢ to $2.882 a Gallon

Diesel truck stop Rodger Hinson/Flickr

The U.S. average retail price of diesel jumped 6.3 cents to $2.882 a gallon as oil climbed to its highest price since June 2015.

Roger Gilroy | Staff Reporter
November 6, 2017
Government, Business

Port of Oakland, City Working With Residents to Adopt New Truck Policies

Truck at Port of Oakland Todd Lappin/Flickr

The Port of Oakland will embark on developing a truck management plan over the next 12 months to address complaints from citizens about big rigs on the streets of West Oakland.

Ari Ashe | Staff Reporter
November 6, 2017
Government, Business, Logistics

Capitol Agenda for the Week of Nov. 6: Tax Reform Cometh

President Donald Trump White House via YouTube

The leader of a group representing a large portion of the trucking industry is urging lawmakers to advance a tax reform bill the Republican-led tax-writing House Ways and Means committee will consider for most of this week.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
November 6, 2017
Government, Business

Unemployment Drops to 4.1%, Trucking Employment Flat

Truck Driver TruckPR/Flickr

The unemployment rate fell 0.1 percentage point in October to 4.1%, the lowest level since December 2000, according to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics

Burney Simpson | Staff Reporter
November 6, 2017
Government, Safety, Logistics, TCA

FMCSA Grant is Helping Iowa Veterans Train for Trucking

Hawkeye Community College

With driver shortages across the country, training to become a trucker can be a good bet for employment.

Andrew Wind | Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier (Iowa)
November 3, 2017