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Trucking Industry's Great Work in 2020 Will Pay Dividends in 2021, ATA’s Spear Says

Chris Spear ATA President Chris Spear testifies on Capitol Hill last February. In a recent interview with Transport Topics Radio, Spear said 2020 was a defining year for trucking. (Ways & Means Committee via YouTube)

The trucking industry’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic has brought with it a boost in public perception that will endure for years to come, American Trucking Associations President Chris Spear told Transport Topics.

Dan Ronan | Associate News Editor
December 28, 2020
Government, Business, Technology, Safety

Oregon Commission Approves $2.2 Billion for Transportation Improvement Program

Oregon Trucks travel on Interstate 5 outside Albany, Ore. (Oregon Department of Transportation)

The Oregon Transportation Commission approved an initial plan to invest approximately $2.2 billion in future projects through the Statewide Transportation Improvement Program.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
December 28, 2020
Government, Business

Trump Signs Virus Relief, Government Spending Package

President Trump waves (Chris Kleponis/Bloomberg News) While he signed the bill, Trump still demanded that the $600 stimulus checks be boosted to $2,000. (Chris Kleponis/Bloomberg News)

President Donald Trump signed a bill containing $900 billion in pandemic relief, backing down from last-minute demands that undercut his own negotiating team, risked a government shutdown and delayed widely supported economic aid as coronavirus cases continue to rise.

December 27, 2020
Government, Business, Safety, Logistics

Effect of COVID-19 on Trucking Monopolizes 2020 Top 10 Stories

Truck passing under sign thanking truck drivers on road The pandemic dominated the top 10 stories of 2020. Truckers' efforts in helping the country move forward received a lot of attention as well. (shaunl/Getty Images)

Here are the 10 most-read stories on the Transports Topics website in 2020, based on Google Analytics. Unsurprisingly, COVID-19 dominated the headlines.

December 26, 2020
Government, Business

House GOP Foils Move on Trump’s $2,000 Checks

House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (Ting Shen/Bloomberg News) House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer holds a news conference Dec. 24. (Ting Shen/Bloomberg News)

A surprise scuffle over pandemic relief is set to run up against a crucial federal funding deadline the week of Dec. 28 as Democrats side with President Donald Trump in his demand for $2,000 payments to most Americans and Republicans take up his criticism of government spending.

Billy House | Bloomberg News
December 24, 2020
Government, Business

Pelosi Urges Trump to Press GOP to Back $2,000 Checks

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi speaks at a news conference at the U.S. Capitol on Dec. 20. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi speaks at a news conference at the U.S. Capitol on Dec. 20. (Ting Shen/Bloomberg News)

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi pledged swift action on new legislation boosting stimulus payments for individuals to $2,000, urging Republicans to join Democrats in meeting a last-minute demand from President Donald Trump that threw a historic pandemic relief package into doubt.

December 23, 2020
Government, Business

Orders for Big-Ticket Manufactured Goods Up 0.9% in November

Javad Memarzadeh dusts washers on display in a Home Depot location in Boston on Oct. 29. Javad Memarzadeh dusts washers on display in a Home Depot location in Boston on Oct. 29. (Steven Senne/Associated Press)

Orders to U.S. factories for big-ticketed manufactured goods rose a moderate 0.9% in November with a key category that tracks business investment plans showing a gain.

Martin Crutsinger | Associated Press
December 23, 2020
Government, Business, Safety

Brent Spence Bridge Reopens Ahead of Schedule

Brent Spence Bridge Completed Brent Spence Bridge project by Kentucky Transportation Cabinet via YouTube

Transportation officials opened the newly repaired Brent Spence Bridge connecting Ohio and Kentucky on Dec. 22, one day ahead of schedule.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
December 23, 2020
Government, Business, Technology

2020 Year in Review: Technology, Business, Government

We asked Transport Topics reporters for technology, business and government to try to put 2020 into perspective by identifying the three most significant stories of the year in their coverage area. Here's what they said. 

December 22, 2020
Government, Business, Safety, Logistics

Wreaths Across America Day Takes Place With Help of Trucking Industry

Girl kneels next to stone during Wreaths Across America Day 2020 A girl kneels next to a tombstone at Arlington National Cemetery during Wreaths Across America Day on Dec. 19, 2020. (Susan Patton/Wreaths Across America)

The final resting places of 1.7 million American veterans were adorned with holiday wreaths this year as organizers of the annual Wreaths Across America Day worked to ensure the nation’s fallen received this honor despite challenges presented by the pandemic.

Dan Ronan | Associate News Editor
December 22, 2020

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