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8/17/2018

Tesla has sued Canada's recently seated Ontario Progressive Conservative government for canceling its electric vehicle rebate program, which had offered rebates of as much as $10,640. The government made provisions for customers who had already purchased or ordered cars, but it excluded those from nonfranchised dealerships, which includes all Tesla vehicles.

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8/17/2018

Logistician wages grew 21.7% from 2016 to 2017, making it one of the fastest growing careers by wage in the US, according to Finder.com. The median salary rose to $63,960.

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8/17/2018

The DRIVE-Safe Act is a new bill introduced in the US Senate that would create a training program for truckers under age 21 to drive commercial vehicles across state lines. The legislation, much like that introduced previously in the House, aims to overcome driver shortages.

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Vancouver, British Columbia, saw industrial real estate lease rates rise 29% during the first quarter year over year, making the Canadian city one of the most in-demand areas for logistics and warehouse space, according to CBRE Group. Recent transactions BMW and IKEA have created a tight market in warehouse space, driving up prices.

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8/16/2018

Walmart's results beat forecasts in the second quarter as traffic grew and shoppers spent more both in stores and online, the retailer reported. US same-store sales rose 4.5% and online sales grew 40%, as consumers spent on apparel, groceries, gardening supplies and other warm-weather gear.

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8/16/2018

The Colorado Department of Transportation is recommending a toll of roughly 15 cents per mile for the toll lanes on Interstate 25 between Monument and Castle Rock. The rate will be one of the lowest in the country if approved.

8/16/2018

Advice is appreciated more when it's accompanied by positive alternatives to negative behaviors and tries to build rather than prove superiority, writes Dan Rockwell. "Unrequested advice feels like criticism," he writes.

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8/16/2018

North Carolina Transportation Secretary Jim Trogdon recommended revisions to a 26-mile toll lane project on Interstate 77 that include discounts for frequent users, upgrades to the shoulder to increase capacity, and the possibility of converting one lane from tolled to nontolled on a segment of the project. An advisory group had recommended that the state buy out management company Cintra, but Trogdon said doing so is not feasible.

8/16/2018

Congestion has decreased "[e]very place where variable tolls have been implemented systemwide," writes Bruce Starr, a Republican who served in the Oregon state legislature. Vehicle fees and gas taxes would not be as effective as dynamic pricing, Starr writes.

8/16/2018

Patrick Brockie, chairman of Infrastructure New Zealand, suggests implementing tolling to manage congestion in Auckland and says polling shows support. "Dynamic tolling (which can vary pricing based on traffic flows) allows even greater control over the outcomes our city needs," Brockie writes.