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2023-01-25 18:06:40
by Kate Michael
Alaska Airlines Eliminates Plastic Cups on All Flights

SEATTLE — Alaska Airlines announced Wednesday it is eliminating in-flight plastic cups. The West Coast-based airline is the first U.S.... Read More

SEATTLE — Alaska Airlines announced Wednesday it is eliminating in-flight plastic cups. The West Coast-based airline is the first U.S. carrier to completely transition to paper cups as a planet-friendly alternative. Alaska Airlines estimates that this move will eliminate more... Read More

2023-01-23 17:19:24
by Dan McCue
EVs Take Center Stage at Washington Auto Show

WASHINGTON — Forget a weeklong vote to get a House speaker, when all is said and done, the biggest news... Read More

WASHINGTON — Forget a weeklong vote to get a House speaker, when all is said and done, the biggest news of the month may well be how electric vehicles dominated center stage at the Washington, D.C., Auto Show. The annual... Read More

2023-01-18 19:03:01
by Dan McCue
NASA to Invest $425M to Develop Next Gen Sustainable Airliners

WASHINGTON — NASA announced Wednesday that it will award The Boeing Company $425 million over the next seven years to... Read More

WASHINGTON — NASA announced Wednesday that it will award The Boeing Company $425 million over the next seven years to advance research into a new generation of “green” single-aisle airliners. The funding is being awarded under the umbrella of the... Read More

Southwest Says It Expects Normal Operations to Resume Friday

DALLAS (AP) — Southwest Airlines said it expects to return to normal operations Friday after slashing about two-thirds of its... Read More

DALLAS (AP) — Southwest Airlines said it expects to return to normal operations Friday after slashing about two-thirds of its schedule in recent days, including canceling another 2,350 flights Thursday. Southwest is struggling to recover after being overwhelmed by a... Read More

Massive Winter Storm Brings Frigid Temps, Snow and Ice to US

MISSION, Kan. (AP) — Tens of millions of Americans endured bone-chilling temperatures, blizzard conditions, power outages and canceled holiday gatherings... Read More

MISSION, Kan. (AP) — Tens of millions of Americans endured bone-chilling temperatures, blizzard conditions, power outages and canceled holiday gatherings Friday from a winter storm that forecasters said was nearly unprecedented in its scope, exposing about 60% of the U.S. population to... Read More

Temperatures Fall Far and Fast as Winter Storm Threatens US

MISSION, Kan. (AP) — Temperatures plunged far and fast Thursday as a winter storm began forming ahead of Christmas weekend,... Read More

MISSION, Kan. (AP) — Temperatures plunged far and fast Thursday as a winter storm began forming ahead of Christmas weekend, promising heavy snow, ice, flooding and powerful winds across a broad swath of the country and complicating holiday travel. The National... Read More

Storm Adds Uncertainty to Strong Holiday Travel Demand

Concerns about illness or inflation aren’t stopping Americans from hitting the roads and airports this holiday season. But a massive... Read More

Concerns about illness or inflation aren’t stopping Americans from hitting the roads and airports this holiday season. But a massive winter storm might. Forecasters predict an onslaught of heavy snow, ice, flooding and even tornadoes from Thursday to Saturday in a broad... Read More

2022-12-12 18:04:30
by Dan McCue
US-Africa Leaders Summit Leads to Road Closures, Metro Disruptions

WASHINGTON — This week’s U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit, which runs through Dec. 15 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, is... Read More

WASHINGTON — This week’s U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit, which runs through Dec. 15 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, is considered a “National Special Security Event.” As a result, it is creating significant traffic disruptions and road closures in downtown... Read More

2022-11-22 19:17:58
by Dan McCue
We Can't All Travel Like a President, But 54.6M Said to be Traveling for Thanksgiving Anyway

WASHINGTON — Fifty-four point six million people are predicted to travel 50 miles or more to celebrate Thanksgiving, a 1.5%... Read More

WASHINGTON — Fifty-four point six million people are predicted to travel 50 miles or more to celebrate Thanksgiving, a 1.5% increase over last year, and 98% of pre-pandemic volumes, according to AAA. In fact, this year is projected to be... Read More

2022-10-12 21:45:04
by Dan McCue
US Redirecting Travelers From Uganda to Five Airports for Ebola Screening

WASHINGTON — The United States is redirecting travelers from Uganda to five U.S. airports to screen them for the Ebola... Read More

WASHINGTON — The United States is redirecting travelers from Uganda to five U.S. airports to screen them for the Ebola virus and will follow up with them while they are in the country. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention... Read More

