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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.

Foxx Sworn In As Transportation Secretary

AP | JOSH LEDERMAN | Posted 07.02.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Transportation Department says former Charlotte, N.C., Mayor Anthony Foxx has been sworn in as President Barack Obama's new transpor...

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 ...

Foxx Confirmed As Next Transportation Secretary

AP | JOAN LOWY | Posted 08.27.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Anthony Foxx, the mayor of Charlotte, N.C., and a political ally of President Barack Obama, was unanimously confirmed by the Senate...

House Republicans Push For Cuts To Popular Program

AP | ANDREW TAYLOR | Posted 06.19.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- House Republicans are pushing to eliminate money for high-speed rail and a popular grant program for transportation projects. The belt-...

Sam Stein

In Exit Interview, Ray LaHood Warns Congress To Loosen The Purse Strings

HuffingtonPost.com | 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 ...

Government Steps Up Fight Against 'National Epidemic'

AP | JOAN LOWY | Posted 06.07.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Calling texting and cellphone use "a national epidemic," Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood laid out a blueprint Thursday for stepped-u...

Southwest Airlines Calls New Airfare Advertising Rule Unfair

aviationblog.dallasnews.com | 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, ...

Northwest Airlines Failed To Follow FAA Safety Orders, Government Watchdog Confirms

AP | JOAN LOWY | Posted 05.25.2011 | Travel

WASHINGTON — A government watchdog has verified complaints by a federal inspector that Northwest Airlines wasn't following Federal Aviation Admi...

Toyota Fine: Record $16 Million Penalty Adds To Recall Woes

AP | KEN THOMAS | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

WASHINGTON — Toyota hurriedly ordered recalls of nearly 10,000 Lexus SUVs for possible rollover dangers Monday and agreed to a record $16.4 mill...

Obama Bicycle Policy Wins Love From Cyclists, Scorn From Trucking Industry

AP | JOAN LOWY | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

WASHINGTON — Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, a weekend bicyclist, might consider keeping his head down and his helmet on. A backlash is bre...

LaHood: Toyota Fined $16M For Recalls

AP | KEN THOMAS | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

WASHINGTON — The government accused Toyota of hiding a "dangerous defect" and proposed a record $16.4 million fine on Monday for failing to quic...

Toyota Recall: Government Still Hearing Complaints About Fixed Toyotas

AP | TOM KRISHER and KEN THOMAS | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

DETROIT — At least 15 Toyota drivers have complained to U.S. safety officials that their cars sped up by themselves even after being fixed under...

El Paso Corp. Fined $2.3 million For Wyoming Pipeline Explosion

AP | JOAN LOWY | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

WASHINGTON — The Transportation Department said Tuesday it has fined the El Paso Corp. and a Colorado subsidiary $2.3 million for safety violati...

Flight Delayed: New Airline Fines For Tarmac Stranding

AP | JOAN LOWY | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

WASHINGTON — The government is imposing fines for the first time against airlines for stranding passengers on an airport tarmac, the Transportat...

Tarmac Delays Limited: Government Imposes 3-Hour Limit

AP | JOAN LOWY | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

WASHINGTON — Stinky toilets, crying babies, airless cabins – the Obama administration said Monday passengers don't have to take it any mor...

690,000 Clunkers Sold

AP | KEN THOMAS and STEPHEN MANNING | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

WASHINGTON — The popular Cash for Clunkers program generated nearly 700,000 new car sales during the past month, giving the U.S. auto industry a...

Cash For Clunkers: Deadline Extended For Dealers To Submit Deals

AP | KEN THOMAS and STEPHEN MANNING | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

WASHINGTON — The Transportation Department is assuring auto dealers they will get time to submit their pending Cash for Clunkers deals, as conti...

Sobering News: Drunk Driving Arrests Up 30% For Women

AP | KEN THOMAS | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

WASHINGTON — The number of women arrested for drunken driving has jumped nearly 30 percent in the past decade, a dangerous trend that was all to...

Is Stimulus Spending Fast or Slow?

ProPublica | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
ProPublica

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.

Airline Quality Was Better In 2008: Study

AP | JOAN LOWY | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

WASHINGTON — Airlines carried fewer people last year, but did a better job for those who did fly. The rates of lost bags, late arrivals, passen...