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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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Groups representing American road builders, civil engineers support new Senate bridge bill

AS REPORTED BY KIM RILEY FOR TRANSPORTATION TODAY Just-introduced legislation from U.S. Senate Democrats that would pour $75 billion over a decade into a new competitive grant program for repairing the nation’s structurally shoddy bridges has received overwhelming support even before being assigned a bill number. The Bridge Investment Act, introduced Jan. 4 by Sens. […]

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Lawmakers question automation’s effects on trucking workforce

AS REPORTED IN TRANSPORTATION TODAY Several members of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee expressed concern over how the move to self-driving vehicles will affect the tens of thousands of truck and bus drivers and questioned a panel of experts on how Congress may lessen the burden of automation on the workforce. Noting the impending […]

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Autonomous Technology to Dominate House Roundtable With Trucking Execs

AS REPORTED BY EUGENE MULERO FOR TRANSPORT TOPICS NEWS Advances in connected, autonomous and truck platooning technologies are expected to dominate the discussions during a Dec. 7 House transportation policymakers roundtable scheduled with executives from the trucking industry. The House Highways and Transit Subcommittee will examine commercial vehicles’ autonomous capabilities, such as steering and braking through […]

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Industry faces long haul to legalize self-driving semis

AS REPORTED BY KEITH LAING FOR THE DETROIT NEWS Washington — Trucking companies are not giving up the fight to put self-driving semis and delivery trucks on U.S. highways. Advocates for the trucking industry are pushing back on proposed legislation that largely removes restrictions from operation of autonomous passenger cars but does not do the same […]

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When Vehicles are Automated, What Happens to their Drivers?

AS REPORTED BY JONATHAN JUDD FOR THE INDYPENDENT Back in October of 2013, when self-driving cars or “automated driving systems” (ADS) still seemed like a pipedream, reporter Patrick Lin of the Atlantic considered the “ethics of autonomous cars.” Lin discussed the implications of a computer system faced with the minutia of split-second decisions a human driver makes […]

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Transportation Labor Wants Investment in Rail and Transportation Infrastructure

AS REPORTED IN GLOBAL TRADE Speaking before the House Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials today, Larry I. Willis, president of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD), called on federal lawmakers to invest in US rail and transportation infrastructure, and to use those investments to create good middle-class jobs. Willis reminded lawmakers […]

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