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  • HRBT expansion: How officials are avoiding disrupting the shipping industry, national security

    07/28/2019 9:32:23 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 4 replies
    The Williamsburg-Yorktown Daily ^ | June 25, 2019 | Sarah Fearing
    In the next year or two, the seabed between Hampton and Norfolk will start to change. Mud and sand will slowly move as a custom-built boring machine tunnels alongside the Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel. Travelers funneling through the existing HRBT may not notice the adjacent construction just on the other side of the tunnel wall. Cargo ships and Navy vessels, carrying thousands of containers and sailors, may pass over the project’s construction completely undisturbed. And that’s the way Hampton Roads Transportation Planning Organization officials want it to stay. “It’s something we’re really proud of,” said Robert Crum, executive director for the...
  • new driver training regulations that may hurt its ability to hire drivers

    07/12/2019 6:35:56 PM PDT · by spintreebob · 12 replies
    Bizjournal.com ^ | 6-28-2019 | Brendan Ward
    United Parcel Service Inc. has asked for exemptions from 2020 entry-level driver training regulations that would hurt the company’s ability to hire new drivers, according to a report from FreightWaves. The new Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration rules would require behind-the-wheel and theory driver training instructors to have two years experience and to have held a commercial driver’s license for two years. “If it has to comply with the instructor qualification requirements, UPS would not be able to use a minimum of 25% of its current certified driver instructors,” UPS said, according to the logistics news site. Looking forward two...
  • Sikh drivers are transforming U.S. trucking. Take a ride along the Punjabi American highway

    06/28/2019 7:54:45 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 82 replies
    The Los Angeles Times ^ | June 27, 2019 | Jaweed Kaleem
    It’s 7:20 p.m. when he rolls into Spicy Bite, one of the newest restaurants here in rural northwest New Mexico. Locals in Milan, a town of 3,321, have barely heard of it. The building is small, single-story, built of corrugated metal sheets. There are seats for 20. The only advertising is spray-painted on concrete roadblocks in English and Punjabi. Next door is a diner and gas station; the county jail is across the road. Palwinder Singh orders creamy black lentils, chicken curry and roti, finishing it off with chai and cardamom rice pudding. After 13 hours on and off the...
  • A trucking startup just beat Tesla and Waymo to run driverless semi-trucks on the open road

    06/26/2019 5:53:00 AM PDT · by Moonman62 · 91 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 6/26/19 | Rachel Premack
    Starsky Robotics is now testing autonomous trucks that have no driver inside, the San Francisco Bay Area startup announced on Wednesday. As of June 16, Starsky began operating truly driverless semi-trucks on the Florida turnpike. It's a first in the industry. To be sure, there are plenty of autonomous trucks on the road. TuSimple has a fleet of more than 50 trucks making three to five revenue-generating routes per day in Arizona. Waymo resumed testing its self-driving trucks in Phoenix, after ending the tests two years ago. Embark's trucks drove more than 124,000 automated miles last year. And Tesla has...
  • 21st Century Policy Opinion: Stop Federal Spending Outside Freight Corridors

    06/12/2019 4:39:38 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 18 replies
    For Construction Pros ^ | June 10, 2019 | Marc Scribner, senior fellow at the Competitive Enterprise Institute
    The U.S. Interstate Highway System is the backbone of American commerce and personal travel. Funded on a pay-as-you-go basis largely through federal excise taxes on motor fuel, today it accounts for 25% of total vehicle-miles traveled despite accounting for just 2.5% of total road network lane-miles. Yet, much of the Interstate system, construction of which began in the 1950s, is nearing the end of its functional life, along with the infrastructure of other surface transportation modes. Over the next two decades, trillions of dollars of investment will be needed to rehabilitate and in some cases rebuild this infrastructure, according to...
  • SunTrax project moves toward phase two in Polk

    06/12/2019 4:29:36 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 3 replies
    The Ledger ^ | June 3, 2019 | Gary White
    AUBURNDALE — Florida has one of the world’s most famous asphalt ovals in the Daytona International Speedway. A slightly smaller track recently completed in Auburndale won’t draw massive crowds for races, but it’s part of a project that could hasten the day when self-driving vehicles take over the roads. Crews finished laying asphalt for the 2¼-mile oval — phase one of SunTrax — in early May, and construction will begin in the coming months on infield elements designed for the development and testing of connected and autonomous vehicles. The second phase of SunTrax, a project overseen by Florida’s Turnpike Enterprise...
  • Breaking: Amazon's Digital Freight Brokerage Platform Goes Live

