Transportation Times

Trump, Xi Struggle to Chart Path for Trade Talks

Slow progress and disagreement on key initial demands from Presidents Donald Trump and Xi Jinping is raising doubts about whether the U.S. and China will actually return to the negotiating table to overcome their much deeper differences. ... Continue Reading

Earthquake Damage Adds to Infrastructure Woes at Port of Alaska

The primary users of Anchorage’s beleaguered port want city officials to delay the first major rehabilitation work at the port in years while port leaders continue to discover earthquake damage to critical infrastructure. ... Continue Reading

ATA’s NAFC Pushes for Delay in New Accounting Rules

American Trucking Associations’ National Accounting and Finance Council has called for a one-year delay of ASC Topic 842, a leasing accounting rule for private companies and nonprofit organizations. ... Continue Reading

FMCSA Panel Takes Steps to Revise Obsolete Medical Examiners Handbook

ARLINGTON, Va. — The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s update to its Medical Examiners Handbook is a step closer to completion. The handbook serves as a guideline for physicians who use it to assess truck driver health. ... Continue Reading

House Passes Bill For $15 an Hour Minimum Wage

The U.S. House approved legislation that would more than double the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour, fulfilling a campaign promise of Democrats who control the chamber and intend to capitalize on the pro-worker issue again in 2020. ... Continue Reading

June Class 8 Sales Improve Amid Softer Freight Market

U.S. Class 8 retail sales in June improved to climb above 23,000 units, reported. They landed against the backdrop of a freight environment that is weakening this year and already is served by too many trucks, other analysts said. ... Continue Reading

Volvo Cars Boosts Cost Cuts in Light of Declining Profit

Volvo Cars is stepping up cost-cutting in a bid to reverse a drop in profit as the Chinese-owned company succumbs to pricing pressure from competitors and trade friction that has unsettled global auto manufacturers. ... Continue Reading

Renault’s Senard Plays Down Potential for Nissan, Fiat Mergers

Renault SA Chairman Jean-Dominique Senard appears to have put merger considerations on the backburner as longstanding partner Nissan Motor Co. needs time for a turnaround and a failed deal with rival Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV remains “dead.” ... Continue Reading

Volvo Quarterly Earnings Surge as North America Deliveries Jump

Volvo Group’s second-quarter earnings beat analyst expectations, as truck deliveries rose and the company increased its market forecasts for North America and Europe this year. ... Continue Reading

Machines, Software May Be Best Bet to Conquer Final Mile

More than five years after a Christmas season in which UPS Inc. and offered refunds for late shipments, final-mile delivery still has plenty of kinks. ... Continue Reading

Experts: As a Funding Tool, Tolling May Benefit From an Image Shift

WASHINGTON — Transportation experts said recasting tolling’s image from an unpopular fundraising mechanism may increase its attractiveness to the public. ... Continue Reading

Industry Leaders Express Cautious Optimism Over Senate EPW Bill

WASHINGTON — The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee’s forthcoming highway policy bill will serve as an important first step on the legislative journey to reauthorize the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act, industry experts said. ... Continue Reading

FMCSA Proposes Two-Year Delay of Entry-Level Driver Training Rule Due to IT Glitches

Federal trucking regulators have proposed a two-year delay for compliance of certain provisions in the Entry Level Driver Training rule to allow more time for development of the secure electronic transfer of information to the certified training provider registry and state driver licensing agencies. ... Continue Reading

Transportation Investment Bills Can Succeed With Officials’ Support, Experts Say

WASHINGTON — Support from state and local officials is vital for the success of transportation funding measures, according to road building experts. ... Continue Reading

Ports Report Strong TEU Numbers at Halfway Mark of 2019

Most of the nation’s seaports reached the halfway point of 2019 reporting increased volume in 20-foot equivalent units (TEUs) compared with a year ago, which was a banner year for moving cargo. ... Continue Reading

Peloton to Develop System for Driverless Following Truck in Platooning

Peloton Technology Inc. announced it is expanding its vision for truck platooning and driver productivity. ... Continue Reading

Federal Inactivity Drives State Creativity With Infrastructure Funding

In the absence of a strong federal partner, states clamoring for infrastructure funds have taken financing measures into their own hands. ... Continue Reading

Cummins Executive to US House Panel: Investments in Low-Emissions Technologies Critical

WASHINGTON — Federal policymakers crafting comprehensive transportation legislation should consider enhancing investments in low-emissions technologies across the freight sector, an executive with Cummins Inc. told a congressional panel July 16. ... Continue Reading

Drone Tech Firm Cites Security in Cutting Ties With China’s Top Manufacturer

A supplier of drone technology to dozens of state and local law enforcement and public safety agencies, located in the United States and a handful of other countries, will stop working with Chinese drone manufacturers, citing security concerns. ... Continue Reading

Renault to Invest in Jiangling Electric Car in China

Renault SA will invest 128.5 million euros ($144 million) for a 50% stake in a venture with Jiangling Motors Corp. to develop electric vehicles in China, part of a push by the French company to make further inroads into the world’s biggest car market. ... Continue Reading