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Happy Birthday or Leave Me Alone? TSA at the Ten-Year Mark

Justin P. Oberman | Posted 01.21.2012 | Politics
Justin P. Oberman

Ten years ago Saturday, a far-reaching and convoluted bill was enacted. It created a new government agency that most Americans think is a big hassle, if not worse.

Airlines Play The Victim After Hefty Delay Fine

Kate Hanni | Posted 01.18.2012 | Travel
Kate Hanni

The fact is that American Eagle was fined for loading 15 aircraft that they knew had no chance of making an on-time departure and for those flights' passengers spending hours on the tarmac.

American Eagle Airlines Fined $900,000 For Tarmac Delays

AP | JOAN LOWY | Posted 01.14.2012 | Travel

WASHINGTON — Sometimes it seems like airline passengers just can't win: The government cracks down on airlines that keep people cooped up on pla...

Bloomberg To Bestow City With 1,000 New Fancy Benches

Posted 12.21.2011 | New York

New Yorkers, rejoice! The Department of Transportation announced plans to install 1,000 new benches designed by the renowned industrial designer, Igna...

Bloomberg To Segregating Passengers: Get Your Own Bus

Posted 12.20.2011 | New York

Mayor Bloomberg isn't sympathizing with Orthodox Jews over the use of sex-segregated buses in Brooklyn. At a news conference on Wednesday, Bloombe...

Should The Transportation Department Ban Electronic Cigarettes On Planes

Kate Hanni | Posted 12.18.2011 | Travel
Kate Hanni

Unlike the Three-Hour Tarmac Rule and the new rules implemented by the DOT on August 23rd, this proposal is not crystal-clear. The DOT acknowledges that research data to support their allegation of risk is hard to come by.

Exclusive: Government Investigating Airlines for Not Disclosing Fees

Blake Fleetwood | Posted 12.18.2011 | Travel
Blake Fleetwood

The Department of Transportation (DOT) is investigating a number of airlines because they are not reporting fees prominently on their Web pages as required by a new rule that took effect on August 23 this year.

City Introduces Audible Pedestrian Signs

Posted 11.28.2011 | New York

The city debuted the installation of audible pedestrian signals at 25 intersections throughout the city on Wednesday. The new system will aid pedestri...

Dave Jamieson

Zero Progress On FAA Funding As Another Potential Shutdown Looms | Dave Jamieson | Posted 11.01.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- With the authorization for Federal Aviation Administration funding set to expire in two weeks, House and Senate leadership don't appear ...

Obama Spars With Boehner Over Government Regulations

AP | JIM KUHNHENN | Posted 10.30.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama says his administration is considering seven new government regulations that would cost the economy more tha...

KFKA's Oliver Advocates Government Dismantlement but Forgets About It When Gardner Jumps on Board

Jason Salzman | Posted 10.24.2011 | Denver
Jason Salzman

You'd think she would embrace Gardner's dismantlement position, not deny it. It's not every day that a Congressman jumps on board with dismantlement of a major federal agency.

Andrew Burmon

More Rights For Airline Passengers... | Andrew Burmon | Posted 10.24.2011 | Travel

A series of pro-passenger Department of Transportation airline regulations aimed at decreasing the number and length of tarmac delays, making extra ti...

New Yorkers Won $6 Billion In Lawsuits Against NYC Since 2000

Posted 10.22.2011 | New York

New York City taxpayers have shelled out six billion dollars to settle claims and lawsuits filed against the city since 2000, The New York Post uncove...

WATCH: 'Pothole Killer' Takes On Damaged City Streets

Posted 10.12.2011 | Chicago

As the city's battle against Chicago's unending pothole problem rages on, Transportation Commissioner Gabe Klein has added a new weapon to his arsenal...

Matt Sledge

With I-95 Plan, Rhode Island Mulls Turning Itself Into A Toll Road | Matt Sledge | Posted 10.11.2011 | Politics

PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- "One of the greatest engineering achievements of the last century was the completion of the Interstate Highway System," Michael Le...

NYC Beats Out San Francisco For Most Walkable City

Posted 09.20.2011 | New York

Animal New York reports today that New York City has beat out San Francisco for the top rank on, which grades places on walking distance...

BARR Battle: Corporate Jet Privacy Threatened by Obama Administration

Corbin Hiar | Posted 09.14.2011 | Business
Corbin Hiar

In a move opposed by some traditional allies, the administration is planning to restrict access to a little known program that allows private jets to fly beyond the reach of public scrutiny.

Sam Stein

Obama: I'm Sure Boehner 'Will See The Light' On Infrastructure | Sam Stein | Posted 09.05.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Recent changes in rhetoric from Republicans on Capitol Hill have provided a sliver of hope about the prospects of getting an infrastruct...

Sam Stein

GOP Freshmen Lobby For Millions In Government Cash | Sam Stein | Posted 09.04.2011 | Politics

With Reporting By Alex Becker WASHINGTON -- For years, Tennessee lawmakers have advocated for the construction of a major port on the northwest cor...

Sam Stein

Ray LaHood Dons Helmet And Bikes To Work | Sam Stein | Posted 08.06.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Continuing his very public campaign to encourage urban biking as an alternative to automotive transportation, U.S. Transportation Secret...

Rebuilding America Is Job One

Will Marshall | Posted 07.27.2011 | Politics
Will Marshall

A big national push to build modern infrastructure will ensure America's return to being an engine of production. That's why Congress needs to make room for a National Infrastructure Bank to rebuild America.

An Environmental Record Worth Talking About

Lisa P. Jackson | Posted 07.26.2011 | Green
Lisa P. Jackson

As the head of the EPA, I have been called to testify before Congress more than any other cabinet member. The simple fact is, I would not be making so many trips to the Hill if the EPA was not doing its job.

Lucia Graves

White House Unveils New Energy-Efficient Standards For Vehicles | Lucia Graves | Posted 07.25.2011 | Green

WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration on Wednesday announced new fuel economy labels for vehicles, including new ratings for plug-in hybrids and elec...

In Defense of Napping Air Traffic Controllers

Danny Groner | Posted 06.21.2011 | Travel
Danny Groner

The Department of Transportation, led by Ray LaHood, announced new rules this week that will force controllers to have more time off between shifts and to be accompanied by a partner.

The Art of Public Service

Liz Neumark | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Liz Neumark

In a moment in time where public employees are the focal point of populist ire, a day devoted to recognizing the accomplishments of public servants is at the very least, refreshing.