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

WASHINGTON -- The railroad industry moved closer Wednesday to becoming a big winner in President Joe Biden’s environmentally friendly policies.... Read More

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

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — A koala has been rescued after causing a five-car pileup while trying to cross a six-lane... Read More

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

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

WASHINGTON - Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao on Thursday became the first Cabinet member to resign in the wake of... Read More

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

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

WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump’s signature on the sweeping coronavirus relief and federal spending bill passed by Congress just before... Read More

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

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

WILMINGTON, Del. - President-elect Joe Biden has selected Pete Buttigieg, a former rival for the Democratic presidential nomination, to be... Read More

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

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

WASHINGTON – In a release this week, the U.S. Department of Transportation announced new regulations for animals flying on planes,... Read More

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

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

WASHINGTON – Last week, a bipartisan resolution introduced by Reps. Adam Kinzinger, R-Ill., and Marcy Kaptur, D-Ohio, supporting the Three... Read More

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

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

WASHINGTON – The House Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Material conducted a hearing Wednesday exploring the... Read More

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

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

WASHINGTON -- Amtrak’s president asked Congress for a nearly $5 billion bailout Wednesday as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to scare... Read More

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

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

WASHINGTON - Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., is pushing to kick-start the creation of a new infrastructure grant program that would... Read More

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

A House committee issued a scathing report Wednesday questioning whether Boeing and government regulators have recognized the problems that caused... Read More

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

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

WASHINGTON — News website Axios convened a panel of local and national policymakers to discuss the future of transportation in... Read More

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

WASHINGTON — As protesters in cities from Richmond, Virginia, to San Francisco toppled statues last month, urban planner Amy Stelly... Read More

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

WASHINGTON — Nearly 25 years ago, President Bill Clinton vowed to “end welfare as we know it,” and Congress bought... Read More

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

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... Read More

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

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

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Department of Transportation announced on Friday that Chinese airlines would be limited to just two weekly... Read More

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

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

WASHINGTON - District of Columbia Mayor Muriel Bowser announced on Friday that the default speed limit on local D.C. roads... Read More

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

Each week, tug boat operators cross the Bering Sea from Dutch Harbor, Alaska, to Akutan Island, towing a barge full... Read More

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

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

WASHINGTON - Federal funding for U.S. highway projects could soon run out, according to a new report by the Congressional... Read More

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

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

WASHINGTON - The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration announced on Thursday that it had finalized new rules to give truckers... Read More

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

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

WASHINGTON - The coronavirus pandemic has made life harder for Americans, but one of the few upsides of the crisis... Read More

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

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — In cities around the world, public transportation systems are key to getting workers back on... Read More

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

WASHINGTON — Restrictions on travel from Europe to the United States introduced in March by President Donald Trump could last... Read More

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

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

WASHINGTON - In a case with implications to both maritime transportation and international trade, the Supreme Court ruled a firm... Read More

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

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

WASHINGTON - William McGee, an aviation consultant had a simple, overarching message for the members of the House Aviation subcommittee... Read More

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

WASHINGTON — Two national highway safety groups are urging government officials to do more to prevent school bus drivers from... Read More

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

The outbreak of the coronavirus has prompted dozens of nations and airlines to restrict travel, increasingly isolating the country of... Read More

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’

WASHINGTON — Bill Taylor was driving home from work in New Hampshire last January when a chunk of ice the... Read More

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

Electric Vehicle Sales Are Up, But in Some States Charging Stations Are Hard to Find

Electric vehicle owners — nearly 1.2 million of them on United States roads today — share the thrills of being... Read More

Electric vehicle owners — nearly 1.2 million of them on United States roads today — share the thrills of being energy-efficient and progressive. But they also have one big worry in common: where to plug in. Depending on the state,... Read More

Many Passengers in Ride-Hailing Vehicles Don’t Bother to Buckle Up in the Back Seat, Sometimes With Deadly Consequences

WASHINGTON — When Uber driver Oguzhan Beliren picks up passengers in his Hyundai Sonata, they almost always buckle up in... Read More

WASHINGTON — When Uber driver Oguzhan Beliren picks up passengers in his Hyundai Sonata, they almost always buckle up in the front seat, and if they don’t, he reminds them to. But that’s not the case in the rear. “I’d... Read More

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