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Supporters and Opponents Clash Over Adding Tolls to Connecticut Highways

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 16:30:00 EDT

In an often-passionate debate, advocates squared off March 14 in Connecticut for more than five hours in the long-running battle for electronic highway tolls that has split the legislature.

Sen. Cornyn to Offer Keynote Remarks at Ports Conference March 21

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 14:45:00 EDT

Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn is scheduled to deliver the keynote address at the annual conference of the American Association of Port Authorities on March 21.

Lyft, Auto Parts Maker Magna Partner on Autonomous Vehicles

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 12:45:00 EDT

Ride-hailing company Lyft is joining with large Canadian auto parts supplier Magna to develop self-driving vehicles, sharing expenses on a multi-year project that could vault them onto the leader board in autonomous technology.

Fleets Rely on In-House, Outside Expertise to Keep Onboard Technology Up and Running

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 12:45:00 EDT

The rapid expansion of onboard technology — electronic logging devices, telematics systems and in-cab video — brings with it the challenge of servicing this equipment. Ensuring that repairs are handled quickly is essential to maximizing utilization and staying compliant with the ELD mandate.

Indiana Airport Mulls Expansion Into International Freight

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 12:15:00 EDT

Could the airport in South Bend, Ind., be transformed into a rail-to-air freight hub for international shipping companies that would create hundreds of jobs?

Trailer Makers Flooded With 32,000 Orders in February

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 12:00:00 EDT

U.S. Trailer orders in February hit 32,000 units, and if the preliminary numbers hold, they will set a record for that month, research firm FTR reported.

Report: Uber Keen to Sell Self-Driving Technology to Toyota

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 11:30:00 EDT

Ride-hailing company Uber is in talks to start selling its self-driving technology to Toyota Motor, Japanese media reported March 16.

Should Self-Driving Cars Be on the Road Before Safety Regs Are in Place? Dianne Feinstein Says ‘No’

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 10:30:00 EDT

The senior U.S. senator from the country’s most tech-savvy state has for months blocked a bill championed by some of California’s biggest tech companies that would cut regulations and get self-driving cars onto roads sooner — and she made it clear March 14 she’s not backing down.

Factory Output Rebounds in February and Exceeds Estimates

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 09:45:00 EDT

U.S. factory production bounced back in February, far exceeding analyst estimates and showing a key part of the economy is on track for steady growth this quarter, Federal Reserve data showed March 16.

Housing Starts Cooled in February After Robust January

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 09:30:00 EDT

U.S. new-home construction cooled by more than expected in February on a reversal in the volatile multifamily category, while building remained on pace to contribute to economic growth this quarter, government figures showed March 16.

FMCSA Medical Examiners Registry Remains Offline

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 17:00:00 EDT

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s online registry of certified medical examiners was hacked and more than three months later remains out of service.

Editorial: A Hard Day’s Work (Truck)

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 17:00:00 EDT

In fairly short order, truck manufacturers have made a series of announcements about new and updated vocational trucks that soon will be hitting the markets.

Class 8 Sales Rocket to Nearly 17,000 in February

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 15:45:00 EDT

U.S. retail sales of Class 8 trucks shot up 49% in February to nearly 17,000 units as all but one truck maker posted high double-digit gains.

Congress Struggles to Identify Funding for Trump’s Infrastructure Plan

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 15:15:00 EDT

Congress did not come any closer to resolving key funding questions about President Donald Trump’s $1.5 trillion infrastructure proposal, even after five Cabinet secretaries testified before a Senate panel on March 14.

Jobless Claims Decline for Third Time in Four Weeks

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 14:45:00 EDT

U.S. filings for unemployment benefits fell for the third time in four weeks and remain near the lowest level in 48 years, underscoring tightness in the job market, Labor Department figures showed March 14.

Trudeau Dodged Steel Tariffs. Now He’s Trying to Save NAFTA

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 14:15:00 EDT

Donald Trump is already taking up a lot of Justin Trudeau’s bandwidth. Steel tariffs sent it to another level.

FedEx Announces Billion-Dollar Expansion at Memphis Headquarters

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 13:45:00 EDT

FedEx Corp. will invest more than $1 billion to modernize its Memphis, Tenn.-based headquarters.

Covenant Transport Raises Profit Outlook

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 13:00:00 EDT

Covenant Transport raised its profit outlook March 14 for the first quarter after freight revenue rose a better-than-expected 6.3% in the first couple of months of 2018.

Drivers Saw Modest Pay Raise in 2017

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 12:45:00 EDT

A study of nearly 20,000 truck company owner-operators found that the drivers on average earned a little more money in 2017 while driving slightly fewer miles. However, pay varied depending on what segment the driver worked: dry-van, refrigerated, flatbed or as an independent who worked in one or more segments.

Fleet Managers Need Solid Grasp of Technology as Well as Knowing How to Fix Trucks, Exec Says

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 11:45:00 EDT

ATLANTA — Whether part of the older or younger crowd, today’s fleet maintenance managers and executives must have skills that blend the essential, basic knowledge of fixing trucks with a solid grasp of technology and data in order to survive and thrive, an industry executive said.