TRANSPORT BRIEFS

TRANSPORT BRIEFS

SENATORS INTRODUCE

FAA REFORM BILL

WASHINGTON - Key senators have introduced a bill that would allow the Federal Aviation Administration to remain part of the Transportation Department while changing the way the FAA procures its hardware and manages its personnel.

The legislation, which has the Clinton administration's support, conflicts with a House bill introduced earlier this summer that would remove the FAA

from the DOT. Both bills require the FAA to charge users for services, such as safety inspections and use of the air-traffic control system.

A task force of top-level Senate staffers and officials from the DOT, FAA and the General Accounting Office wrote the new bill during more than 84 hours of meetings that began in early August.

ROADWAY WILL OFFER

FASTER TIMES TO 5 CITIES

AKRON, Ohio - Roadway Express Inc. is offering faster delivery times to five additional metropolitan areas, including its corporate home here.

The other cities to receive one- or two-day service to 70 percent of the United States are Dallas; Greenville, S.C.; Indianapolis and Nashville. The company test-marketed its faster delivery times in Memphis and Cincinnati and started the service in Columbus, Ohio; Atlanta, and Winston-Salem, N.C., last month.

The faster delivery schedule, which includes scheduled departure times for Roadway's trucks, is a trend within the less-than-truckload industry in response to shipper demands.

FINAL RULING ISSUED

ON BRAKE ADJUSTERS

WASHINGTON - The Federal Highway Administration has issued a final rule requiring truck and motorcoach operators to maintain automatic brake adjusters on hydraulically braked commercial vehicles manufactured on or after Oct. 20, 1993.

The rule also requires the automatic adjusters and brake adjustment indicators on air-braked vehicles manufactured on or after Oct. 20, 1994. The rule was published in the Federal Register on Sept. 6.