Infrastructure & Transportation

Trump Trade Plan Gives Food Banks More Help Than They Can Handle

Mountaineer Food Bank, located in the middle of West Virginia, expects to get three times the 1.1 million pounds it typically receives in federal emergency food aid. The problem is finding ways to store and distribute it all.

“That’s quite a bit for us in our area,” said Chad Morrison, the food bank’s executive editor. “There’s good, bad, and unintended consequences that come with it.”

McCarthy Intervenes for Bus Company Targeted by Spending Bill

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) intervened in House-Senate spending bill negotiations to exclude a bus manufacturer in his district from a proposed funding restriction, according to two people familiar with the negotiations.

Waymo, GM to Deploy Self-Driving Cars With or Without Congress

Congress is the closest it could be for at least a year to passing self-driving vehicle legislation, but if lawmakers fall short, companies such as Alphabet Inc.,’s Waymo and General Motors Co. plan to deploy commercially with fewer strings attached.

Scooters Trigger Backlash Among Cities That Felt Burned by Uber

It was after 10 p.m. on a Monday night when Rick Usher learned, via Facebook, that Bird Rides Inc. was bringing hundreds of its matte black electric scooters to Kansas City, Mo., in two days. Usher, Kansas City’s assistant manager for small business and entrepreneurship, got right on the phone.

Chao Defying Law on Self-Driving Auto Test Funds, Lawmakers Say

Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao ignored explicit congressional direction by shutting down a program to test self-driving vehicle technology at a handful of government-designated proving grounds, key lawmakers from both chambers say.

Trick or Treat: Candy Makers Say Sugar Costs Too Much

The price for sugar beets is back up as of Oct. 30, just as trick-or-treaters prepare for the annual Halloween candy binge.

The increase is in line with the continuing U.S. sugar policy, which sets production limits that keep sugar prices higher.

“The combined effects of limits on domestic production and imports push U.S. prices up to artificially high levels,” the Alliance for Fair Sugar Policy, a group led by the National Confectioners Association and the Sweetener Users Association and representing food companies that use sugar as an ingredient, said in a document provided to Bloomberg Government.

State-Level Drone Proposal At Odds With FAA, Industry Views

Drone industry groups are heading to Detroit today to weigh in on the drafting of model state legislation they say could cripple the commercial drone industry and flout the Federal Aviation Administration authority.

“There is a tremendous amount of industry interest in this proposal,” Joshua Turner, an attorney with Wiley Rein LLP who represents the drone trade group Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International, told Bloomberg Government.

Self-Driving Shuttles Hit Brakes as Federal Agency Reviews Risks

Federal regulators overseeing the safety of self-driving cars stopped allowing some vehicles on public streets this summer while reviewing their agency’s risks and legal exposure from the emerging technology.

A National Highway Traffic Safety Administration review of its procedures for permitting self-driving vehicles on public roads led to the moratorium this summer.

Fine Print Lets Drone Makers Swallow Up Sensitive Data: FAA, DHS

Drone manufacturers may be scooping up sensitive videos of crime scenes, electric grids, and other critical infrastructure under terms of service that give them access to the data, Department of Homeland Security and Federal Aviation Administration officials say.

Amazon, FedEx Could Gain from Trump Threat to Leave Postal Union

U.S. e-commerce companies including Amazon.com Inc. and shippers like FedEx Corp. and United Parcel Service Inc. stand to gain from the Trump administration’s move Wednesday to withdraw from an international postal agreement. The White House said the U.S. will pull out of the agreement unless the governing body that regulates foreign mail acts quickly to end the highly subsidized rates that allow e-commerce businesses in countries like China to undercut American competitors.