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News

Today’s Pickup: A tale of two truck stops

Plus: strawberry imports surge, Illinois cannabis law favors minority vendors; scooter accidents on the rise

Good day,

Some communities are opposed to the idea of a single truck stop springing up in their jurisdictions. Others are happy to welcome three – or even four. The town of Tulare, California, which sees thousands of truckers traveling down busy Highway 99, falls into the latter category. The city celebrated the grand opening of a new Pilot Flying J this week. The travel center, which features a Cinnabon Bakery, Wendy’s, salads and coffee, as well as a lounge, laundry and shower facility, is adjacent to three other truck stops: a Love’s Travel Stop, Roche Oil Mobil station, which has a diesel wing, and the Paige Avenue Truck Stop. Meanwhile, further south, Jurupa Valley, California is still simmering over another new Pilot Flying J venue. Last fall, a city councilman and an environmental coalition filed appeals of the local Planning Commission’s approval of the project. After the appeals were denied, opponents brought their case to the Jurupa City Council, which voted to require the truck stop have a security guard on-duty and to check the parking lot at least twice an hour to ensure idling time is limited.

Did you know?

U.S. imports of strawberries have trended sharply higher in the past five years. Imports of fresh/frozen strawberries have climbed from $449 million in 2013 to $762 million in 2018.That’s an increase of about 70 percent over those five years.

-U.S. Department of Agriculture

Quotable

“What we are doing here is about reparations. After 40 years of treating entire communities like criminals, here comes this multibillion-dollar industry, and guess what? Black and brown people have been put at the very center of this policy in a way that no other state has ever done.”

-Illinois Democratic Rep. Jehan Gordon-Booth, on how the state’s new pot legalization bill gives cannabis vendor preference to minority owners and promises 25 percent of tax revenue from marijuana sales to redevelop impoverished communities. (AP)

In other news

Europe races to establish trade with Iran

The goal is to persuade Tehran not to breach limits on uranium enrichment set out in the trade agreement. (NYTimes)

What’s keeping cities from adopting electric buses?

Two reports from the World Resource Institute look at the biggest barriers. (Citylab)

Scooter accidents on the rise

A third of accidents are caused by first-time users, according to a recent CDC study. (Curbed)

SoftBank, Toyota’s self-driving car venture to add five more automakers

Mazda Motor Corp, Suzuki Motor Corp, Subaru Corp, Isuzu Motors and Toyota unit Daihatsu will each take a stake in the venture. (Reuters)

Final thoughts,

Never underestimate the power of a mobility service to diversify. Uber Boat (yes there is such a division) announced yesterday that it would launch a water taxi service in Lagos, Nigeria’s largest city, where road traffic has residents gnashing their teeth. The ferry service follows on the heels of a similar launch in Mumbai, where traffic is also mind numbing. Will Uber water taxis become a thing in the U.S.? The ride-hailing giant did not immediately respond to FreightWaves request for comment. In the meantime, as road congestion worsens, public water taxis are on the upswing in many U.S. cities including Seattle, Washington DC and San Francisco.

Hammer down, everyone!

Linda Baker, Senior Environment and Technology Reporter

Linda Baker is a FreightWaves senior reporter based in Portland, Oregon. Her beat includes autonomous vehicles, the startup scene, clean trucking, and emissions regulations. Please send tips and story ideas to lbaker@freightwaves.com.

2 Comments

  1. Its all good for the business of FL J but cinamon bakery ???? Wendy’s ????
    We need good food and not that fracking fast food and cinamon shit , their truckstops for truckers anymore but Highway robbery stations to truckers, fax ‘Service’ ? What service? $ 2 per page do you call that service???
    Arnold.

  2. Ok here’s my thing on California. Liberals need to understand without an Apu we are stuck idling. It’s hot outside, even hotter in the truck. Cold outside even colder in the truck. Idle air was a failed project from 25 years ago. I am a truck driver and I will tell you when it’s 75 outside its 90 in the truck. We aren’t dogs, we are human beings.
    I will not be hot or cold when I’m trying to get my 10 hour break. You sleep comfortably, so will I.
    End of my rant.

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