Rebuilding infrastructure -- including the $8 billion project to overhaul LaGuardia Airport -- is part of New York's plan to "supercharge" its recovery from coronavirus shutdowns, according to Gov. Andrew Cuomo. "You have an infrastructure that's crumbling, you need to jump-start the economy, you need to create jobs, do it now," Cuomo said this week, also referring to the LaGuardia AirTrain project and rebuilding Penn Station.
The MTA has responded to the pandemic by shutting down the subways for cleaning four hours each night, with bus service increasing and free for-hire vehicle rides offered to essential workers. This article has updates on all forms of public transit as NYC deals with "an unprecedented moment in the history of our city," as MTA CEO Patrick Foye puts it.
Jacobs and other contractors might benefit if a SpaceX launch of astronauts to the International Space Station succeeds. This would relieve the US of a need to use Russian rockets to reach the space station and would spur contract opportunities from NASA.
The US has an opportunity to boost the economy through long-overdue infrastructure projects, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo says. New York has created thousands of jobs through construction projects at Penn Station and LaGuardia Airport, but the state needs federal assistance for work on the Cross-Hudson tunnels and the Second Avenue subway expansion.
Residents in Midland, Mich., working to recover after devastating floods should treat all trash as contaminated and put damaged possessions at the curb for pickup, says City Manager Brad Kaye, who says the impact of the flood is "sobering." The city is working to restore wastewater and other municipal services, and urges residents not to enter floodwaters.
Amazon may be moving into the autonomous vehicle world with reported talks to buy Zoox, which has struggled to raise funding for electric-powered, robot taxis. Amazon has a team working on driverless-vehicle technology to enhance its e-commerce delivery options.
The number of people commuting by bike increased 20% in cities that offered bike-sharing, according to a pre-pandemic study by Dafeng Xu of the University of Washington. "This study shows that bike-share systems can drive a population to commute by bike," said Xu in a statement.
Almost all of the roofing and insulation contractors surveyed by the Spray Polyurethane Foam Alliance said their business has been negatively affected to some degree by the coronavirus pandemic, but many respondents remain resolute in working hard to address the challenges they face. "At this point, we feel the true impact of this pandemic won't really be felt until next year, which is why we are stepping up our efforts now in order to maintain a healthy pipeline of projects," says Central Coating Company President Luke Nolan.
For-hire truck tonnage dropped 12.2% last month, the largest monthly decline since the April 1994 labor strike, according to the American Trucking Associations. Bob Costello, ATA's chief economist, says fleets carrying goods for grocery stores and online retail saw increased demand, and he predicted the freight market should begin to recover slowly amid reopenings.
Walmart has partnered with online resale company ThredUp to start selling previously owned fashions, accessories and footwear from various brands on its website. Shoppers who spend $35 or more will get free shipping, and buyers will be able to make returns at Walmart stores.
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