Government, Business

House Disaster Package Includes $1.4 Billion for Roads

Truck submerged in Hurricane Harvey floodwaters Charlie Riedel/Associated Press

Republican funding leaders in the U.S. House included $1.4 billion for road repairs in a $81 billion disaster aid measure unveiled this week.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
December 19, 2017
Government, Business

Building Resilient Communities Best Way to Reduce Risk in Disasters, FEMA Chief Says

FEMA Administrator Brock Long FEMA Administrator Brock Long. (Susan Walsh/Associated Press)

The head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency said the extreme weather events that destroyed vital infrastructure this year in Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands illustrate the need to build resilient communities.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
November 3, 2017
Business, TCA

Dallas Fed: Harvey’s Economic Damage Temporary; Recovery Boosts Demand

Texas National Guard

It appears Hurricane Harvey will inflict little long-term disruption on the Texas regional economy, which continued to expand at a “moderate pace” over the past six weeks despite the giant storm, according to a report Oct. 18 from the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas.

Dan Zehr | Austin American-Statesman
October 19, 2017
Business, Equipment

Truckload Earnings Expected to Be Mixed for Third Quarter, but Brighter Times Are Ahead, Insiders Say


Wall Street analysts expect truckload carriers to report mixed third-quarter earnings, despite a boost in business related to hurricanes Harvey and Irma.

Ari Ashe | Staff Reporter
October 12, 2017
Business, Safety, Logistics, TCA

Transportation Rebounding From Hurricane Harvey’s Havoc

A "Stop" sign stands in floodwaters due to Hurricane Harvey in Spring, Texas, U.S., on Monday, Aug. 28, 2017.; Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg News

Container ships bound for Houston called on other ports as Hurricane Harvey slogged its way across the upper Texas coast and into the history books.

Andrea Rumbaugh | Houston Chronicle
September 25, 2017

Jobless Claims Decline as Hurricane Harvey Impact Fades in Texas

Texas Guardsmen from the 272nd Engineer Battalion partnered with Texas Task Force One, prepare to help evacuate Texans in need during Hurricane Harvey in Houston. Texas Military Dept photo by Staff Sgt. Timothy Pruitt

Applications for unemployment benefits in the U.S. unexpectedly declined last week as the Hurricane Harvey-related surge in Texas filings continued to reverse, Labor Department figures showed Sept. 21.

September 21, 2017
Business, Equipment

Floodwaters Bring Warnings of Damaged Truck Components

Penske recovers from the storm Penske has inspected most of its damaged equipment in the Houston area. (Penske Truck Leasing)

Brakes, diesel particulate filters, electronics and wheel-ends are some of the key components that fleets should inspect on their vehicles as they recover from flooding brought on by hurricanes Harvey and Irma, experts said, adding that without remediation safety component failures are likely to surface in a matter of months.

Roger Gilroy | Senior Reporter
September 20, 2017

Hurricanes to Increase Contract, Spot Rates Outside Disaster Areas

David J. Phillip/Associated Press

Truckload rates have skyrocketed after hurricanes Harvey and Irma battered Texas and Florida, but the higher prices will also trickle down into states nowhere near the devastation, industry executives say.

Ari Ashe | Staff Reporter
September 14, 2017
Government, Business

IRS, PBGC Offer Disaster Pension Relief to Businesses Affected by Harvey

Harvey shop Eric Gay/AP

Businesses that were damaged from Hurricane Harvey could receive some relief from filing tax forms related to their single or multiemployer pension plans, according to announcements from Pension Benefit Guaranty Corp. and the Internal Revenue Service.

September 10, 2017
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, TCA

UPS Foundation to Test Drones for Hurricane Harvey Disaster Relief in Texas


The UPS Foundation said it is partnering with drone manufacturer CyPhy Works and the American Red Cross to test using a drone to identify areas with the most flood damage in the wake of Hurricane Harvey.

Kelly Yamanouchi | The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
September 8, 2017