    04/28/2019 1:20:43 PM PDT · by amorphous · 30 replies
    MSN Money ^ | 27 April 2019 | Freight Waves
    Today, freight brokers' and carriers' worst nightmare has come true: Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) has quietly taken its digital freight brokerage platform live at freight.amazon.com, and it is undercutting market prices from 26 to 33 percent. Early this morning, in a client note responding to Amazon's announcement that it would begin offering free one-day shipping to Prime members, Morgan Stanley equities analyst Brian Nowak made a cryptic prediction. "We see AMZN's 1-day Prime shipping raising consumer expectations and increasing the cost to compete in e-commerce. Over the long term, we also see this as a Trojan horse for Amazon to...
  • Idaho hemp legislation is a step backward

    04/08/2019 10:52:48 AM PDT · by Twotone · 12 replies
    Idaho Freedom Foundation ^ | April 5, 2019 | Wayne Hoffmann
    Last year President Donald Trump signed the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 into law. That Farm Bill allowed states to grow hemp. With that, I only imagined our state politicians would loosen Idaho’s stringent anti-cannabis laws. When it comes to politicians, I need to learn to be more imaginative. A few weeks ago, the Idaho House overwhelmingly passed a bill to allow the farming and cultivation of hemp. The measure would have allowed the use of cannabidiol oil for medicinal purposes. But at the insistence of some in law enforcement, lawmakers retreated and instead advanced legislation that would keep hemp...
  • Maryland seeks grant to widen I-81

    03/27/2019 8:27:21 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 22 replies
    The Hagerstown Herald-Mail ^ | March 6, 2019 | Mike Lewis
    Maryland is again seeking federal funds for the second phase of widening Interstate 81 in Washington County. Gov. Larry Hogan’s administration announced Monday that it submitted two Infrastructure for Rebuilding America, or INFRA, grant applications. One project would widen part of I-81. The other would renovate the Howard Street Tunnel in Baltimore, so it could carry double-stacked rail traffic. The application is accompanied a 50-page attachment of letters of support from state officials, as well as business, civic and political leaders in the Tri-State region. A letter signed by Hogan says the grant funding “will position the I-81 Corridor as...
  • DeWine proposing 18-cent increase in state gas tax, generating $1.2 billion

    02/20/2019 10:19:05 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 51 replies
    The Columbus Dispatch ^ | February 20, 2019 | Randy Ludlow and Jim Siegel
    Gov. Mike DeWine will propose an 18-cents a gallon increase in the gasoline tax to maintain and upgrade Ohio’s roads and bridges in the transportation budget he submits to lawmakers Thursday. That would amount to a 64 percent increase in the state’s current 28-cent gas tax, which the state transportation director has said is insufficient for the state and local governments to maintain current roads or finish major new construction projects. DeWine revealed the number Wednesday on WTAM in Cleveland. He did not disclose if the amount would be phased in over multiple years. He also did not discuss if...
  • Infrastructure Stakeholders to Congress: Fix the Highway Trust Fund

    02/09/2019 1:05:08 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 11 replies
    Transport Topics ^ | February 7, 2019 | Eugene Mulero
    Nearly a dozen stakeholders representing local governments and the freight and commuter sectors on Feb. 7 urged a House transportation panel to identify a sustainable source of funding for an infrastructure bill. As the panel prepares to craft legislation, lawmakers agreed infrastructure policy should top their priorities this year. Yet, they continue to differ on a way forward for ensuring the sustainability of the dwindling Highway Trust Fund. The idea that former Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood told the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee to consider is increasing and indexing the fuel tax by about 10 cents. Doing so, LaHood argued, would...
  • Todd Spencer: Highway system deserves gas tax revenue

    01/27/2019 11:14:11 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 22 replies
    The Indianapolis Business Journal ^ | January 25, 2019 | Todd Spencer
    More than 60 years ago, the interstate highway system was envisioned to connect the country from coast to coast. Initially, a modest 3-cents-per-gallon tax on gasoline and diesel fuel was established and wholly dedicated to the construction and maintenance of roads and bridges. The vision became reality and exceeded expectations, connecting communities, making travel easier, and improving the flow of commerce. A short time later, the gasoline and diesel tax was increased to 4 cents per gallon—where it stayed until 1983, when it was doubled. Unfortunately, this also marked the point in which highway taxes began to be diverted to...
  • Could A New Interstate North of Houston Help Alleviate The City’s Traffic Issues?

