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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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The Modesto Bee— John Previsich, Edward Wytkind: With so many trains in Valley, we want them to be safer

[As published By John Previsich And Edward Wytkind in The Modesto Bee] California has more museums dedicated to railroads than any other state in our country – and it’s easy to see why. From the transcontinental railroad to the developing high-speed rail system, rail transportation has played a significant role in shaping this state’s history. The […]

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Shuster-DeFazio Offer Sensible PTC Extension Bill

Washington, DC — Edward Wytkind, president of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD), issued the following statement on a bipartisan bill that extends the deadline for implementation of positive train control (PTC) technology: “TTD supports bipartisan legislation – introduced today by the leadership of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee – that extends the statutory deadline […]

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The Hill on Positive Train Control Extension

As published by Keith Laing in The Hill.   Senate to consider extending deadline for automating trains The Senate committee that oversees transportation issues is scheduled to mark up a measure on Wednesday that would extend a deadline for U.S. railways to equip their trains with automated control systems by five years. Current law requires that […]

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Bill to Extend Positive Train Control Implementation Misses Chance to Make Rail Transportation Safer

Washington, DC—Edward Wytkind, president of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD), issues this statement about the Senate markup of the Positive Train Control (PTC) extension bill:  “A five-year extension of the deadline by which Positive Train Control (PTC) technology must be implemented cannot be considered in a vacuum or in isolation. Rail employees, first responders, […]

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Hear Larry Willis Discuss Fast Track, Amtrak, and the Surface Transportation Reauthorizations on America’s Work Force Radio

By Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO

Did you miss TTD Secretary-Treasurer Larry Willis discussing Fast Track and the Amtrak and surface transportation reauthorizations on America’s Work Force Radio on Monday? You’re in luck — you can listen to the show here on the MoveAmerica blog. TTD stands with the AFL-CIO in opposition to Fast Track: as Larry points out in the interview, in the […]

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U.S. News & World Report on House Passage of PRRIA

As published by Joan Lowy for the Associated Press.   House passes bipartisan Amtrak bill that could boost Northeast Corridor service WASHINGTON (AP) — In a rare burst of bipartisanship, the House moved Wednesday to boost Amtrak’s popular service between Boston and Washington while giving states a greater say in the local routes they help […]

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Progressive Railroading on House Passage of the Amtrak Bill

As published in Progressive Railroading.   House passes $8 billion Amtrak funding bill The U.S. House yesterday passed a bill that authorizes nearly $8 billion to fund Amtrak over the next four years. The Passenger Rail Reform and Investment Act of 2015 (PRRIA) would keep Amtrak funded at nearly current levels, about $1.4 billion per year, […]

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TTD Applauds House Passage of Amtrak Reauthorization

Washington, DC—Edward Wytkind, president of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD), issues this statement about the House passage of the Passenger Rail Reform and Investment Act of 2015 (PRRIA): “Today the House of Representatives took an important step to sustain Amtrak, America’s national passenger railroad. The overwhelming vote today on the floor of the House […]

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TTD Urges the House to Pass the Passenger Rail Reform and Investment Act of 2015

Vote YES on H.R. 749 – the Passenger Rail Reform and Investment Act of 2015 Vote NO on the McClintock Amendment to Defund and Bankrupt Amtrak   March 3, 2015 Dear Representative: On behalf of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD), I urge you to support H.R. 749 – the Passenger Rail Reform and Investment […]

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