Polly Trottenberg, former New York City transportation commissioner, has been confirmed by the US Senate to serve as deputy transportation secretary. She will serve under Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg and help implement the Biden administration's ambitious $2.25 trillion infrastructure plan.
To handle increased freight demand, trucking companies are purchasing more vehicles, hosting employment events and offering higher wages, with Knight-Swift Transportation Holdings increasing pay for recently certified drivers by at least 40%. Driver supply may not match freight needs until early 2022, according to ACT Research President and Senior Analyst Kenny Vieth.
Footwear brand Crocs handled skyrocketing e-commerce demand spurred by the pandemic by implementing, within 90 days, an automated manual picking process that included an autonomous robotic platform, said Rob Fauerback, director of distribution and logistics, during the PromatDX conference. The move helped Crocs accelerate processes at its Dayton, Ohio, distribution center and simplify temporary staff onboarding during its peak season.
New York's legalization of recreational marijuana use is creating safety and liability concerns for the state's construction industry, experts say. The lack of a standard test for marijuana impairment means contractors must determine how to assess whether a worker is impaired on the job, and that risk could lead to higher workers' compensation prices, a construction trade group executive says.
Clearwater, Fla., has closed a three-month bidding period for mixed-use developments on three parcels near a waterfront park. The city is reviewing five bids, one of which comes from the Church of Scientology Flag Service Organization.
Prefabricated construction is proving it's not incompatible with desirable aesthetics in a $2.5 billion mixed-used development in San Francisco. Clark Pacific's early collaboration with owners and designers has dispelled the notion prefabrication inevitably produces a utilitarian result.
The Transportation Department has made $1 billion available through the rebranded Rebuilding American Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity discretionary grant program. No state can receive more than 10% of the funds, which are disbursed among projects committed to safety, competitiveness, racial equity, climate mitigation and job creation.
SiteKick has secured $2.3 million from private investors. The startup, which produces software that combines sensors and cameras with a cloud-based machine learning system to monitor construction sites, has about 20 clients, including Ryan Cos.
Salvaged materials helped builders meet sustainability goals during construction of the Georgia Institute of Technology's Kendeda Building for Innovative Sustainable Design. A video explores this aspect of the project and 19 other factors that helped meet the Living Building Challenge.
An Illinois appellate court has ruled the Safe Roads Amendment, which requires funds generated by transportation to be used for transportation purposes, applies only to the state and excludes revenue generated in home-rule counties and municipalities. Local construction groups have challenged the ruling in an appeal involving Cook County.
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