Category: Transportation

REST Act Aims to Streamline Transportation

Members of Congress recently re-introduced a bipartisan bill aimed at ensuring efficient and expedient cross-border shipments for the trucking industry. The Residue Entries and Streamlining Trade, or REST Act, is aimed at removing an absurd regulatory interpretation by Customs and Border Patrol (CBP). At issue is a seemingly straightforward issue involving U.S. trade. When a […]  More »

Cheap gasoline is helping some states rake in more tax revenue

Low oil prices could help shore up some states’ coffers, since increased driving brought on by cheap fuel will also result in more gas tax revenue.  More »

Solar-power plane airborne on historic round-the-world trip

Some legs of the trip, such as over the Pacific and Atlantic oceans, will mean five days and five nights of flying solo.  More »

Volatile Bakken crude expected to keep flowing through Texas

AUSTIN – Despite falling oil prices, production cutbacks and persistent safety concerns, rail officials plan to continue shipping millions of gallons of volatile crude oil from the Bakken region of North Dakota through Texas, according to updated records provided by state officials on Wednesday. Average weekly volumes reflect little change from a first batch of […]  More »

Delta challenges Obama administration on oil exports

Delta Air Lines’ refining subsidiary is accusing the Commerce Department of easing the nation’s longstanding ban on crude exports after “secret meetings” with oil companies.  More »

Lawmakers may end tax break on jet fuel, to Delta’s dismay

A bill filed in the House would cut the exemption at Atlanta’s Hartsfield Jackson Airport. Supportive lawmakers say it would help the state get federal money for aviation improvements throughout the state.  More »

Agency to vote on reducing California gas tax by 7.5 cents

The agency’s staff is recommending reducing the excise tax rate from 18 cents to 10.5 cents.  More »

Fuel-hauling trains could derail at 10 a year

The federal government predicts that trains hauling crude oil or ethanol will derail an average of 10 times a year over the next two decades, causing more than $4 billion in damage and possibly killing hundreds of people if an accident happens in a den…  More »

Truckers with 35,000 openings seek jobless oil workers

Attracting and retaining drivers is one of the biggest challenges for long-haul trucking companies, which can see annual driver turnover of more than 100 percent, according to Bloomberg Intelligence.  More »

West Virginia oil train derailment: Fires for hours, smoke

Emergency crews and environmental officials are responding to a train derailment in West Virginia that sent at least one tanker containing crude oil into a river and also caused a nearby house to catch fire.  More »

Canada Pacific rail and Teamsters agree to arbitration, ending strike

Canadian Pacific Railway and the Teamsters Canada Rail Conference agreed to go into mediated arbitration, ending a strike that began over the weekend, Labor Minister Kellie Leitch said. As a result, Canada’s federal government will no longer be pursuing back-to-work legislation, Leitch said at a press conference in Ottawa on Monday. “The strike is over,” Leitch said. “My expectation is that people return to work quickly.”  More »

Video: Sikorsky’s new helicopter takes flight

Sikorsky doesn’t expect the drop in crude oil prices to hurt its business, even though the oil industry is a big customer.  More »

Helicopter company opens Houston office to serve offshore workers

About 80 helicopters from Sikorsky’s S-76 model line are operating in the Gulf of Mexico, along with 50 in its S-92 line.  More »

Trucks triumph in 2014 as cheap fuel frees U.S. consumers

Consumers bought more pickups, minivans and sport utility vehicles than cars in every month of 2014.  More »

How low can gasoline go?

Collectively, drivers are saving an average of $315 million in fuel costs daily due to the price declines.  More »
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