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President Donald Trump on Feb. 12 will propose funding strategies for the country’s transportation network that would include $50 billion for rural districts, and streamlining the permitting process for construction projects, a senior administration official told reporters over the weekend. The plan will aim for $1.5 trillion in investments through $200 billion in new federal funds.
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Not surprisingly, truck drivers are often cited as an example of impending job destruction wrought by automation. But the reality is more complicated. “The biggest technical hurdles for self-driving trucks are driving on tight and crowded city streets, backing into complex loading docks and navigating through busy facilities. … These maneuvers require skills that will be hard for self-driving trucks to match for a long time.”
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There’s little doubt that this is a good time to be a large motor carrier. Indeed, the tax savings alone the big operators are reaping from changes to U.S. tax laws made last year are astonishing: J.B. Hunt, for one, recorded a $309.2 million decrease in income taxes from deferred tax balances in the fourth quarter of last year as a result of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. Yet, thus far in 2018, then, it’s almost a tale of two trucking industries.
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“There are so many things a driver does,” says Joe Rajkovacz, the director of governmental affairs and communications at the Western States Trucking Association. “I just don’t believe that you’re ever going to see, at least in the world that’s imagined right now, this fully autonomous truck without anyone in it.” For example, he pointed out that if a self-driving truck breaks down a hundred miles from nowhere, a company would have to send a tow truck out into the vast spaces of the American West, whereas an onboard driver or operator could make a variety of basic fixes and continue the trip.
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United States rail carload and intermodal volumes were mixed for the week ending January 13, according to data issued by the Association of American Railroads (AAR). Intermodal containers and trailers headed up 5% to 270,586, ahead of the 207,216 recorded for the week ending January 6.
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Tax reform is proving beneficial to the bottom line of J.B. Hunt Transport Services, as it said its fourth quarter 2017 results now include a $309.2 million decrease in income taxes from deferred tax balances as a result of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act enacted last year.
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Trucks hauled 9.96 billion tons of goods in 2014, 68.8 percent of the country’s domestic freight.
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