Transportation

Buttigieg Says Infrastructure Bill Will Be ‘Monumental’
Infrastructure
Buttigieg Says Infrastructure Bill Will Be ‘Monumental’
2021-07-09 13:19:43
by Kate Michael

WASHINGTON — After weeks of negotiations, a bipartisan infrastructure deal may have been reached, but even Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg knows not to count Washington chickens before they are hatched. “It’s not a small thing to turn the outlines of... Read More

'A Train to the Planes!' Los Angeles Breaks Ground on Airport Connector
Transportation
'A Train to the Planes!' Los Angeles Breaks Ground on Airport Connector
2021-06-22 14:46:56
by Kate Michael

WASHINGTON — On the site of what was once a rental car facility, Los Angeles made progress toward a car-reduced future on Monday. Mayor Eric Garcetti joined with other California policymakers and regional collaborators to break ground on the Airport... Read More

Passenger Rail Supporters Say ROI Worth the Costs
Transportation
Passenger Rail Supporters Say ROI Worth the Costs
2021-05-07 14:56:00
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON - President Biden’s advocacy during a speech in Lake Charles, La., for $2.25 trillion in infrastructure spending won support from passenger rail executives who testified in Congress Thursday. Biden’s plan would set aside $621 billion specifically to rebuild the... Read More

All Aboard! Biden to Help Amtrak Mark 50 Years on The Rails
Transportation
All Aboard! Biden to Help Amtrak Mark 50 Years on The Rails

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden, once a regular Amtrak rider, is set on Friday to help the nation's passenger rail system celebrate 50 years of service.As a U.S. senator, Biden was a fixture on Amtrak trains between his home... Read More

Buttigieg Advocates for Major Investment in Electric Vehicles
Transportation
Buttigieg Advocates for Major Investment in Electric Vehicles
2021-04-26 15:43:42
by Kate Michael

WASHINGTON — President Biden recently outlined a spend of $174 billion in his American Jobs Plan to boost electric vehicle development, proliferation, and purchasing. His administration touts this as an investment in the future of safe transportation that has potential... Read More

Problem Solvers Promote Bipartisan Solutions to America’s Infrastructure Crisis
Infrastructure
Problem Solvers Promote Bipartisan Solutions to America’s Infrastructure Crisis
2021-04-23 20:44:43
by TWN Staff

A new report prepared by the Problem Solvers Caucus offers an astonishing array of bipartisan recommendations on how to rebuild and responsibly invest in the nation’s woefully out-of-date and sagging infrastructure. Just 20 pages long, the report, which has been... Read More

DOT Taps First Chief Science Officer in Over 40 Years
Transportation
DOT Taps First Chief Science Officer in Over 40 Years
2021-04-21 17:17:07
by TWN Staff

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Transportation Department is appointing a chief science officer for the first time in over four decades as part of a comprehensive effort to fulfill the White House's commitment to addressing climate change. In a related move,... Read More

Fiery Tesla Crash Being Investigated by Feds
Transportation
Fiery Tesla Crash Being Investigated by Feds
2021-04-21 14:43:54
by Tom Ramstack

Two federal agencies are investigating the fatal crash of a Tesla car on Saturday near Houston that burned for four hours as firefighters poured about 32,000 gallons of water on it. Local police said they are certain no one was... Read More

Lower Employment Figures Spur Concern for Airline Industry
Travel
Lower Employment Figures Spur Concern for Airline Industry
2021-04-19 20:07:32
by Reece Nations

WASHINGTON — As the industry continues to rally back from the lifting of pandemic travel restrictions, some passenger airline companies are still struggling to retain full-time employees. February employment figures for airlines were down nearly 1% from January, according to... Read More

Legislative Window For Vital Public Infrastructure Improvements Exists
Think Tanks
Legislative Window For Vital Public Infrastructure Improvements Exists
2021-04-19 14:26:50
by Daniel Mollenkamp

WASHINGTON - Public infrastructure researchers are saying the U.S. needs a new infrastructure vision, pointing to the Texas power grid failure in February as just the latest example of how vulnerable our long ignored and outdated systems have become. The... Read More

