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As transit agencies ramp up mask enforcement, Congress airs concerns about safety of transportation workers

As Reported by Michael Laris for The Washington Post Bus passengers in Oklahoma City were first required to wear a mask in July to blunt the spread of the coronavirus. But the city’s small transit agency was hesitant to enforce it, partly out of fear of jeopardizing its relationship with the federal government, which helps […]

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TTD Congratulates Secretary Pete Buttigieg on his Senate Confirmation to lead the DOT

Washington, DC – Following the Senate’s vote to confirm Pete Buttigieg as Secretary of Transportation, Greg Regan, secretary-treasurer of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD), issues this statement: “Transportation labor congratulates Pete Buttigieg on his confirmation as Secretary of the U.S. Department of Transportation. The challenges we face are daunting, but with President Joe Biden, […]

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Add unmet congressional mandates to Buttigieg’s plate

As Reported by Jessica Wehrman for Roll Call Pete Buttigieg, who was confirmed Tuesday as secretary of Transportation, has a pretty full plate that includes a transportation system pummeled by the COVID-19 pandemic and a possible infrastructure bill. But one of his tasks will be to finally implement parts of a law that passed months […]

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Mayor Pete becomes Secretary Pete, with a fan club and unusual celebrity status

As Reported by Tanya Snyder, Sam Mintz and Stephanie Beasley for Politico Pete Buttigieg will be the next Transportation secretary, bringing his political celebrity and legion of super fans to a mammoth agency that’s not used to headlines — unless they’re jokes about “Infrastructure Week.” After four years of leadership under former President Donald Trump’s […]

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Transit agencies brace for vaccination push amid murky guidance

As Reported by Chris Teale for Smart Cities Dive New York’s transit stations will glow this week with the memory of 136 passed Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) workers who lost their lives to the COVID-19 virus. “Travels Far,” an eight-minute video memorializing the MTA workers, friends and colleagues, will play on digital screens across more […]

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Face mask mandate for transit goes into effect late Feb. 1

As Reported by Mischa Wanek-Libman for Mass Transit Users of surface transportation modes within the United States will be required to properly wear face masks starting at 11:59 p.m. on Feb. 1. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published an order late Friday night outlining the mask requirements for people inside transportation hubs, […]

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Made-in-America Executive Order Demonstrates Commitment by President Biden to Support America’s Working Families

Washington, DC – Greg Regan, secretary-treasurer of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD), issues this statement applauding President Biden’s Executive Order on Ensuring the Future Is Made in All of America by All of America’s Workers: “President Biden’s executive order prioritizing the purchase of goods made in America by American workers is proof positive that […]

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Aviation unions are asking congress for $15 billion to extend furlough protections

As Reported by Kevin Shalvey for Business Insider A coalition of aviation unions has asked congress for a $15 billion extension for a furlough protection program, warning a lack of funding would lead to layoffs. The funding would extend the current Payroll Support Program through September 30. Otherwise, it would expire on March 31. “Without […]

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Biden Administration gets thumbs up from US maritime

Reported by Barry Parker for Seatrade Maritime News As the Biden administration settles into place, infrastructure will be high on the list of priorities. When he was Vice President, under Barack Obama, Biden had addressed the 2014 American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) annual convention; in his keynote speech, he stressed the importance of infrastructure […]

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Transportation labor leaders: Safety must be prioritized ahead of presidential inauguration

“As the elected leaders of transportation unions that collectively represent millions of frontline employees, we are calling on every arm of federal, state, and local government to protect American workers and the public, ensure the orderly and peaceful transfer of power, and safeguard our democracy during the inauguration. While we stand firmly by the rights of every American to have and to share differing points of view, to peaceably assemble in support of those points of view, and to petition the government in hopes of affecting the direction of our country and its policies, these rights do not allow for violent attacks on our fellow Americans or our democratic institutions by domestic terrorists.

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