    12/28/2018 8:03:34 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 21 replies
    Houston Public Media ^ | October 1, 2018 | Gail Delaughter
    In central Texas, a portion of U.S. 190 near Killeen has been designated as Interstate 14. But the Youth Infrastructure Coalition would like to see a complete I-14 corridor from eastern Georgia to west Texas. Under their proposal, I-14 would create an alternate east-west highway that would be located midway between I-10 and I-20.The coalition’s founder is Frank Lumpkin, a student at the University of Georgia. He said he and other students started the group to inspire young people to get involved in infrastructure projects that can benefit the area.“If you look at a map and take the demographics of...
  • Legacy Parkway’s truck ban and low speed limit will disappear without action by the Utah Legislature

    12/27/2018 10:53:01 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 7 replies
    The Salt Lake Tribune ^ | December 9, 2018 | Lee Davidson
    Legacy Parkway in Davis County is a different sort of freeway. It bans trucks. The speed limit is just 55 mph. Its mere two lanes in each direction have rubberized pavement to dampen sound — all designed to help adjacent wetlands and wildlife. But that could change dramatically in a little more than a year, on Jan. 1, 2020. That is when a 15-year deal expires, initially drawn up to end lawsuits by environmental groups against the highway. The truck ban will disappear that day, and the state is then free to raise the speed limit or look at widening...
  • Businesses, cities laud grant approval for I-49 project

    12/22/2018 10:59:56 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 13 replies
    The Joplin Globe ^ | December 10, 2018 | Jordan Larimore
    PINEVILLE, Mo. — Gregg Sweeten had difficulty last week putting his reaction into words. When he learned that funding for the long-sought Bella Vista Bypass had been found, Sweeten, the Pineville mayor and McDonald County emergency manager, was stunned. Then he was elated. "That is amazing," Sweeten said. "That is going to be so great. I think it’s going to lead to all kinds of opportunities not only for Pineville but for McDonald County. I mean, it’s just — I just can’t say how happy I am. Wow. That is ... that’s wild. That’s amazing. That’s a Christmas present right...
  • Indiana lawmakers question governor’s tolling decisions

    12/08/2018 8:54:40 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 41 replies
    The Seymour Tribune ^ | December 8, 2018 | The Seymour Tribune
    SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Northern Indiana lawmakers are calling into question Gov. Eric Holcomb’s decision against imposing new tolls on the state’s interstate highways, while allowing the Indiana Toll Road’s private operator to significantly boost rates for large trucks using that highway. Democratic Sen. Karen Tallian of Portage tells the South Bend Tribune that the situation is unfair because only the communities in northern Indiana along the Toll Road will have the burden of higher tolls, while all parts of the state will benefit from the toll money. The Republican governor announced in September that the operator of the Toll...
  • Law enforcement bracing for more semis on U.S. 20 in LaPorte County as Toll Road fees increase

    10/09/2018 8:12:39 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 22 replies
    The South Bend Tribune ^ | October 6, 2018 | Stan Maddux
    LAPORTE — Law enforcement in LaPorte County is preparing for the possibility of an already-congested and dangerous U.S. 20 being overrun with more semi-trucks as drivers avoid the 35 percent cost increase of traveling the Indiana Toll Road. Much of that stretch of highway being down to one lane in each direction for resurfacing adds to the concerns. LaPorte County Sheriff John Boyd said he’s reached out to Indiana State Police to help patrol U.S. 20 if an increase in truck traffic becomes too much for his staff to handle alone. “We’re going to prepare for it,” Boyd said. “We’re...
  • Now hiring: Wisconsin makes change for military-trained drivers to land trucking jobs

    10/06/2018 3:16:57 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    The Green Bay Press-Gazette | October 5, 2018 | Nathan Phelps
    Link only due to copyright issues: https://www.greenbaypressgazette.com/story/money/2018/10/05/now-hiring-wisconsin-waives-tests-some-military-truck-drivers/1532384002/
  • National Truck Driver Appreciation Week

    09/25/2018 2:48:28 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    Outdoor Hub ^ | September 10, 2018 | Staff
    Ever since then Lieutenant Dwight D. Eisenhower lead a convoy of early trucks across the United States in 1919, the role of the American truck driver has been cemented in our culture, history and economy. Because of the importance truckers play almost a century after that famous cross country trip, the American Trucking Associations celebrates National Truck Driver Appreciation Week.As part of this well deserved celebration, Shell Rotella is launching an all new season of the hit CarbonTV original, “Roadworthy”. In the show, viewers will meet and ride along with truckers around the United States who have a strong desire...
  • Chinese truckers demonstrate over high fuel costs, truck-hailing app Manbang

    09/12/2018 10:34:15 PM PDT · by Zhang Fei · 19 replies
    Reuters ^ | June 12, 2018 / 3:38 AM | Adam Jourdan and Pei Li
    SHANGHAI/BEIJING, June 12 (Reuters) - Chinese truck drivers are demonstrating against higher fuel costs and the dominance of local truck hire platform Manbang which they said is squeezing incomes, a potential headache for the firm backed by SoftBank Group Corp and Alphabet Inc. Since late last week, demonstrations by truck drivers have been seen in over a dozen locations around China, according to Hong Kong-based China Labour Bulletin, which tracks labour action in mainland China. On social media, photos and videos circulated showing long lines of parked trucks adorned with banners. The demonstrations come as oil prices hit their highest...