Transportation Times

Amazon to Disclose More Details on Environmental Impact

Amazon.com announced it will disclose its carbon footprint later this year, giving consumers and investors new insight into the environmental cost of its popular two-day shipping. ... Continue Reading

FMCSA Grants Exemption From Flag Rule for Stinger-Steered Auto Haulers

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has granted a limited five-year exemption to relieve motor carriers operating stinger-steered automobile transporter equipment from a requirement to place warning flags on projecting loads of new motor vehicles. ... Continue Reading

PHMSA Issues Rule Requiring Oil Spill Response Plans for Flammable Trains

The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration has issued a final rule that requires railroads to develop and submit comprehensive oil spill response plans for route segments traveled by high-hazard flammable trains. ... Continue Reading

Walmart Slips as Yet Another Overseas Obstacle Materializes

In India, an unfavorable e-commerce ruling is likely to crimp the growth for Walmart Inc. In China, the retailer says an economic slowdown has shoppers tightening their purse strings. And now in the U.K., a deal to reduce Walmart’s exposure to the slowing market there is on life support. ... Continue Reading

Alberta Expects $1.7 Billion Profit From Crude-by-Rail Operation

Alberta is preparing a giant crude-by-rail operation to help its oil-sands producers cope with a pipeline crunch, and it expects a big profit from the venture. ... Continue Reading

Wheaton Van Lines Acquires Stevens Worldwide

Wheaton Van Lines is acquiring Stevens Worldwide Van Lines, adding a fourth household goods moving company to its corporate holdings. ... Continue Reading

Trump to Nominate DOT Official Jeffrey Rosen for Deputy Attorney General Post

President Donald Trump plans to nominate Jeffrey Rosen as the new deputy attorney general, the White House said the night of Feb. 19. ... Continue Reading

Tesla CEO Elon Musk Sets Goal of Making 500,000 Cars in 2019

Elon Musk said Tesla Inc. will make about 500,000 cars this year, a prediction that’s difficult to gauge given the CEO’s proclivity for setting stretch goals. ... Continue Reading

Volvo’s First Electric Trucks Put to Work

Volvo Trucks delivered its first all-electric vehicles to two companies operating in Sweden. ... Continue Reading

PepsiCo Buys Wellness-Focused Muscle Milk in New CEO’s First Move

New PepsiCo Inc. CEO Ramon Laguarta has made his first acquisition, purchasing the maker of sports and wellness products Muscle Milk from Hormel Foods Corp. for an undisclosed amount. ... Continue Reading

White House Cancels $929 Million in Grants for California’s Beleaguered Rail Project

The Trump administration on Feb. 19 said it will cancel more than $900 million in federal grants earmarked for a high-speed rail project California that the state’s Democratic governor announced would be scaled back from its initial vision amid delays and cost overruns. ... Continue Reading

Corn Included in Trump’s Trade Talks With China

U.S. corn sales to China have been part of the ongoing trade discussions between the nations, President Donald Trump said from the White House Oval Office on Feb. 19. ... Continue Reading

January Trailer Orders Fall 35%, but Extend Record Backlog

U.S. trailer orders in January reached 25,800, dropping 35% compared with a year earlier, according to ACT Research Co. ... Continue Reading

Fleets Do Their Own Truck Repairs, Open Service Bays to Offset Cost

Fleets find that by performing their own repairs, they can better control repair and wait times, and going commercial enables them to offset costs. Repairs can happen quickly while drivers are at home during their off-duty hours, making it a recruiting and retention tool. ... Continue Reading

Dickinson Fleet Services Purchases Highway Express Trailer Repair Co.

Dickinson Fleet Services announced the purchase of Highway Express Trailer Repair Co., a move that expands the company’s trailer repair business in the Chicago-area market. ... Continue Reading

GTI Transport Acquires Specialized Division of Precision Truck Lines

GTI Transport Solutions has purchased the specialized heavy-haul division of Precision Truck Lines and will move the business to a new location in Brantford, Ontario, where it will continue to operate with the same management and personnel under the name Precision Specialized Inc. ... Continue Reading

J.B. Hunt Finalizes Acquisition of Cory 1st Choice Home Delivery

J.B. Hunt Transport Services completed the purchase of Cory 1st Choice Home Delivery on Feb. 15, the Lowell, Ark.-based transportation company and logistics firm announced. ... Continue Reading

DTNA Unveils New Driver-Assist Technology in Freightliner Cascadia

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — Truck manufacturer Daimler Trucks North America recently demonstrated automated driver-assist technology that’s set to debut in its 2020 Freightliner Cascadia Class 8 model later this year, and said the system promises to make driving a truck — and the highways overall — safer. ... Continue Reading

Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont Pivots From Truck-Only Toll Plan

Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont has suggested a tolling program that would affect both cars and tractor-trailers, shifting away from an earlier pledge to only toll trucks. ... Continue Reading

Self-Driving Truck Startup Pronto Pursues Gradual Path to Automation

Pronto, the new self-driving truck startup launched by Anthony Levandowski, is pursuing a more incremental path toward autonomous driving than many of its competitors in the increasingly crowded race to bring automation to trucking. ... Continue Reading