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Mariners Take Extra Precautions as Great Lakes Shipping Season Begins

A tugboat docks at the Port of Duluth-Superior in Duluth, Minn., in January 2012. A tugboat docks at the Port of Duluth-Superior in Duluth, Minn., in January 2012. (Ariana Lindquist/Bloomberg News)

As the coronavirus pandemic locked down countries and disrupted global supply chains, the Great Lakes shipping season got underway last week, with extra precautions in tow.

Tony Briscoe | Chicago Tribune
April 1, 2020
Government, Business, Equipment

Oshkosh Awarded Contract to Modernize Army Heavy Vehicles

Oshkosh HEMTT A4 Cargo Oshkosh Defense

Oshkosh Defense announced the U.S. Army Contracting Command awarded it delivery orders totaling $346.4 million to modernize vehicles in the U.S. Army and U.S. Army Reserve Heavy Tactical fleets.

March 31, 2020
Government, Business, Fuel

Trump Administration Rolls Back Mileage Standards

Traffic on the Hollywood Freeway in Los Angeles in December 2018. Traffic on the Hollywood Freeway in Los Angeles in December 2018. (Damian Dovarganes/Associated Press)

The Trump administration rolled back ambitious Obama-era vehicle mileage standards March 31, raising the ceiling on damaging fossil fuel emissions for years to come and gutting one of the United States’ biggest efforts against climate change.

March 31, 2020
Government, Business

China’s Manufacturing Rebounds as Virus Controls Ease

Workers wearing protective suits check customers' health QR codes at the entrance of a re-opened shopping mall in Wuhan, China. Workers wearing protective suits check customers' health QR codes at the entrance of a re-opened shopping mall in Wuhan, China. (Fei Maohua/Xinhua News Agency via AP)

China’s manufacturing rebounded in March as authorities relaxed anti-disease controls and allowed factories to reopen, an official survey showed March 30, but an industry group warned the economy has yet to fully recover.

March 31, 2020
Government, Business, Safety

Transportation Nominees Await Action in Senate

Fulton Finch Fulton testifies at his nomination hearing. (Senate Commerce Committee)

The consideration of senior transportation nominees is among the pending matters before a Republican-led Senate scheduled to resume its legislative agenda April 20.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
March 31, 2020
Government, Business, Safety

FMCSA Issues Guidance for Drug Testing During Emergency

Drug testing technician with specimen A Quest Diagnostics technician tests hair for drugs. (Quest Diagnostics)

Federal trucking regulators have issued “reasonable flexibility” guidance for motor carriers and drivers to follow for drug and alcohol testing during the COVID-19 emergency.

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

Truck Stops, State Associations Offer Free Food, Parking to Drivers

Parked trucks Getty Images

Travel center chains along one of the nation’s busiest freight corridors are offering free meals and parking to truck drivers making deliveries to help the nation battle the COVID-19 virus.

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

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

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