Transportation
Top stories summarized by our editors
10/19/2018

As electric vehicle technology continues to evolve, companies are beginning to explore battery swaps as an alternative to recharging stations. Chinese carmaker NIO is leading the way with stations appearing across China that can replace dozens of electric car batteries in the time it would take one to recharge.

10/19/2018

US companies are divided on the impact a US withdrawal from the Universal Postal Union could mean for business, though e-commerce firms such as Amazon and shippers UPS and FedEx could benefit from eliminating the subsidies. The White House said it will exit the union if highly subsidized foreign rate regulations aren't removed.

10/19/2018

About 42% of US retailers surveyed reported a rise in serial returners over the past year, and around three-fifths said they would ban frequent returners from shopping on their sites, according to a survey from Brightpearl. Earlier this year, Amazon said it was considering banning shoppers who made too many returns.

Full Story:
Forbes
More Summaries:
Amazon
10/19/2018

Hurricane Florence caused an estimated $38 billion worth of damage across the Southern US when it made landfall a month ago, and supply chains are slowly getting back on track. Because the hurricane made landfall and remained in the region longer than normal, infrastructure damage and destruction from flooding was more significant, requiring drivers to find new routes to make deliveries.

Full Story:
Supply Chain Dive
10/18/2018

JD.com's consumers can now send packages across China using its mobile app. The e-commerce company's logistics network and supply chain management technology allows for same-day, two-day and high-value shipping options.

Full Story:
ZDNet, Reuters
10/18/2018

A National League of Cities report states that more than half of the biggest US cities are addressing autonomous vehicles in their long-term transportation planning, compared with less than 10% doing so three years ago. The report recommends that cities starting autonomous-vehicle pilot projects specify goals and metrics before working with private-sector partners, academics and others.

Full Story:
Route Fifty
More Summaries:
National League of Cities
10/18/2018

Toll roads in the US, Latin America, Europe and Asia have shown resilience as an asset over the past decade, states Fitch Ratings' report "Toll Roads -- 10 Years in Infrastructure." Urbanization and the dependence on commuter traffic gave toll roads stability amid economic downturns, although challenges remain in accurately forecasting traffic volumes, writes Cherian George of Fitch.

Full Story:
Tolling Points
More Summaries:
Fitch, Cherian George
10/18/2018

Construction is to begin on a $350 million project to add toll lanes on Interstate 25 between Fort Collins and Johnstown in Colorado. The work will add a park-and-ride, plus a bus station accessible by walking beneath the interstate; completion of the project is dependent on two transportation ballot measures.

Full Story:
KMGH-TV (Denver)
More Summaries:
Fort Collins
10/18/2018

Georgia's State Road and Tollway Authority is conducting a survey to get feedback on the new Northwest Corridor Express Lanes on interstates 75 and 575 in Cobb and Cherokee counties. The lanes opened in September, and the agency is trying to gather information such as how much time people save by using the lanes and whether the lanes' hours of operation are effective.

More Summaries:
Tollway Authority
10/18/2018

Drivers on the Foley Beach Express in Gulf Shores, Ala., can access County Road 8 only when traveling south, but a planned project would allow access in both directions. Gulf Shores, Baldwin County and an American Roads subsidiary must approve of the intersection overhaul before work can begin.

More Summaries:
American Roads