By mid-day Thursday, at least seven people were dead with more than 200 injured, in the wake of Tuesday's Amtrak train derailment.
Congress left town on August 1 for a month-long recess without tackling a host of U.S. problems - and lack of infrastructure funding is one of those topping the list.
SAN FRANCISCO - Protesters in San Francisco and West Oakland neighborhoods spotlighted the growing poverty and evictions in the area by targeting the private bus services provided by Silicon Valley tech companies to transport their employees to and from work.
"No worker should have to live off of poverty wages. People should be able to work 40 hours a week and take care of their families off of that."
The Memphis Bus Riders Union was created to "raise the level of service provided by the public transit system as well as ensuring greater accountability over policies and practices."
The Occupy Wall Street movement and Amalgamated Transit Union jointly declared April 4 a National Day of Action for Jobs and Mass Transit and will demonstrate in 20 cities across the country.
The Senate-approved bill now heads to the House, where unions and workers hope it will get passed.
Unions are mobilizing this week to fight anti-labor provisions the Republicans have inserted into major transportation bills.
Bus riders gathered on a busy street in Los Angeles, California, recently as part of a national day of action to stop bus service cuts and fare increases.
Seated in her power wheelchair in front of a bus with a large red X painted on its side, Donna Prease called for blocking massive cuts to public transit.