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Data Proves That Railroads Drive the American Economy

Edward R. Hamberger | Posted 06.13.2016 | DC
Edward R. Hamberger

Every school age child learns that molecules are the basic building block of life. Without them, our world as we know it would not exist.

As Driverless Cars Hit the Streets, States Weigh New Rules

Stateline | Casey Williams | Posted 04.21.2016 | Technology

This piece comes to us courtesy of Stateline. Stateline is a nonpartisan, nonprofit news service of the Pew Charitable Trusts that provides daily repo...

Google Is Pressing Feds To Get Driverless Cars On The Road

Reuters | Casey Williams | Posted 03.14.2016 | Technology

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The head of Alphabet Inc's Google self-driving car program will urge the U.S. Congress on Tuesday to grant national auto safety...

Administration Investigates 5 Airlines For Price-Gouging After Amtrak Crash

The Huffington Post | Laura Barron-Lopez | Posted 07.24.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The government has launched a price-gouging investigation into five airlines that allegedly increased airfare after an Amtrak crash in P...

Sen. Jim Inhofe Sounds Off On Highway Trust Fund Future

The Huffington Post | Laura Barron-Lopez | Posted 05.20.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) sat down with The Huffington Post Tuesday to talk about the difficulties for Congress in finding funding for a...

Laura Barron-Lopez

Congress Needs A LeBron James To Fix Highway Fund, Says DOT Secretary | Laura Barron-Lopez | Posted 05.11.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said Monday that Congress needs the equivalent of basketball player LeBron James to help them pass...

My Takeaways From the Administration's Infrastructure Investment Summit

Patrick D. Jones | Posted 12.06.2014 | Politics
Patrick D. Jones

Lifting the ban on interstate tolling for purposes of reconstruction will not directly replenish the Highway Trust Fund, but it will give states the flexibility to use a reliable financing option to help meet their infrastructure funding challenges. Give states the flexibility to fund their transportation infrastructure projects the best way they see fit.

States With The Most Dangerous Bridges

24/7 Wall St. | Samuel Weigley, Alexander E.M. Hess | Posted 06.29.2013 | Business

From 24/7 Wall St.: From rural covered passes to modern engineering marvels, bridges overcome natural obstacles and expedite transportation. Yet many ...

Sam Stein

In Exit Interview, Ray LaHood Warns Congress To Loosen The Purse Strings | Sam Stein | Posted 01.30.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Leaving what he called "the best job I've ever had," Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood took some parting shots at lawmakers, mainly hi...

Barack Needs a Binder of His Own

Martha Burk | Posted 03.27.2013 | Politics
Martha Burk

The president has weathered a good deal of criticism for a lack of women in high-level appointments. The administration has defended its mostly white-guy picks, and told the girls to wait -- more female appointments are coming. Here are a few entries to get them started.

Moving Company Withholds Ashes Of Widow's Dead Husband

The Huffington Post | Harry Bradford | Posted 08.01.2012 | Business

After losing her husband of 40 years, Toni Searcy couldn’t bear living in the same house she’d made a lifetime of memories in. But initiating her ...

Southwest Airlines Calls New Airfare Advertising Rule Unfair | Posted 12.28.2011 | Travel

Southwest Airlines Co. and some other carriers are fighting the U.S. Department of Transportation over a new airfare advertising rule scheduled to tak...

12 (More) Airline Regulations We Need Now

George Hobica | Posted 01.31.2012 | Travel
George Hobica

Many of the airline shenanigans I hear about raise my blood pressure. And although the US DOT has recently come up with some new regulations, I think we need some other rules to protect passengers.

New Protections Coming For Air Travelers

AOL Travel | David Jones | Posted 06.20.2011 | Travel

The U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced a series of new consumer protection measures that will force airlines to disclose hidden fees, ...

Is Stimulus Spending Fast or Slow?

ProPublica | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

To date, the department has obligated $15.7 billion, according to Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood's latest blog post last night. That is a third of the department's overall stimulus budget.

The Traffic of Pay-to-Play Politics

Monica Youn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Monica Youn

The Bush Administration's DOT succeeded in knocking a sizeable hole in Illinois' ban on pay-to-play deals that the state Senate had attempted to pass in the wake of the Blagojevich scandal.

Yes, We Can Regulate CO2!

Sarah Newman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Sarah Newman

Environmentalists are heralding Obama's decision to review the request by California and 13 other states to establish strict limits on greenhouse gas emissions from cars and trucks.

Bush Orders Transportation Sec'y To Curb Airline Delays

New York Times | MATTHEW L. WALD and JEFF BAILEY | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

After years of airline delays and a truly miserable summer at the airports, President Bush publicly directed his transportation secretary today to cor...