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12/14/2018

A bill introduced in Virginia contains mechanisms that would partly offset a recently approved toll increase for the Dulles Toll Road. The measure would halt a fuel tax exemption for United Airlines and put $4 million toward a Washington, D.C., Metro extension that is being funded chiefly through tolls.

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Reston Now (Va.)
12/14/2018

Some federal lawmakers see an opportunity to make a deal on infrastructure when Congress reconvenes next year. Rep. Fred Upton, R-Mich., is promoting a bill on public-private partnerships, and incoming House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Peter DeFazio, D-Ore., said he plans to introduce infrastructure legislation by the summer.

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Transport Topics
12/14/2018

Mahindra Electric of India will supply 1,000 electric, three-wheel vehicles by March to distributor SmartE in Gurugram, India. Mahindra previously launched e-rickshaw models Treo and Treo Yaari in India, where three-wheelers have long been a viable form of transportation.

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Treo, Mahindra
12/14/2018

Supply chains without workarounds in place are being forced to absorb the higher costs of Trump administration tariffs on Chinese goods or find a way to get out of China to avoid them. Methods for overcoming supply chain challenges include transferring production to other countries, coming up with new raw material sources, applying for exemptions and increasing consumer prices to adjust for costs.

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ThomasNet News
12/14/2018

Facing such challenges as low US unemployment and a high holiday-season staffing surge across the country, warehouses are having difficulty hiring and holding on to enough workers, writes Robert J. Bowman, even as they hire at a faster rate than most other industries, adds Peter Schnorbach of Manhattan Associates. Raising wages is one step warehouses can take, Bowman notes, but employers should also consider more engaging and rewarding ways to retain employees, says Schnorbach.

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SupplyChainBrain
12/13/2018

You'll have stronger relationships with employees by regularly meeting to discuss roles, goals and happiness instead of waiting for an annual review, writes Lolly Daskal. Ask them how you can be of assistance, whether it's through listening or helping them overcome obstacles.

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Lolly Daskal
12/13/2018

The emergence of autonomous trucking will mean that managers of rail, port and warehouse operations will need to adjust their scheduling and facilities to keep goods moving 24/7, write Aisha Chottani, Greg Hastings, John Murnane and Florian Neuhaus of McKinsey. Also, smaller trucking companies might become unable to compete with larger ones because of costs, and vehicle manufacturers might offer autonomous transport as a service, they write.

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McKinsey
12/13/2018

The northern section of express lanes on Interstate 77 in North Carolina is expected to open by year-end, and the remainder is to open in 2019. The cost to drive from Mooresville to Charlotte during rush hour will be $6.55.

12/13/2018

The North East Texas Regional Mobility Authority is planning to extend a toll road 13 more miles, and environmental studies for the project are underway. The project is estimated to cost about $274 million, an official said.

12/13/2018

The Riverside County Transportation Commission in California has unanimously approved adding a westbound lane to the 91 Freeway from Green River Road in Corona to the California 241 toll road. Environmental studies have begun.