Business, Safety

A Year of Pandemic: ATA President Spear Lauds Drivers as ‘Soldiers on the Front Lines’

Four pandemic images Driver with mask by andresr/Getty Images (clockwise from top left); vaccine vial by Liam McBurney/Pool via AP; COVID-19 virus by Getty Images; UPS truck carrying vaccine at Pfizer Global Supply Kalamazoo by Morry Gash/Pool/Associated Press

American Trucking Associations President Chris Spear acknowledged the adversity the industry faced during the historic year.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
March 22, 2021
Government, Business, Safety, Logistics

A Year of Pandemic: Ports Battled COVID in 2020, and now Freight Crunch in 2021

Four pandemic images Driver with mask by andresr/Getty Images (clockwise from top left); vaccine vial by Liam McBurney/Pool via AP; COVID-19 virus by Getty Images; UPS truck carrying vaccine at Pfizer Global Supply Kalamazoo by Morry Gash/Pool/Associated Press

American Association of Port Authorities CEO Chris Connor told Transport Topics the biggest takeaway from the coronavirus pandemic is the essential nature of ports.

Dan Ronan | Associate News Editor
March 22, 2021
Government, Business, Safety

A Year of Pandemic: Technology Key to States' Response

Four pandemic images Driver with mask by andresr/Getty Images (clockwise from top left); vaccine vial by Liam McBurney/Pool via AP; COVID-19 virus by Getty Images; UPS truck carrying vaccine at Pfizer Global Supply Kalamazoo by Morry Gash/Pool/Associated Press

Victoria Sheehan, president of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials, said technology made an important difference in state transportation departments’ pandemic operations.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
March 22, 2021
Government, Business

US Economy, Trucking Industry Poised for Strong Recovery, Economists Predict

Shopping Economists say they expect a lot of consumer spending coming out of the pandemic. (Kyryl Gorlov/Getty Images)

Economists predict the United States economy broadly and the trucking economy specifically are poised for a rocket-like recovery in the second half of 2021, propelled by $1.9 trillion in federal stimulus and millions of Americans who will receive COVID-19 vaccinations and return to restaurants, ballparks and theaters.

Dan Ronan | Associate News Editor
March 18, 2021
Government, Business

US Jobless Claims Unexpectedly Increase to One-Month High

A worker sands wood components for billiard tables at a factory in Indiana. (Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg News) A worker sands wood components for billiard tables at a factory in Indiana. (Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg News)

Applications for U.S. jobless benefits unexpectedly rose last week, to the highest since mid-February, underscoring how the labor market is recovering in fits and starts.

March 18, 2021
Business, Safety, Logistics

Amazon Closes Canadian Facility Hit by COVID

Amazon Prime semi-trailers at a fulfillment center in Baltimore, Md. (Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg News) Amazon Prime semi-trailers at a fulfillment center in Baltimore, Md. (Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg News)

Amazon .com Inc. has been ordered to close a facility outside Toronto for two weeks as public health officials worry about rising COVID-19 cases inside the complex.

March 12, 2021
Government, Business, Safety

Transportation Aid Included in COVID-19 Relief Bill

PPE PPE for the transit industry was included in the bill. (andresr/Getty Images)

Aid for transportation programs around the country was approved as part of the nearly $2 trillion COVID-19 relief package signed by President Joe Biden on March 11.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
March 11, 2021
Government, Business, Breaking News

Congress OKs $1.9 Trillion COVID Relief Bill

President Biden signs the $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill President Joe Biden signs the $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill on March 11. (Doug Mills/New York Times via Bloomberg News)

WASHINGTON — The United States Congress has approved a landmark $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill that takes aim at twin pandemic and economic crises that have upended the nation for the better part of a year. The package, which includes funding for transportation corridors, was signed into law by President Joe Biden on March 11.

Alan Fram | Associated Press
March 10, 2021
Government, Business, Fuel

Giant Oil Tankers Are Losing Almost $7,000 a Day Amid OPEC Cuts

An oil and chemical tanker sits at the Port of Corpus Christi in Texas on Feb. 19. (Eddie Seal/Bloomberg News) An oil and chemical tanker sits at the Port of Corpus Christi in Texas on Feb. 19. (Eddie Seal/Bloomberg News)

Times are getting tougher by the day for oil tanker owners.

Alex Longley | Bloomberg News
March 9, 2021
Government, Business, Safety

Trucking Groups Ask to Make Truck Stops Vaccination Sites

Vaccine BackyardProduction/Getty Images

A coalition of trucking groups has issued a letter urging the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to designate truck stops and travel plazas as COVID-19 vaccination sites.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
March 9, 2021

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