Transportation

Air charters get a lift on port standoff

A standoff in contract talks at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach has turned into a boon for the air charter business.

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The Uber app on a mobile phone in Madrid, Spain.

Uber, the taxi-hailing app, has unveiled a new feature that will enable passengers to listen to their own Spotify playlists as they travel, in what the group has described as a “first of its kind partnership”. In a call to investors on Monday afternoon, Uber CEO Travis Kalanick announced plans to team up with the …

Transports riding high

The Dow Transport Index is near a record, with more goods and people hitting the roads, rails and taking to the skies.

Are shippers ready for the holidays?

With the holidays around the corner, shippers are expecting a record season, but are they prepared for the rush?

Mahindra expands in the U.S.

Mahindra Group plans to expand its electric scooter business in the U.S.

Rail gridlock

With more goods moving across the country by rail, gridlock has become a big problem and its costing rail operators billions of dollars.

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In a poll conducted by lastminute.com.au, a booking website, 912 people admitted to lying in order to receive free upgrades on flights. Some 44 percent of these individuals reported being successful in their deceptions. There are plenty of white lies and tall tales employed by these upgrade-chasers, but the most popular involve either romance or illness, according …

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Truck drivers navigate a rain-covered highway on the outskirts of Chicago, in Hinsdale, Ill.

From deliveries of online shopping orders to massive pieces of equipment,the open road and trucking help drive the U.S. economy. Autonomous cars and drones may be on the horizon, but trucks—with drivers—still haul and deliver goods to doorsteps. There’s just one problem. America has more open trucking jobs than available commercial drivers. As older drivers retire in …

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A new Siemens-built Amtrak Cities Sprinter locomotive passes work crews in Hamilton, New Jersey, where a new substation and catenary system will support future high-speed rail.

Amtrak, you could say, is an aging railroad looking for a magic pill that can get its infrastructure juiced up enough so it can handle the fastest new things on the market. Created by Congress in 1970 from the remnants of failing private passenger train lines, Amtrak remains saddled with failing, high-maintenance infrastructure as it tries …

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Kelly Linhart, above, was a professional truck driver and a father of four. He was run over by another truck driver who veered out of his lane, according to the police report.

Experts say “chameleon” trucking companies, which re-register with the government to clear prior issues, are more likely to be in severe crashes.

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A Volvo truck equipped with safety technology.

Nearly 4,000 people are killed and more than 100,000 injured every year because of truck accidents. But what if those collisions could be avoided, or at the very least, mitigated? Companies such as Volvo Trucks and Daimler are banking on safety as a selling point, offering customers everything from enhanced cruise control to lane departure warnings. But the American Trucking …

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Although federal authorities say the practice is safe, cellphone calls from 30,000 feet may soon be prohibited for other reasons. The Department of Transportation’s general counsel said in a speech last week that the agency is moving for a ban on all in-flight calls, The Wall Street Journal reported, citing people present. A DOT spokeswoman confirmed to …

GM under investigation

The U.S. Attorney in New York reportedly opened a criminal investigation into General Motors’ recall of more than one million cars.

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The pervasiveness of consumer technology that can track our every move has left some people scratching their heads as to why something so much more technically advanced, like the Malaysia Airlines jet carrying 239 people, could just disappear from the sky. Experts say the technology used to track an airplane like the Boeing 777 is state of …

Great freeze on the Great Lakes

The bitter cold is creating challenges for shippers, carrying everything from heating oil to grains.