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  • Parcel Lockers, EVs Combine for Energy Savings in Final Mile, Researcher Says January 16, 2019
    WASHINGTON — Electric trucks and vans show great promise for energy savings in making suburban deliveries for companies such as UPS Inc., according to an Oak Ridge National Laboratory scientist who presented her findings to a forum at the Transportation Research Board’s annual meeting.
    Jim Stinson
  • H.I.G. Capital Acquires Lipari Foods January 16, 2019
    Global private equity firm H.I.G. Capital has acquired Lipari Foods from Sterling Investment Partners, per a Jan. 8 press release. Financial terms were not disclosed.
  • Homebuilder Sentiment Gauge Rises From Three-Year Low January 16, 2019
    Sentiment among U.S. homebuilders rose for the first time in three months amid a decline in borrowing costs, a sign that housing may stabilize in the year ahead even as the industry remains in a broad slowdown.
    Chibuike Oguh
  • Supreme Court Rules Against Forced Federal Arbitration in Carrier-Driver Disputes January 16, 2019
    In a unanimous decision, the U.S. Supreme Court on Jan. 15 limited the ability under federal law for motor carriers to force disputes with owner-operators to be resolved in arbitration, a ruling that could cause an increase in future class-action lawsuits by truck drivers.
    Eric Miller
  • Former Transportation Secretary Mary Peters Receives Lifetime Achievement Award January 16, 2019
    WASHINGTON — Mary Peters, one of two secretaries of transportation during President George W. Bush’s tenure, was recognized with a lifetime achievement award at the annual meeting of the Transportation Research Board.
    Eugene Mulero
  • Wheels Are a Component of Fleets' Lightweighting Efforts January 16, 2019
    The cost of fuel consistently ranks among the top three expenses for trucking fleets, putting fuel economy at the top of fleet managers’ minds. Increasing fuel efficiency and consequently reducing operating expenses is a major reason fleets turn to vehicle lightweighting, especially on components such as truck wheels.
    Katie Pyzyk
  • Medium-Duty Sales in December Continue Upward Trend January 16, 2019
    Single-digit increases defined U.S. retail sales of medium-duty trucks in December and for the full year compared with year-ago periods, WardsAuto.com reported.
    Roger Gilroy
  • Sears CEO Eddie Lampert Wins Bankruptcy Auction That Keeps Company Alive January 16, 2019
    Eddie Lampert won a bankruptcy auction for Sears with a plan that will keep the rtailer in business and seek to save tens of thousands of jobs, according to a person with knowledge of the discussions.
    Bloomberg News
  • State Freight Plans Don't Reflect Uniform Metrics, Expert Says January 16, 2019
    WASHINGTON — State freight plans indicate various levels of detail regarding the ways freight is discussed and measured, according to a transportation expert from Northwestern University.
    Eleanor Lamb
  • Volkswagen to Invest $800 Million, Create 1,000 Jobs at Tennessee Plant January 16, 2019
    From the Detroit auto show, Volkswagen announced this week plans to invest $800 million in its Chattanooga, Tenn., plant, expecting to create 1,000 jobs in the United States.
    Benjamin Raven
  • Oaktree Capital Invests $450 Million in Rail Transportation Firm Watco January 16, 2019
    Oaktree Capital Management is investing $450 million and forming a strategic partnership with Watco Cos., a privately owned company that provides a broad range of rail transportation services in North America and Australia.
    Daniel P. Bearth
  • Home Sales Fall in December; Price Growth at Six-Year Low January 16, 2019
    U.S. home sales slumped in December, while prices inched up slightly, marking the smallest annual increase since the end of the last housing crash in 2012, according to data from brokerage Redfin.
    Prashant Gopal
  • Nikola Moves Closer to Marketing Hydrogen-Electric Trucks January 16, 2019
    LAS VEGAS — Nikola Motor Co. founder and CEO Trevor Milton said two key customers — private fleet Anheuser-Busch Cos. and truckload carrier U.S. Xpress Enterprises — will begin fleet tests of Nikola’s zero-emisssions hydrogen-electric Class 8 trucks by the end of the year, as the first shoots of the necessary fueling infrastructure are emerging […]
    Roger Gilroy
  • FMCSA Says Rate of Truck-Occupant Deaths and Fatal Crashes Continues to Climb January 16, 2019
    WASHINGTON ­­— Federal trucking regulators expressed concern over increasing numbers of large-truck-involved fatal crashes in work zones and a continuing increase in the number of fatalities of large-truck occupants.
    Eric Miller
  • State DOT Leaders Urge Federal Action on Long-Term Infrastructure Funding January 16, 2019
    WASHINGTON — Congress and the White House should focus on crafting a long-term highway bill over the next year that would ensure certainty in funding for big-ticket projects around the country, a group of state transportation leaders said Jan. 15.
    Eugene Mulero
  • Dana Reports Higher Sales in Preliminary 2018 Results January 15, 2019
    Commercial vehicle supplier Dana Inc. announced preliminary 2018 financial results that included higher revenue, and higher earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization.
    Roger Gilroy
  • TuSimple Proceeds With Plans to Build World’s Largest Self-Driving Truck Fleet January 15, 2019
    LAS VEGAS — Autonomous truck developer TuSimple said it will expand its U.S. test fleet to 40 vehicles by June, which the company claims will make it the world’s largest self-driving truck business.
    Seth Clevenger
  • Innovation in DOTs Often Starts With On-the-Ground Employees, Experts Say January 15, 2019
    WASHINGTON— Transportation employees who work alongside roads and behind the wheels of maintenance vehicles can offer valuable perspectives on worthwhile projects, according to panelists gathered to discuss innovation at the Transportation Research Board’s annual meeting Jan. 15.
    Eleanor Lamb
  • IANA Elects 2019 Board of Directors, Officers January 15, 2019
    The Intermodal Association of North America has installed its 2019 board of directors and officers, including two new members. The turnover took place Jan. 1, according to a Jan. 11 press release.
  • Opinion: The ABCs of Emerging Transport Technologies January 15, 2019
    Emerging technologies are reshaping the very nature of how we transport goods, and offer the ability to provide agile services that meet the increasing demands of the supply chain, says Ben Wiesen of Carrier Logistics Inc.
    Ben Wiesen
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