Transportation Times

FHWA Permits Food Trucks at Rest Areas During Coronavirus Crisis

The Federal Highway Administration on April 3 issued a notice to state departments of transportation that the agency will allow food trucks to operate and sell food at federally funded interstate highway rest areas to support commercial truck drivers during the coronavirus emergency. ... Continue Reading

Pelosi Pulls Back on Infrastructure in ‘Phase Four’ Stimulus

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi scaled back her ambitions for Congress’ next coronavirus stimulus package to focus on additional direct payments to individuals and expanded loans to businesses, possibly leaving an $800 billion infrastructure plan and other Democratic priorities for a later bill. (With video) ... Continue Reading

DOT Ready to Help Truckers as They Support Country, Elaine Chao Says

Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao told Transport Topics during an exclusive interview that her agency stands ready to build on the actions it already has taken to help trucking support the country through the coronavirus crisis. ... Continue Reading

Colorado DOT to Expand Truck Parking at Two Rest Areas

The Colorado Department of Transportation is conducting a project to expand truck parking availability at two rest areas. ... Continue Reading

Minnesota DOT Announces 188 Construction Projects

The Minnesota Department of Transportation unveiled the 188 road and bridge projects it will undertake during this year’s construction season ... Continue Reading

N.J. Transportation Stakeholders Disagree Over Virtual Toll Hearings

New Jersey Transportation Commissioner Diane Gutierrez-Scaccetti fired back at critics April 2 who said the agency shouldn’t have held hearings on a proposal toll increase and $500 million capital plan on the Atlantic City Expressway during the coronavirus crisis. ... Continue Reading

Airlines Ordered to Refund Cost of Flights Canceled by Virus

Airlines must fully refund airfare to passengers whose flights have been canceled during the outbreak of COVID-19, the U.S. Transportation Department ordered on April 3. ... Continue Reading

GM, Honda Partner to Build Honda EVs in GM Plants

General Motors Co. and Honda Motor Co. announced an agreement April 2 to jointly develop two new electric vehicles for Honda that will be based on GM’s global electric-vehicle platform that’s powered by the Detroit automaker’s Ultium battery system. ... Continue Reading

Democrats Call On Trump Administration to Extend Federal Schedule

Disruptions to the way of life due to the coronavirus pandemic prompted the Democratic leadership in the U.S. House of Representatives to insist the Office of Management and Budget extend federal agencies’ deadlines for public comment periods on proposed rulemakings. ... Continue Reading

Truckers Work to Overcome Difficulties in Food Supply Chain

Truckers hauling food are facing delays across the globe in the latest disruption to supply chains snarled by the coronavirus pandemic. ... Continue Reading

Daimler AG Adds Liquidity With $12.94 Billion Loan

Daimler AG announced it extended its credit line and increased its financial flexibility with a $12.94 billion loan. ... Continue Reading

US Sheds 701,000 Jobs, Ending a Record Hiring Streak

A recordlong streak of U.S. job growth ended suddenly in March after nearly a decade as employers cut 701,000 jobs because of the viral outbreak that has all but shut down the U.S. economy. ... Continue Reading

Cummins Cuts Pay, Hours in US to Offset COVID-19 Impact

Independent engine maker Cummins Inc. announced it slashed CEO pay by 50%, cut compensation for directors by 25% and lowered salaries for all other employees in the United States by 10% and 25% — and reduced working hours in response to the impact of COVID-19. ... Continue Reading

Navistar Expands Production Suspension; Allison Pauses Work Too

Navistar International Corp. announced it is broadening its temporary suspension in manufacturing operations, and Allison Transmission Holdings Inc. announced it has temporarily suspended production at select manufacturing facilities. ... Continue Reading

Amazon Diverts Masks to Hospitals, Pledges Warehouse Safety

Amazon .com Inc. said it will divert sales of masks and other medical supplies to hospitals and government entities. ... Continue Reading

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IG Audit Shows a General Decline in EPA’s Enforcement, Monitoring Activities

A new audit conducted by the Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of the Inspector General has documented a general decline from fiscal years 2006 to 2018 in the EPA’s compliance monitoring activities, enforcement actions and enforcement results. ... Continue Reading

Appeals Court Denies Teamsters Motion in California Trucking Association Lawsuit

A federal appeals court has denied an effort to temporarily lift a lower court’s preliminary injunction blocking California from enforcing a state law that restricts how motor carriers classify independent operators. ... Continue Reading

Nissan Recalls More Than 250,000 Vehicles to Replace Takata Air Bags

Nissan is recalling more than a quarter-million SUVs, trucks and vans worldwide to replace potentially dangerous Takata air bag inflators. ... Continue Reading

Oil Soars After Trump Says Saudis and Russia Will Cut Production

Oil soared after President Trump said that he expects Saudi Arabia and Russia to cut output back by 10 million barrels or more after he spoke with Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman. ... Continue Reading