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US Lawmakers Introduce ‘Complete Streets’ Bill

Sen. Ed Markey Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.), a member of the Commerce Committee, is a co-sponsor of the legislation. (Graeme Sloan/Bloomberg News)

A national program that promotes safety features for street designs recently was introduced by transportation policymakers.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
February 26, 2021
Government, Business

Consumer Sentiment Fell in February to a Six-Month Low

A pedestrian wearing a protective mask carries a shopping bag in San Francisco. (David Paul Morris/Bloomberg News) A pedestrian wearing a protective mask carries a shopping bag in San Francisco. (David Paul Morris/Bloomberg News)

U.S. consumer sentiment fell in February to a six-month low as expectations remained weak even while lawmakers moved closer to approving another round of financial relief.

Julia Fanzeres | Bloomberg News
February 26, 2021
Government, Business, Safety

House to Vote on Virus Bill

Schumer Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer answers questions at a past news conference. (J. Scott Applewhite/Associated Press)

WASHINGTON — Democrats are ready to shove a $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package through the House on Feb. 26, despite a setback that means a minimum wage boost is unlikely to be in the final version that reaches President Joe Biden.

Alan Fram | Bloomberg News
February 26, 2021
Government, Business, Logistics

Biden Orders USDOT to Review Supply Chain

Joe Biden President Joe Biden pauses after signing an executive order relating to U.S. supply chains on Feb. 24 (Evan Vucci/AP)

President Joe Biden has directed the Department of Transportation to conduct a review of the nation’s supply chain in the wake of challenges that arose during the earlier days of the coronavirus pandemic.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
February 25, 2021
Government, Safety

Maryland DOT Selects Developer for Major P3

American Legion Bridge Traffic on the American Legion Bridge, which connects Fairfax, Va., with Montgomery County, Md., via Interstate 495. (Google Street View)

The Maryland Department of Transportation has selected Accelerate Maryland Partners to serve as the developer for a major public-private partnership to improve traffic congestion.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
February 25, 2021
Government, Business, Logistics, Top 50, Top 100

UPS Expects 40% Jump in Vaccine Doses Next Week, Peak in May

A UPS truck exits a distribution center in Chicago in November 2020. (Christopher Dilts/Bloomberg News) A UPS truck exits a distribution center in Chicago in November 2020. (Christopher Dilts/Bloomberg News)

UPS Inc. and FedEx Corp. are ramping up vaccine distribution, with plans for additional gains if Johnson & Johnson’s inoculation is cleared by U.S. regulators.

Thomas Black | Bloomberg News
February 25, 2021
Government, Business, Technology, Fuel

Secretary Pete Buttigieg Suggests Usage Charge as Sustainable Funding Solution

Pete Buttigieg Secretary Buttigieg delivers his address virtually. (Transport Topics)

Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg acknowledged the lack of sustainable transportation financing sources, but suggested an increase to the federal fuel tax rate would not offer a long-term solution.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
February 25, 2021
Government, Business, Technology, Fuel

Senate Confirms EV Proponent Jennifer Granholm as Energy Secretary

Former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm appears before the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee. Former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm appears before the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee during a nomination hearing on Jan. 27. (Grame Jennings/Pool via AP)

Former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm won Senate confirmation Feb. 25 to be President Joe Biden’s energy secretary. The vote was 64-35.

Matthew Daly | Associated Press
February 25, 2021
Government, Business

Orders for US Durable Goods Climb 3.4% in January

Stoves sit on a display at a Home Depot location in Boston. (Steven Senne/Associated Press) Steven Senne/Associated Press

Orders to U.S. factories for big-ticket goods shot up 3.4% in January, pulled up by surge in orders for civilian aircraft. A category that tracks business investment posted a more modest gain, the Commerce Department reported Feb. 25.

Paul Wiseman | Associated Press
February 25, 2021
Government, Business, Safety

Safety Is a Priority for Policymakers Pursuing Highway Bill

Street Sign Some of the measures will include the safety of pedestrians. (txking/Getty Images)

Transportation policymakers in Congress aiming to produce comprehensive highway legislation this year pledged to boost safety policies across the mobility grid.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
February 25, 2021

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