Report: Rail industry should do more to safely move crude oil, ethanol

The rail industry needs to repair track defects, upgrade tank-car design and increase training of emergency responders in order to improve safe transportation of crude oil and ethanol, says a new report by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine.

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FMCSA gives $70 million for driver training

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration recently handed out $70 million in grants aimed at driver training and safety programs.
The grants are meant to help states and commercial vehicle training schools:
• improve states’ safety efforts
• help states comply with FMCSA CDL regulations
• help train military veterans for commercial driving jobs
The agency awarded:
• $41.5 million in High Priority grants to enhance states’ commercial motor vehicle safety efforts, as well as advance technological capability within states. A full list of HP grants awarded by FMCSA can be found here.

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NY-NJ port urged to uniformly extend gate hours

A uniform increase in the gate hours of the major terminals at the Port of New York and New Jersey is needed to handle the expected surge in thousands of containers loaded on and off mega-ships, industry leaders argue. Although turn times have improved at the port, the terminals and trucking community will not be able to handle the container volume within the current gate hours at the port’s four main terminals, speakers told several hundred attendees at the Port of New York and New Jersey Port Industry Day on Monday. The terminals at present open around 6 a.m. and close between 3 p.m. and 7 p.m., local time, depending on the terminal and the type of cargo.
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FedEx rolls out 2018 rate increases

Transportation and logistics bellwether FedEx yesterday announced rate increases for various business lines, including FedEx Express, FedEx Ground, and FedEx Freight, which will take effect on January 1, 2018.

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U.S. Manufacturers Respond to Regulatory Plans

Manufacturers and wholesale distributors are optimistic about the perceived impact of the Trump administration’s plans for trade deregulation on their businesses, according to new research commissioned by business software provider Exact. Sixty-three percent of respondents anticipate that the plans will be beneficial to their businesses.

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