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Federal Court Order: Explosive DOT-111 "Bomb Train" Oil Tank Cars Can Continue to Roll

Steve Horn | Posted 03.25.2015 | Green
Steve Horn

A U.S. federal court has ordered a halt in proceedings until May in a case centering around oil-by-rail tankers pitting the Sierra Club and ForestEthics against the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT).

Costly Driving Time Warp at the U.S. Department of Transportation

Phineas Baxandall | Posted 05.03.2014 | Politics
Phineas Baxandall

A sensible approach, especially given the recent decline in driving and increasing demand for transit, would be to plow a greater share of those limited resources into expanding access to public transportation and active transportation modes while focusing highway spending on fixing our existing roads and bridges.

How To Get A Better Seat Next Time You Fly

George Hobica | Posted 03.05.2014 | Travel
George Hobica

It now costs $200 to change or cancel a non-refundable airfare on the remaining "legacy" U.S. airlines (American, Delta, United, and US Airways), and a bit less on some other airlines. But there are ways of avoiding the fee.

Ask Airfarewatchdog: Your Airline Conundrums Answered

George Hobica | Posted 05.14.2012 | Travel
George Hobica

Expert answers to your airline and airfare questions, from finding cheap fares to traveling with pets.

Transparency Rules Irk Spirit Airlines By Exposing Hidden Fees

George Hobica | Posted 05.06.2012 | Travel
George Hobica

Spirit was also mightily irked by the new D.O.T. rule requiring airlines to reveal all mandatory taxes and fees in advertised fares as well as earlier in the online search process.

Baggage Delayed? What You're Entitled To

George Hobica | Posted 04.30.2012 | Travel
George Hobica

It happens to hundreds of airline passengers every day. They arrive at a destination far from home, but their bags don't.

New Rules: Surprising Changes Coming To Airline Ads

George Hobica | Posted 03.27.2012 | Travel
George Hobica

If you're an airline, January 26, 2012 is a day that will go down in infamy.

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.