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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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House rail subcommittee hears from industry stakeholders

AS REPORTED IN PROGRESSIVE RAILROADING The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee’s Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines and Hazardous Materials yesterday held a hearing to gather stakeholders’ perspectives on what’s needed to improve the nation’s rail infrastructure. Several representatives of railroad and transportation labor organizations testified before the subcommittee members. The hearing was held as the subcommittee […]

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Evidence doesn’t show need for sleep apnea testing mandate, OOIDA says

AS REPORTED BY MARK SCHREMMER FOR LANDLINE MAG The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association is speaking out against a bill that would force the U.S. Department of Transportation to push through a rule to mandate sleep apnea testing for trucker drivers. Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., introduced the bill on Thursday, Sept. 28. While the full text […]

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Senate bill on self-driving vehicles excludes trucks

AS REPORTED BY NEIL ABT FOR FLEET OWNER Leaders with the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee announced they reached an agreement on legislation overseeing self-driving vehicles that excludes commercial trucks. The Senate bill is similar to one the House unanimously passed in September that would allow automakers sell thousands of autonomous vehicles, provided they […]

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Automated Trucks Left Out of Self-Driving Car Bill but Regulatory Relief Still Possible

AS REPORTED BY EDWARD GRAHAM FOR MORNING CONSULT Proposed Senate legislation that would speed up the production and development of self-driving cars does not apply to the production of automated trucks, but a Senate Commerce Committee spokesman said that doesn’t mean that self-driving trucks won’t get similar regulatory relief in the future. Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.), […]

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Professional drivers fear job loss to robotic vehicles

AS REPORTED BY KEITH LAING FOR THE DETROIT NEWS Washington — The prospect of self-driving cars, trucks and buses has sparked alarm about job losses among professional drivers, one of the largest employment sectors for those without a college education. Auto manufacturers and tech companies have promised that self-driving cars will revolutionize mobility and boost safety on […]

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Trump’s deal with Dems spurs hopes for road money

AS REPORTED BY KEITH LAING FOR THE DETROIT NEWS Washington — President Donald Trump’s proposal to spend $1 trillion to improve the nation’s roads, bridges and other infrastructure has been stuck in neutral as he struggles to advance his legislative priorities in Congress. But the president who built his national reputation as a deal-maker struck an accord […]

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