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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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Driverless Truck Platoons Signal Shifting Future of Work

AS REPORTED BY CHRIS OPFER FOR BLOOMBERG  Fleets of unmanned heavy-duty trucks are on their way to highways around the globe. They’re set to revolutionize the freight transportation industry when they get there and may significantly change what it means to get behind the wheel of a big rig, if not eliminate the job altogether. […]

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Transportation Labor Supports Jones Act

AS REPORTED BY PETER BUXBAUM FOR GLOBAL TRADE The Transportation Trades Department (TTD) of the AFL-CIO has come out in opposition to legislation introduced by Senators McCain and Mike Lee to permanently repeal the Jones Act as it relates to Puerto Rico. “The humanitarian crisis in Puerto Rico is being used by long-time opponents of the Jones Act […]

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Transportation union president testifies to House committee on railway infrastructure

AS REPORTED BY MELINA DRUGA FOR TRANSPORTATION TODAY Larry I. Willis, president of the Transportation Trades Department (TTD), recently testified before the House Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials on rail and transportation infrastructure. TTD is a group of 32 affiliated unions in both the public and private sectors that represent […]

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Trump faces decision on new Jones Act waiver for Puerto Rico

AS REPORTED BY MELANIE ZANONA FOR THE HILL A 10-day shipping waiver President Trump granted to Puerto Rico that allows non-crewed U.S. ships to deliver aid to Puerto Rico expires on Saturday, setting up a new showdown between critics and supporters of the restrictions. The White House has shown no indication that it plans to […]

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