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Nearby states raise gas tax as Whitmer road plan idles

AS REPORTED BY KEITH LANG FOR THE DETROIT NEWS Gov. Gretchen Whitmer so far has been unsuccessful in her bid to increase the state’s gas tax to help fix crumbling roads, but several states, including nearby Ohio and Illinois, hiked their fuel levies this week.

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Airline Labor To Regulators: Why Do Foreign Repair Stations Have Lower Standards?

AS REPORTED BY TED REED FOR FORBES Four top airline industry labor leaders have written to Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, asking that safety standards at foreign aircraft maintenance facilities be enhanced to the same level that domestic maintenance stations meet.

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Aircraft Mechanics Push DOT On Foreign Repair Station Oversight

AS REPORTED BY BEN GOLDSTEIN FOR AVIATION WEEKLY Four unions representing U.S. aviation safety inspectors and mechanics wrote to U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao urging the department to implement three long-delayed Congressional directives intended to boost oversight of foreign repair stations that work on U.S. aircraft.

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Airline unions take aim at foreign repair stations

AS REPORTED BY EVAN HOOPFER FOR THE DALLAS BUSINESS JOURNAL Two unions that represent American Airlines mechanics were among a group that penned a letter to U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao expressing concern about foreign repair stations. The group of transportation unions is concerned about three issues: drug and alcohol testing, security screening for safety-sensitive personnel and oversight at aircraft repair stations.

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Transit Unions Are Drawing Up a Plan to Confront Autonomous Vehicles

AS REPORTED BY BRIAN MERCHANT FOR GIZMODO As institutional embrace of automation continues to create a mounting threat to existing jobs, unions are formally taking note. Last year, the largest Las Vegas service workers union organized a strike partly over casinos’ plans to embrace automated systems, and the union won language in the resulting contract that included protections against automation. 2018 also saw bus drivers protest against the prospect of Ohio adopting driverless buses.

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Shutdown squeezes every part of air travel

As Reported by STEPHANIE BEASLEY, BRIANNA GURCIULLO and SAM MINTZ for Politico.
The government shutdown is fraying U.S. air travel in ways big and small, not just spawning long security lines at some airports but canceling some pilot training, delaying purchases of bag-scanning equipment and preventing some companies from adding new planes.

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Travel and the Partial Government Shutdown: What You Need to Know Now

As Published by Paul Metselaar in Inc. The partial government shutdown that began on December 22 has passed the previous record of 21 days to become the longest government closure in U.S. history. The partial shutdown is now well into its fourth week, and roughly 800,000 federal workers, approximately half of whom have been furloughed and half of whom have been deemed essential and are called to work, have now missed a paycheck.

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Government shutdown is affecting airport operations, slowing funding for CTA projects

As reported by Mary Wisniewski for the Chicago Tribune. The continuing government shutdown, now the longest in U.S. history, is starting to affect airport operations and has cut the flow of federal money to transit agencies, including the CTA.

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Shutdown increasing corporate travel risks

As reported by Michael B. Baker for Travel Weekly. As the U.S. government shutdown turned three weeks old, the odds of tangible and lasting effects on the travel community — disrupted trips or, even worse, security risks — are getting higher.

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Industry Leaders Lament Infrastructure Delays at Roundtable

AS REPORTED BY ERIC MILLER FOR TRANSPORT TOPICS If the prevailing wisdom seems to be in favor of getting on with repairing old and building new U.S. infrastructure, why does the nation seem to be in a state of inertia in getting the job done?

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