New to DC, Buttigieg Looks to Build Bridges with Biden Plan
Political News
New to DC, Buttigieg Looks to Build Bridges with Biden Plan

WASHINGTON (AP) — Pete Buttigieg was a few weeks into his job as transportation secretary, buried in meetings and preparing for the launch of President Joe Biden's $2.3 trillion public works plan, when evening arrived along with a time to... Read More

Goldmine of New Resources for Railroads
Transportation
Goldmine of New Resources for Railroads
2021-04-05 15:39:06
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- Virginia’s plan for a $3.7 billion passenger rail expansion was revolutionary on Tuesday when the governor announced it but later in the week looked like the tip of the iceberg. The next day, President Joe Biden presented his plan... Read More

Davis Moves to Expedite Major Infrastructure Projects
Infrastructure
Davis Moves to Expedite Major Infrastructure Projects
2021-03-24 16:01:05
by TWN Staff

WASHINGTON - Rep. Rodney Davis, R-Ill., is looking to get ahead of what could be a prolonged debate over infrastructure priorities and has proposed streamlining and expediting the permitting process to get projects moving faster. Davis is the prime sponsor... Read More

Katko, DeFazio and Thompson Renew Fight for Better Funding of TSA
Travel
Katko, DeFazio and Thompson Renew Fight for Better Funding of TSA
2021-03-12 14:47:05
by TWN Staff

WASHINGTON - Rep. John Katko, R-N.Y., has joined with Democratic colleagues Reps. Peter DeFazio, of Oregon, and Bennie Thompson, of Mississippi, in a renewed push to bolster funding for the Transportation Security Administration and better ensure the safety of America's... Read More

Railroads Want in on Biden’s $2 Trillion Infrastructure Proposal
Infrastructure
Railroads Want in on Biden’s $2 Trillion Infrastructure Proposal
2021-03-11 17:14:19
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- The railroad industry moved closer Wednesday to becoming a big winner in President Joe Biden’s environmentally friendly policies. A House Transportation and Infrastructure subcommittee weighed options during a hearing on which passenger and freight railroad projects should get... Read More

Koala Rescued After 5-Car Pileup on Australian Freeway
International
Koala Rescued After 5-Car Pileup on Australian Freeway

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — A koala has been rescued after causing a five-car pileup while trying to cross a six-lane freeway in southern Australia.Police said the crash in heavy Monday morning traffic in the city of Adelaide caused some injuries... Read More

Transportation Secretary Chao First Cabinet Member to Resign Over Capitol Siege
Transportation
Transportation Secretary Chao First Cabinet Member to Resign Over Capitol Siege
2021-01-07 21:23:35
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao on Thursday became the first Cabinet member to resign in the wake of yesterday's siege at the U.S. Capitol. In a letter posted to Twitter, Chao, who is married to Senate Majority Leader... Read More

COVID Relief Bill Spares Public Transit Industry Massive Service Cuts
Transportation
COVID Relief Bill Spares Public Transit Industry Massive Service Cuts
2020-12-29 15:36:35
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump’s signature on the sweeping coronavirus relief and federal spending bill passed by Congress just before Christmas will likely spare the nation’s public transit the drastic cuts in services and employees the industry has been anticipating... Read More

President-Elect Biden Taps Pete Buttigieg for Transportation Secretary
Political News
President-Elect Biden Taps Pete Buttigieg for Transportation Secretary
2020-12-15 20:33:52
by Dan McCue

WILMINGTON, Del. - President-elect Joe Biden has selected Pete Buttigieg, a former rival for the Democratic presidential nomination, to be the next Secretary of Transportation. Buttigieg, the former mayor of South Bend, Indiana, who has never held federal office, and... Read More

Trucks Depart Pfizer Facility Loaded With Vaccines
Health
Trucks Depart Pfizer Facility Loaded With Vaccines

PORTAGE, Mich. — Three semi-trucks loaded with the nation's first doses of a COVID-19 vaccine rolled out of the parking lot of the Pfizer manufacturing plant early Sunday morning, met with cheering crowds of local residents who said they were... Read More

