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Bloomberg BNA reports on the effect of public transit on upward mobility

Limited Public Transit Options Still a Barrier to Upward Mobility, Says DOT, Union Group As reported by Stephanie Beasley Sixty years ago today, buses in Montgomery, Ala., were desegregated, effectively ending one of the nation’s most well-known civil rights protests—the Montgomery Bus Boycott. Civil rights activist Rosa Parks helped launch the year-long boycott when she […]

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Bloomberg BNA reports on hair testing in the trucking industry

Trucking Industry Continues Push to Test Drivers’ Hair for Drugs As reported by Hassan A. Kanu in Bloomberg BNA Dec. 1 — The federal agency responsible for reducing substance abuse will likely miss a Dec. 4 deadline to set national guidelines allowing trucking companies to test their drivers’ hair follicles for drugs. The freight transportation […]

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NJ.com reports on Department of Transportation’s Norwegian Air International Decision

U.S. approves new airline over objections from N.J. Republican and his union allies As reported by Jonathan D. Salant for NJ.com WASHINGTON — The Obama administration‘s approval of a new international airline over objections from organized labor and Republican ally Rep. Frank LoBiondo means new flights from Newark Airport. Norwegian Air International received final Transportation Department approval Friday. It is […]

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Los Angeles Times Reports on Opposition to NAI decision

Norwegian Air International gets final approval for flights to U.S., despite opposition As reported by Hugo Martin in Los Angeles Times Despite opposition from American carriers, the U.S. Department of Transportation issued a final permit Friday to allow Norwegian Air International to fly in and out of the U.S. from a base in Ireland. Opponents, […]

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The Seattle Times Reports on Norwegian Air Decision

US Gives Norwegian Air OK to Expand Disputed Low-cost Flights Here As reported by Dominic Gates in The Seattle Times In a decision released Friday, the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) finally granted European low-cost carrier Norwegian Air a permit that will allow it to expand flights to the U.S., despite fierce opposition from large U.S. […]

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Recode Discusses secretary-designate elaine chao’s potential impact on the future of self-driving technology

Trump’s pick for transportation secretary could be good for companies with self-driving ambitions As reported by Johana Bhuiyan on Recode Donald Trump will reportedly nominate Elaine Chao — the former secretary of labor under the Bush administration who also served as the deputy secretary of transportation under the previous Bush administration — to be the […]

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Progressive Railroading Reports on reactions to the appointment of Elaine Chao to Department of Transportation

President-elect Trump picks Chao to run USDOT As reported by Progressive Railroading President-elect Donald Trump’s selection of Elaine Chao as the next U.S. secretary of transportation drew praise today from several rail industry leaders and organizations. Chao served as secretary of labor under President George W. Bush from 2001 through 2009. She also served as […]

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Journal of Commerce Reports on Transportation Secretary-Designate Chao

Trump’s transport chief pick has record of rolling back regs As reported by Reynolds Hutchins in Journal of Commerce WASHINGTON — President-elect Donald Trump’s pick to head the Department of Transportation, former Labor Secretary Elaine Chao, has a track record of rolling back regulation and a pro-business bent that has run afoul of labor unions. […]

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Los Angeles Times Reports on California High Speed Rail Authority’s plan to buy American parts for Trains

California’s bullet train authority decides to buy American after all As Published by Ralph Vartabedian in Los Angeles Times The California High Speed Rail Authority has reversed its plans to buy foreign parts for its trains, saying in a letter to federal regulators that it was withdrawing a request for a waiver from the Buy American Act. […]

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Politico Reports on Tension Between Amtrak, Private Bidders Over Long-Distance Rail

Private railroads, Amtrak spar over FRA pilot program rule As published by Lauren Gardner in Politico A pilot program to give private companies the chance to take over passenger train service on some long-distance routes from Amtrak is stoking tension among those businesses and the government-backed corporation as federal regulators craft the rules for the […]

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