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New Federal AV Legislation Under Fire for Inadequate Safety Provisions

As Reported By Chris Teale for Smart Cities Dive Dive Brief: A new draft of federal legislation on autonomous vehicles (AVs) does not do enough to address ongoing safety concerns, multiple sources, including the National League of Cities, told Smart Cities Dive this week. Critics said draft text in Congress is inadequate as it gives the U.S. Department […]

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Gig work on the rise and for many, a way of life

As Reported By Lorraine Mirabella for The Chicago Tribune By day, Leah Needham buys groceries to deliver to customers in White Marsh and Middle River. But in the evenings, the shopper for online grocery service Shipt trades in her green T-shirt for a pair of ballroom dance shoes and heads to her next gig. In […]

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Gig work: It’s on the rise and for many in the Baltimore area, a way of life

As Reported By Lorraine Mirabella for The Baltimore Sun By day, Leah Needham buys groceries to deliver to customers in White Marsh and Middle River. But in the evenings, the shopper for online grocery service Shipt trades in her green T-shirt for a pair of ballroom dance shoes and heads to her next gig. In […]

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See that Semi next to you on the Jane Addams Tollway? Starting today, its driver may be keeping hands off the wheel.

As Reported By Mary Wisniewski for The Chicago Tribune Krystian Gebis did not have to keep his hands on the wheel when he operated a specially modified Peterbilt semi truck along a test track last month. In a ghostly fashion, the steering wheel turned by itself. Gebis, co-founder and chief executive of the Rolling Meadows […]

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Boeing 737 MAX Fiasco Brings New Scrutiny to “Insane” Gap in Oversight of Foreign Repair Stations

As Reported By Ted Reed for Forbes This story was updated Nov. 21 to reflect approval of the bill by a House subcommittee. The Boeing 737 MAX fiasco has brought airline labor unions new hope that they can finally change the way foreign aviation maintenance bases are regulated. Airline labor is backing a bill, “The […]

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Joe Biden Doesn’t Go Far Enough On Transit

As Reported By Aaron Short for StreetsBlog USA The Democratic hopeful has a trillion-dollar infrastructure plan, but it will keep the country in a car-dependent status quo. Please wake us when the Democratic 2020 candidates get serious about transit in the 21st century. Vice President Joe Biden is the latest presidential hopeful to tout a […]

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It’s Progressives vs. Labor over Transportation Money

As Reported By Aaron Short for StreetsBlog USA Labor leaders want Congress to boost transportation funding across all modes including new roads while advocates want to focus on maintenance and transit. It’s the latest battle for the soul of the Democratic party. Labor unions and pro-highway organizations that represent the Establishment are hindering transformational change […]

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Are Ride-Hailing Regulations Going National?

As Reported By Chris Teale for Smart Cities Dive Lawmakers assailed Uber and Lyft for skipping out on a Congressional hearing this week, noting the companies need to “clean up their acts” in the wake of regulatory consideration.

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Report Examines Business Practices of Ride-Share Services

As Reported by Melina Druga for Transportation Today The Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD), a coalition of 33 unions, recently released a report examining the business models of companies like Uber, Lyft, and Via. The coalition determined the companies undermines public transportation’s goals and exploits workers.

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Lyft, Uber Bypass House Panel Hearing on Transportation Safety and Labor Conditions

As Reported By David Shepardson for Insurance Journal Uber Technologies Inc. and Lyft Inc. skipped a U.S. House of Representatives hearing the ride-hailing industry, angering lawmakers who threatened tighter regulation for the fast-growing market. The two ride-hailing companies had been asked to appear as part of a House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee inquiry on safety, labor and congestion. “Their failure to appear at this hearing is a telling sign that they would rather suffer a public lashing than answer questions on the record about their operations,” the head of the panel, U.S. Representative Peter DeFazio, a Democrat, said at the subcommittee hearing.

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