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4/2/2020

FedEx has temporarily halted its guarantees for FedEx Express, FedEx Ground and FedEx Freight services while UPS has suspended all service guarantees, both due to complexities caused by the coronavirus pandemic. FedEx will also subject all international freight and parcel shipments to a temporary per-pound or per-kilogram surcharge beginning Monday.

4/2/2020

Winston Churchill led Britain through World War II by making tough decisions, projecting a sense of confidence to the country and being personally affectionate even as he was often severe about the work, writes Steve McKee. "He could get very emotional, but after bitterly criticizing you he had a habit of touching you, of putting his hand on your hand -- like that -- as if to say that his real feelings for you were not changed," British wartime official Lord Beaverbrook said of Churchill.

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4/2/2020

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is accepting comments until May 29 regarding potential regulation of autonomous vehicles that do not have manual controls. The notice of proposed rulemaking is limited to the issue of crashworthiness standards, with separate notices expected regarding telltales, indicators, alerts and warnings.

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4/2/2020

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has ordered construction crews to speed up the pace of road projects while traffic is diminished due to the coronavirus pandemic. The projects include the $864 million replacement of the northbound span of the Howard Frankland Bridge that serves Hillsborough and Pinellas counties.

4/2/2020

The Chesapeake Bay Bridge's westbound right lane construction project has been completed more than one year ahead of schedule. Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan ordered the state's transportation authority to expedite the project, which was expected to take up to two years to complete.

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4/2/2020

The Virginia Department of Transportation has temporarily implemented cashless tolling on the Powhite Parkway Extension and the George P. Coleman Memorial Bridge due to the coronavirus outbreak. Cost of an E-ZPass account in Virginia has also been reduced from $35 to $20.

4/2/2020

Traffic in Transurban's North America division, which includes the Washington, D.C., and Montreal areas, declined by 47% year-over-year during the third week of March, according to the company. Traffic on Transurban's North American toll lanes fell by 65% year-over-year during the fourth week of March.

4/2/2020

The European Commission's Autopilot program has demonstrated how the internet of things can be used to enhance autonomous driving. "This information allows us to look beyond the line of sight of on-board sensors, and what we will see is how we can detect obstacles, pedestrians, cyclists and crowds," said Bart Netten, senior scientific researcher for TNO.

4/2/2020

One day after President Donald Trump called for a $2 trillion infrastructure bill, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said he is discussing the proposal with Congress.
Mnuchin, who emphasized the importance of capitalizing on low interest rates, said that discussions with members of Congress on both sides of the aisle have been taking place over the last year.

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4/2/2020

The New York State Thruway Authority board signed off on plans to borrow up to $350 million over three years to offset the loss of toll revenue due to the coronavirus pandemic. Passenger vehicle traffic declined by an estimated 36% on the Thruway since March 8, with commercial vehicle traffic falling by 6%.