2022-10-10 18:17:11
by Dan McCue
As Gas Tax Revenue Shrinks, More States Consider Mileage Tax on EVs

WASHINGTON — As revenue from gas taxes declines with the growing popularity of electric and hybrid vehicles, more states are... Read More

WASHINGTON — As revenue from gas taxes declines with the growing popularity of electric and hybrid vehicles, more states are considering charging fees based on miles driven to cover maintenance costs for roads and bridges, according to a new Stateline... Read More

Biden: Tentative Railway Labor Deal Reached, Averting Strike

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden said Thursday that a tentative railway labor agreement has been reached, averting a strike that could... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden said Thursday that a tentative railway labor agreement has been reached, averting a strike that could have been devastating to the economy before the pivotal midterm elections. Railroads and union representatives had been in negotiations for 20... Read More

2022-09-06 15:56:36
by Kate Michael
Recycled Toner Finds Second Life in Asphalt Mix on Local Roadways

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. — Customers who recycle their Canon toner cartridges are contributing to a better earth and could also... Read More

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. — Customers who recycle their Canon toner cartridges are contributing to a better earth and could also be providing a better driving experience as a result of a new program to turn waste toner into asphalt for... Read More

2022-08-04 14:30:48
by Kate Michael
Alaska Airlines' Sustainable Jet Fuel Agreement Looks to Shift Market 

SEATTLE — Alaska Airlines and 14 airlines of the Oneworld Alliance announced Tuesday an agreement with biofuel company Gevo, Inc.... Read More

SEATTLE — Alaska Airlines and 14 airlines of the Oneworld Alliance announced Tuesday an agreement with biofuel company Gevo, Inc. that could further kick-start the commercialization of sustainable aviation fuel.  The agreement provides for Alaska Airlines to purchase 37 million... Read More

2022-07-26 14:32:35
by Dan McCue
Administration to Spend $1.7B to Make Rail Stations and Subways Accessible

WASHINGTON - The Biden administration announced Tuesday morning that it is allocating just over $1.7 billion to make hundreds of... Read More

WASHINGTON - The Biden administration announced Tuesday morning that it is allocating just over $1.7 billion to make hundreds of aging subway and commuter rail stations across the country accessible to people with mobility issues. The unveiling of the initiative,... Read More

2022-07-25 17:18:20
by Dan McCue
Vermont Bestows $1M in Grants for Electric Charging Stations

MONTPELIER, Vt. — The state of Vermont has awarded $1 million in grant funding to subsidize the cost of purchasing... Read More

MONTPELIER, Vt. — The state of Vermont has awarded $1 million in grant funding to subsidize the cost of purchasing and installing electric vehicle charging stations outside apartment buildings and other multi-unit properties to provide residents with access to at-home... Read More

2022-07-19 23:03:40
by Dan McCue
Northern Section of GW Memorial Parkway to Undergo $161M Renovation

WASHINGTON — Interior Secretary Deb Haaland was among the officials who took part in a ceremonial groundbreaking Monday for the... Read More

WASHINGTON — Interior Secretary Deb Haaland was among the officials who took part in a ceremonial groundbreaking Monday for the $161 million renovation of the northern section of George Washington Memorial Parkway. The project is one of the largest infrastructure... Read More

2022-07-19 13:47:32
by Dan McCue
White House Touts Decline in Gas Prices

WASHINGTON — The White House on Monday evening released a memo detailing how the average price of gasoline across the... Read More

WASHINGTON — The White House on Monday evening released a memo detailing how the average price of gasoline across the U.S. has declined by 50 cents per gallon over the past 34 days — one of the fastest declines in... Read More

2022-07-12 16:38:57
by Dan McCue
National Park Service Considering Reopening Park’s Beach Drive to Traffic

WASHINGTON — One aspect of the diminishing pandemic that bicyclists and pedestrians actually enjoyed could soon be falling by the... Read More

WASHINGTON — One aspect of the diminishing pandemic that bicyclists and pedestrians actually enjoyed could soon be falling by the wayside. The National Park Service has announced that it is considering reopening Beach Drive in the District of Columbia’s Rock... Read More

2022-07-07 13:49:32
by Dan McCue
Dulles International Nets $49.6M in Federal Funds for Terminal Improvements

WASHINGTON — Washington Dulles International Airport has been awarded $49.6 million to replace an aging temporary concourse, part of a... Read More

WASHINGTON — Washington Dulles International Airport has been awarded $49.6 million to replace an aging temporary concourse, part of a $1 billion outlay from the Biden administration to replace or improve terminals at 85 airports across the country. The money... Read More

