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Listen to a quick daily rundown of all of the information you need to succeed in the fast-paced business world of trucking and freight transportation.

    Transport Topics (Dec. 6, 2021)

    Transport Topics (Dec. 6, 2021)

    Tesla CEO Elon Musk says the company’s electric pickup truck, Cybertruck, will be able to drive diagonally. That’s because it will have independent steering of the front and back wheels thanks to a four-motor variant. He reiterated his description of the vehicle as an “insane technology bandwagon.” Musk’s comments came on Twitter in response to comments and questions posted by other users.

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    Transport Topics (Dec. 3, 2021)

    Transport Topics (Dec. 3, 2021)

    Ocean freight rates on goods shipped to both U.S. coasts from Asia fell to the lowest levels since July, reflecting an easing of supply strains. The spot rate for a 40-foot container from Shanghai to Los Angeles sank 3.8% over the past week to $9,698, according to the Drewry World Container Index. From Shanghai to New York, the price dropped 4.9% to $12,582. Both are still around five times higher than they were before the pandemic in January 2020.

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    Transport Topics (Dec. 2, 2021)

    Transport Topics (Dec. 2, 2021)

    The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration extended regulatory waivers related to truck drivers’ allowable work time. The waiver for property-carrying vehicles was extended through Feb. 28. The FMCSA explained, “Although the number of COVID-19 cases began to decline in the U.S. following widespread introduction of vaccinations, persistent issues arising out of COVID-19 continue to affect the U.S., including impacts on supply chains and the need to ensure capacity to respond to variants and potential rises in infections.”

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    Transport Topics (Dec. 1, 2021)

    Transport Topics (Dec. 1, 2021)

    Federal officials, Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan and other stakeholders gathered yesterday for the groundbreaking ceremony for construction on the Howard Street Tunnel in Baltimore. The 126-year-old, 1.7-mile tunnel is a major pain-point for cargo movement in and out of the Port of Baltimore. The $500 million project will significantly expand intermodal freight traffic in and out of the expanding port along with the East Coast CSX rail network. The expansion also will revamp the tunnel, add capacity at three Baltimore bridges and improve access at 19 other locations on the heavily traveled stretch of tracks between Baltimore and Philadelphia, allowing additional room for trains with double-stacked containers.

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    Transport Topics (Nov. 30, 2021)

    Transport Topics (Nov. 30, 2021)

    President Joe Biden met yesterday with CEOs of some of the nation’s largest retailers, including Walmart and CVS, to discuss holiday supply chain concerns. Biden pointed to improvements in backups at ports, saying that his administration’s work has contributed to a 40% decrease in the number of containers sitting at docks for eight days or longer. Walmart’s CEO, Doug McMillon, offered some reassurances and said, “While we’re all concerned about the supply chain, we have more inventory than we did a year ago and have the inventory that we need to be able to support the business.” The meeting comes amid worries over the continued effects of the COVID pandemic on the economy as the holiday shopping season is in full swing.

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    Transport Topics (Nov. 25, 2021)

    Transport Topics (Nov. 25, 2021)

    Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker has stepped away from his administration’s plan to create a coalition of New England states with the purpose of cutting transportation pollution after the compact failed to generate broad support. Baker’s announcement came after Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont, who supported the initiative, indicated he was abandoning the Transportation and Climate Initiative. Rhode Island was the only other state to have expressed interest in the deal. The governors of other states — New Hampshire, Maine and Vermont — were skeptical of the program, in part over fears that it amounts to a gas tax or a tax on carbon. The proposal would have required large gasoline and diesel fuel suppliers to purchase “allowances’’ for the pollution caused by the use of the fuels they sell in the region.

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Customer Reviews

4.1 out of 5
12 Ratings

12 Ratings

TAMac321 ,

How I make my commute bearable

This rundown of trucking and logistics news headlines is the perfect way for me to make my morning commute feel productive.
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I like that I don’t have to wait to read these business news bits. I like that I can spend a minute listening to these top story abstracts and then use the rest of the drive to think about how the developments might change how we approach our plans for the day.
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My favorite feature, though, is the way these trucking stories are presented. It sounds... well... familiar because each program sounds just like the local and national news rundowns.
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Jblaze999 ,

Narrator is terrible

It sounds like a person pretending to be Siri. Please find someone better

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