Government
Government, Business

Building Resilient Communities Best Way to Reduce Risk in Disasters, FEMA Chief Says

FEMA Administrator Brock Long FEMA Administrator Brock Long. (Susan Walsh/Associated Press)

The head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency said 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.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
November 3, 2017
Government

Daphne Jefferson Retires from No. 2 Post at FMCSA

Daphne Jefferson testifies in Congress Zach Gibson/Bloomberg News

Daphne Jefferson, deputy administrator for the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, is retiring effective Nov. 3 from her post as the No. 2 leader at the agency, an FMCSA spokesman said.

Eric Miller | Staff Reporter
November 3, 2017
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Fuel

SoCal Ports Approve Aggressive Air Quality Rules for Moving Cargo

Truck at Port of Long Beach Port of Long Beach via YouTube

The ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach announced they have approved the 2017 Clean Air Action Plan Update that sets out aggressive clean air strategies for moving cargo through the nation’s busiest container port complex — which is on pace for the busiest year ever.

Roger Gilroy | Staff Reporter
November 3, 2017
Government, Business

Trump Administration Moves to Expand Apprenticeship Programs

Apprenticeship training TT File Photo

The Department of Labor is taking steps that would meet the objectives of a presidential executive order and encourage motor carriers and other trucking organizations to create apprenticeships for new employees to receive federal funding while they train to become drivers or maintenance technicians.

Eric Miller | Staff Reporter
November 2, 2017
Government, Fuel

Key Democrats Press for Infrastructure Funding Amid Tax Reform Debate

Rep. John Delaney John K. Delaney via YouTube

Several Democrats, including Rep. John Delaney of Maryland, are critical of a tax reform package proposed by House Republicans that does not offer an approach to fund big-ticket infrastructure projects..

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
November 2, 2017
Government, Business

CSX Pulls Support for Baltimore Tunnel Renovation

Howard Street Tunnel A CSX Corp. train exits the Howard Street Tunnel. (Patrick Semansky/Associated Press)

Federal and state lawmakers from Maryland expressed frustration at a decision from CSX Corp. to withdraw its support to fund the renovation of the Howard Street Tunnel near the Port of Baltimore, dealing another blow to the long-awaited project that would allow double-stack trains.

Ari Ashe | Staff Reporter
November 2, 2017
Government, Business, Logistics

Package Wars: Postal Service Offers Next-Day Sunday Delivery

Travis Wise/Flickr

As consumers demand ever-quicker and convenient package delivery, the U.S. Postal Service wants to boost its business this holiday season by offering what few e-commerce retailers can provide: cheap next-day service with packages delivered Sundays to your home.

Hope Yen | AP
November 2, 2017
Government

Driver Growth, Infrastructure Leading Concerns for Virginia, New Jersey Ahead of Elections

New Jersey Turnpike MPD01605/Flickr

Freight transportation, infrastructure issues and jobs will be key considerations for many voters electing new governors on Nov. 7 in New Jersey and Virginia — the only states with gubernatorial contests this year.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
November 2, 2017
Government, Business

TRIP Report Underscores Maine’s Crumbling Infrastructure

Penobscot Narrows Bridge Andy Thrasher/Flickr

Maine’s aging transportation network is in serious need of repair, according to TRIP’s Nov. 1 report titled “Preserving Maine’s Bridges.”

Transport Topics
November 1, 2017
Government, Business

Truck Stop Gambling Heading to Pennsylvania

Christopher Irwin/Flickr

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf on Oct. 30 signed into law a major gambling expansion bill that allows qualifying truck stops to house up to five video gambling terminals.

Jon Harris | The Morning Call (Allentown, Pa.)
November 1, 2017

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