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
Business, Logistics

Traffic Volumes Continue to Climb Amid Pandemic

New York City traffic from Brooklyn crosses the Williamsburg Bridge to enter Manhattan in March of 2019. New York City traffic from Brooklyn crosses the Williamsburg Bridge to enter Manhattan in March of 2019. (Mary Altaffer/Associated Press)

Traffic levels related to freight movement generally have fared better than levels associated with other modes of transportation during the COVID-19 pandemic, but future travel trends remain hard to predict.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
March 8, 2021
Government, Business

Biden’s Giant Stimulus to Easily Pass House, Democrats Say

President Joe Biden gestures while Vice President Kamala Harris stands behind him. (Shawn Thew/EPA/Bloomberg News) President Joe Biden gestures while Vice President Kamala Harris stands behind him. (Shawn Thew/EPA/Bloomberg News)

President Joe Biden’s $1.9 trillion package will sail through the House when it takes up the bill on March 9, according to Democratic lawmakers and aides, even after proposals that progressives championed were scaled back.

March 8, 2021

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