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January 17, 2017 - Industry News

FMCSA Begins Annual Drug Testing Survey

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has started notifying selected truck and bus companies that they will be required to submit drug and alcohol testing program results within 60 days.

Tags: FMCSA, Drug Testing, Survey, U.S. Department of Transportation

January 13, 2017 - Industry News

DOT Report Reveals $926 Billion Infrastructure Need

Photo: Evan Lockridge

The nation’s highway and transit systems need to overcome a nearly trillion-dollar investment backlog, according to a new report on the state of America’s transportation infrastructure commissioned by the Department of Transportation.

Tags: Infrastructure, U.S. Department of Transportation, Infrastructure Funding

January 12, 2017 - Industry News

Safety Council Head to Advise DOT on Automation

         Deborah Hersman

National Safety Council CEO Deborah Hersman will provide the Department of Transportation counsel on issues related to the use of automation to prevent road deaths.

Tags: National Safety Council, U.S. Department of Transportation, Autonomous Vehicles

January 11, 2017 - Industry News

Chao Pitches Private Infrastructure Investment in Confirmation Hearing

Elaine Chao at her Jan. 11 confirmation hearing. Looking on is her husband, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. Screenshot via Senate Commerce Committee

During her Senate confirmation hearing on Jan. 11, Elaine Chao unequivocally signaled her willingness to cooperate with Congress to enact the trillion-dollar infrastructure investment plan floated by President-elect Trump if she is indeed confirmed as the next secretary of transportation.

Tags: U.S. Transportation Secretary, U.S. Department of Transportation, Infrastructure Funding, Donald Trump, Elaine Chao, U.S. DOT

January 11, 2017 - Industry News

ATA’s Chris Spear Named to DOT Automation Committee

ATA president Chris Spear fielding reporters' queries on autonomous policymaking at last year's Managment Conference and Exhibition. Photo: Evan Lockridge

American Trucking Associations President and CEO Chris Spear, who has emphasized the need for trucking to have a seat at the table when it comes to autonomous vehicle technology, has been named to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s automation advisory committee.

Tags: Regulations, ATA, U.S. Department of Transportation, Autonomous Vehicles

September 20, 2016 - Industry News

Feds Release Autonomous Vehicle Policy

U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx discusses new federal guidelines for autonomous vehicles during a Sept. 20 press conference. Screen shot courtesy of U.S. DOT.

The new guidelines include a 15-point safety assessment framework that provides vehicle performance standards for manufacturers and developers.

Tags: U.S. Department of Transportation, NHTSA, Autonomous Vehicles

August 5, 2016 - Industry News

CAGTC: Critical Freight Infrastructure Ignored by DOT Grants

The advocacy group Coalition for America’s Gateways and Trade Corridors is calling out the Department of Transportation for not granting enough funding money to critical freight-hub projects.

Tags: Grant Funding, U.S. Department of Transportation, Freight, Infrastructure Funding

November 25, 2015 - Industry News

DOT to Host Self-Driving Vehicle Talk with Google Expert

Chris Urmson Photo: U.S. DOT

The U.S. Department of Transportation will host a talk on self-driving vehicles with the director of Google’s Self-Driving Car Program, Chris Urmson.

Tags: Google, U.S. Department of Transportation, Self-Driving Vehicles, Events

December 8, 2014 - Industry News

U.S. DOT: Freight Index Leading Economic Indicator

The U.S. Department of Transportation is calling its Transportation Services Indexes, especially the freight index, leading indicators of economic cycles.

Tags: Economy, U.S. Department of Transportation, Freight Index

November 17, 2014 - Industry News

ATRI Requests Industry Input on Truck Platooning

The American Transportation Research Institute is collecting data on the likely costs and benefits associated with Truck Platooning and is requesting industry input through an online survey.

Tags: Survey, U.S. Department of Transportation, ATRI, Truck Platooning

October 10, 2014 - Industry News

Haz-Mat Carrier Loses FMCSA Appeal

The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration has upheld an emergency restriction order placed on National Distribution Inc.'s cargo tanks by the FMCSA.

Tags: FMCSA, Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, U.S. Department of Transportation, Tankers, Enforcement, Safety & Compliance

August 5, 2014 - Industry News

TIMTC, USDOT Sponsor Webinar on Freight Technology

The Trucking Industry Mobility and Technology Coalition and the U.S. Department of Transportation invite industry stakeholders to learn how technology assessment tools can help carriers identify investment opportunities and improve operations.

Tags: U.S. Department of Transportation, XRS, TIMTC

July 17, 2014 - Industry News

Obama Moves to Support Private Infrastructure Investment

The administration's Build America Transportation Investment Center offers a case study on how Kentucky and Indiana teamed up to launch the Ohio River Bridges project.

