Congress' $3.5 trillion budget reconciliation package would include $40 billion more for traditional infrastructure under a provision approved by the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. However, the bill has a long way to go, and the new funding may not make it through the process.
Bill Berman, automotive retailer Pendragon's CEO, said people will shift to electric vehicles once charging infrastructure is readily available. Berman predicts people will embrace vehicles powered by hydrogen powertrains as well as electric batteries, noting that autonomous vehicles are coming "[a]t some point down the road."
Logistics executives need to reconfigure freight operations models to overcome issues ranging from COVID-19 limitations, severe weather and the rapid rise of e-commerce to tariffs, trade conflicts and increased regulation, write Kearney executives Arun Kochar, Greg Portell, Marc Palazzolo and Neeraj Anand. "An optimal balance of internal and outsourced functions, coupled with efficient data management and stewardship, will leave organizations well-positioned to take on whatever challenges volatile markets may bring," they write.
Kansas City Southern has agreed to Canadian Pacific Railway's $27 billion proposal after rival Canadian National Railway decided not to increase a previous offer. If the deal is approved by shareholders, Mexican regulators and the Surface Transportation Board, Canadian Pacific will become the first railroad to provide service linking Canada, the US and Mexico.
Gwinnett County, Ga., is bringing smart corridor tech to key intersections that will alert traffic lights when a county-owned vehicle approaches, changing the signal to offer emergency response teams faster passage through intersections. The Smart Corridor Deployment Program is a collaboration between the county and the Georgia Department of Transportation, which is funding 80% of the $2.6 million project.
Apple Watch is getting new features specifically for cyclists, including a fall detector, which can help connect riders with emergency services. Other cycling-focused features include a workout reminder and improve e-bike support.
DHL eCommerce plans to invest more than $300 million over five years to upgrade IT systems, increase square footage at its facilities by 70% and automate its 19 distribution centers to maximize package throughput into the US Postal Service network. The shipper is also working more closely with merchants to improve fourth-quarter forecasts and ensure capacity, said CEO Lee Spratt.
Starting in 2022, roads in Russia will be toll-free for users traveling in electric cars. The exemption will cover just over 1,200 miles of the country's roads and is part of a wider plan to encourage the adoption of electric vehicles.
The Lake Pontchartrain Causeway in Louisiana reopened to vehicles shortly after Hurricane Ida blew over the area, with tolls suspended to allow people to return to their homes. Tolls will be reinstated today after being suspended for 16 days.
Indian Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari spoke about his hopes for American investment in the country's road and highway projects yesterday. Gadkari called such projects a "gold mine," adding that he would guarantee returns on investments through escrow accounts.