2022-07-05 17:15:11
by Tom Ramstack
States Try to Overturn New Federal Fuel Efficiency Standards

WASHINGTON — A lawsuit filed last week by predominantly Republican states says the U.S. Department of Transportation exceeded its authority... Read More

WASHINGTON — A lawsuit filed last week by predominantly Republican states says the U.S. Department of Transportation exceeded its authority with new stricter fuel efficiency standards for automobiles. Indiana, Louisiana, Ohio, Texas and Utah are among states asking a federal... Read More

Airport Chaos: European Travel Runs into Pandemic Cutbacks

LONDON (AP) — The airport lines are long, and lost luggage is piling up. It’s going to be a chaotic... Read More

LONDON (AP) — The airport lines are long, and lost luggage is piling up. It’s going to be a chaotic summer for travelers in Europe. Liz Morgan arrived at Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport 4 1/2 hours before her flight to Athens, finding the... Read More

2022-06-22 15:52:07
by Dan McCue
Biden Calls for ‘Gas Tax Holiday’ in Bid to Kneecap Inflation Woes

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden on Thursday called on Congress to suspend the federal tax on gas and diesel for... Read More

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden on Thursday called on Congress to suspend the federal tax on gas and diesel for three months to provide some relief to soaring inflation and surging prices at the pump. The federal gas tax holiday... Read More

2022-06-19 15:37:55
by Dan McCue
Verizon, AT&T Agree to Delay Some of 5G Deployment Until Mid-2023

WASHINGTON — Verizon Communications and AT&T have voluntarily agreed to delay some deployment of their long-awaited C-band 5G usage until... Read More

WASHINGTON — Verizon Communications and AT&T have voluntarily agreed to delay some deployment of their long-awaited C-band 5G usage until July 2023 as air carriers continue to work to retrofit passenger and cargo aircraft to ensure they do not encounter... Read More

2022-06-12 14:01:15
by Dan McCue
Biden Administration Sets Out Rules for Creating Network of EV Charging Stations

WASHINGTON — Electric vehicle charging stations built with federal dollars should be located no further than 50 miles apart along... Read More

WASHINGTON — Electric vehicle charging stations built with federal dollars should be located no further than 50 miles apart along the nation’s interstates, and within one mile of an exit from any highway, under new rules proposed by the Biden... Read More

2022-06-10 14:58:18
by Dan McCue
Biden Administration Announces Major Change in COVID Travel Policy

WASHINGTON — Come 12:01 a.m. Sunday, international travelers will no longer have to test negative for the coronavirus before coming... Read More

WASHINGTON — Come 12:01 a.m. Sunday, international travelers will no longer have to test negative for the coronavirus before coming to the United States. The Biden administration announced the major change in U.S. policy after the Centers for Disease Control... Read More

2022-05-20 19:48:26
by Dan McCue
National Memorial Day Road Closures, Restrictions Announced

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Capitol Police have announced a series of road closures that will be in effect between Monday,... Read More

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Capitol Police have announced a series of road closures that will be in effect between Monday, May 16, and Thursday, June 2, to accommodate the National Memorial Day concert. The concert itself will be broadcast live... Read More

2022-05-13 17:38:11
by Dan McCue
Delaware Extends Electric Vehicle Rebate Program

DOVER, Del. — The state of Delaware is extending its popular Clean Vehicle Rebate Program through the end of the... Read More

DOVER, Del. — The state of Delaware is extending its popular Clean Vehicle Rebate Program through the end of the year. The program had been set to expire June 30. The program, which is administered by the state’s Department of... Read More

2022-05-12 17:48:44
by Dan McCue
DC Most Accessible Metro in DMV When It Comes to Charging Electric Vehicles

NEW YORK —The District of Columbia is hands down the most accessible metro in the DMV when it comes to... Read More

NEW YORK —The District of Columbia is hands down the most accessible metro in the DMV when it comes to charging your electric vehicle, a new study by the financial comparison site Forbes Advisor has found. The study, based on... Read More

2022-05-04 17:25:30
by Dan McCue
DC Tourism Saw Rebound Last Year, but Still Lags 2019 Levels

WASHINGTON — Approximately 18.8 million people visited the District of Columbia last year, contributing some $5.4 billion to the local... Read More

WASHINGTON — Approximately 18.8 million people visited the District of Columbia last year, contributing some $5.4 billion to the local economy, but the numbers, released Wednesday as part of the city’s annual Travel Rally at Union Market, still remain significantly... Read More

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