DOT Issues New Rules Nixing Emotional Support Animals on Planes
Aviation
DOT Issues New Rules Nixing Emotional Support Animals on Planes
2020-12-03 20:58:03
by Sean Trambley

WASHINGTON – In a release this week, the U.S. Department of Transportation announced new regulations for animals flying on planes, including guidance that no longer recognizes emotional support animals as service animals. Additionally, dogs will be the only animals recognized... Read More

Resolution Supporting Three Seas Initiative Unanimously Passes House
Foreign Affairs
Resolution Supporting Three Seas Initiative Unanimously Passes House
2020-11-24 15:38:08
by Sean Trambley

WASHINGTON – Last week, a bipartisan resolution introduced by Reps. Adam Kinzinger, R-Ill., and Marcy Kaptur, D-Ohio, supporting the Three Seas Initiative unanimously passed the U.S. House of Representatives. The Three Seas Initiative is a strategic partnership of twelve Central... Read More

Looking Ahead to Biden Era, Officials Eye Investments in Rail Infrastructure
Congress
Looking Ahead to Biden Era, Officials Eye Investments in Rail Infrastructure
2020-11-20 15:31:17
by Reece Nations

WASHINGTON – The House Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Material conducted a hearing Wednesday exploring the Surface Transportation Board’s part in developments to the country’s passenger rail system.  During the hearing, executive officials from Metra, Amtrak... Read More

Railroads Asks Senate for Assistance as Pandemic Ravages Their Business
Transportation
Railroads Asks Senate for Assistance as Pandemic Ravages Their Business
2020-10-21 20:30:42
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- Amtrak’s president asked Congress for a nearly $5 billion bailout Wednesday as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to scare passengers away. The result has been a dramatic drop in fare revenue, furloughs and layoffs for thousands of workers and... Read More

CDC Issues 'Strong' Call for Wearing Masks on Airplanes, Trains
Health
CDC Issues 'Strong' Call for Wearing Masks on Airplanes, Trains

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued a "strong recommendation" for mask-wearing by both passengers and operators on planes, trains, buses and taxis to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus. Masks should cover a person's nose and... Read More

Shaheen Seeks Grants to Support Energy Efficient Infrastructure Projects
Transportation
Shaheen Seeks Grants to Support Energy Efficient Infrastructure Projects
2020-10-14 18:44:52
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., is pushing to kick-start the creation of a new infrastructure grant program that would improve the energy efficiency of the U.S. transportation sector while boosting the nation's competitiveness in the global marketplace. A new... Read More

Panel's Report Blasts Boeing, FAA for Crashes, Seeks Reforms
Transportation
Panel's Report Blasts Boeing, FAA for Crashes, Seeks Reforms

A House committee issued a scathing report Wednesday questioning whether Boeing and government regulators have recognized the problems that caused two deadly 737 Max jet crashes and whether either will be willing to make significant changes to fix them. Staff... Read More

Policymakers Discuss Planning for the Future of Transportation
Infrastructure
Policymakers Discuss Planning for the Future of Transportation
2020-08-24 15:46:22
by Kate Michael

WASHINGTON — News website Axios convened a panel of local and national policymakers to discuss the future of transportation in the wake of COVID-19 including how decision-makers are retooling public transit to be safe and sustainable. “When I think about... Read More

Advocates Rally to Tear Down Highways That Bulldozed Black Neighborhoods
Infrastructure
Advocates Rally to Tear Down Highways That Bulldozed Black Neighborhoods

WASHINGTON — As protesters in cities from Richmond, Virginia, to San Francisco toppled statues last month, urban planner Amy Stelly allowed herself to hope that New Orleans might soon fell its own worst “racist monument.” For much of her life,... Read More

States Raid Fund Meant for Needy Families to Pay for Other Programs
In The News
States Raid Fund Meant for Needy Families to Pay for Other Programs

WASHINGTON — Nearly 25 years ago, President Bill Clinton vowed to “end welfare as we know it,” and Congress bought in, passing landmark legislation designed to help millions of low-income Americans find work and get off the rolls for good.... Read More

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