The Trump administration will pump $25 billion in emergency Federal Transit Administration funds into public transit systems, including $5.4 billion for New York City. The administration is also giving $10 billion in grants to airports and $1 billion to Amtrak amid deeply reduced ridership.
The Arizona Supreme Court has upheld the $4 fee that Phoenix's Sky Harbor International Airport wants to charge ride-hailing services for dropping off and picking up passengers at the airport. Lawmakers have filed legislation to block the fee; an Uber representative said the company was studying next steps, while Lyft has not commented.
Amazon announced Thursday that masks and other medical equipment on its platform will be sold only to hospitals and government agencies, and it will also expand temperature checks to include all Amazon and Whole Foods Market employees by next week. Employees with a temperature above 100.4 degrees must go home and can return to work only after going 72 hours without a fever.
We remember World War II as a fight the US eagerly took up, but polling shows many Americans were opposed to intervening and only slowly came around to the idea, which posed a persuasion challenge to then-President Franklin D. Roosevelt, writes Ed Batista. "The great leader steps into the future just far enough to encourage the people around them to consider the possibility of this alternative reality, but not so far ahead that their vision is dismissed or ignored," he writes.
Tolling has proven to have many benefits for manufacturing businesses, which save on shipping and receiving costs when tolls decrease road congestion in urban corridors, writes Bill Cramer, communications director for IBTTA. Tolls are a particularly important tool as the US "faces a multi-billion dollar shortfall in highway infrastructure investment, with little appetite for the public investment or associated tax increases that would clear the backlog," Cramer writes.
The coronavirus pandemic has caused car traffic to drop by 90% and truck traffic to fall by 12% year-over-year on Canada's Confederation Bridge. The toll bridge has gone cashless, operators no longer share booths and pedestrian traffic has been suspended to help slow the outbreak.
Traffic on North Texas toll roads dropped by 44% in the third week of March compared to the same period a year ago, according to the North Texas Tollway Authority. Traffic declined by 28% year-over-year during March, according to the NTTA.
Approximately 2,000 doctors and nurses took advantage of toll-free RFID stickers last week on highways in the Philippines, according to the San Miguel Corporation. SMC President Ramon Ang reported an 80% year-over-year drop in vehicle traffic during the last two weeks of March on the South Luzon Expressway.
Lucid Motors released a video that confirms a 400-mile range for its Air electric car, which made a February trip from San Francisco to Los Angeles on one charge. The prototype car recharged during an overnight stay in Los Angeles, then made the trip back to San Francisco.
Transport for London has suspended all road use fees under orders from Mayor Sadiq Khan to allow essential workers to travel more easily during the coronavirus pandemic. TFL has suspended congestion fees and the use of low emission zones to improve traffic flow for essential vehicles.
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