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House Bill Provides Chance for Expanded, Long-term Highway/Transit Funding Legislation

Washington, DC—Edward Wytkind, president of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD), issues this statement in advance of a House vote on a short-term extension of expiring highway and transit investment programs: “Today we are urging a YES vote on H.R. 2353, a short-term extension of expiring highway/transit programs that will keep pressure on lawmakers and […]

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Support Short-Term Extension of Highway/Transit Programs, Move on Long-Term Bill

Dear Representative: On behalf of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD), I write to express support for the Highway and Transportation Funding Act of2015 (H.R. 2353), which would provide a short-term extension for our federal highway and transit funding programs. When it became clear that Congress, 10 months removed from the last extension, would be […]

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Eight Principles for a Long-Term Surface Transportation Reauthorization

The current surface transportation authorization, the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21), expired last fall. Congress has passed an extension bill that is set to expire at the end of May, which means the Highway Trust Fund (HTF) that invests in transit and highway programs faces insolvency again if lawmakers fail […]

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Promote Highway Safety-Oppose Daines Amendment to T-HUD Appropriations Bill

Dear Representative: On behalf of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD), I urge you to oppose the Daines amendment to H.R. 4745, the FY 2015 T-HUD bill. This amendment would halt efforts to improve the safety of the motorcoach industry. The Daines amendment would prohibit the Department of Transportation (DOT) from increasing the minimum levels […]

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Not Fixing the Highway Trust Fund Is Road to Ruin

By Ed Wytkind

If you rely on some form of surface transportation—car, bus, mass transit—to get around, you may be in for a shock later this year. The federal government’s Highway Trust Fund, which pays for the upkeep of our roads, bridges and public transit, could go broke as early as August unless Congress acts to restore its […]

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FMCSA Should Close the Bus Driver Loophole, Raise the Bar on Motor Carrier Safety

Ms. Shannon L. Watson Senior Advisor to the Associate Administrator for Policy Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration US Department of Transportation 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE Washington, DC 20590 RE:     Motor Carrier Safety Advisory Committee Notice of Meeting            Docket No. FMCSA-2006-26367 Dear Ms. Watson: On behalf of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD), we […]

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TTD Makes Recommendations to FTA on New Public Transportation Agency Safety Plans

Mr. Peter Rogoff Administrator Federal Transit Administration 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE Washington, DC  20590 RE:     The National Public Transportation Safety Plan, the Public Transportation  Agency Safety Plan, and the Public Transportation Safety Certification Training Program; Transit Asset Management Docket No. FTA-2013-0030 RIN 2132-AB20; 2132-AB07  Dear Administrator Rogoff: On behalf of the Transportation Trades Department, […]

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Vote No on the Ryan Budget Resolution

  Vote No on the Ryan Budget Resolution  Dear Representative: I urge you to vote against the Budget Resolution (H. Con. Res. 25) offered by Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan as it proposes radical cuts to our transportation system and puts in jeopardy hundreds of thousands of American jobs. This latest edition of the Ryan […]

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Senate Appropriations Bill Rejects House Cuts to Mass Transit and Highway Programs

By Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO

Honors MAP-21 Funding Levels WASHINGTON, DC—Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD) President Edward Wytkind issues this statement applauding the Senate for including surface transportation bill (MAP-21) funding levels in its FY 2013 appropriations package: “The Senate has wisely rejected the irresponsible cuts to mass transit and highways in the House Continuing Resolution (CR) funding bill, deciding […]

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House Should Pass Bill Strengthening Transportation Buy America Law

WASHINGTON, DC—Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD) President Edward Wytkind issues this statement in support of the Invest in American Jobs Act (H.R.949) introduced by Rep. Nick Rahall (D-WV) and other U.S. House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee members: “A vote for this jobs bill is a vote to directly boost our economy by bolstering our transportation […]

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