Government, Business

The Coronavirus Crisis

The spread of the coronavirus in the United States was having an impact on travel, business, the economy and many other aspects of American life. Here are some images of that impact. 

April 4, 2020
Government, Technology

FHWA Permits Food Trucks at Rest Areas During Coronavirus Crisis

A food truck Getty Images

The Federal Highway Administration on April 3 issued a notice to state departments of transportation that the agency will allow food trucks to operate and sell food at federally funded interstate highway rest areas to support commercial truck drivers during the coronavirus emergency.

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
April 3, 2020
Government, Business

Pelosi Pulls Back on Infrastructure in ‘Phase Four’ Stimulus

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) speaks to the media after the House passed the CARES Act. (Sarah Silbiger/Bloomberg News)

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi scaled back her ambitions for Congress’ next coronavirus stimulus package to focus on additional direct payments to individuals and expanded loans to businesses, possibly leaving an $800 billion infrastructure plan and other Democratic priorities for a later bill. (With video)

April 3, 2020
Government, Business, Safety, Logistics

DOT Ready to Help Truckers as They Support Country, Elaine Chao Says

CARES Act signing President Donald Trump with Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao, key leaders of Congress and the White House Coronavirus Task Force, signing the CARES Act, totaling $2.2 trillion, the largest economic relief package in history. (USDOT)

Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao told Transport Topics during an exclusive interview that her agency stands ready to build on the actions it already has taken to help trucking support the country through the coronavirus crisis.

Joe Howard | Executive Editor
April 3, 2020
Government, Business, TCA

N.J. Transportation Stakeholders Disagree Over Virtual Toll Hearings

The New Jersey State House in Trenton, N.J. The New Jersey State House in Trenton, N.J. (Paul Brady/Getty Images)

New Jersey Transportation Commissioner Diane Gutierrez-Scaccetti fired back at critics April 2 who said the agency shouldn’t have held hearings on a proposal toll increase and $500 million capital plan on the Atlantic City Expressway during the coronavirus crisis.

Larry Higgs | NJ Advance Media Group
April 3, 2020
Government, Business, Safety

Airlines Ordered to Refund Cost of Flights Canceled by Virus

A traveler wearing a protective mask and gloves checks in at the Delta Air Lines counter at San Francisco International Airport on April 2. A traveler wearing a protective mask and gloves checks in at the Delta Air Lines counter at San Francisco International Airport on April 2. (David Paul Morris/Bloomberg News)

Airlines must fully refund airfare to passengers whose flights have been canceled during the outbreak of COVID-19, the U.S. Transportation Department ordered on April 3.

Alan Levin | Bloomberg News
April 3, 2020
Government

Democrats Call On Trump Administration to Extend Federal Schedule

Russell Vought Office of Management and Budget acting Director Russell Vought by Alex Brandon/Associated Press

Disruptions to the way of life due to the coronavirus pandemic prompted the Democratic leadership in the U.S. House of Representatives to insist the Office of Management and Budget extend federal agencies’ deadlines for public comment periods on proposed rulemakings.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
April 3, 2020
Government, Business, Logistics, Top 50, Top 100

Truckers Work to Overcome Difficulties in Food Supply Chain

Trucks stuck on the German-Polish border near Frankfurt on March 18. Trucks stuck on the German-Polish border near Frankfurt on March 18. (Odd Andersen/AFP/Getty Images)

Truckers hauling food are facing delays across the globe in the latest disruption to supply chains snarled by the coronavirus pandemic.

April 3, 2020
Government, Business

US Sheds 701,000 Jobs, Ending a Record Hiring Streak

A pedestrian walks by a closed barbershop in Michigan on April 2. A pedestrian walks by a closed barbershop in Michigan on April 2. (Paul Sancya/Associated Press)

A recordlong streak of U.S. job growth ended suddenly in March after nearly a decade as employers cut 701,000 jobs because of the viral outbreak that has all but shut down the U.S. economy.

Christopher Rugaber | Associated Press
April 3, 2020
Business, Equipment

Cummins Cuts Pay, Hours in US to Offset COVID-19 Impact

Cummins plant in Seymour, Ind. The Cummins engine plant in Seymour, Ind. The changes are expected to last, at least initially, through June. (Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg News)

Independent engine maker Cummins Inc. announced it slashed CEO pay by 50%, cut compensation for directors by 25% and lowered salaries for all other employees in the United States by 10% and 25% — and reduced working hours in response to the impact of COVID-19.

Roger Gilroy | Senior Reporter
April 3, 2020

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