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
Government, Business

Senate OKs $1.9 Trillion COVID-19 Relief Package

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) celebrates after the Senate narrowly passed the $1.9 trillion relief bill Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) celebrates after the Senate narrowly approved the $1.9 trillion relief package March 6. (J. Scott Applewhite/Associated Press)

The U.S. Senate passed a sweeping $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill March 6 that includes billions for vaccines, $1,400 direct payments to many Americans and billions for transit.

Lisa Mascaro | Associated Press
March 7, 2021
Government, Business

Dems Trim Jobless Benefits, Senate Debates Virus Relief Bill

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer speaks to the media on Capitol Hill on March 2. (Jacquelyn Martin/Associated Press) Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer speaks to the media on Capitol Hill on March 2. (Jacquelyn Martin/Associated Press)

Democrats agreed March 5 to pare back emergency jobless benefits but extend them for an extra month, bidding to solidify support as the Senate approached a voting marathon on a $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill.

Alan Fram | Associated Press
March 5, 2021
Government, Business

Senators Debate Pandemic Aid Bill Amid Infrastructure Funding Proposals

Steny Hoyer House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer speaks during a news conference March 2. (Patrick Semansky/AP)

Senate Democrats aim to advance a $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief measure that includes aid for transportation corridors before expanded unemployment benefits expire March 14.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
March 4, 2021
Government, Business, Logistics, Top 100, TCA

UPS Ships Out First Batch of Johnson & Johnson Vaccine

A UPS truck loaded with the Johnson & Johnson vaccine A UPS truck heads out with a load of Johnson & Johnson vaccines. (NBC News/YouTube)

UPS Inc. began shipping out its first batch of Johnson & Johnson vaccines March 2, now that the single-dose vaccine for the coronavirus has emergency use authorization.

Kelly Yamanouchi | The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
March 2, 2021
Government, Business, Logistics

Shipping Begins for Third Vaccine; J&J Looks for Partners

FedEx refrigerated trailers. FedEx Express will be helping to ship the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. (FedEx Corp.) FedEx refrigerated trailers. FedEx says it will be shipping Johnson & Johnson vaccines. (FedEx Corp.)

As shipping of the third coronavirus vaccine begins, Johnson & Johnson is looking for manufacturing partnerships to increase supply of its COVID-19 vaccine that was cleared Feb. 27 by U.S. regulators, Chief Executive Officer Alex Gorsky said.

Riley Griffin | Bloomberg News
March 1, 2021
Government, Business

Jobless Claims Decline by More Than Forecast Last Week

Workers powder-coat components at a factory in Williamsburg, Iowa. (Daniel Acker/Bloomberg News) Daniel Acker/Bloomberg News

Applications for U.S. state unemployment benefits fell by more than forecast last week to the lowest since November, signaling that job cuts are starting to ebb as COVID-19 infections decline and vaccinations accelerate.

Olivia Rockeman | Bloomberg News
February 25, 2021
Government, Business

Biden Gives Small Firms Exclusive Two-Week Access to PPP

A pedestrian passes closed stores in San Francisco. A pedestrian passes closed stores in San Francisco. (Paul Morris/Bloomberg News)

President Joe Biden said his administration is seeking to help small businesses by giving them exclusive access to the Paycheck Protection Program for two weeks, and he called on lawmakers to pass his $1.9 trillion stimulus plan to provide additional assistance.

February 22, 2021
Government, Business, Top 100

Extreme Winter Weather Causes Vaccine Shipping Delays

Joggers run down an street empty in Nolensville, Tenn., Feb. 18. (Mark Humphrey/Associated Press) Joggers run down an street empty in Nolensville, Tenn., Feb. 18. (Mark Humphrey/Associated Press)

WASHINGTON — Extreme winter weather has dealt the first major setback to the Biden administration’s planned swift rollout of coronavirus vaccines, delaying shipment of three days’ worth of shots, or about 6 million doses.

February 19, 2021

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