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The Real NAFTA Problem Is With Canada, Not Mexico, Ryan Says

Transportation Topics News - Fri, 2018-01-12 14:15
U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan said the biggest problem with the North American Free Trade Agreement “comes from the North,” with Canadian dairy producers dumping low-cost products on the market to compete with Wisconsin farms.

California Mudslides Send Truckers Searching for Detours

Transportation Topics News - Fri, 2018-01-12 11:15
Truckers hauling goods and materials south through California’s San Luis Obispo County are facing longer drives and indefinite delays after deadly mudslides closed Highway 101 in Santa Barbara County.

Chamber Hosts Infrastructure Event Jan. 18

Transportation Topics News - Fri, 2018-01-12 10:45
Strategies for modernizing the country’s transportation network will dominate panel discussions at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Jan. 18.

Former Pilot Flying J President’s Pay Doubled to $26.9 Million During Fraud Scheme, Records Show

Transportation Topics News - Fri, 2018-01-12 10:00
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. - Federal prosecutors have long insisted the goal of a fraud scheme at Pilot Flying J was to boost the truck stop giant’s profit and market share, and this week they served up numbers to try to prove it.

Class 8 Sales Jump 43% in December to Cap Strong 2017

Transportation Topics News - Fri, 2018-01-12 10:00
U.S. Class 8 retail sales in December rose 43% from a year earlier, clearing 22,000 while posting the highest volume in 2½ years, WardsAuto.com reported.

December Retail Sales Gain Caps Robust Holiday Season

Transportation Topics News - Fri, 2018-01-12 08:45
U.S. retail sales increased in December for a fourth month, indicating strong consumer demand throughout the holiday season, according to Commerce Department figures released Jan. 12.

Editorial: Trucking at TRB’s Forefront

Transportation Topics News - Fri, 2018-01-12 08:30
Hours of highly detailed discussion at this month’s Transportation Research Board annual meeting focused on some of the most daunting long-range challenges facing the transportation industry. But one issue near and dear to the hearts of Transport Topics readers — hauling cargo — was at the forefront, be it along electrified highway corridors or across the last mile.

GM Drops the Steering Wheel and Gives Robot Driver Control

Transportation Topics News - Fri, 2018-01-12 08:30
Next year, General Motors Co. will no longer need an engineer in the front seat babysitting the robot brain that controls its self-driving Chevrolet Bolt. The steering wheel and pedals will be gone, giving total control to the machine.

House Highways Leader Sam Graves Optimistic About Trump’s Infrastructure Plan Passage

Transportation Topics News - Fri, 2018-01-12 05:45
WASHINGTON — Missouri Republican Rep. Sam Graves, among the leading candidates to succeed outgoing Transportation and Infrastructure Chairman Bill Shuster next year, said he is optimistic about the chances of advancing a massive infrastructure plan this year.

Coming Jan. 17: LiveOnWeb's 2018 Government Outlook

Transportation Topics News - Thu, 2018-01-11 15:15
2018 is shaping up to be a potentially transformative year on the government front for freight transportation. Our Jan. 17 LiveOnWeb program, “2018 Government Outlook,” will dissect the prospects for infrastructure reform and regulatory issues that will impact trucking businesses. Watch a preview.

Electric Trucks Show Rapid Development

Transportation Topics News - Thu, 2018-01-11 14:45
WASHINGTON — Electric-vehicle technology for the medium- and heavy-duty sector is developing rapidly, but the price and range of these vehicles must improve for widespread deployment to take hold, industry experts said.

Port of Portland Must Diversify at Troubled Container Terminal, Study Shows

Transportation Topics News - Thu, 2018-01-11 14:00
A comeback is unlikely at the Port of Portland’s container terminal unless other lines of marine shipping business are found to subsidize it, a Port consultant found.

OOIDA President Jim Johnston Dies at Age 78

Transportation Topics News - Thu, 2018-01-11 13:00
Jim Johnston, the co-founder and longtime president and CEO of the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association, has died after a year-long battle with lung cancer. He was 78.

Trade Experts Expect to See a ‘Zombie’ NAFTA

Transportation Topics News - Thu, 2018-01-11 12:45
WASHINGTON — The most likely scenario of what will happen if negotiations to reset terms for the North American Free Trade Agreement are successful — or not — is that President Donald Trump announces, probably via Twitter, a U.S. withdrawal from the deal. This would leave what experts call a zombie NAFTA.

Michigan Trucking Companies Struggle to Find Drivers

Transportation Topics News - Thu, 2018-01-11 12:15
In a day and age where nearly every product customers purchase is transported by a semi-truck, trucking companies are struggling to find qualified drivers to fill open positions.

Port of Virginia Breaks Another Yearly Record for Container Volume

Transportation Topics News - Thu, 2018-01-11 12:00
The Port of Virginia just finished its best year ever for container volume, having moved 2.84 million TEUs, or boxes as measured in standard 20-foot units.

Port of Virginia Breaks Another Yearly Record for Contain

Transportation Topics News - Thu, 2018-01-11 12:00
The Port of Virginia just finished its best year ever for container volume, having moved 2.84 million TEUs, or boxes as measured in standard 20-foot units.

TRB Picks New Leaders, Honors Others for Service, Achievements

Transportation Topics News - Thu, 2018-01-11 11:15
WASHINGTON — Each year, the annual meeting of Transportation Research Board brings together industry stakeholders from around the world to feast on a smörgåsbord of facts and figures, ideas, analysis and exhibits that push the frontier of geekiness.

Consumer Comfort Rises to Highest Level in Almost 17 Years

Transportation Topics News - Thu, 2018-01-11 11:15
Americans’ confidence began 2018 by rising to an almost 17-year high on greater optimism about the U.S. economy and buying climate, according to the Bloomberg Consumer Comfort Index released Jan. 11.