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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

The Pandemic is Exacerbating America’s Systemic Food Inequality
Food
The Pandemic is Exacerbating America’s Systemic Food Inequality

Access to food has been unequal in America long before the onset of the coronavirus. But the pandemic has deepened the problem, with images of snaking lines at food banks bringing the harsh reality to light. Even in the U.S.,... Read More

Emails Show Surprise at Upheaval in Transportation Inspector General’s Office
Political News
Emails Show Surprise at Upheaval in Transportation Inspector General’s Office

WASHINGTON — The decision to replace the acting inspector general of the Department of Transportation with a political appointee who already headed another agency at the department was met with shock, according to newly released emails obtained by an ethics... Read More

US to Allow Two Chinese Passenger Flights Per Week
Transportation
US to Allow Two Chinese Passenger Flights Per Week
2020-06-08 20:54:58
by Gaspard Le Dem

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Department of Transportation announced on Friday that Chinese airlines would be limited to just two weekly roundtrip flights between Chinese and American soil until further notice. Two days earlier, the Trump administration had issued a decision... Read More

D.C. Drops Speed Limit to 20 MPH On Local Roads to Combat Reckless Driving
Cities
D.C. Drops Speed Limit to 20 MPH On Local Roads to Combat Reckless Driving
2020-06-01 13:03:49
by Gaspard Le Dem

WASHINGTON - District of Columbia Mayor Muriel Bowser announced on Friday that the default speed limit on local D.C. roads will be lowered from 25 to 20 mph. The decision to lower the speed limit was prompted by an uptick... Read More

America’s Mariners Perform Essential Work During COVID-19 Crisis
Opinions
America’s Mariners Perform Essential Work During COVID-19 Crisis

Each week, tug boat operators cross the Bering Sea from Dutch Harbor, Alaska, to Akutan Island, towing a barge full of groceries, medicine and other life-sustaining provisions. After offloading the cargo, containers full of fish products are loaded onto the... Read More

CBO Report Says Federal Highway Fund Could Go Broke In 2022
Transportation
CBO Report Says Federal Highway Fund Could Go Broke In 2022
2020-05-27 19:19:25
by Gaspard Le Dem

WASHINGTON - Federal funding for U.S. highway projects could soon run out, according to a new report by the Congressional Budget Office, a nonpartisan agency that gives lawmakers advice on economic and budgetary matters. The Highway Trust Fund -- a... Read More

Department of Transportation Relaxes Rest Stop Rules For Truck Drivers
Transportation
Department of Transportation Relaxes Rest Stop Rules For Truck Drivers
2020-05-18 21:25:26
by Gaspard Le Dem

WASHINGTON - The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration announced on Thursday that it had finalized new rules to give truckers more flexibility on their driving hours. The announcement comes after two years of intense public debate over how to give... Read More

Researchers Claim Reduced Traffic Caused by Pandemic Could Become Permanent
Transportation
Researchers Claim Reduced Traffic Caused by Pandemic Could Become Permanent
2020-05-06 12:47:10
by Gaspard Le Dem

WASHINGTON - The coronavirus pandemic has made life harder for Americans, but one of the few upsides of the crisis has been a massive reduction of traffic across the country. With fewer cars on the roads, Americans have enjoyed cleaner... Read More

Making Public Transit Safe a Next Hurdle in Easing Lockdowns
Transportation
Making Public Transit Safe a Next Hurdle in Easing Lockdowns

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — In cities around the world, public transportation systems are key to getting workers back on the job and restarting devastated economies. Yet methods of getting around, ranging from trains and buses to ferries and bicycles,... Read More

Trump Halted Travel From Europe for 30 Days. Officials Now Say It Could Be Months
Travel
Trump Halted Travel From Europe for 30 Days. Officials Now Say It Could Be Months

WASHINGTON — Restrictions on travel from Europe to the United States introduced in March by President Donald Trump could last for months, despite his initial statement they would remain in place for 30 days, three senior administration officials told McClatchy.... Read More

Speeders Take Over Empty Roads — With Fatal Consequences
Transportation
Speeders Take Over Empty Roads — With Fatal Consequences

As Americans remain at home, many roads in cities, suburbs and rural areas are practically deserted. But the absence of traffic is a seductive draw for one type of driver: speeders. “People are saying, ‘Wow, the roads are wide open.... Read More

Justices Rule Firm Chartering Vessel For Transport of Oil Obligated to Provide Safe Berth
Energy
Justices Rule Firm Chartering Vessel For Transport of Oil Obligated to Provide Safe Berth
2020-03-30 20:28:08
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - In a case with implications to both maritime transportation and international trade, the Supreme Court ruled a firm that contracted for a delivery of oil was obligated to provide “safe berth” for the vessel carrying it. The underlying... Read More

Coronavirus , Airline Fees, Top Aviation Subcommittee's Hearing Agenda
Travel
Coronavirus , Airline Fees, Top Aviation Subcommittee's Hearing Agenda
2020-03-04 21:05:54
by Kate Michael

WASHINGTON - William McGee, an aviation consultant had a simple, overarching message for the members of the House Aviation subcommittee on Tuesday. “If you’re not in premium class or an Elite Frequent Flier, watch out,” he said. McGee was one... Read More

Highway Safety Groups Call for Action on Impaired School Bus Drivers
Transportation
Highway Safety Groups Call for Action on Impaired School Bus Drivers

WASHINGTON — Two national highway safety groups are urging government officials to do more to prevent school bus drivers from getting behind the wheel while impaired by alcohol or drugs. Responding to a recent Stateline investigation, the National Safety Council... Read More

Coronavirus: These Countries, Airlines Restrict Travel to China
Health
Coronavirus: These Countries, Airlines Restrict Travel to China

The outbreak of the coronavirus has prompted dozens of nations and airlines to restrict travel, increasingly isolating the country of more than 1.3 billion people. Nearly 10,000 flights were canceled between the outbreak of the virus and Jan. 31, according... Read More

New Laws Could Protect Drivers From Highway ‘Ice Missiles’
Transportation
New Laws Could Protect Drivers From Highway ‘Ice Missiles’

WASHINGTON — Bill Taylor was driving home from work in New Hampshire last January when a chunk of ice the size of a shoebox broke off the top of a storage container hauled by a truck ahead of him, crashed... Read More

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