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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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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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