Government, Business, Safety, TCA

About 2,000 USPS Workers Are Quarantined Over Coronavirus Concerns

A worker sorts packages at the USPS Merrifield process and distribution center in Merrifield, Va., in December 2018. A worker sorts packages at the USPS Merrifield process and distribution center in Merrifield, Va., in December 2018. (Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg News)

Around 2,000 U.S. Postal Service employees nationwide are in quarantine over concerns that they may have been exposed to coronavirus, and more than 60 have tested positive for the virus, according to the National Association of Letter Carriers and the Postal Service.

Jonathan D. Salant | NJ Advance Media Group
March 30, 2020
Government

Trump Announces Social Distancing Guidelines Through April 30

President Donald Trump President Donald Trump had held out hope that some parts of the country could restart operations by the Easter holiday on April 12. (Reuters via YouTube)

After suggesting a portion of the country could carry on with minimal interruptions by mid-April, President Donald Trump acknowledged over the weekend getting back to business as usual by that time is simply not realistic. Here's your Capitol Agenda look at the week ahead for trucking on Capitol Hill.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
March 30, 2020
Government, Business, Fuel

EPA Issues Waiver to Avert Potential Summer Fuel Shortage

car refueling Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has issued a waiver intended to avert a potential fuel shortage this summer by providing additional flexibility to the marketplace to transition from winter-grade to summer-grade blends.

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
March 30, 2020
Business, Technology, Equipment

Detroit Auto Show Canceled

Detroit Auto Show The exhibit floor is seen through a display during the 2019 show in Detroit. (Sean Proctor/Bloomberg News)

The North American International Auto Show said that it will cancel its Detroit show because of the coronavirus pandemic and the center where it is held will likely be repurposed into a hospital.

March 29, 2020
Business

Port of L.A. Operating at 80% Because of Coronavirus

Trucks at Port of L.A. gate Trucks wait at the gate for entry into the Port of Los Angeles. (Port of Los Angeles via YouTube)

Officials at the Port of Los Angeles, the nation’s largest, said the facility is operating at about 80% as factories in China slowly come back online, and the U.S. economy struggles amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Dan Ronan | Associate News Editor
March 28, 2020
Government, Business

Trump Invokes Production Law, Ordering GM to Build Ventilators

GM's Flint Assembly plant stands idle in Flint, Mich., on March 23. GM's Flint Assembly plant stands idle in Flint, Mich., on March 23. (Anthony Lanzilote/Bloomberg News)

President Donald Trump on March 27 ordered General Motors Co. to make ventilators for coronavirus patients, invoking a federal law that gives him vast powers over industry in crises and acting as the company is within weeks of starting production on the equipment.

March 27, 2020
Government, Business, Safety

Truckers Who Visited New York City Don’t Have to Self-Quarantine

Congestion at the George Washington Bridge toll plaza Congestion at the George Washington Bridge toll plaza heading into New York City. (Julio Cortez/Associated Press)

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have issued guidance specifically for transportation and delivery workers operating in New York City.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
March 27, 2020
Government, Business

Trump Signs $2.2 Trillion Stimulus After Swift Congressional Votes

President Trump speaks to media in the Oval Office before signing $2.2 trillion stimulus package into law. President Donald Trump speaks before signing the coronavirus stimulus relief package in the Oval Office at the White House March 27. (Evan Vucci/Associated Press)

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump signed an unprecedented $2.2 trillion economic rescue package into law March 27, after swift and near-unanimous action by Congress that will support businesses, rush resources to overburdened health care providers and help struggling families during the deepening coronavirus epidemic.

March 27, 2020
Business, Equipment, Safety

Mack Explores Social Distancing on Production Line

Workers at Mack Trucks plant in Pennsylvania Workers at the Mack Trucks plant in Macungie, Pa. (Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg News)

Mack Trucks told Transport Topics it is exploring new ways of working and possible approaches to production that would allow for increased social distancing when its Lehigh Valley truck assembly plant in Pennsylvania reopens.

March 27, 2020
Business, Logistics

Lyft Suggests Drivers Work for Amazon After Ridership Plummets

A Lyft driver navigates to her passenger in San Francisco. A Lyft driver navigates to her passenger in San Francisco. (Mike Coppola/Getty Images)

Amazon.com Inc. is teaming up with Lyft Inc. on recruiting the ride-hailing company’s drivers to deliver packages and groceries as the pandemic keeps people indoors.

Lizette Chapman | Bloomberg News
March 27, 2020

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