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Trump Revives Infrastructure Ideas, Urges $2 Trillion Spending

Donald Trump (Stefani Reynolds/Bloomberg News)

President Donald Trump called on Congress to provide $2 trillion for U.S. infrastructure, seizing on the coronavirus outbreak to try once again to advance one of his longest-standing priorities.

Mark Niquette | Bloomberg News
March 31, 2020
Government, Business, Technology, Safety, Logistics, Autonomous

DOT Opens Funding Opportunity for University Transportation Centers

Bridge construction in the Miami area Bridge construction in the Miami area. Accelerated bridge construction has been one of the topics researched by DOT's University Transportation Centers. (Getty Images)

The U.S. Department of Transportation recently announced a competitive grant solicitation that makes nearly $5 million available as part of its University Transportation Centers program.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
March 31, 2020
Government, Business

Mnuchin Asks Airlines to Propose Financial Stake in Aid Bid

Aircraft. (Alex Kraus/Bloomberg News)

Airlines will be required to propose up-front how the federal government could retain financial stakes in their companies in exchange for a share of $61 billion in coronavirus aid designated for the industry, according to guidelines released by the Treasury Department.

Saleha Mohsin | Bloomberg News
March 31, 2020
Government, Business, Safety

ATA's Chris Spear: Industry Thankful for Cooperation, but Challenges Remain

Spear Chris Spear speaks at a past industry event. (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

American Trucking Associations President Chris Spear is proud of the work his industry is doing to help the nation through the COVID-19 crisis, but notes that challenges lie ahead for business and government as the country remains stymied by the virus.

Dan Ronan | Associate News Editor
March 31, 2020
Government, Business, Safety, Logistics

FMCSA Issues COVID-19 Waiver for Truck Drivers With Learner Permits

Student driver with trainer A student trains behind the wheel with his instructor. (Roadmaster Drivers School)

Federal trucking regulators have issued a three-month waiver that will allow truck drivers with commercial learner permits to operate during the COVID-19 emergency without a commercial licensed driver in the front seat of the cab, provided the CDL driver is in the truck.

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
March 31, 2020
Government, Business, Fuel

Diesel Drops 7.3¢ to $2.586 a Gallon in 12th Straight Decline

Diesel pump Daniel Acker/Bloomberg News

The U.S. average retail price of diesel fell 7.3 cents to $2.586 per gallon, the Department of Energy reported March 30.

Roger Gilroy | Senior Reporter
March 30, 2020
Government, Business, Fuel

Trump to Cut Back Obama-Era Emissions, Fuel Economy Requirements

A customer refuels a vehicle at a gas station in Indiana in June 2019. A customer refuels a vehicle at a gas station in Indiana in June 2019. (Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg News)

The Trump administration will dramatically relax automobile emissions and fuel economy standards so that only modest efficiency gains are required through 2026, according to people familiar with the matter.

March 30, 2020
Government, Business, Technology, Safety

FCC Extends 5.9 GHz Spectrum Proposal Comment Deadline

FCC Ajit Pai via Evan Vucci/Associated Press

The Federal Communications Commission recently extended the opportunity to reply to comments on its proposed rulemaking to dedicate a significant aspect of auto safety airwaves for broadband uses.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
March 30, 2020
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

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