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Time for our Government to Put to Rest One-Person Freight Train Crews

By Ed Wytkind

Other than the lobby for the behemoth, multi-billion dollar railroad companies, almost no one believes we should permit up to 20,000-ton freight trains, many filled with things that blow up, to travel across America with a single crew member at the controls. The American people hate this idea. Across the country, in small towns and […]

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You Can’t Just Hope for Safety on the Job

By Ed Wytkind

Every year, tens of thousands of working people are hurt or killed on the job, and many of them are employed in transportation industries. For America’s transportation workforce, the last 365 days have been especially trying. The El Faro tragedy, the terrorist attack in Brussels and Amtrak’s most recent crash that killed two workers near […]

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If You Assault an Airline Employee There must be Consequences

By Ed Wytkind

Yes, too often air travelers face long lines, crowded terminals, delayed and cancelled flights, and lost baggage. They get frustrated and perhaps angry. But when those feelings result in a rising occurrence of punching, kicking or spitting on passenger service employees, something is seriously wrong. And now we are taking aim at this disturbing trend. […]

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Keeping the Maritime Security Program Funded Should be a No Brainer

By Ed Wytkind

These days, there’s nothing shocking about partisan hostility hindering Congress. It’s practically become the new norm. But when lawmakers are able to set aside their differences and work together, great things can happen. The Maritime Security Program (MSP) is a perfect example of this. For more than 20 years, the MSP has seen strong support […]

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We Can’t, and Won’t, Turn Our Back on Them Now

By Ed Wytkind

When terrorists forever changed America’s landscape that fateful day, September 11, 2001, fire fighters, police officers, EMTs, dog handlers and many more didn’t hesitate to answer the call. Thousands risked their lives — and in some cases, gave the ultimate sacrifice — on that day and continued to work tirelessly in the weeks and months […]

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Moving Forward: Lifting More Americans Into the Middle Class by Modernizing our Transportation System

By Ed Wytkind

Note: We’re kicking off this series, which explores the connection between a strong middle class and robust transportation system, during the week of Labor Day — a holiday that celebrates the American worker. While the economy has seen steady improvement — job numbers are up — the slow recovery has disproportionately favored the wealthy and […]

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NTSB Findings from the Tracy Morgan Crash Should Be a Wakeup Call

By Ed Wytkind

While the Tracy Morgan crash has attracted national attention because it involves a well-known comedian, a National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) report confirms what we already know: we have a driver fatigue crisis. Understandably, Morgan’s celebrity gave this particular story and the NTSB’s findings significant national attention. However, incidents like this occur far more often […]

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I’ll Take Your Hypocrisy if You Build Me a Tunnel

By Ed Wytkind New Jersey Governor Chris Christie is interviewed The Wall Street Journal at The Wall Street Journal CEO Council on November 18, 2013 in Washington.  The Wall Street Journal CEO Council annual meeting brings together the worlds most powerful chief executives to address the most pressing public policy and business issues of the day.       AFP PHOTO/Paul J. Richards        (Photo credit should read PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/Getty Images)

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie says as president he’d move aggressively on Amtrak’s long delayed Hudson River rail tunnel project — yes, the same tunnel project he killed as governor five years ago. While cynics (note: I’m a cynic) question motives here and wonder just how much hypocrisy we’ll have to endure in this presidential […]

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We Said Go Slow on Drones. We Weren’t Kidding

By Ed Wytkind

Do you think it’s a problem when a commercial aircraft has to climb unexpectedly to avoid a drone or when drones get in the way of first responders who are at the scene of an emergency? In May, a passenger plane nearly collided with a drone, or unmanned aircraft system (UAS), as it was making […]

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Economic Surrender Isn’t a Policy

By Ed Wytkind

I worry that America’s status as a global economic powerhouse — a place where Americans can find a clear path into the middle class — is getting shaky on our watch. That was my message to the leaders, delegates and activists at the convention of the International Longshoremen’s Association (ILA), a TTD affiliate. Not long ago, our […]

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