Monday’s Headlines: Labor Day Edition

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Transportation Funding Bill Dies Unceremoniously in Both Chambers

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A few short hours after the Senate Appropriations Committee passed a $594 billion defense spending bill, Republicans blocked the $54 billion transportation and HUD bill from coming to the floor for a vote. House Republican leadership had blocked its own THUD bill the day before. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell told Politico that Republicans had […]

Larry Hanley: Part-Time Labor Won’t Save American Transit

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Streetsblog sat down last week with Larry Hanley, the president of the Amalgamated Transit Union and member of the AFL-CIO executive council. Yesterday, we published the first part of our interview, focusing on movement-building around transit. Here, we had a vigorous discussion about union rules and Buy America provisions that are the subject of some […]
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Why Schools Are Paying Parents to Drive

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Accelerating school bus driver shortages during the pandemic are crippling the single largest segment of the U.S. public transportation fleet and forcing districts to pay parents to drive their kids to class instead — and the U.S. may not be able to fill the gaps until these essential workers are finally given the wages, benefits and protections they deserve, advocates say. 

Concrete Proposals for Raising Gas Tax Finally on the Table

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After a lot of vague talk about transportation revenues since the passage of MAP-21 — “everything is on the table” and “we need to think outside the box” — real proposals are finally being presented. A few months ago, House Transportation Committee Chair Bill Shuster told me, “The surest way to kill something is to […]