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Transport Topics government and regulatory coverage keeps managers of a highly-regulated industry aware of the policy decisions that can shape their businesses. Covering both the legislative and regulatory aspects of policy-making, at both the state and national levels, the news in this category includes looks at infrastructure, hours of service, emissions rules, funding measures, leadership appointments, and more. Readers can follow what’s happening in Congress, at the Department of Transportation and the Federal Motor Carrier Administration, and in state and local governments.


Why a Lack of Investment in Roads & Bridges is Everyone's Problem with AASHTO's Joung Lee 

As part of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA), 60 billion dollars was dedicated to repair and modernize surface transportation corridors with projects in every state. The necessity of these projects was highlighted in ATRI's recent Top Truck Bottlenecks List which detailed high congestion points that burdened the supply chain and the movement of goods. In the time since IIJA was signed, what progress has been made in the rebuilding and revitalization of the nation's roads and bridges? The American Association of State Highway & Transportation Officials (AASHTO) often serves as liaison between state departments of transportation recommending or implementing these projects and the Federal government. Joung Lee, AASHTO's Deputy Director and Chief Policy Officer, joins Dan Ronan and Eugene Mulero to discuss how investments support highway safety, the potential for state EV infrastructure, and what work remains to be done. 

April 28, 2023

TT Podcasts: RoadSigns Archive

How can autonomous trucks fit into the freight transportation industry? Host Seth Clevenger chats with Waabi's Vivian Sun and's Jan Becker.

Government, Fuel

Diesel Bumps Up 1.8¢ to $4.116 a Gallon

Diesel’s national average price ended its 10-week run of declines by rising 1.8 cents to $4.116 a gallon, according to Energy Information Administration data released April 17.

April 17, 2023
Government, Business

House GOP Points to Transportation Record

An update to Federal Highway Administration guidance related to a $1.2 trillion infrastructure law is among key achievements House Republicans are touting.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
April 17, 2023
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, TCA

Norfolk Southern Near Ready to Reopen Some Tracks in Ohio

Norfolk Southern says it has completed excavation of the impacted soil underneath the south track at the site of the East Palestine train derailment and will finish restoration of the track in the coming days.

Kaylee Remington |
April 17, 2023

Secretary Buttigieg to Defend Budget in Congress, Again

Capitol Agenda: Funding leaders in the House will review President Joe Biden's fiscal 2024 budget request for transportation programs on April 20.

April 17, 2023
Government, Business, Technology, Safety, Autonomous

Tesla Reports Another Fatality Involving Automated Driving

Tesla Inc. disclosed to U.S. regulators another fatal crash involving automated driver-assist systems, bringing its total to 17 since June 2021.

Keith Laing | Bloomberg News
April 17, 2023
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Fuel

Only 10 EVs Qualify for Full $7,500 US Tax Credit

Only 10 electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles will qualify for $7,500 federal tax credits after stricter battery-sourcing rules take effect and render most plug-in models ineligible.

April 17, 2023
Government, Business, Technology, Fuel

US Tax Breaks Lure European Clean Tech

LONDON — Norwegian startup Freyr will first build batteries to power electric vehicles and store clean energy in a remote town near the Arctic Circle. Up next? An Atlanta suburb.

Kelvin Chan | Associated Press
April 17, 2023
Government, Business, Equipment, Fuel

Drop in Diesel Demand Heightens Recession Concerns

“Diesel demand can act as a leading indicator for broader growth as an early sign that spending by households is waning,” said one expert.

April 17, 2023
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety

Inward-Facing Cameras Rate Low With Drivers

With an approval rating of 2.2 on a 10-point scale in an American Transportation Research Institute study, it’s clear that truck drivers do not hold driver-facing cameras in high regard.

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
April 17, 2023