Transportation Times

New Jersey Budget Includes Record $590 Million for Transit

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy proposed a record $40.9 billion budget supported by a millionaire’s tax that would help underpin record spending on New Jersey Transit, pensions and schools. ... Continue Reading

NTSB Critical of Tesla, Apple in Probe of 2018 Crash

The 2018 fatal crash of a Tesla Inc. SUV, in which an Apple Inc. employee was playing a game on his company-issued phone and the car veered into a divider, highlights the “misuses of technology,” a U.S. investigator said Feb. 25. ... Continue Reading

Fleets, Dealers Discuss Open, Honest Communication

ATLANTA — Honesty and communication are the best techniques to help fleets and service dealers work together, according to representatives from both sides of that relationship. ... Continue Reading

Andrew Cuomo Willing to Provide Information — With Limits — to Feds for Trusted Traveler Programs

New York Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo has indicated a willingness to provide information to the federal government on individuals enrolling or renewing their applications for Trusted Traveler Programs, but remains adamant in his refusal to provide state Department of Motor Vehicles database information. ... Continue Reading

Mack Launches Active Steering Feature, Earns SmartWay Certification

ATLANTA — Mack Trucks announced an active steering option, Command Steer, for its Anthem models that monitors road conditions at nearly 2,000 times per second using truck-mounted sensors to help maintain directional stability, for instance, on rough roads, in high winds or during blowouts. ... Continue Reading

CIE Manufacturing Unveils New Chassis Line

ATLANTA — CIE Manufacturing presented the Revere, a new line of chassis, Feb. 24 at American Trucking Associations’ Technology & Maintenance Council annual meeting. ... Continue Reading

TMC Awards Four Industry Leaders With Silver Spark Plug Award

ATLANTA — Incoming Technology & Maintenance Council Chairman Stacy Earnhardt was among four industry professionals honored with the Silver Spark Plug Feb. 24. ... Continue Reading

Consumer Confidence Rises Slightly to 130.7 in February

WASHINGTON — U.S. consumer confidence improved slightly in February, rising to a reading of 130.7, the highest point since August. ... Continue Reading

Rich Corrado to Replace Joe Hete as CEO at Wilmington Air Transport Services

Joe Hete will step down as chief executive of Wilmington’s Air Transport Services Group Inc. in May and will be replaced by Rich Corrado, the air transport company said Feb. 25. ... Continue Reading

Port of Los Angeles Sees Coronavirus Drag Through Most of 2020

The shipping industry will remain volatile for most of 2020 as the coronavirus outbreak in China upends the global supply chain, said the head of the largest U.S. container port. ... Continue Reading

Fleet Maintenance Group Creates Task Force on Hiring Veterans

ATLANTA — The Technology & Maintenance Council’s study group on fleet maintenance management created a new task force to focus on hiring military personnel for trucking industry roles. ... Continue Reading

Home Depot’s Same-Store Sales Surge in Q4

Home Depot reported a better-than-expected fourth quarter with strong comparable-store sales. ... Continue Reading

Coronavirus Outbreak Keeps Global Markets in Check

LONDON — Share prices around the world, particularly in Japan, took a hit Feb. 25 amid mounting fears about the economic impact of the new coronavirus outbreak. ... Continue Reading

Amazon Opens Cashier-Less Grocery Store in Seattle

Amazon is opening its first cashier-less supermarket, the latest sign that the online retailing giant is serious about shaking up the $800 billion grocery industry. ... Continue Reading

TMC Aims to Help Fleets Navigate Complexity of Electric, Automated Vehicles

ATLANTA — As manufacturers and technology developers introduce electric-powered trucks and continue to test automated driving systems, American Trucking Associations' Technology & Maintenance Council is taking steps to help fleets navigate the complexity of these emerging technologies. ... Continue Reading

Freight Stakeholders Advocate for Modernizing NEPA

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration’s effort to update long-standing federal environmental permitting guidelines received a resounding endorsement on Feb. 24 from a group of business and freight stakeholders. ... Continue Reading

Diesel Declines 0.8¢ a Gallon to $2.882

The nationwide average price of diesel fuel declined by less than a cent per gallon Feb. 24, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. ... Continue Reading

Amtrak Blames Freight Trains for Passenger Delays Getting Worse

Amtrak's "on-time performance" for its increasingly popular passenger trains is sliding to new lows, and it says that slow-moving freight trains that use the same tracks are to blame. ... Continue Reading

Michelin Announces New Digital Trailer Maintenance and Repair Program

ATLANTA — Michelin Services and Solutions is a major step in helping trucking companies lessen the pain of fleet trailer repairs and maintenance, Michelin North America said of its new digital services platform. ... Continue Reading

Alcoa Debuts New Lightweight Wheel, Bore Design

ATLANTA — Alcoa Wheels introduced a new wheel for heavy-truck applications that the company said is the lightest wheel it has produced, and which features a design that reduces contact with the wheel hub, which it said can combat corrosion. ... Continue Reading