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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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Gateway Tunnel funding may cause another budget showdown for feds

As published by Emily Nonko in Curbed Things still do not look good for the Gateway Tunnel project, the $13 billion plan to replace the deteriorating Amtrak tunnels below the Hudson River. Since President Donald Trump took office, it’s been unclear whether his administration would honor a funding deal worked out by New York, New Jersey, and former President Obama. And now, […]

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Driven to Ruin: Fares are scarcer for NYC cabbies and automation is on their tail

As published by Peter Rugh in The Indypendent    Morning rush hour was in full swing, yet the deafening bang that came from Douglas Schifter’s vehicle cut through the noisy clamor of New Yorkers hustling to make it to work on time. Inside a rented Nissan sedan, the 61-year-old professional driver put the barrel end […]

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Trump’s Infrastructure Plan Is to Spend Less on Infrastructure

AS REPORTED BY DAVID DAYEN FOR THE NATION When he finally unveiled his infrastructure plan on Monday, President Donald Trump offered cities and states negative $40 billion. Most media accounts have described it as a $1.5 trillion deal, but the plan’s proposed $200 billion spending must be weighed against the $240 billion in cuts to […]

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Trump Dispatches His Public Works Plan to Skeptical Congress

AS REPORTED BY BLOOMBERG AND INDUSTRYWEEK STAFF FOR INDUSTRYWEEK President Donald Trump released his long-awaited proposal to upgrade roads, airports and other public works on Monday, kicking off what will likely be a tough sell in Congress with Democrats saying the plan falls short and Republicans wary of another big spending measure. The 53-page document […]

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