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Policy Reforms to Make Hazardous Materials Transportation Safer

Few transportation safety issues have as far-reaching effects as the transport of hazardous materials and toxic chemicals. Strong laws and regulations surrounding the movement of these materials are essential to protecting not only workers but also the public and local communities who are risk when an accident occurs. Congress and the administration must address the […]

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Priorities for a Long-Term FAA Reauthorization Bill

The U.S. aviation industry plays a central role in our national economy. Two million passengers fly on 70,000 flights every single day in America. The industry supports almost 12 million jobs and over $1.5 trillion in total economic activity, and accounts for 5.4 percent of our GDP. In other words, our aviation sector is a […]

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The Necessary Components of a Long-Term Amtrak Reauthorization Bill

Transportation labor has been a leader in insisting on sustainable investment in Amtrak’s national network. Throughout the history of Amtrak, whose creation in 1971 followed the bankruptcy of private passenger rail operations, the passenger railroad company has been chronically underfunded. Even worse, for four decades too many politicians have attempted to shutdown Amtrak through bankruptcy […]

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Time to Raise the Bar on Market Entry in Motorcoach Industry

Intercity bus transportation has grown rapidly in the last several years, offering Americans additional travel options as routes expand across the country. But this growth must not come at the expense of passenger and public safety, a fear that has become magnified by an influx of poorly regulated new entrants that have flooded the intercity […]

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DEFEND POSTAL WORKERS FROM UNFAIR REFORMS AND JOB CUTS

The U.S. Postal Service (USPS) has the vast responsibility of providing mail services to every state, city and community in this country and in doing so uses virtually every mode of transport – aircraft, train, truck, boat, ferry, helicopter, street car, subway and hovercraft. TTD understands and values the important connection between a strong and […]

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AMENDING HOURS OF SERVICE LAWS TO MAKE FREIGHT RAIL TRANSPORTATION SAFER

Fatigue is a reality in the freight rail industry and is clearly a contributing factor in many accidents and incidents. While improvements to hours of service rules have been accomplished in recent years, important reforms for freight operating employees and signal workers must be implemented to combat chronic fatigue that still plagues this industry. Many […]

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U.S. REGULATORS MUST REJECT NORWEGIAN AIR INTERNATIONAL’S FLAG OF CONVENIENCE SCHEME

At TTD’s 2013 fall meeting, the Executive Committee condemned an emerging “Flag of Convenience” business model being pursued by Norwegian Air Shuttle (NAS). This operating scheme – now referred to as Norwegian Air International (NAI) – is a poorly disguised attempt to expand transatlantic air service by gaining an unfair competitive advantage and undercutting air […]

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RAISING THE BAR ON SCHOOL BUS TRANSPORTATION SAFETY

School bus drivers are entrusted with driving our nation’s children to and from school and extracurricular events, accounting for the transport of more than 25 million students daily. These dedicated men and women are not mere chauffeurs – they play an important role in our educational system, provide a familiar face and sense of security […]

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FAIRNESS AND DUE PROCESS FOR FEDERAL TRANSPORTATION SECURITY OFFICERS

By screening passengers and baggage at airports, mass transit systems, and large public gatherings throughout the country, our nation’s 45,000 Transportation Security Officers (TSOs) keep travelers and personnel safe. These civil servants play a critical safety and security role in our increasingly mobile society. Unfortunately, while TSOs experience the same challenges as the larger federal […]

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Transportation Labor Joins the Jobs to Move America Coalition

TTD’s Executive Committee has long taken the position that when our government invests in transportation infrastructure and rolling stock, these expenditures must be leveraged to achieve the greatest possible economic impact and U.S. job growth.  For this reason we have consistently and effectively advocated for the inclusion of strong Buy America provisions in federal transportation […]

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