As Congress struggles to preserve the Highway Trust Fund this summer and eventually pass a long-term highway bill, President Obama is using his executive authority to promote increased private investment in infrastructure. In remarks Thursday at the Port of Wilmington, Delaware, Obama announced a plan to help states and local governments use alternative financing for their infrastructure needs.

Tags: DOT, Public-Private Partnership, Barack Obama, Highway Funding, U.S. Department of Transportation

June 11, 2014 - Industry News

Fleets to Share Experiences with Safety/Productivity Technology in Webinar

A free webinar June 26 will feature trucking industry experts discussing real-world experiences with several different types of cutting-edge truck technologies.

Tags: Information Technology, Tires, Collision Avoidance Technology, U.S. Department of Transportation, Roll Stability, Tire Pressure Monitoring Systems

May 29, 2014 - Industry News

Report: Vehicle Crashes Cost $871 Billion

Photo: Via Wikimedia Commons

The U.S. Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration on Thursday released a new study about the economic toll and societal impact of motor vehicle crashes in the United States.

Tags: Accidents, Research, Fatal Accidents, Highway Fatalities, U.S. Department of Transportation, U.S. DOT, NHTSA

May 15, 2014 - Industry News

Nominees Named for DOT Second, Third Positions

Victor Mendez

President Obama will formally name two successors to posts within the U.S. Transportation Department, following departures late last year and earlier this year.

Tags: Barack Obama, U.S. Department of Transportation, U.S. Senate, People, US DOT

April 21, 2014 - Industry News

ATA Files Petitions for Haz-Mat Exemptions

The U.S. Transportation Department’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration is taking comments on two applications from the American Trucking Associations claiming hazardous materials laws in two cities are unfair.

Tags: Regulations, New York City, PHMSA, City of Pittsburgh, U.S. Department of Transportation, U.S. DOT, Safety & Compliance, Hazmat

April 15, 2014 - Industry News

Update Next Month on Federal Truck Size and Weight Limits Study

The U.S. Transportation Department’s Federal Highway Administration is holding a webinar next month to provide an update on the progress of its Comprehensive Truck Size and Weight Limits Study.

Tags: Regulations, Federal Highway Administration, U.S. Department of Transportation, Safety & Compliance, FHWA, Truck Weights, US DOT, Truck Sizes

April 9, 2014 - Industry News

Tempest Arises from Review of Size and Weight Study

Photo: Evan Lockridge

A preliminary review by the Transportation Research Board indicates possible weaknesses in the Department of Transportation’s Comprehensive Truck Size and Weight Study. Opponents of higher limits seized on the review as evidence for their cause.

Tags: U.S. DOT, FHWA, Size and Weight, Congress, U.S. Department of Transportation, Teamsters, Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety

April 9, 2014 - Industry News

DOT Freight Index Hits Third Highest Level on Record

Credit: U.S. DOT

The amount of freight carried by the nation’s for-hire transportation industry rose 1.2% in February from January, rising after two consecutive monthly declines.

Tags: Economy, U.S. Department of Transportation, U.S. DOT, Freight, Freight Index

September 5, 2013 - Industry News

DOT Awards Nearly Half-Billion Dollars in TIGER Grants

Photo: Evan Lockridge

U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx has announced that 52 transportation projects in 37 states will receive a total of approximately $474 million from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery 2013 discretionary grant program, also known as TIGER.

Tags: U.S. Department of Transportation, Road Construction

August 20, 2013 - Industry News

Legislators Worry About Heavy Truck Impact on Local Roads

A bipartisan group of Representatives asked the Department of Transportation to consider the impact of heavier trucks on local roads and bridges as it studies national size and weight limits.

Tags: Highway Funding, U.S. Department of Transportation, Truck Weights, Truck Sizes, Congress, Federal Highway Administration

August 19, 2013 - Industry News

New Report Shows States With the Busiest Highways

Photo: Evan Lockridge

Overall, vehicles traveled 2.95 trillion miles on U.S. roads in 2011, the eighth-highest level ever recorded, and nearly double the amount traveled in 1980. California drivers alone traveled more than 900 times the distance from the Earth to the Sun.

Tags: Federal Highway Administration, U.S. Department of Transportation, Highways

August 9, 2013 - Industry News

Annual Transportation Statistics Report Released

The U.S. Transportation Department’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics has just released the Transportation Statistics Annual Report for 2012.

Tags: Statistics, U.S. Department of Transportation, U.S. DOT, Freight

May 31, 2013 - Industry News

U.S., Canada Announce Binational Border Infrastructure Plan

The Canadian and U.S. governments are working to make trade flow more smoothly at the border. (Photo by Jim Park)

Officials with the United States and Canada have announced a binational border infrastructure plan to expedite traffic and freight movements between the two countries. It outlines the approach that the U.S. and Canada will take to coordinate plans for physical infrastructure upgrades at small and remote ports of entry.

Tags: Cross-Border Trucking, Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Department of Transportation, Canada

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