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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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Preview of 2015 Surface Transportation Agenda

By Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO

In 1993, Intel shipped the first-generation Pentium chips and Nintendo released Star Fox for the Super Nintendo system; the average monthly rent was $532.00; and tuition to Harvard University cost $23,514. A lot has changed since then. One thing, though, hasn’t changed at all: the federal gas tax. When last raised – to 18.4 cents […]

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Preview of 2015 Public Transit Agenda

By Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO

In a saner world, these would be the glory days for public transit in the U.S. The high stakes of hopeless congestion and changing commuter preferences combined with remarkable technological advances have created an environment in which a robustly funded, state-of-the art public transit network could be at the center of our modern economy. But […]

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Transport Topics on Rep. Blumenauer’s Gas Tax Bill

As published by Michele Fuetsch and Eugene Mulero in Transport Topics.   Blumenauer Bill Would Raise Fuel Taxes; ATA’s Graves Touts Approach WASHINGTON — Rep. Earl Blumenauer, a member of the tax-writing House Ways and Means Committee, held a press conference Feb. 4 to announce he has reintroduced the bill he put forth last year that would increase fuel taxes […]

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Momentum Building for a Gas Tax Hike

By Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO

Historically, our nation’s transportation system has supported peerless economic growth and a strong market for goods and services, all while creating and sustaining millions of middle class jobs. In past years, however, insufficient funding has left our transportation system to languish, so that our mass transit system careens from one budget crisis to the next […]

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NTSB Most Wanted List Includes Some TTD Priorities

By Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO

Talking about transportation safety isn’t enough – measures are needed to close gaps in the system that expose both workers and the public. That’s where the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) comes in. Since it was established more than 40 years ago as an independent safety and accident investigation agency, the NTSB has pressed regulators […]

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New Year, New Tune on Gas Tax

By Ed Wytkind

After years of dysfunction in DC, we may finally be having a moment of clarity on the need to tackle our nation’s shameful infrastructure financing deficit. Spurred by low gas prices and a Highway Trust Fund (yet again) facing insolvency in a few short months, leaders on both sides of the aisle spent the first […]

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Jobs to Move America in Al-Jazeera America: Putting Our Transit Dollars to Work

By Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO

Each year, public transportation agencies spend $5.4 billion on buses and trains. That represents an enormous investment of our taxpayer dollars, but in the absence of common-sense procurement reforms much of it ends up going to companies that manufacture components abroad. Together with the Jobs to Move America coalition, TTD has been working to change […]

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Al Jazeera America—Good jobs no longer an afterthought in awarding lavish transit contracts

[As published By Haya El Nasser in Al Jazeera America] LOS ANGELES — When shiny new light-rail cars roll out on L.A. Metro tracks in two years, they will likely have been made by a Japanese company. But most of the workers who assemble them will be American. In Chicago, a $2 billion railcar contract will be won partly […]

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Launching a New Era in Job Creation

Did you miss TTD’s president, Ed Wytkind, on the Rick Smith Show last week? If so, never fear: we’ve got the interview here on our blog. Tune in to hear Ed discuss where the billions of dollars we spend replacing our aging railcars and buses ends up, and how TTD, along with the Jobs to […]

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