The Georgia Ports Authority (GPA) implemented a growth plan in 2016, which has made GPA one of the nation’s top auto processing area, GPA Executive Director Griff Lynch said recently in his annual State of the Port address.
Port of Brunswick is the nation’s single-largest auto port. When combined with the Port of Savannah, Brunswick is the second-busiest roll-on/roll-off port.
Colonel’s Island Terminal saw its auto processing capacity grow 50 percent and now has a capacity of 800,000 cars ann...
For the model year 2017, one-third of vehicles do not have a spare tire as part of standard equipment, according to the AAA.
Automakers are eliminating spare tires to decrease vehicle weight and increase fuel economy and replacing them with tire pressure monitoring systems and tire-inflator kits. This move, however, means drivers will have the unnecessary hassle and extra expense when they experience a flat tire.
The AAA answered more than 450,000 calls from members who had a flat and no spar...
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) updated their long-standing aviation safety agreement last month.
The agreement, called Technical Implementation Procedures for Airworthiness and Environmental Certification, was signed Sept. 22 and updates go into effect 180 days later.
The agreement’s purpose is to specify the procedures used for approving civil aeronautics product design. Each agency must notify the other of significant changes in thei...
The Michigan Senate recently passed legislation that would make Flint a Promise Zone.
Promise Zones are defined by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development as high-poverty areas where the federal government will invest in or establish partnerships to leverage private investment, reduce violent crime, increase economic activity, expand educational opportunities, and create jobs.
Promise Zones must complete an application process and demonstrate local commitment to a set of outcomes...
U.S. Department of Transportation Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration recently awarded the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) with an Assistance for Local Emergency Response Training (ALERT) grant for an undisclosed amount.
ALERT provides hazmat training for volunteer or remote emergency responders who deal with emergencies involving the transportation by rail of flammable liquids. Training can occur both in-person and online.
“The ALERT grant program has been ...
For the second consecutive year, operational costs related to employees were higher than fuel costs in 2016, according to a report by the American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI).
The average cost per mile was $1.59, the report, An Analysis of the Operational Costs of Trucking, said. Employee benefits increased 18 percent and driver wages grew 5 percent while fuel costs dropped 17 percent.
An Analysis of the Operational Costs of Trucking has been released annually since 2008. Every y...
Four Oregon congressmen recently sent a letter to the U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) urging the agency to maintain security equipment at Crater Lake-Klamath Regional Airport in Klamath Falls after PenAir’s bankruptcy.
PenAir was the airport’s sole commercial air service provider. When the airline went bankrupt, it did not provide much advanced notice that it was canceling service. This has left airports like Crater Lake scrambling to find a replacement carrier.
PenAir is op...
State Rep. Daire Rendon (R-Lake City) recently introduced a bill that would create career training programs throughout the state.
The programs would be age appropriate and would encourage the involvement of parents, local businesses, and industry.
“Students of every grade have different interests, so it makes sense to diversify education toward the benefit of those interests,” Rendon said. “Using locally based instruction, we can develop their education that will lead to a bright future.”
The North American Concrete Alliance (NACA), a coalition of 12 concrete and cement associations, recently sent a letter to members of the U.S. House Transportation Committee to express its views on transportation funding.
“NACA is concerned that the investment in our surface transportation infrastructure is painfully inadequate to meet our current needs, let alone the needs of future generations,” the letter said. “We believe that previous efforts fell short and as a result the Highway Trust ...
The Florida Public Service Commission recently held a roundtable discussion on electric-vehicle (EV) infrastructure.
The roundtable, featuring utility, manufacturer, and industry development representatives, discussed public and private electric-vehicle charging infrastructure as well as the effects of EVs on the state’s power grid and energy consumption. EV regulation and marketing were also discussed.
“As electric vehicle popularity and demand continues to grow, we want to make sure Florida...
Airlines had an increase in late flights and flight cancellations in August compared to the previous year, according to a U.S. Department of Transportation report.
The on-time arrival rate in August was 77.1 percent, a point 0.5 percent decrease from last year. In July, the on-time rate was 76.9 percent.
The number of canceled domestic flights was 2.2 percent of those scheduled, a .08 increase from August 2016 and a 1.1 percent increase from July 2017.
Mishandled baggage claims, meanwhile, de...
The Michigan Senate recently passed a bill that addresses tax relief for first responders.
The bill applies to police and firefighters who were born after 1952 and retired before 2013 and brings their tax structure in line with retirees covered by Social Security. Those eligible would receive an increased tax deduction for retirement or pension benefits that were not covered by Social Security.
The deduction only applies to government employment. This includes service in the armed forces or M...
Employees at auto-glass manufacturer Fuyao Glass America filed a request Monday with the National Labor Relations Board, citing unfair and unequal treatment on the job as well as unsafe, arbitrary policies and workplace conditions.
They are asking the board to schedule a union representation vote. The plant’s approximately 1,500 workers would then vote on joining the United Auto Workers (UAW).
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has fined Fuyao in the past after receiving numero...
Nearly a third of Chinese companies expect their travel budgets to grow over the next year, according to CITS American Express Global Business Travel’s 2017 China Business Travel Survey.
A year ago, only 17 percent of companies said they would increase their budgets, compared to 31 percent this year.
The Belt and Road Initiative, a development strategy to strengthen economic relations across East Asia, Europe, Africa and the Middle East, is responsible for 43 percent of the companies that are...
Daimler AG is testing its latest autonomous vehicle, self-driving snow plows, on the site of the former Pferdsfeld airbase in Germany, which would be used for snow removal at airports.
The test called Automated Airfield Ground Maintenance employs four, remote-controlled Mercedes-Benz Arocs tractors. This setup allows a single person to control the entire snow-clearing fleet. It also allows for more precision and would help airports compensate when winter weather strikes suddenly.