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10/18/2021

The National Highways Authority of India has again delayed the opening of the underpass at Sirhaul toll plaza in Gurugram. The underpass has been rescheduled to open at the end of the month after electrical infrastructure work is finished.

10/18/2021

The US Supreme Court has turned down a group of truckers' call to hear an appeal over heavy truck rates on the Indiana Toll Road, ending a two-year lawsuit. Federal judges previously ruled in favor of the state, with the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals pointing out the existence of alternative toll-free routes.

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10/18/2021

Amazon will recruit 150,000 seasonal workers this year, up from the 100,000 it planned to hire at this time last year, with an average US starting wage of $18 per hour. The company said last month that it has opened 250 logistics facilities in the US so far this year.

10/18/2021

Intermodal rail service would benefit from five new areas of measurement as its importance grows, writes Theodore Prince, co-founder and chief operating officer of Tiger Cool Express. Prince recommends evaluating initiation of intermodal shipments, en route rail movement, destination terminal performance, terminal health and overall system health.

10/18/2021

Sens. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., and Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, are introducing a bipartisan bill that would ban platforms such as Amazon Marketplace from forcing companies that sell on their sites to buy the platforms' services or products, as well as forbid the platforms from giving their own products top billing in search results. The measure comes as reports say Amazon makes its own products based on top-selling items and places them high in search results.

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10/18/2021

There aren't enough truck drivers to handle backed-up cargo at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach in California, although Port of Long Beach Director Mario Cordero says staying open around-the-clock will let drivers pick up loads more quickly. Would-be drivers are struggling to get commercial licenses because of delays and closures at the California Department of Motor Vehicles, says Luis Franco, owner of Harbor Trucking School.

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10/15/2021

A team from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the Qatar Center for Artificial Intelligence have created a deep learning model that can output crash-risk maps in high resolution. The model uses GPS patterns, satellite images, historical data and road maps to help predict crashes.

10/15/2021

IKEA reported a new annual sales record even as it struggles to keep stores stocked, and it's taking steps including leasing additional ships and buying shipping containers to combat the supply chain delays it expects to continue into next year. The Sweden-based furniture retailer is also streamlining some of its product lines in the face of shortages of some raw materials.

10/15/2021

The Pennsylvania Turnpike will open Interstate 576, also known as the Southern Beltway, today. The 19-mile, $900 million project will have three toll points, with tolls to cost $1.30 for E-ZPass customers and $2.60 for other users.

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KDKA-TV (Pittsburgh)
10/15/2021

City Council commissioners in Portland, Ore., voted in favor of a resolution that would pave the way for potential transportation-related fees. The city's Pricing Options for Equitable Mobility Task Force has recommended a central toll zone, a road user fee program and other changes.

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BikePortland (Ore.)