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    TR News 331 January-February 2021: Way of the Future: Airports at the Horizon of 2040 and 2070

    The projected advent of new, large metropolitan areas will create challenges in mobility but also will lead to new aviation megacities. Smaller and rural communities may also revive and grow, with people seeking another way of life. Local airports will continue to play a vital role in connecting residents to the world, using a variety of new technologies. This is the focus of a feature article in the January-February 2021 issue of TRB’s magazine, TR News (Issue 331). TR News is TRB’s bimonthly magazine featuring timely articles on innovative and state-of-the-art research and practice in all modes of transportation. It also includes brief news items of interest to the transportation community, research…

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    Remembrance of Martin Wachs, a Distinguished and Active TRB Volunteer

    “With the unfortunate passing of Marty Wachs, the world has lost an icon of the transportation research world,” says TRB Executive Director Neil Pedersen. “Marty was a teacher, a mentor, a role model, a friend, and an inspiration to so many of us whose lives he touched in such a meaningful way during the course of his lengthy career. “He was a scholar, whose rigorous research informed policy in numerous areas. He was also recognized for his research that helped improve planning methods over a six decade period. He was a dedicated volunteer for TRB from the time that he joined his first TRB committee in 1969. He was the…

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    How Canada’s heavy truck weights and dimensions evolved

    Canada has some of the most varied weights and dimensions rules in the world. Each province and territory has its own set of rules for truck configurations. In 1999, researchers working on the National Roadside Survey cataloged 311 distinct vehicle configurations operating on Canadian highways. Yet less than 20 years before that survey was completed, it still wasn’t possible to drive one single fully loaded tractor-trailer configuration all the way across the country and be absolutely legal in each and every jurisdiction. The story of how those rules came to be is as compelling as it is convoluted. In the 1960s, Canadian and American truck size and weight regulations were…

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    Ontario to introduce restricted licence for auto transmissions

    Ontario’s Ministry of Transportation is introducing a restricted A/Z licence for those who take their road test using an automated or automatic transmission. The new restriction will take effect May 17, and will prohibit those drivers from operating a Class A vehicle with a manual transmission. (Photo: James Menzies) A ‘REST/COND G’ symbol will appear on the front of the individual’s driver’s licence. Those who hold a Class A licence prior to May 17 will continue to be able to drive trucks with automated, automatic or manual transmissions, according to a memo from Beth O’Connor, director, safety program development branch with MTO’s transportation safety division. “This is something the PMTC…

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    Technology, training help cut insurance costs

    Preventing accidents, reducing claims, avoiding inspections, education and coaching, document training, maintaining vehicles and empowering drivers are ways to obtain a competitive edge with insurers, transport and insurance executives revealed. “Perform proper pre-trip and post-trip inspections so as to avoid being pulled over at a scale and focus on lighting, as it is the number one violation that leads to tickets,” says Sam Tucker, CEO, Carrier Risk Solutions, during a webinar organized by the Truckload Carriers Association (TCA). The fastest and easiest way for fleets to stay competitive is to educate drivers on safety and provide continuous training, says Amanda Gallegos, director of risk management, Stewart Transport. Cameras in trucks…

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    Driving Monitor release a “Covid Passport” for fleets 

    Driving Monitor have been busy developing the UK’s first ‘Fleet Covid Passport’ system to aid the return of fleet driver training, giving companies confidence in the safe delivery of these services. This week has seen a huge surge in fleet driver training now that the UK lockdown restrictions have been eased as of 12th April. Director of Driving Monitor Kevin Curtis commented, “This upgrade to the exiting ‘Passport to Drive’ system we’ve been running over the past 10 years now gives fleets the extra protection of a Covid-19 vaccination certification programme. Our network of over 500 advanced driver trainers have been logging their vaccination certifications on the system ready for…

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    DTNA appoints Edgerly to senior role

    Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA) has appointed Caley Edgerly to the role of general manager, operations planning and quality. Edgerly is currently Thomas Built Buses president and CEO. “We are thrilled to have Caley Edgerly step into a role for which he is so uniquely suited and which carries such great significance for our customers,” said John O’Leary, president and CEO, DTNA. Caley Edgerly, general manager, operations planning and quality, DTNA. (Photo: DTNA) “Through his dedicated leadership, relentless customer focus and unwavering attention to detail, Caley has continually demonstrated a strong commitment to both our valued Thomas Built Bus customers and the larger Daimler Trucks organization. We look forward to…

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    Mulroney pushes back at dump truck protesters

    The Ontario Ministry of Transportation – and several aggregate-related businesses – continue to support recent upgrades to provincial weights and dimensions, despite ongoing protests by Toronto-area dump truck operators. “Following at least a decade of extensive consultation, the vast majority of the industry overwhelmingly supports the Safe, Productive, Infrastructure Friendly (SPIF) model and agrees on its importance in protecting Ontario’s critical infrastructure,” Transportation Minister Caroline Mulroney said in a related statement. Dump truck operators have organized a series of SPIF-related protests this year. (File photo: Jag Gundu/ODTA) “There is no doubt that heavy vehicles put stress on Ontario’s road network, which compromises the safety of the traveling public. We have…

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    Funding Transportation Beyond the COVID-19 Pandemic

    This is the third part of a series of blogs about funding transportation. The first discussed emergency funding while the disease was still in its earliest stages, the second discussed the planning required to prepare for an eventual economic recovery. The American Jobs Plan was proposed in March 2021 as a way to create millions of jobs and enhance the country’s infrastructure. Often referred to as the “infrastructure bill,” the proposal includes more than $110 billion for modernizing roads, highways, and bridges. Billions are also set aside for public transit, airports, and seaports to address safety, resilience, and equity. As you might expect, TRB has resources that can offer guidance…

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    ATA lauds Joshi’s FMCSA nomination

    The American Trucking Associations (ATA) on April 15 congratulated Meera Joshi, deputy administrator of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration on being nominated to lead the agency as administrator. Meera Joshi. (Photo: DOT) “On behalf of ATA and the entire trucking industry, I want to congratulate Meera Joshi on her nomination to lead FMCSA,” said ATA president and CEO Chris Spear. “Deputy administrator Joshi has been communicating well with trucking industry stakeholders, and our economic recovery and growth will depend on how challenges facing the industry are addressed.  “These issues – including training, workforce development, technology and strengthening interstate commerce – will need strong leadership by FMCSA. As our economy…